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No. 24 Duke escapes Pittsburgh with 51-48 double-overtime win

  • Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk (1) scores a touchdown against Pittsburgh during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk (1) scores a touchdown against Pittsburgh during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

  • Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) dives in for a touchdown against Pittsburgh during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder (3) dives in for a touchdown against Pittsburgh during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

  • Duke safety DeVon Edwards (27) pushes Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) out of bounds during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Duke safety DeVon Edwards (27) pushes Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) out of bounds during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

Backup Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk bulled into the end zone from 5 yards in the second overtime to lift the 24th-ranked Blue Devils to a 51-48 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1 ACC) held Pitt to a field goal to start the second overtime then went 25 yards in four plays, with Sirk's second touchdown of the day ending it.

The Panthers (4-5, 2-3) had a chance to win in regulation, driving 71 yards to set up Chris Blewitt for a 26-yard field goal attempt. The Blue Devils called two timeouts to make Blewitt think about it, and the kicker missed badly to the left.

James Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns for Pitt (4-5, 2-3) but didn't touch the ball in the second overtime.