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Game Day: at Wake Forest, 12:30 PM, ACC Network
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Release: 09/29/2012
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Complete Game Notes

Duke at Wake Forest
September 29, 2012 (12:30 p.m.)
BB&T Field (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
ACC Network
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. Wake Forest

• Duke plays game five of its 100th season of football by travelling to face Wake Forest on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ... The game will mark the ACC opener for the Blue Devils and will be broadcast live by the ACC Network with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst) & Scott Pryzwansky (sideline) calling the action

• The Blue Devils stand at 3-1 on the year after defeating Memphis, 38-14, while the Demon Deacons are 3-1 overall and 1-1 in ACC play following their 49-37 win over Army

• Duke is 136-250-8 all-time in ACC play with league titles in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962 & 1989 ... Duke is 26-32-1 in ACC openers

• This week’s game marks the 93rd between the two schools on the gridiron with Duke leading the series, 53-37-2 ... Wake Forest has won 12 straight over the Blue Devils including last year’s 24-23 decision in Durham

• With 227 career catches to his credit, Duke WR Conner Vernon is just six recpeptions shy of becoming the ACC’s all-time leader ... Former Clemson standout Aaron Kelly holds the league record with 232 catches

• Duke QB Brandon Connette is the first Blue Devil to rush for a touchdown, catch a scoring pass and throw a TD pass in the same season since D. Bryant and Ben Erdeljac both turned the trick in 2000

• Duke QB Sean Renfree ranks 2nd in the ACC in pass completion percentage at .707 (99-of-140) ... The Scottsdale, Ariz., native matched his career single-game high with four touchdown passes last week against Memphis and ranks 2nd on Duke’s career chart for 4-touchdown pass games (3) behind Thaddeus Lewis (4)

• The Duke coaching staff will wear Coach to Cure MD patches on Saturday to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research ... Fans may donate online at or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999

• This week’s game matches the two least-penalized teams in the ACC

By the Numbers

57.33 — Pass attempts per sack allowed by Duke this year — the top mark in the ACC ... The Blue Devils have attempted 172 passes through four games against just three sacks

3.00 —
Quarterback sacks per game average for the Blue Devils in 2012 to rank third in the ACC ... Over the past two years, the Blue Devils averaged just 1.42 (2011) and 1.00 (2010) sacks per contest

.609 — Winning percentage on a 39-25 combined record of Duke’s eight ACC opponents in league play during the 2011 campaign — the highest of any team

17.00 —
Punt return average for CB Lee Butler to rank second in the ACC and 16th nationally ... Butler also ranks third on Duke’s career punt return average chart at 10.59 yards per return

>100 — Duke has held three straight foes to less than 100 rushing yards for the first time since 1965

3 —
Number of wins by 20+ points for the Blue Devils this season — the program’s highest total since 1994

23-333 —
Career receptions & receiving yards for WR Conner Vernon in three games vs. Wake Forest