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Complete Game Notes

Duke vs. Virginia Tech
October 13, 2012 (12:30 p.m.)
Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, Va.)
ACC Network
Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Game Notes
• Duke plays game seven of its 100th season of football by travelling to face Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. ... The game will be broadcast live by the ACC Network with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst) & Mike Hogewood (sideline) calling the action

• The Blue Devils stand at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play after defeating Virginia, 42-17, while the Hokies are 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league following their 48-34 loss to North Carolina

• Duke is 138-250-8 all-time in ACC play with league titles in 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962 & 1989
• This week’s game marks the 20th between the two schools on the gridiron with Virginia Tech leading the series, 12-7

• Duke received votes in both the Associated Press (3 points) and USA Today (10 points) polls this week

• Duke’s 5-1 start matches the third-best six-game opening to a season since the inception of the ACC in 1953 ... The only two better starts came in 1957 (5-0-1) & 1994 (6-0)

• Duke WR Conner Vernon & Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins are the only two players in the ACC to have 2+ receiving TDs in multiple games this season

• Duke S Walt Canty earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors after his 14-tackle, 3.0-tackle for loss performance in Duke’s 42-17 win over Virginia ... Canty joins CB Ross Cockrell & S Jordon Byas as Blue Devil defensive backs to recieve the honor in 2012

• Led by WR Conner Vernon’s five scoring receptions, nine different Blue Devils have caught touchdown passes in 2012 ... All three Duke QBs — Anthony Boone (5), Brandon Connette (1) & Sean Renfree (9) — have thrown scoring tosses

• Through six games, Duke has outscored its opponents by a 116-63 margin in the second half

By the Numbers
— Net rushing yards allowed by Duke in the second half of its 42-17 win over Virginia last week

34+ — Through just six games, the Blue Devils have already matched the school record for most games with 34 or more points (5), equaling the standard set in both 1943 & 1989

4 — Consecutive wins for the Blue Devils, marking Duke’s best streak since opening the 1994 season with seven straight victories

23 — Career games that QB Sean Renfree has thrown for 200+ yards ... The 23-game total ranks third on Duke’s all-time list behind Ben Bennett (25) & Thaddeus Lewis (24)

50+ — Duke WR Jamison Crowder has two touchdown receptions covering 50+ yards this season, matching the third-highest single-season total in Duke history ... Eron Riley holds the school standard with four in 2007

2.17 — ACC-leading total passes defended per game average for Duke CB Ross Cockrell ... Cockrell leads the conference in both interceptions (4) and PBUs (9)

51 — Total points for Duke K Ross Martin on 8 field goals & 27 PATs ... The total ranks second on Duke’s single-season chart for points by a freshman, trailing only Corey Thomas, who amassed 54 points on nine TDs during the 1994 campaign