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Duke Upsets Notre Dame 38-35, David Cutcliffe Says It Signals "New Era" For Program

Duke upsets Notre Dame 38-35, forcing a turnover on downs on the final Fighting Irish drive of the game.

Notre Dame entered the game as a 20-point favorite, a line the held steady this week. Considering Duke was coming off of back-to-back losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern, that seemed fairly appropriate. Instead, the Blue Devils' offense carved up Notre Dame's woeful defense to the tune 498 total yards. If defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's seat was hot entering the game, it has to be on fire after this third loss for the Irish.

After the game, Duke coach David Cutcliffe called it a "new era" for the program.

Duke freshman quarterback Daniel Jones had a fantastic game, completing 24-of-32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

Notre Dame squandered an impressive outing from star quarterback DeShone Kizer. He finished the game with 381 yards through the air, 60 on the ground, and three total touchdowns. Equanimeous St. Brown was Kizer's most prolific target, hauling in six passes for 116 yards and a score.

Notre Dame entered the season with College Football Playoff hopes. Even after Week 1's dramatic overtime loss to Texas, there were thoughts that with improvement on defense, ND could rebound. Now, after two straight home losses to Michigan State and Duke, Brian Kelly has serious questions to answer about the direction of his program, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Brian VanGorder's defense is allowing an average of 33.5 points and 454 yards per game, which includes a 10-point, 300-yard effort by Nevada in Notre Dame's lone win.

The Fighting Irish will look to rebound against 2-2 Syracuse next Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Syracuse beat UConn this afternoon, 31-24. Fighting Irish fans won't love to hear that head coach Dino Babers' offense is very similar to the Art Briles-inspired system that Texas utilized early in the season.