Duke defense stifles mistake-prone Army in 44-3 win

Duke defense stifles mistake-prone Army in 44-3 win

Published Oct. 10, 2015 3:27 p.m. ET

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Thomas Sirk threw for 197 yards and one touchdown, Jela Duncan scored on a 43-yard run and Parker Boehme scored twice, and the Duke defense stifled mistake-prone Army in a 44-3 victory on Saturday.

Duke (5-1), 11-1 in its last 12 road games, is 5-1 in consecutive years for the first time since 1952-53 and has won eight of the last 10 meetings against Army (1-5), whose triple option was victimized by three bad pitches the Blue Devils converted into scores.

The Blue Devils struggled last week at home against Atlantic Coast Conference rival Boston College, failing to score a touchdown in a 9-7 victory keyed by place-kicker Ross Martin's three field goals. That changed in a hurry before a sellout crowd at sunny Michie Stadium as the Duke defense held the Army option in check, limiting the Black Knights to 44 yards rushing on 26 carries in the decisive first half and 113 for game on 49 tries. Army entered averaging 287.8 yards rushing per game, 5.6 per carry.