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Complete Game Notes

Duke vs. Memphis
September 22, 2012
Wallace Wade Stadium (Durham, N.C.)
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. Memphis

• Duke plays game four of its 100th season of football by hosting Memphis on Saturday at 6 p.m. ... The game highlights Duke’s annual Homecoming festivities ... The game will be broadcast live by ESPN3 with Ryan Rose (play-by-play), Doug Champman (analyst) & Beth McDade (sideline) calling the action

• The Blue Devils stand at 2-1 on the year following a 54-17 victory over N.C. Central while Memphis is 0-3 after falling, 48-30, to Middle Tennessee last week

• Saturday’s tilt will mark the first meeting on the gridiron between the two schools ... Duke is scheduled to play at Memphis next season

• Duke head coach David Cutcliffe went 2-2 vs. Memphis as the head coach at Ole Miss, posting wins in 2001 (49-14) and 2002 (38-16) while dropping contests in 2003 (44-34) and 2004 (20-13) ... Duke assistant coach Derek Jones served one season (2007) on the Memphis staff, helping the Tigers to a 7-6 record including a berth in the New Orleans Bowl

• Lowe’s is the official sponsor of the Duke-Memphis game ... In addition to Homecoming, this week also marks Band Day and Scout Day, and is the featured game in Duke’s 100th Season Celebration ... Duke is 38-49-1 all-time in Homecoming games including last year’s 48-27 triumph over Tulane

• Duke CB Ross Cockrell earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after his 6-tackle, 2-interception performance vs. N.C. Central

• Duke DE Kenny Anunike has six quarterback sacks in his last six games dating back to last season

• Duke QB Sean Renfree became the fastest Blue Devil to reach 7,000 passing yards last week ... He reached the plateau in just 32 career games — one contest better than Ben Bennett (1980-83)

• The Blue Devils lead the ACC in fewest QB sacks allowed per pass attempt ... Duke has allowed just two sacks against 132 throws on the year

• Overall under head coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils have won 17 games in four-plus seasons (2008-12) — seven more wins than the program’s total in the previous eight campaigns (2000-07)

By the Numbers

9 - Total passes defended by CB Ross Cockrell this season to lead the nation through three weeks ... The Waxhaw, N.C., native has three interceptions & six PBUs on the year, and has scored a pair of TDs with a 75-yard return of a blocked FG attempt against FIU and a 32-yard return of an interception versus N.C. Central ... Cockrell, who has seven career interceptions, has moved into a tie for ninth place on Duke's all-time record for PBUs with 22

7 - Career touchdown passes of 50+ yards for QB Sean Renfree to rank second on Duke's career chart, trailing only Thaddeus Lewis (8) ... Renfree has two 50+ scoring tosses this year to WR Jamison Crowder (60) and TE Issac Blakeney (54)

10.48 - Career punt return average for CB Lee Butler to rank third on Duke's all-time list behind Buddy Luper (14.43) & Jay Wilkinson (11.71)

38 - Current streak of consecutive games with 1+ pass reception for WR Conner Vernon ... The streak is the longest among active players nationally and broke the Duke record of 37 held by Vernon's former high school and collegiate teammate, Donovan Varner

4-0 - Duke's record under head coach David Cutcliffe when scoring a special teams TD (2-0 in 2012)

63 - Pass attempts by the Blue Devils last week at Stanford to match the school single-game record set in 1980 against Wake Forest ... The total also marks the highest single-game total in David Cutcliffe's head coaching career, bettering the previous high of 57 (Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech, 2002)