Duke football: Jamison Crowder connects for long touchdown in Week One

Former Duke football wide receiver Jamison Crowder was able to score a touchdown in Week One for the New York Jets.

The NFL is officially back with the kickoff of the first Sunday of the season, and former Blue Devil Jamison Crowder was back with a very nice performance in his second year with the New York Jets.

New York was in Buffalo to face the Bills in an AFC East rivalry in Week One, and the final score did not indicate how lopsided the game was.

Buffalo came away with a 27-17 victory, but the Bills led 21-0 in the first half, seemingly taking their foot off the gas slightly in the second half, but the lead was too steep for the Jets to overcome.

However, the Jets did get back in the game, to an extent, thanks to a 69-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Darnold to Crowder that brought New York within 11 points midway through the third quarter.

The touchdown made the score 21-10, and the Jets were able to get the ball back with momentum building. But a fumble from tight end Chris Herndon swung the momentum back to the Bills, and they went on cruise control for the remainder of the game.

Despite the loss, Crowder remains the favorite target for Darnold as the Jets have a new receiving corps this season, and the lack of an offseason, training camp, and preseason has caused timing issues between Darnold, his offensive line, and his new weapons.

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The third-year signal-caller targeted Jamison Crowder 13 times out of his 35 pass attempts as the Blue Devil was able to end the day with seven receptions for 115 yards and the one touchdown.

Darnold only threw for 215 yards on the afternoon, and the 115 yards from Crowder was a game-high for either team.

Things do not get any easier for the New York Jets in Week 2 as they head home to a fan-less MetLife Stadium to face the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers, who also suffered a tough Week 1 defeat.

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Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00pm EST on Sunday, September 20, and the game can be seen on FOX.

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