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FRIDAY REWIND: Duke 34, Army West Point 14
Wide receiver Aaron Young caught four passes for 114 yards and one touchdown and the Duke defense limited Army West Point to just 168 rushing yards as the Blue Devils won their seventh straight season-opener with a 34-14 decision over the Black Knights on Friday night.
Duke turned two turnovers and a missed field goal attempt into 17 points in the first half as the Blue Devil defense blanked the visitors for the first 30 minutes. Army scored two touchdowns in the third period – each time pulling within 10 points – but Duke responded with a touchdown each time to keep the margin in double figures.
“I think we just got outclassed,” said Army head coach Jeff Monken. “Give credit to Duke, Coach Cutcliffe and that team; they just outplayed us.”
The Blue Devil defense was spearheaded by safety Dylan Singleton’s game-high 11 tackles while end Victor Dimukeje contributed six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one caused fumble and one quarterback pressure.
“We just came in playing for each other,” said Singleton. “Take care of your responsibilities and run to the ball. That’s really the thing, just running to the ball every play and being there for your brothers.”
Seeing his first action as a Blue Devil, kicker Collin Wareham successfully booted two field goals and four extra points.
For Army, quarterback Kelvin Hopkins threw for 197 yards and one touchdown.
“There was so much anticipation leading up to this game. It was good to get back out there. We obviously worked in practice a lot and felt good about our work, but there is something relieving about playing in a game and being on the field. It was a lot of fun out there and it was a great team win.”
-- Duke QB Daniel Jones
FOURTH QUARTER SUCCESS CONTINUES
In the win over Army West Point, the Blue Devil defense pushed its streak of consecutive fourth quarters without a point allowed to six dating back to last season ... A year ago, Duke led the ACC and ranked fourth nationally in fewest points allowed per fourth quarter (3.46), trailing only Wisconsin, TCU and Alabama.
FRESHMEN & FIRST TIME PARTICIPANTS
A total of three true freshmen played in Duke’s season-opening triumph over Army West Point: WR Jake Bobo, OT Casey Holman, DT Tahj Rice ... In addition, 12 other Blue Devils received the first playing time of their respective careers: CB Josh Blackwell, H Jackson Hubbard, RB Marvin Hubbard III, S Leonard Johnson, TE Jake Marwede, S Damani Neal, OG Jacob Rimmer, DE Chris Rumph II, LS John Taylor, K Collin Wareham, C Jack Wohlabaugh and S Lummie Young IV.
EYE ON THE OPPONENT
This week’s foe, Northwestern, opened the season with a 31-27 win at Purdue.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Duke is 20-3 (.870) in its last 23 contests against non-ACC opponents.
THIS WEEK IN DUKE FOOTBALL HISTORY
September 7, 1991 – Duke 24, South Carolina 24
With Duke trailing, 24-10, with less than two minutes left in the game, quarterback Dave Brown scored on a three-yard rush to make the score 24-16 with 1:09 to play. The point after attempt failed, but Duke recovered the ensuing onside kick and a five-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Walter Jones as time expired pulled the Blue Devils to within two. Brown then completed the two-point pass to tight end Aaron Shaw to force the tie in Columbia.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
DUKE FOOTBALL TRIVIA
Who is the only player in Duke history to register four seasons with 100+ tackles?
TWEETS OF THE DAY
- Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
- Thomas Hennessy, LS, New York Jets
- Lucas Patrick, OG, Green Bay Packers
- Vincent Rey, LB, Cincinnati Bengals
- Matt Skura, C, Baltimore Ravens
- Laken Tomlinson, OG, San Francisco 49ers
- Shaun Wilson, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In addition, two former Blue Devils appear on injured reserved lists:In addition, two former Blue Devils appear on injured reserved lists:
- Jeremy Cash, LB, Arizona Cardinals
- Ross Cockrell, CB, Carolina Panthers
CONTINENTAL TIRE DRVIE AROUND THE ACC
Last week’s results:
Wake Forest 23, Tulane 17 [OT] (Thursday)
Duke 34, Army West Point 14 (Friday)
Syracuse 55, Western Michigan 42
(1) Alabama 51, Louisville 14
(2) Clemson 48, Furman 7
Georgia Tech 41, Alcorn State 0
Boston College 55, Massachusetts 21
Pittsburgh 33, Albany 7
California 24, North Carolina 17
N.C. State 24, James Madison 13
Virginia 42, Richmond 13
LSU 33, Miami 17 (Sunday)
(20) Virginia Tech at (19) Florida State
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Holy Cross at Boston College
Clemson at Texas A&M
Samford at Florida State
Western Kentucky at Louisville
Georgia State at N.C. State
Wagner at Syracuse
Towson at Wake Forest
Duke at Northwestern
Georgia Tech at South Florida
Savannah State at Miami
North Carolina at East Carolina
Penn State at Pittsburgh
Virginia at Indiana
William & Mary at Virginia Tech
THIS WEEK’S GAME
Saturday, September 8
Duke (1-0) at Northwestern (1-0)
Kickoff: 12 noon ET
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Carl McGee (1975-76-77-78)