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Release: 11/14/2009
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Senior cornerback Leon Wright has five interceptions and one fumble recovery for six total takeaways. He ranks tied for second in the ACC in interceptions and now has 10 career picks to rank tied for sixth in school history.
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Duke (5-4, 3-2 ACC)
vs. Georgia Tech (9-1, 6-1 ACC)
November 14, 2009
12 noon (ET)


Full Duke vs. Georgia Tech Game Notes

Site: Durham, N.C.
Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium
Surface: Natural grass
Capacity: 33,941
TV: espn2 - Pam Ward (Play-by-Play), Ray Bentley (Analyst)
Radio: Blue Devil ISP Sports Network
Internet: GoDuke.com
Tickets: 1-877-375-DUKE

Duke Returns Home To Face Georgia Tech
Duke (5-4, 3-2 ACC) will host nationally-ranked [7/7] Georgia Tech (9-1, 6-1 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon (ET) in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game will be televised on espn2 with Pam Ward calling the play-by-play and Ray Bentley providing the color commentary. The Blue Devils had a three-game winning streak snapped last weekend at North Carolina, 19-6. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 30-27 overtime victory over Wake Forest.

Last Time Out
Duke suffered a 19-6 loss on the road against North Carolina. The Tar Heel defense held the Blue Devils to 125 yards of total offense and controlled the clock with 38:33 of time of possession. North Carolina capitalized on an interception with a 41-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter to take a 9-6 lead. After Duke failed to convert on a fourth down at the N.C. 35-yard line, the Tar Heels put together a 12-play, 65-yard touchdown drive over the next 6:16 to extend their lead to 16-6. Ryan Houston powered North Carolina’s offense with 164 yards on 37 carries.

Duke-Georgia Tech Series
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series between the two schools 45-30-1. The Yellow Jackets have won the last five games in the series and 13 of the last 14 meetings since 1995.

Overall: Georgia Tech, 45-30-1
First Meeting: Georgia Tech, 6-0 in 1933
Last Meeting: Georgia Tech, 27-0 in 2008
Largest Duke Margin of Victory: 34 in 1940 & 1987
Largest GT Margin of Victory: 41 (48-7) in 1966
Duke’s Last Win in Durham: 2003 (41-17)
GT’s Last Win in Durham: 2007 (41-24)
Current Streak: Georgia Tech, W5

Last Meeting
Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer ran for 159 yards while Demaryius Thomas caught nine passes for 230 yards and one touchdown to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 27-0 victory in Atlanta. The Blue Devils managed only 132 yards of total offense while Georgia Tech recorded 454 in the game. Duke was outscored 24-0 in the second half, allowing 17 fourth quarter points.

Inside the Numbers ...

  • .917 - Junior walk-on placekicker Will Snyderwine has made 11-of-12 field goal attempts this season for a .917 percentage. He ranks second in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally in field goal percentage. He has made his last 11 field goal attempts since missing his first collegiate try at Army.
  • 1 - Senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis will move into a tie for fifth on the ACC career passing touchdowns chart with one passing touchdown. Lewis currently ranks sixth with 62 career scoring tosses.
  • 3 - The Blue Devils have blocked three kicks this season, including two punts and one PAT attempt.
  • 4 - Senior defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk leads the team and ranks tied for ninth in the ACC with four sacks. Okpokowuruk had five career sacks in his first three seasons.
  • 5 - Duke has limited five opponents to fewer than 20 points this season, accomplishing that feat for the first time since 1994.
  • 5.12 - True freshman Conner Vernon leads the ACC with 5.12 receptions per game. The last freshman to lead the conference in receptions per game was Maryland’s Frank Wycheck in 1990 while the last Blue Devil to do so was Roger Boone in 1988.
  • 6 - Senior cornerback Leon Wright has five interceptions and one fumble recovery for six total takeaways. He ranks tied for second in the ACC in interceptions and now has 10 career picks to rank tied for sixth in school history.
  • 7 - With seven catches, Vernon will move into the top five in ACC history for receptions by a freshman. Vernon holds the Duke freshman record with 41 catches this season.
  • 11 - Lewis needs only 11 yards of total offense to set Duke’s career record. He currently has 9,100 yards of total offense, 10 yards behind Spence Fischer.
  • 13 - Senior defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase has 14 career sacks, ranking him fifth in school history. He also is seventh in career tackles for loss with 35.5.
  • 14 - Lewis is 14 pass completions away from breaking Ben Bennett’s school career record of 820. He would also move into third all-time in ACC history.
  • 35 - Vernon is 35 yards shy of Greg Carr for fifth on the ACC freshman receiving yards list. Vernon owns Duke’s freshman record with 583 yards on the year.
  • 146 - Wright’s 146 interception return yards rank as the third most in the nation this season and are also the fourth most in a single season in Duke history.
  • 200 - Duke has held seven of its nine opponents under 200 passing yards with four throwing for less than 150 yards against the Blue Devils.
  • 298 - Lewis is 298 yards away from Jamie Barnette of N.C. State for fifth on the ACC career passing yards list.
  • 300 - Senior linebacker Vincent Rey became the 13th player in Duke’s history with 300 career tackles, passing the mark at North Carolina. He now has 308 tackles in his career.
  • 500 - Junior wide receiver Austin Kelly needs 22 receiving yards to give Duke three receivers with over 500 yards for just the third time in school history. Kelly would join Vernon (583) and sophomore wide receiver Donovan Varner (674) with over 500 yards.
  • 600 - Vernon is 17 yards shy of 600 for the season, which would give the Blue Devils two receivers over 600 yards in the same season for just the seventh time in school history and first since 1999. Varner currently has 674 yards for the year.
  • 2,428 - Lewis has thrown for 2,428 yards this year, the 10th-highest single-season total in school history.
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