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Duke vs. Virginia
October 19, 2013 (3:30 p.m.)
Scott Stadium (Charlottesville, Va.)
RSN | Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. Virginia Game Notes
• Duke plays the first of six straight ACC games to close the regular season by travelling to meet Virginia ... Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ... The game will be broadcast live by the Regional Sports Networks with Wes Durham (play-by-play), Brian Stann (analyst) and Jenn Hildreth (sideline) calling the action  

• The Blue Devils stand at 4-2 overall and 0-2 in league play after defeating Navy, 35-7, last week ... The Cavaliers are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC following their 27-26 loss to Maryland on the road this past Saturday

• Saturday’s game will mark the 65th on the gridiron between the two schools ... Virginia leads the all-time series, 33-31 ... Duke has won four of the past five after dropping eight straight between 2000-07 ... The series began in 1890 with a 10-4 Virginia win

• After missing three weeks of action due to a fractured collarbone suffered in week two at Memphis, QB Anthony Boone returned to action last week and completed 31-of-38 (.816) throws for a career-high 295 yards and three TDs in Duke’s 35-7 victory over Navy ... Boone did not learn of the starting assignment until 30 minutes prior to kickoff when projected starter Brandon Connette was officially sidelined with an injured ankle ... Connette started three games in Boone’s absence and has thrown for 1,022 yards and 11 TDs while rushing for 224 yards and six TDs in five games this year

• Following Duke’s 35-7 triumph over Navy, two Blue Devils — QB Anthony Boone & OT Perry Simmons — earned ACC Player of the Week honors ... Boone and Simmons guided the Duke offense to 435 yards of total offense with zero penalties and zero turnovers

• Duke’s two QBs — Anthony Boone & Brandon Connette — have combined to complete 133-of-191 (.696) pass attempts for 1,592 yards with 14 TDs and seven INTs ... Both of their individual pass efficiency ratings — 158.25 for Connette & 153.76 for Boone — are on pace to top Duke’s single-season record of 142.45 set in 1982 by Ben Bennett

• The Duke defense — spearheaded by S Jeremy Cash — boasts three of the ACC’s top tacklers ... Cash is second in the league in tackles per game (9.7) while LBs David Helton (4th; 8.5) and Kelby Brown (5th; 8.2) round out the top five

• Last week against Navy, CB Ross Cockrell joined the 3,000-snap club ... The Waxhaw, N.C., native has now played 3,008 career snaps to own the second-highest total among active Blue Devils, trailing only OT Perry Simmons (3,230)

Blue Devils by the Numbers
17-2 — Including last week’s victory over Navy, Duke’s record under head coach David Cutcliffe when forcing three turnovers.

3 — Consecutive games with a TD reception for WR Max McCaffrey ... Only four players in Duke history have posted streaks of more games with a scoring reception (Chris Castor, Clarkston Hines [3x], CedricJones & Corey Thomas)

5 — Consecutive offensive possessions led by QB Anthony Boone versus Navy that resulted in touchdowns ... The scoring drives covered 80, 62, 72, 72 & 33 yards.

14-14 — Duke’s touchdown totals via rush & pass this season ... The Blue Devils also have two TDs on punt returns by Jamison Crowder

.476 — Duke’s third down conversion percentage which ranks third in the ACC behind Georgia Tech (.533) & Florida State (.510) ... The Blue Devils converted 10-of-16 (.625) third downs last week vs. Navy

997 — Career rushing yards for RB Josh Snead, who sits just three yards shy of becoming the 41st player in Duke history to reach 1,000 yards on the ground ... Snead had a career-high 108 yards vs. Troy on Sept. 28

.816 — Anthony Boone’s pass completion percentage (31-of-38) against Navy last week, posting the sixth-highest single-game mark in Duke history

12.0 — Career quarterback sacks for DE Kenny Anunike ... The total ranks tied for eighth on Duke’s all-time chart

8 — Consecutive games that WR Jamison Crowder has caught 6+ passes, dating back to last year ... Crowder, who has reached double figures in the reception column twice this year, has an ACC-leading 47 catches this year for 618 yards touchdowns

7 — Fourth-quarter wins by Duke in the David Cutcliffe Era ... In week two at Memphis, Brandon Connette became the fourth QB under Cutcliffe to engineer a game-winning drive in the final period of play
joining Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree & Anthony Boone

42 — Career total passes defended (10 INTs & 32 PBUs) for CB Ross Cockrell ... With one INT and one PBU last week, Cockrell moved into a tie for third place on Duke’s career chart ... He sits nine total passes defended behind the school’s all-time leader, John Talley (51)

11 — Number of Duke seniors on scholarship — two fewer than last year

5 — Blue Devils enrolled in graduate school this fall — Kenny Anunike, Ross Cockrell, John Coleman, Dave Harding & Sydney Sarmiento

421 — Consecutive Duke football games called by Bob Harris, the school’s Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster ... The active streak started with Duke’s season-opening, 21-18 win over Tennessee in 1976