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Notes: Duke 46, FIU 26
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/01/2012
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Duke 46, FIU 26 – Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 – Wallace Wade Stadium

100TH SEASON: Duke kicked off its 100th season of football with a 46-26 win over FIU … Duke is now 460-483-31 in 99-plus seasons all-time

SEASON-OPENERS: With the win, Duke is now 57-40-3 in season-opening games

DUKE-FIU SERIES: Duke now leads the all-time series with FIU, 2-0 … The Blue Devils defeated the Panthers by a 31-27 score in 2011 in Miami

ATTENDANCE: The official attendance was 31,117, marking the 10th home crowd of 30,000 or more fans in the 28 home games since the arrival of head coach David Cutcliffe … In the 47 homes games prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival, Duke posted just four crowds of 30,000 or more spectators

HIGH-SCORING SEASON OPENER: The Blue Devils posted their highest scoring output in a season opener since scoring 49 points against Maryland to open the 1994 campaign … The 46 points scored by Duke marks the program’s highest scoring output since defeating Tulane by a 48-27 margin on Sept. 24, 2011

THIRTY-PLUS POINT GAMES: Duke reached the 30-point mark for the 17th time during the Cutcliffe era and improved to 12-5 under Cutcliffe when scoring at least 30 points … Duke’s last 30-plus point effort came in a 38-31 loss to Georgia Tech on Nov. 19, 2011 … After going 28-6 at Ole Miss when scoring 30 or more points, Cutcliffe is now 40-10 for his coaching career when hitting the 30-point mark.

FORTY-PLUS POINT GAMES: The Blue Devils scored at least 40 points for the eighth time under Cutcliffe and improved to 7-1 when reaching the 40-point mark during the Cutcliffe era … Cutcliffe-led teams are now 14-2 when scoring 40 or more points in a game.

SECOND QUARTER SCORING BURST: The Blue Devils’ 30 points in the second quarter was the fourth-highest single quarter scoring output in school history.

CROWDER AND VERNON TOP 100 YARDS: Wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon combined for 282 receiving yards on the night, marking the 16th time in program history that two players both totaled over 100 receiving yards in the same game

TRUE FRESHMEN: Duke played nine true freshmen against FIU: RB Jela Duncan, K Ross Martin, WR Max McCaffrey, S Corbin McCarthy, S Dwayne Norman, RB Shaquille Powell, TE Erich Schneider, LB Deion Williams, DT Carlos Wray

FIRST-TIME PLAYERS: In addition to the nine true freshmen that played in the game, an additional 14 Blue Devils saw game action for the first time in their respective careers: RB Eric Adams, RT Marcus Aprahamian, TE Issac Blakeney, LB Kyler Brown, CB Tim Burton, DE Lucas Fisher, OT Carson Ginn, DT Sam Marshall, P Will Monday, TE David Reeves, OG Cody Robinson, C Matt Skura, S Chris Tavarez, WR Jack Wise

GAMES STARTED & GAMES PLAYED NOTES: Two Blue Devils – WR Jamison Crowder and TE David Reeves – received the first starting assignment of their careers … S Brandon Braxton, who started 15 games of the past two seasons at wide receiver, started for the first time at safety … WR Conner Vernon received his team-leading 33rd consecutive start … OT Perry Simmons has now started all 25 games of his playing career … LS Jackson Anderson, S Walt Canty, CB Tony Foster and LB Austin Gamble all played in their team-leading 37th game.

LS JACKSON ANDERSON: Registered first career fumble recovery to spark Duke’s first scoring drive of the season.

S BRANDON BRAXTON: Finished with 10 tackles after making his first career start on defense.

LB KYLER BROWN: In his first career appearance, intercepted an attempted two-point conversion and ran it back 98 yards for two points … Also carded six tackles on the night

S LEE BUTLER: Notched the first caused fumble of his career to initiate a turnover late in the second quarter … finished the evening with three tackles, including two solo efforts

S AUGUST CAMPBELL: Recovered a fumble late in the second quarter for the second fumble recovery of his career … matched a career-high with five tackles … also credited with a quarterback hurry, the fourth of his career

S WALT CANTY: Totaled 11 tackles on the night for his seventh career double-figure tackle game and third in the last four contests

CB ROSS COCKRELL: Returned a blocked field goal 75 yards for his first career touchdown … Became the second Blue Devil in program history to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown … His 75-yard return is also the longest blocked field goal return in Duke history … finished the game with four tackles and two PBUs

QB BRANDON CONNETTE: Rushed six times for 15 yards and one touchdown … Completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for eight yards and one touchdown … Tallied Duke’s first touchdown of the season, running the ball into the end zone from two yards out … Moved into fourth on Duke’s career chart for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (10) … Tossed the first touchdown pass of his career, an eight-yard strike to TE David Reeves at the beginning of the second quarter that put Duke ahead, 14-7

WR JAMISON CROWDER: Totaled six receptions on the night to establish a new career single-game best … hauled in the longest reception of his career, a 60-yard touchdown catch from Renfree to extend the Blue Devils’ lead to 27-14 … Tallied a career-high 102 yards receiving on the night … Combined with fellow WR Conner Vernon for 282 receiving yards, marking the 16th time in program history that two players both totaled over 100 receiving yards in the same game … Returned two punts for 21 yards and one kickoff for 25 yards

RB JELA DUNCAN: In first collegiate contest, rushed three times for six yards, including a long of nine yards

LB C.J. FRANCE: Established a new career best with nine tackles on the night, including two solo efforts

LB AUSTIN GAMBLE: Blocked the first field goal of his career at the end of the first half to spark a 75-yard touchdown return by Ross Cockrell … Duke’s last blocked field goal was recorded by Sydney Sarmiento against Army in 2010 … Totaled 11 tackles for the first double-figure tackle game of his career

Matched a career high with four tackles, including one sack.

K ROSS MARTIN: Collected the first point of his collegiate career by tacking on an extra point following a Blue Devil touchdown at 9:50 in the first quarter … First field goal of his Duke career was a 34-yard kick late in the second quarter … Rounded out his Duke debut with eight points, including five PATs and one 34-yard field goal … His five PATs match the second-highest single-game total in program history, set by Randy Gardner

TE DAVID REEVES: First career reception was an eight-yard touchdown reception to put Duke ahead 14-7 at the beginning of the second quarter … Concluded the evening with two catches for 12 yards

QB SEAN RENFREE: Completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 290 yards and two touchdowns … Has now reached double-figures in the completions column in 25 consecutive games and is three games shy of matching the Duke record owned by Thaddeus Lewis … Has thrown for 150 or more yards in 18 consecutive games and in 23 of the last 25 contests … Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in five consecutive games dating back to the 2011 season … Owns 19 career games with 200 or more passing yards … Threw for multiple touchdowns for the ninth time in his career … Also rushed twice for four yards

WR DESMOND SCOTT: Finished with two catches for -1 yards and has now caught multiple passes in nine consecutive games … With his first reception of the game early in the first quarter, extended his streak to 27 games with at least one catch – the sixth longest active streak in the country

RB JOSH SNEAD: Led Duke’s ground attack with seven rushes for 47 yards and one touchdown … Posted the second rushing touchdown of his career, a 19-yard run to give Duke a 20-7 advantage in the second quarter … His 47 yards on the ground marked his highest rushing output since amassing 83 yards against Alabama in 2010

WR CONNER VERNON: Hauled in 10 passes for 180 yards … Moved into fourth place on the ACC’s all-time chart for pass receptions (208) … With a 46-yard reception at the end of the first quarter, became the second player in Duke history and seventh player in ACC history to amass 200 career pass receptions … Became Duke’s all-time leader in pass receptions (208) with a 3-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter, surpassing former teammate Donovan Varner … Moved into 12th on the ACC’s all-time receiving yardage chart with 2,855 yards over four seasons … Extended his streak of games with at least one reception to 36 … Continues to own the longest receiving streak in FBS football and is one of only three players nationally with a streak of at least 30 games … Notched two receptions of 40-plus yards … Recorded his 10th career game with at least 100 receiving yards … Tallied his 11th consecutive game with at least five pass receptions … Program record holder with 24 games with five or more receptions in his career … Has recorded four career games with 10 or more receptions, matching the program record held by Roger Boone