Duke (1-2) vs. N.C. Central (0-3)
September 26, 2009
Site: Durham, N.C.
Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium
Surface: Natural grass
Radio: Blue Devils ISP Sports Network - Bob Harris (Play-by-Play); Wes Chesson (Color); Anthony Dilweg (Sideline)
Internet: GoDuke.com; theACC.com
Bull City Gridiron Classic
Duke (1-2) will host North Carolina Central (0-3) in the Bull City Gridiron Classic Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. (ET) in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game will be streamed on theACC.com. It can also be heard on the Blue Devil ISP Sports Network. The Blue Devils are coming off a 44-16 loss at No. 22 Kansas while the Eagles lost 13-10 in double overtime to Morehead State a week ago.
Last Time Out
The Blue Devils took an early 7-0 lead after their first offensive series, driving 87 yards in just two plays on a Thaddeus Lewis to Austin Kelly 66-yard pass and Lewis 21-yard touchdown run. Kansas scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half to take a 20-7 halftime lead. A 48-yard interception return for a touchdown by Maxwell Onyegbule jumpstarted Kansas in the second half as they went on to score 24 points and defeat Duke, 44-16. The Blue Devils scored one touchdown in the second half on an 11-yard pass from Sean Renfree to Donovan Varner and had 394 yards of total offense but were just 4-of-18 on third down conversions in the game.
Duke-N.C. Central Series
The two Durham neighbors will meet for the first time ever on Saturday. Duke is 42-35-3 when playing a team for the first time.
Coach to Cure MD
For the second straight year, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe will participate in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the AFCA. During this week’s game against N.C. Central, Cutcliffe will don a patch to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer diagnosed in childhood. Fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
1989 Team To Be Honored
Duke will honor the 1989 ACC Championship during this weekend’s game. This season marks the 20th anniversary of the team’s run to the conference title. In 1989, the Blue Devils went 8-4 under Steve Spurrier and tied for first in the ACC standings with a 6-1 record. Duke went on a seven-game winning streak to end the regular season after starting the year 1-3. A 21-17 win over No. 7 Clemson sparked the winning streak in which the Blue Devils averaged 43.3 points per game.
Inside the Numbers ...
- .059 - Duke is just 1-of-17 (.059) on third down conversions in the first half this season. The Blue Devils have not converted a third down in eight chances during the second quarter on the year.
- 4.0 - Duke ranks third in the ACC for the fewest penalties per game, averaging only 4.0 per contest. The Blue Devils have committed just 12 penalties in three games to rank tied for 11th in the NCAA.
- 5 - Senior cornerback Leon Wright ranks tied for first in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally with five passes defended on the season. Wright is tied for second in the conference with two interceptions.
- 5 - Senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is five touchdowns shy of matching Ben Bennett’s school record of 55 career touchdown passes. Lewis has thrown 50 career TD passes with 10 or more in his first three seasons as the starting QB and is the active leader in the ACC.
- 5.7 - Sophomore Johnny Williams is leading the ACC with 5.7 receptions per game this season. He had a season-high eight catches last week at Kansas to give him 17 on the year.
- 8 - The Blue Devils have played eight true freshmen through the first two games this season. Seven players saw playing time against Richmond and August Campbell made his debut at Army.
- 10.7 - Senior linebacker Vincent Rey leads the ACC and ranks tied for 13th nationally with 10.7 tackles per game. He had 14 tackles against Richmond and 10 at Army to give him 10 or more tackles in 14 career games.
- 16.92 - Duke leads the ACC in kickoff return yardage defense, allowing only 16.92 yards per return this season. Opponents have started inside the 20-yard line after four of the Blue Devils’ 12 kickoffs.
- 15 - Wright has 15 career pass breakups and is three shy of a tie for 10th all-time at Duke. He is also two interceptions away from Duke’s career top 10 list.
- 84 - Wright’s 84 interception return yards rank third in the NCAA this season. He is the only player in the country with two interception returns for touchdowns this season.
- 95 - The Blue Devils recorded a season-high 95 rushing yards last week at Kansas. The 95 yards on the ground were more than Duke had in the first two weeks combined as they tallied 19 yards on 16 carries against Richmond and 70 yards 32 attempts at Army.
- 159.56 - Redshirt freshman Sean Renfree has a quarterback rating of 159.56 through his first two collegiate games. His efficiency rating would rank third in the ACC if he had enough attempts to qualify.
- 173 - Lewis is 173 passing yards shy of Matt Schaub’s career total of 7,502 for 16th in ACC history. Lewis is currently 17th in career passing yards with 7,329.
- 207 - Junior Austin Kelly has already set a career high with 207 receiving yards this season in three games. His previous best was 186 yards as a freshman in 2007. He is also one reception away from matching his top season mark of 15 in 2007.
- 264 - Senior linebacker Vincent Rey has compiled 264 career tackles and is the active leader in the ACC. He has tallied at least 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons with a team-high 111 in 2007 and 109 last season. Rey is one of only four active players in the NCAA FBS to have 100 tackles in each of the past two seasons.
- 271.7 - The Blue Devils rank third in the ACC in passing offense, averaging 271.7 yards per game this season. The total also ranks 22nd nationally.