Hafley makes Boston College coaching debut at Duke

Duke has something to build on going into its second game of the season. Boston College looks to put the first pieces of a new foundation in place.The teams meet Saturday afternoon in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.It will be the opener for Boston College, which is under the direction of new coach Jeff Hafley.”My job is to coach them as best as I can and as hard as I can, and I want them to be as safe as they can,” Hafley said.Hafley, 41, will be in his first game as a head coach after a stint as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.Duke (0-1) opened the season with a 27-13 setback at then-No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday. It marked the Blue Devils debut for quarterback Chase Brice, a graduate transfer from Clemson.Duke hung tough for much of the game, though Notre Dame converted on a couple of fourth-down situations that proved crucial. Yet Duke coach David Cutcliffe sensed a spirit from this team that he liked.”This is a pretty fierce group. This is a confident group,” Cutcliffe said. “I think they’re going to get better and better and better.”The Blue Devils need to iron out some wrinkles, particularly after two long drives stalled and resulted in field goals.”I think as we get more comfortable with who we are and what we’re doing, we’ve got enough weapons on offense to be effective,” Cutcliffe said. “There were times that we were outstanding. We just have to (work on consistency). Putting 60 minutes together is going to certainly be the goal.”Cutcliffe said Brice’s first game with Duke provided “a lot to hang your hat on. … We’ve got a quarterback who’ll make a lot of plays for us.”Brice completed 20 of 37 throws for 259 yards and rushed for one touchdown in the opener.

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