Duke Plays N.C. State For First Time Since 2003
The Duke Blue Devils (4-4, 1-3 ACC) return home this week after playing two straight road games to host the North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-6, 0-4 ACC) at 3:30 p.m. in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game will air on the internet on ESPN 360 and can also be heard on the Duke Radio Network with Bob Harris (play-by-play), Wes Chesson (analysis) and Anthony Dilweg (sideline) calling the action. Duke is coming off a 33-30 overtime loss at Wake Forest last Saturday while N.C. State had a bye weekend. The last time the Wolfpack took the field was on Oct. 25 when they suffered a 27-24 loss at Maryland.
2003: N.C. State Edges Duke 28-21 In Durham
N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver Tremain Hall as the Wolfpack edged the Blue Devils, 28-21, at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke trailed 28-10 in the fourth quarter before Chris Dapolito threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Love. A two-point conversion made it 28-18 and after an onside kick, Brent Garber booted a 43-yard field goal to cut the lead to seven. The Blue Devils had one last chance to even the score but could not advance the ball past midfield. Rivers finished the day 23-of-31 for 369 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Hall had eight catches for 142 yards and three scores. Chris Douglas had a big day on the ground for Duke with 125 yards on 25 carries.
The Duke-N.C. State Series
The Blue Devils have a close 39-35-5 lead in the all-time series with North Carolina State. The Wolfpack won the first ever meeting in 1924, 14-0 in Raleigh. Duke suffered only one loss from 1933 to 1962, posting an overall record of 26-1-2 during that time span, including 12 consecutive victories from 1933-45. N.C. State has won the last 10 meetings between the two schools and 13 of the last 14 games dating back to 1990.
Overall Duke, 39-35-2
First Meeting N.C. State, 14-0 in 1924
Last Meeting N.C. State, 28-21 in 2003
Duke’s Highest Scoring 75 in 1943
Duke’s Lowest Scoring 0, eight times
N.C. State’s Highest Scoring 55 in 2001
N.C. State’s Lowest Scoring 0, 15 times
Current Streak N.C. State, W10
Largest Duke Margin of Victory 75, 1943, 75-0
Largest NCSU Margin of Victory 31, 1997, 45-14
Duke’s Last Win in Durham 1993 (21-20)
N.C. State’s Last Win in Durham 2003 (28-21)
Blue Devils Fall In Overtime At Wake Forest
Duke missed a 42-yard field goal at the end of regulation and Wake Forest’s Alphonso Smith intercepted his second pass of the game in overtime to give the Demon Deacons a 33-30 victory. Wake Forest kicker Shane Popham was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goals, including the eventual game-winning 28-yard field goal in overtime. Quarterback Riley Skinner led the Demon Deacons with a rushing and passing touchdown. He was 18-of-31 for 232 yards in the game. Duke running back Clifford Harris caught two passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils.
N.C. State Scouting Report
The Wolfpack are led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Andre Brown. Wilson is 82-of-143 for 900 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception this season. Brown has 103 carries for 431 yards and four touchdowns. The defense is led by Nate Irving who has 35 tackles, five tackles for loss, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Duke-N.C. State Series Notes
1943: In Raleigh, Duke posted a 75-0 win over the Wolfpack in what stands as the third-largest margin of victory in Blue Devil history.
1948: Duke and N.C. State battled to a 0-0 deadlock one of five ties in the series.
1957: The only meeting when both teams were ranked nationally ended in a 14-14 tie. Duke’s Robert Brodhead threw for one touchdown and rushed for another but the fourth-ranked Blue Devils can’t make a 14-7 halftime lead hold up against the 11th-ranked Wolfpack.
1983: Duke rallied from a 26-7 third quarter deficit to win 27-26 as Ben Bennett tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to Mark Militello with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Bennett’s 442-passing yard performance continues to rank as the sixth-highest single-game total in Duke history while the 19-point second half comeback is the fourth-largest ever for the Blue Devils.
1987: In a game which featured 92 points and over 1,100 yards of offense, N.C. State picked up a 47-45 win on Bryan Carter’s 32-yard field goal with 29 seconds remaining. Duke had a chance following Carter’s field goal, but Doug Peterson’s 55-yard attempt fell short on the game’s final play.
1988: N.C. State’s Damon Hargman kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired for a 43-43 tie. After trailing 40-25 in the final period, Duke had taken a 43-40 lead with just 57 seconds left when Anthony Dilweg hooked up with Clarkston Hines on an eight yard scoring strike. Dilweg finished the day with 357 yards through the air.
1991: N.C. State’s Terry Harvey scored a touchdown with 14 seconds left and then completed a two-point conversion pass to Robert Hinton as the Wolfpack posted a 32-31 come-from-behind win. Duke led 31-21 with less than five minutes to play, but the Wolfpack kicked a field goal and then recovered an onside kick to set up the game-winning touchdown.
1993: Duke raced to a 21-0 lead and then held on for a 21-20 victory. N.C. State pulled within 21-20 with 2:19 remaining, and went for the victory with a two-point conversion attempt. Geoff Bender’s pass fell incomplete as Duke knocked off the 22nd-ranked Wolfpack.
1994: N.C. State rallied from a 23-7 third quarter deficit to score the game’s final 17 points and post a 24-23 win. Duke’s Spence Fischer completed 21-of-35 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils.
1999: Duke’s Sims Lenhardt booted a 50-yard field goal as time expires to force overtime, where N.C. State’s Jamie Barnette scored the only touchdown for a 31-24 Wolfpack win.
2000: N.C. State’s Philip Rivers scored on a seven-yard run with just 32 seconds remaining to lift the Wolfpack to a 35-31 victory. The loss spoiled an outstanding day for Duke quarterback D. Bryant, who hit on 23-of-36 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns while setting a school record with 16 consecutive completions. Rivers completed 32-of-50 throws for 413 yards and three scores.
2002: Previously unbeaten and 13th-ranked N.C. State survived a scare from Duke when Brent Garber’s last second 65-yard field goal was off the mark and the Wolfpack upend the Blue Devils, 24-22. Philip Rivers threw for 364 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack.
Coach & Player Connections
Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was the quarterbacks coach at Kentucky in 2005 and coached alongside N.C. State’s defensive coordinator Mike Archer, who held the same position with the Wildcats. Duke’s Randez James and Garrett Utt each attended Hargrave Military Academy as did N.C. State’s Andre Brown and Sam Jones.