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SEC to review ways to address fans storming fields Duke becomes bowl eligible with win over short-handed BC Coastal Carolina beats App State 35-28, moves atop Sun Belt

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama. The Southeastern Conference has announced that it will review its post-game and storm-to-court policies, and will look into ways schools can make raucous celebrations safer.

The move comes after the Securities and Exchange Commission fined Tennessee and LSU last month for fans rushing onto the field after football games.

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“When people want to go, they want to go.” – SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey told the SEC Network last month. “But we need to retrain people to stay in the stands.”

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The conference said it will form a working group of athletic directors, event directors and campus security personnel from member schools to study the issue and provide recommendations to be presented at SEC meetings next spring.

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“The overall goal of SEC member institutions remains to provide a consistent and appropriate level of security,” Sankey said. “Our institutions remain relevant and vigilant on best practices for crowd control and continue to work with local law enforcement to develop effective security protocols at SEC sites, and we need to continue to adapt conference policy to address emerging realities.”

A longstanding SEC policy penalizes schools for fans rushing to the playing field or court. Tennessee was fined $100,000 after fans flooded the field at Neiland Stadium and knocked down one of the goalposts after the volunteers beat Alabama.

Penalties increase with each violation. LSU was fined $250,000 for the third offense after its fans rushed onto the field after the Tigers beat Mississippi last month at Tiger Stadium.

CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts – Riley Leonard threw for 158 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 96 yards and another run to help Duke beat Boston College shorthanded 38-31 on Friday night.

Duke (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) qualified for the first time since 2018 under a freshman coach. Mike Elko. The Blue Devils only won three last season.

Boston College (2-7, 1-5) no quarterback Phil Yurkovets due to a right knee injury, but a freshman Emmet Morehead shone in his first career start, throwing four touchdowns without interceptions.

Duke forced a three-out into the second half, and Jacques Moore scored a 24-yard goal to extend his lead to 31-14. Boston College cut their deficit to 10 points but opted for a side kick with 3:31 left in the third quarter, and Duke restored it before Moore scored another goal.

Boston College scored 10 again after a 75-yard drive ended with a 26-yard pass from Morehead to a fellow freshman. Joseph Griffin Jr.. left 12:07. The Eagles hit a 34-yard field goal with 17 seconds left, but Duke deflected another field goal to secure it.

Moore finished with a rush for 82 yards in his first multi-touchdown game for Duke. Leonard went untouched for a 60-yard touchdown in the sixth play of the game, and his 8-yard scoring pass to Sahmir Hagans made it 24–7.

Morehead was 27 of 45 for 330 yards for Boston College, who lost their fourth game in a row. Joseph Griffin Jr. had 103 receiving yards and two touchdowns, as well as Zai Flowers added 65 yards and two points.


Morehead made the claim, becoming the first Boston College QB with four passing TDs since. Dennis Grozel in 2020. Boston College played an unmistakable football game against Duke’s team, which in a 45–21 win over Miami came out of the program with eight losses.

Duke continued to dominate on the ground, securing his sixth game with over 200 yards this season. The four rushers passed for 232 yards together after Duke finished second in the ACC and 21st in the nation with 205.1 yards per game.


Duke hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday, November 12th.

Boston College plays in 21st place in the state of North Carolina on November 12th.

CONWAY, South Carolina – Grayson McCall threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and Coastal Carolina beat Appalachia 35-28 on Thursday night to take first place in the Sun Belt Conference.

McCall’s 8-yard pass to Jacob Jenkins made it 28-14 early in the fourth quarter and in the next App State game Tavin Jackson intercepted the pass and returned it for 54 yards 1. Reese White capped the TD race by 21 points.

Chase BryceA 5-yard quarterback with 3:01 left in Game 4 reduced App State’s deficit to seven points, but Coastal Carolina ran out of time in eight games to end it.

Coastal Carolina (8-1, 5-1) won only the second game of eight meetings in the series. The winner of this match has won the Eastern Division for the last four years.

The Coastal Carolina defense forced a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, and Jared Brown scored a 45-yard touchdown three plays later. Coastal Carolina threw three touchdowns over 30 yards in the first half to extend a 21-14 lead. McCall is associated with Sam Pinkney for a 38 yard touchdown on a flea flicker.

Bryce threw for 279 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to Appalachian State (5-4, 2-3). Dalton Stroman caught the ball with one hand in the end zone for 41 yards and was 21-14.


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