Helm was particularly troublesome, with six catches for 72 yards and two touchdown receptions. Helm’s previous career-best game was a three-catch, 31-yard game against Northwestern earlier this season.
Eight of the 12 catches either produced first downs or went for touchdowns. The last was a 7-yard touchdown pass to Helm that put the Blue Devils in the lead 35-31 with 8:55 to play, their first lead of the game. On a play that flowed to the right, Helm snuck out to the left and was wide open for a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones.
Safety Corey Griffin said a communication error created a mix-up on the play. He said that a play call was changed from the sideline late in the pre-snap sequence, and he was trying to signal it to safety A.J. Gray as the ball was snapped.
“My eyes go in the backfield, my man’s gone, leaked out to the backside,” Griffin said. “They throw it for a touchdown.”