Duke-Northwestern at a Glance
Date: September 9, 2000
Kickoff Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Site: Ryan Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Duke leads the all-time series vs. Northwestern, 7-3, including a 4-1 mark in games played in Evanston. Duke's last loss to Northwestern in Evanston was a 20-24 defeat in 1997. The Blue Devils won the first six games of the series which dates back to 1985. The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings.
Overall Duke, 7-3 Highest Scoring 44 points in 1998 at Durham Duke, 3-2 Lowest Scoring 12 points in 1999 at Evanston Duke, 4-1 Current Duke Streak lost 1 Neutral 0-0 Franks vs. Northwestern 0-1 First Meeting Duke, 40-17, in 1985 Last Meeting NW, 12-15 OT, 1999
The Last Meeting - September 18, 1999
Last year's meeting between Duke and Northwestern was a kicker's duel, as the teams battled to a 9-9 tie with three field goals apiece from Duke's Sims Lenhardt and the Wildcats' Tim Long. Northwestern went on to win the game with a touchdown pass in overtime. In Duke's last appearance in Evanston in 1998, quarterback Spencer Romine threw for a then career-high 303 yards en route to a 44-10 victory.
Duke's Carl Franks is in his second year as the head coach of the Blue Devil program. His overall record is 3-9 (same at Duke) and his mark vs. Northwestern is 0-1. Franks returned to his alma mater prior to the 1999 season after serving as an assistant coach at Florida from 1990-98 under former Duke head coach Steve Spurrier. While at Florida, he was part of a coaching staff that led the Gators to five SEC championships and the national title in 1996. Franks also worked with Spurrier at Duke from 1987-89, a three-year stint that culminated with a share of the ACC title and a bowl appearance in 1989.
As a player, Franks was a three-year letterman for the Blue Devils from 1980-82. He saw action at both running back and tight end and was selected an Academic All-ACC performer in 1982. Franks is a 1983 graduate of Duke with a degree in Psychology.
Randy Walker is in his second season as head coach of Northwestern and has a 62-43-5 overall record and 3-8 school record. Walker spent his first 10 seasons as a head coach at Miami (OH), his alma mater (Class of 1976).
Duke in Road Openers
Since 1930, Duke is 33-34-3 in road openers (including neutral site games). Head coach Carl Franks is 0-1 in road operers as the Blue Devils dropped a 27-9 decision to East Carolina to kick off the 1999 campaign. Duke found its highest success in road openers in the 1930s, when the squad went 9-1 in such games during the decade.
Duke vs. The Big Ten
In 30 all-time games against current members of the Big Ten, Duke has amassed a record of 12-17-1. The Blue Devils have had their biggest success versus Northwestern, winning seven of 10 games. Here is Duke's record against the respecitve Big Ten schools: Illinois 1-1; Indiana 1-2; Michigan 0-6; Northwestern 7-3; Ohio State 1-3; Purdue 2-1-1; Wisconsin 0-1.
Northwestern's Randy Walker has direct ties to the Triangle Area as the second-year Wildcat head coach served as an assistant coach at North Carolina from 1978-87. During his time in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels recorded a 7-3 ledger against the Blue Devils. Other members of the Wildcat staff who spent time at North Carolina include offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson (player 1980-83; coach 84-86) and Howard Feggins (player 1983-87), while defensive line coach Jack Glowik was an assistant coach at N.C. State from 1983-84.
Success On Sept. 9
The Blue Devils own a 3-1 all-time record when playing on September 9, and have won three in a row on that date. Included in the three victories is a 41-31 home win over Northwestern during the 1989 season. The following chart illustrates Duke's four games on September 9:
YEAR OPPONENT SITE RESULT 1972 Alabama N L, 12-35 1978 Georgia Tech H W, 28-10 1989 Northwestern H W, 41-31 1995 Rutgers H W, 24-14
Neutral site: Birmingham, AL
20 First-Timers Play Against East Carolina
Twenty Blue Devils -- including five true freshmen -- saw playing time for the first time in their repsecitve collegiate careers in the season-opener versus East Carolina. The five members of Duke's freshman class who played were Jeremy Battier, Seth Carter, Ryan Fowler, Reggie Love and Terrell Smith.
In addition, the list of 20 does not include the likes of cornerback Derrick Lee, who played 25 snaps in 1999 on special teams, nose guard Jeff Lonergan, who was in on four plays at center a year ago, and wide receiver Jeff Phillips, who saw action on two plays in 1999.
Four Captains Selected
On offense, seniors QB Spencer Romine and C Troy Andrew were named captains while defensively, senior DL Troy Austin and junior LB Todd DeLamielleure were elected by their teammates.
Blue Devil Special Teams
Duke's special teams units performed well last week in the loss to East Carolina. Punter Brian Morton averaged 42.6 yards per punt while head coach Carl Franks said true freshman long snapper Seth Carter played "very well". In addition, kicker Brent Garber's lone kickoff resulted in a touchback.
DeLamielleure Plays The Consistency Game
Junior inside linebacker Todd DeLamielleure has played in 23 games in his Duke career, registering at least four tackles in every contest.
DeLamielleure has seven double-digit tackle outings in his career including a career-best 16 stops against Georgia Tech during the 1998 season.
In the season-opener versus East Carolina, DeLamielleure picked up a pair of tackles for loss, giving him an even 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage for his career. He now needs just six more to crack the school's top 10 in that category.
The 2000 football season marks the 40th anniversary of Duke's 1960 club which went 8-3 overall and captured the ACC championship with a 5-1 league ledger. That team, coached by Bill Murray and captained by Art Browning and Butch Allie, added a 7-6 victory over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
In addition, this year serves as the 70th anniversary of the 1930 Duke squad which posted an overall record of 8-1-2. Coached by James DeHart and captained by Lee Davis, the 1930 team dropped the season-opener to South Carolina before going 8-0-2 in its final 10 games by outscoring its opponents, 147-26.
U.S. News and World Report Ranks Duke 8th
In its annual ranking of national universities, U.S. News and World Report charts Duke University eighth behind Princeton, Harvard, Yale, California Institute of Technology, MIT, Stanford and Pennsylvania.
Other notable rankings include Duke football opponents Northwestern (13), Virginia (T20), Vanderbilt (22), North Carolina (T25), Wake Forest (28) and Georgia Tech (35).
Bennett & Dilweg Remain Closely Involved
A pair of former Blue Devil standout quarterbacks, Ben Bennett and Anthony Dilweg, continue to remain close to the Duke gridiron program.
Bennett, the 1983 ACC Player-of-the-Year and league career record-holder for passing yards (9,614), is an assistant coach on Carl Franks' team while Dilweg, who holds the conference record with five consecutive games of 300 or more passing yards, serves as a member of the Duke radio network.
Accolades For Andrew
Center Troy Andrew is certainly a candidate for All-ACC honors heading into the 2000 campaign. The senior is beginning his third season as a starter, and has shown strong and consistent play over the last few years. A durable player, he has played in 34 consecutive games with 23 consecutive starts.
Andrew, who hails from Klein, Texas, remained in Durham this summer to train in addition to working with the Durham County Sheriff's Department. Andrew eventually wants to pursue a career in law enforcement, preferably with the Secret Service or D.E.A. His father, Larry, serves in Texas in the county sheriff's office as a detective on the warrant squad.
Morton Tabbed To Ray Guy Award Watch List
Senior Brian Morton of Duke is among 32 punters included on the Ray Guy Award watch list as announced by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Morton, who earned Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors a year ago, averaged 42.8 yards per punt in 1999 to post the third best average in the ACC while ranking 20th nationally. A four-year starter and native of Winter Haven, FL, Morton ranks third on Duke's career charts for average (41.6), total punts (214) and total punt yardage (8,905 yards).
The Ray Guy Award will be awarded to the nation's best punter as determined by a committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The National Selection Committee will choose 10 semifinalists who will be announced by November 8. That same national body will then vote for three finalists who will be announced November 30.
Morton On The ACC Lists
Senior punter Brian Morton has made his mark on not only Duke's football record book, but the Atlantic Coast Conference's as well.
With nine punts in the season-opener against East Carolina, Morton moved up to seventh on the league's career list. He also ranks 10th in career punting yardage.
The Winter Haven, FL native ranks 14th in career punting average (41.61).
ACC Career Punts 1. Scott McAlister , UNC (198-91) 278 2. Russ Henderson, UVa (1975-78) 276 3. Jeff Walker, UVa (1981-85) 273 4. Jeff Pierce, GaT (1978-81) 252 5. Will Brice, UVa (1993-96) 228 6. John Krueger, Duke (1993-96) 228 7. Brian Morton, Duke (1997-pres.) 214 8. Harry Newsome, WF (1981-84) 213 9. Brian Schmitz, UNC (1996-99) 208 10. Chuck Ramsey, WR (1971-73) 205
ACC Career Punt Yardage 1. Russ Henderson, UVa (1975-78) 11,951 2. Scott McAlister , UNC (198-91) 11,520 3. Jeff Walker, UVa (1981-85) 10,815 4. Jeff Pierce, GaT (1978-81) 10,271 5. Harry Newsome, WF (1981-84) 9,278 6. Will Brice, UVa (1993-96) 9,585 7. John Krueger, Duke (1993-96) 9,532 8. Brian Schmitz, UNC (1996-99) 9,233 9. Chuck Ramsey, WR (1971-73) 9,010 10. Brian Morton, Duke (1997-pres.) 8,905
Romine Supasses 3,000-Yard Passing Mark
By hitting on eight-of-16 passes for 75 yards in the season-opener against East Carolina, quarterback Spencer Romine became just the 10th player in Blue Devil history to top the 3,000-yard barrier through the air.
Romine ranks 10th on Duke's career lists for passing yards, completions and attempts, and will crack the top 10 for total offense with 10 more yards. His 404 yards passing last season against Maryland was the ninth-best single-game passing performance in Duke history.
Second string signal-caller Bobby Campbell ranks ninth all-time at Duke in pass attempts with 478 and 10th in completions with 223.
Campbell and Romine's position coach and former Blue Devil quarterback, Ben Bennett, is Duke's and the ACC's all-time passing leader with 9,614 yards (820-of-1,375).
Here is a look at Campbell and Romine's places among the Duke all-time leaders:
Duke Career Passing Yards 1. Ben Bennett (1980-83) 9,614 2. Spence Fischer (1992-95) 9,021 3. Steve Slayden (1984-87) 8,004 4. Leo Hart (1968-70) 6,116 5. Dave Brown (1989-91) 5,717 6. Anthony Dilweg (1985-88) 4,557 7. Mike Dunn (1975-78) 3,511 8. Billy Ray (1989-90) 3,282 9. Scotty Glacken (1963-65) 3,170 10. Spencer Romine (1997-present) 3,007
Duke Career Pass Completions 1. Ben Bennett (1980-83) 820 2. Spence Fischer (1992-95) 788 3. Steve Slayden (1984-87) 699 4. Leo Hart (1968-70) 487 5. Dave Brown (1989-91) 463 6. Anthony Dilweg (1985-88) 342 7. Mike Dunn (1975-78) 288 8. Scotty Glacken (1963-65) 255 9. Spencer Romine (1997-present) 236 10. Bobby Campbell (1997-present) 223
Duke Career Pass Attempts 1 Ben Bennett (1980-83) 1,375 2. Spence Fischer (1992-95) 1,369 3. Steve Slayden (1984-87) 1,204 4. Leo Hart (1968-70) 872 5. Dave Brown (1989-91) 845 6. Anthony Dilweg (1985-88) 594 7. Mike Dunn (1975-78) 570 8. Scotty Glacken (1963-65) 480 9. Bobby Campbell (1997-present) 478 10. Spencer Romine (1997-present) 471
Total Offense 1. Spence Fischer (1992-95) 9,110 2. Ben Bennett (1980-83) 9,061 3. Steve Slayden (1984-87) 8,129 4. Leo Hart (1968-70) 6,267 5. Dave Brown (1989-91) 5,770 6. Mike Dunn (1975-78) 5,450 7. Anthony Dilweg (1985-88) 4,383 8. Billy Cox (1948-50) 3,720 9. Billy Ray (1989-90) 3,566 10. Scotty Glacken (1963-65) 3,300 Spencer Romine (1997-present) 2,990
QBs Trying To Continue Legacy
Duke's group of quarterbacks will try to follow in the footsteps of several standout signal callers who have donned the Royal Blue and White. Spencer Romine, the projected starter, Bobby Campbell and D. Bryant are the three quarterbacks looking to uphold the tradition.
Through the years, Duke has produced several standout QBs, including Leo Hart, Ben Bennett, Steve Slayden, Anthony Dilweg, Dave Brown and Spence Fischer. In fact, Bennett (1), Fischer (3) and Slayden (7) rank among the top seven in ACC history in terms of passing yardage.
Hamilton & Knight Eye PBU & Sack Charts
Junior cornerback Ronnie Hamilton, who paced the 1999 Blue Devils with 11 pass break-ups, needs just one more deflection to move into a tie for 10th place on Duke's career chart.
Hamilton's 11 PBUs a year ago ranked fifth-best in the ACC and stands as the fifth highest single-season total in school history.
With just 2.5 more quarterback sacks, senior linebacker Kendral Knight will crack Duke's all-time top 10 chart in that category.
The Wilson, NC product picked up four sacks in both 1998 and 1999. Here is a glance at Duke's all-time sack and PBU leaders:
Duke Career PBUs 1. Wyatt Smith (1988-91) 32 Erwin Sampson (1988-91) 32 3. Lamar Grant (1996-99) 28 4. Quinton McCracken (1988-91) 24 5. Fonda Williams (1985-89) 22 6. Tawambi Settles (1994-97) 18 Joby Branion (1981-84) 18 8. Ray Farmer (1992-95) 17 Richard Sommers (1975-78) 17 10. Jamal Ellis (1991-94) 16 Ronnie Hamilton (1998-present) 15
Duke Career Quarterback Sacks 1. Charles Browser (1978-81) 22.0 2. Chris Combs (1996-99) 20.0 3. Reginald Andrews (1982-85) 16.0 4. James Kirkland (1992-95) 13.0 5. David Walfe (1990-93) 12.0 6. Travis Pearson (1990-93) 11.5 Scott Youmans (1989-93) 11.5 Dan Yellott (1978-81) 11.5 9. Duane Marks (1990-93) 11.0 10. Tom Corpus (1987-90) 10.5 Kendral Knight (1997-present) 8.0
Duke Looks To Build On 1999 Success
The Blue Devils will look to build upon 1999's success. Duke's three victories last season all came against ACC teams, marking the Blue Devils' best conference record in five seasons and their second-best league mark of the 1990s. Two of Duke's three victories came against bowl teams (at Virginia and vs. Wake Forest).
Duke Plays Early-Season Games Under the Lights
Duke's first two home games of the 2000 season will take place under the lights of Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke hosted East Carolina in its 2000 season opener last week and next week, on Sept. 16, the Blue Devils play their first ACC game of the season at home vs. Virginia, also with a 6:00 PM start.
"We have decided to go with a 6:00 PM game time in order to allow all of our fans from around the state and the region the opportunity to enjoy game day on campus and in the city and still be able to return home safely at a decent hour," said Director of Athletics Joe Alleva.
Two for 200 In Wallace Wade
After celebrating the 70th anniversary of Wallace Wade Stadium last season, Duke needs just two home victories to notch its 200th win within the friendly confines of its home stadium.
The facility, constructed in 1929, was known as Duke Stadium until 1967, when the Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the stadium to honor the legendary Wallace Wade, who coached the Blue Devils to a 110-36-7 record and two Rose Bowls.
Wallace Wade Stadium has been the home of 198 Duke victories, with 58 of those coming by shutout.
O-Line Big And Experienced
Duke's projected starting offensive line has size and experience entering the 2000 season. The Devils' projected starting line stands at 6-5 and weighs 304 pounds on average, making it one of the biggest units in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The group, featuring three seniors, also has 11 letters won among them. Last year's Duke starting unit averaged 6-5, 276 pounds.
Franks Hopes Stability Pays Off
Second-year head coach Carl Franks hopes that stability pays off this season for the Blue Devils. The 2000 season marks the first year since 1992 that the Duke coaching staff returns intact for two consecutive years. In addition, it is the first time for any current Duke player that the offensive system has remained the same for consecutive seasons.
A Devils' Welcome to a Large Freshman Class
Coach Carl Franks and his staff signed one of the largest recruiting classes at Duke in recent history last February, as 24 student-athletes signed letters-of-intent to play for the Devils.
With the second recruiting class of his head coaching career, Franks continues to build the offense, as he signed two quarterbacks and five receivers.
The Michigan Connection
Duke has 13 players on its roster who hail from the state of Michigan, more than any other state except for North Carolina (17). The Detroit area has produced several Blue Devils in recent years, including D. Bryant, Kyle Denham, and Tyran Grissom, as well as Renaissance High School teammates B.J. Hill, Kyle Moore and D'Juan O'Donald. Newcomer Kenneth Stanford, also from Renaissance, joined the team this fall.
Receiver Hartofilis Not Re-Laxing
Senior WR Nick Hartofilis has endured a busy athletic career at Duke. In addition to earning two football letters, the Huntington, N.Y. native was a two-time All-America lacrosse player for the Devils. He helped lead Duke to the 1997 Final Four and the NCAA semifinals in each of the past three seasons as one of the nation's premier midfielders.
All in the Family
Junior defensive co-captain, LB Todd DeLamielleure, doesn't have to look far for fatherly advice. His father, Joe, is a coach on the Duke staff (tight ends). The younger DeLamielleure is the Blue Devils' leading returning tackler (178 career stops) and a starter in 20 of his 22 college games entering 2000. The elder DeLamielleure was an All-America lineman at Michigan State and an All-Pro for the Buffalo Bills.
Speaking of family ties, Duke freshman WR Jeremy Battier has made a name for himself on the Durham campus with a solid preseason camp. But, inevitably, Battier draws comparisons to his older brother, Duke basketball All-America Shane Battier. The two played basketball together at Country Day High School in Birmingham, Mich., for one season.
Defense Has New Faces
Program sales will be up at Wallace Wade Stadium this year as fans will need to learn several new faces on defense. The defensive unit lost eight starters, including All-ACC defensive tackle Chris Combs, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Big Shoes to Fill
Replacing the all-time leading scorer is tough enough for Duke. Sims Lenhardt, a placekicker, became the Blue Devils' all-time leading scorer last season (240 points). He graduated last May. Brent Garber, a redshirt freshman from Thomasville, Ga., will replace Lenhardt as Duke's kicker this season. Garber has a strong leg and is continuing to work on his consistency. In one preseason scrimmage, he drilled a 54-yard field goal.
Forty-three members of Duke's 2000 football roster are either true or redshirt freshmen. By contrast, there are just 10 fifth-year seniors on the squad and seven fourth-year seniors.
Duke Used to Overtime
Duke is hoping to avoid a repeat of last season when it played three overtime contests, a total that matched Fresno State for the most OT games in the nation. In the four years since overtime was introduced to college football, Duke has played in five such contests. Only Oregon and Mississippi have played more overtime games than Duke (six apiece). Duke is 1-4 in its five OT contests.
The popularity of the new movie, The Replacements starring Keanu Reeves, might bring back memories for two Duke assistant coaches. Both Ben Bennett (quarterbacks) and Joe DeForest (outside linebackers/special teams) were replacement players during the 1987 NFL strike. Bennett played for the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals, while DeForest competed for the New Orleans Saints.
Tough Schedule Again
Duke, which had one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 1999, will have another challenging slate this season. The Blue Devils will face six teams in its 2000 schedule that played in bowls last year. Starting with the East Carolina game September 2, five of Duke's first seven games in 2000 are against teams that competed in bowls a year ago.
Duke Players in the NFL
- As of August 28, nine Duke players remained on NFL rosters. They were:
- Dave Brown (Arizona)
- Patrick Mannelly (Chicago)
- Billy Granville (Cincinnati)
- Darius Clark (Denver)
- Lennie Friedman (Denver)
- Bernard Holsey (Indianapolis)
- Kevin Lewis (N.Y. Giants)
- Chris Combs (Pittsburgh)
- Terrence Dupree (San Francisco, IR List)
Duke Excels In The Classroom
The Duke football program has been bestowed with the nation's highest academic honor in six of the last eight academic years -- the AFCA Academic Achievement Award. In 1999, Duke won the award for a record 10th time with a perfect 100 percent graduation rate. Duke has always had a high rate of graduation success but the last 20 years has been an unprecedented era in all of college football. Since 1988 an amazing 268 of Duke's 281 scholarship football players have graduated within a five-year period. That group has also attended two postseason bowl games and won the 1989 ACC championship.
Facility Improvements On The Way
Duke has made an 18 million dollar commitment to its football program with a planned 70,000 square foot building to house coaches' offices, meeting and recruiting rooms, a new locker room, a weight/training complex, and a trophy room to showcase Duke's football legacy. A majority of the 18 million dollar goal has been raised. Duke officials are hoping to break ground on the project this fall.
Duke Excellence Again in 2000
Duke enjoyed another stellar athletic season in 1999-2000. The Blue Devils finished 24th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings, third-best among ACC schools and fifth-best nationally among private schools. Duke also tied a league high with with a school record six conference championships. Duke sent 13 teams and 13 individuals to championship competition. Individually, 21 Blue Devil student-athletes earned All-America honors, while 11 were named Academic All-America.
Silver Anniversary For Duke Broadcaster
Bob Harris, the voice of the Blue Devils, is in his 25th year as a broadcaster for the school. Harris is a two-time North Carolina Broadcaster-of-the-Year. Harris handles play-by-play duties for Duke football and men's basketball games and hosts the popular Duke Football Show with Carl Franks television show again this season.
Duke has produced 55 All-Americas. That total ranks fourth among all ACC institutions ... Duke is one of the few schools in the country that has played in four of the major bowls games (Rose, Sugar, Orange and Cotton Bowls) ... Duke has won 17 league championships as a member of the Southern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference ... Did you know that Duke (then Trinity College) played the first college football game below the Mason-Dixon line on November 29, 1888? Trinity defeated North Carolina, 16-0, that day ... Duke has 11 players enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Duke Injury Report
- OUT (Season): TB Brian Clemmons (knee) and CB Temo George (knee)
- OUT (Northwestern): DT Nate Krill (shoulders, back) and SS B.J. Hill (knee)
- QUESTIONABLE (Northwestern): WR Kyle Moore (leg)