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Game Day: at Virginia Tech, 3:30 PM, ESPNU
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Release: 10/26/2013
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Duke vs. Virginia Tech
October 26, 2013 (3:30 p.m.)
Blacksburg, Va. (Lane Stadium)
ESPNU | Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. Virginia Tech
• Duke plays the second of six straight ACC games to close the regular season by travelling to meet 16th-ranked Virginia Tech ... Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ... The game will be broadcast live by ESPNU with Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Kelly Stouffer (analyst)   

• The Blue Devils stand at 5-2 overall and 1-2 in league play after defeating Virginia, 35-22, last week on the road ... The Hokies are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC following their 19-9 win over Pitt back on October 12 ... Virginia Tech was idle last weekend

• Saturday’s game will mark the 21st on the gridiron between the two schools ... Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 13-7, which dates back to 1937 ... Duke won seven of the first eight meetings between 1937-81, but the Hokies have captured 12 consecutive victories over the Blue Devils since 1982
• The Blue Devils own an all-time record of 23-131-6 against nationally-ranked oppoennts (AP poll) ... Duke’s last victory over a ranked foe came in a 28-25 triumph over No. 13 Virginia on November 5, 1994

• With last week’s win at Virginia, Duke QB Anthony Boone became just the second quarterback since 1950 to guide the Blue Devils to victories in each of his first five career starting assignments ... QB Worth Lutz directed Duke to wins in each of his first five starts in 1952

• The Duke defense has pitched second-half shutouts in each of the last two weeks ... On October 5 against Navy, the Blue Devils limited the Midshipmen to zero points and 73 total yards in the 35-7 win ... Last week at Virginia, Duke held the Cavaliers to zero points on just 83 yards of total offense in the 35-22 triumph

• Duke QB Brandon Connette has thrown two game-winning, fourth-quarter TD passes on the road in 2013 ... His 22-yard scoring strike to WR Issac Blakeney in the fourth period was the go-ahead score at Memphis in week two, and, last week in Charlottesville, he tossed a 47-yard TD pass to TE Braxton Deaver that keyed Duke’s win over Virginia ... Connette is the only QB in Duke history with two game-winning, fourth-quarter TD passes in a single season

John Latina, Duke’s Assistant Head Coach & Run Game Coordinator, is a 1981 graduate of Virginia Tech ... Latina lettered three seasons as an offensive lineman for the Hokies and served the 1981 season as a graduate assistant coach in Blacksburg

• Last week, K Ross Martin became the 12th player in Duke history to reach the 150-point plateau ... Martin has 150 points on 24 FGs & 78 PATs

Blue Devils By the Numbers
1 — Rushing TD needed for QB Brandon Connette to become the first player in Duke history to post 8+ rushing TDs in three seasons ... Connette rushed for eight TDs in both 2010 & 2012 and has seven ground scores this year

12-8 — Record for David Cutcliffe in October road games — 6-3 at Ole Miss & 6-5 at Duke

35 — Unanswered points for the Blue Devils last week at Virginia ... Duke trailed the Cavaliers, 22-0, before closing with the game’s final 35 points including 18 in the fourth period

33 — Career PBUs for CB Ross Cockrell, who moved into a tie for first place on Duke’s all-time list last week at Virginia ... Cockrell is tied for the top spot with former three-time All-ACC pick John Talley, who posted 33 PBUs along with a school-record 18 INTs from 2003-06

5.46 — Combined average yards per rushing attempt for Duke’s four RBs — Jela Duncan, Shaquille Powell, Josh Snead & Juwan Thompson — with 955 yards on 175 carries ... Duncan leads the Blue Devils in ground yardage with 334 yards, with Snead averaging a team-best 6.28 yards per carry

8.00 — Pass receptions per game average for WR Jamison Crowder this season ... The Duke single-season record for receptions per game is 7.40, set by Wes Chesson during the 1970 campaign ... Crowder has an ACC-best 56 catches for 731 yards and three TDs on the year

41.3 — ACC-leading net punting average for the Blue Devils

22.5 — Career tackles for loss for DE Kenny Anunike ... The Galena, Ohio, native has 10.0 TFL this season,     marking the fourth-highest total in the ACC

8 — Consecutive games that WR Jamison Crowder has caught 6+ passes, dating back to last year ... Crowder, who has reached double figures in the reception column twice this year, has an ACC-leading 47 catches this year for 618 yards touchdowns

7 — Fourth-quarter wins by Duke in the David Cutcliffe Era ... In week two at Memphis, Brandon Connette became the fourth QB under Cutcliffe to engineer a game-winning drive in the final period of play
joining Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree & Anthony Boone

42 — Career total passes defended (10 INTs & 32 PBUs) for CB Ross Cockrell ... With one INT and one PBU last week, Cockrell moved into a tie for third place on Duke’s career chart ... He sits nine total passes defended behind the school’s all-time leader, John Talley (51)

11 — Number of Duke seniors on scholarship — two fewer than last year

5 — Blue Devils enrolled in graduate school this fall — Kenny Anunike, Ross Cockrell, John Coleman, Dave Harding & Sydney Sarmiento

421 — Consecutive Duke football games called by Bob Harris, the school’s Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster ... The active streak started with Duke’s season-opening, 21-18 win over Tennessee in 1976