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Complete Game Notes

Duke vs. North Carolina
October 20, 2012 (7:00 p.m.)
Wallace Wade Stadium (Durham, N.C.)
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. North Carolina Notes
• In the annual battle for the Victory Bell, Duke plays game eight of its 100th season of football by hosting rival North Carolina at 7 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium ... The game will be broadcast live by ESPNU with Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) & Allison Williams (sideline) calling the action

• The Blue Devils stand at 5-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC play after falling to Virgina Tech, 41-20, last weekend, while the Tar Heels are 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play after winning at Miami, 18-14

• Duke is 138-251-8 all-time in ACC play with league titles in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962 & 1989

• Continental Tire is the official game sponsor of this week’s game ... Duke will also hold Breast Cancer Awareness & Cheer Day against the Tar Heels

• Saturday’s game will mark the 99th on the gridiron between the two schools, with North Carolina holding a 58-36-4 all-time series advantage ... The first game in the series came on November 27, 1888 with Duke earning a 16-0 victory in Raleigh ... The Tar Heels have won eight straight and 21 of the past 22 meetings including last year’s 37-21 decision in Chapel Hill ... Duke’s last win over North Carolina at Wallace Wade Stadium came in the form of a 35-29 decision in 1988

• This year’s Duke-North Carolina tilt marks the earliest meeting between the rivals since the 1926 season when they met on October 16 ... It will mark just the fourth time since 1965 that the Blue Devils will not conclude the regular season with the Tar Heels (1991, 2001 & 2009)

• The battle for the Victory Bell began in 1948 with North Carolina earning possession with a 20-0 win ... Head cheerleaders from Duke (Loring Jones) and North Carolina (Norman Spear) decided on the idea, with Jones designing the model and Spear obtaining a bell from an old railroad train ... Red Lewis, Duke’s business manager, agreed to find money in the budget to pay for the bell

• Duke’s 5-1 start matches the third-best six-game opening to a season since the inception of the ACC in 1953 ... The only two better starts came in 1957 (5-0-1) & 1994 (6-0)

• Duke WR Conner Vernon & Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins are the only two players in the ACC to have 2+ receiving TDs in multiple games this season

• Duke S Walt Canty earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after his 14-tackle, 3.0-tackle for loss performance in Duke’s 42-17 win over Virginia ... Canty joins CB Ross Cockrell & S Jordon Byas as Blue Devil defensive backs to recieve the honor in 2012

• Led by WR Conner Vernon’s five scoring receptions, nine different Blue Devils have caught touchdown passes in 2012 ... All three Duke QBs — Anthony Boone (5), Brandon Connette (1) & Sean Renfree (9) — have thrown scoring tosses

• Through six games, Duke has outscored its opponents by a 116-63 margin in the second half

By the Numbers
3 - Touchdown receptions of 50+ yards for WR Jamison Crowder in 2012 ... That total matches the second-highest single-season total in school history and sits just one shy of the Duke standard of four set by Eron Riley in 2007

4 - Non-offensive touchdowns scored by the Blue Devils this season, matching the sixth-highest total in school history ... The Duke record is six, set in 1994

45.892 - ACC-leading punting average for P Will Monday, who is aiming to be the first Duke player to lead the league in punting average since Brian Morton (45.17) in 2000 ... Monday's average also sits just .001 shy of the school's single-season record of 45.893 set by Steve Lach during the 1941 campaign ... Monday has booted an ACC-best 11 punts covering 50 yards or better - four more than the next closest player

.650 - Current winning percentage of Duke's final six regular season opponents - Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech & Miami ... they are 26-14 this season and have combined to capture 29 ACC (1986-04) or division (2005-11) crowns since 1986 (26 years)

19 - Receiving yards needed by WR Conner Vernon to pass Clarkston Hines (3,318) as the school's career leader