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Duke Football Game Notes

Duke vs. FIU
September 1, 2012 (7 p.m.)
Wallace Wade Stadium (Durham, N.C.)
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. FIU Notes
• Duke kicks off its 100th season of football by hosting FIU on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ... The game will be broadcast live by ESPN3 with Darren Goldwater (play-by-play), John Gregory (analyst) & Angela Mallen (sideline) calling the action

• Since starting play in the fall of 1888, the Blue Devils hold an all-time record of 459-483-31 in 99 seasons

• Duke is 56-40-3 in season-openers including a 2-2 mark in lid-lifters under head coach David Cutcliffe ... The Blue Devils won 14 straight season-openers from 1932-45 and only lost in the first game of the year once between 1932-1955

• The Blue Devils compiled a 3-9 overall ledger in 2011 with a 1-7 mark in ACC action

• Ameritas Group is the official sponsor of the Duke-FIU game

• Duke will host a HR Employee Celebration for the 2012 season-opener with complimentary tickets provided to current and retired Duke employees

• Duke opens the 2012 season with 13 seniors on scholarship, matching the 13th-lowest total in the nation ... Included in that total is DE Kenny Anunike, who has been granted eligibility for a sixth season in 2013

• On October 1, 2011, Duke travelled to Miami, Fla., and posted a 31-27 victory over FIU ... RB Juwan Thompson scored a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter as the Blue Devils erased a 10-point deficit ... The 2011 meeting between the two schools marked the first in history

• Overall under Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils have won 15 games in four seasons (2008-11) — five more wins than the program’s total in the previous eight seasons (2000-07)

• Beginning in 1982, Cutcliffe is in his 31st season as a collegiate coach ... He has been a part of 232 victories at Tennessee, Ole Miss & Duke

Blue Devils by the Numbers
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Jersey number of sophomore WR Blair Holliday ... Duke will don an "8" decal on the back of its helmets during the 2012 season to recognize Holliday, who was injured in a watercraft accident on July 4

9.56:1 -
Career rushing attempts-to-TD ratio of redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Connette ... The total ranks third among active players in the ACC

77 -
Career pass receptions for senior WR Desmond Scott ... After playing running back in his first three seasons, the Durham, N.C., product transitioned to wide receiver during preseason camp

.634 -
Career pass completion percentage of redshirt senior QB Sean Renfree ... The total ranks first on Duke's all-time chart and is the seventh-best mark in ACC history

198 -
Career pass receptions for senior WR Conner Vernon ... The Miami, Fla., native is two grabs shy of becoming just the seventh player in ACC history to reach the 200-catch plateau

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Offensive linemen - led by redshirt junior OG Dave Harding - who travelled to Langano, Ethiopia in May, 2012 for a water well-digging project