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No. 25 Duke at Wake Forest
November 23, 2013
Winston-Salem, N.C. (BB&T Field)
ESPN2 | Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. Wake Forest
• Riding a six-game winning streak, 25th-ranked Duke travels to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest ... Kickoff is set for 12 noon ... The game will be broadcast live by ESPN2 with Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Joey Galloway (analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline)

• The Blue Devils are 8-2 (4-2 ACC) after defeating No. 24 Miami, 48-30, last week ... The Demon Deacons are 4-6 (2-5 ACC) after falling, 59-3, to No. 2 Florida State two weeks ago

• Duke enters the week ranked No. 25 in the latest Associated Press national poll ... The ranking is Duke’s first since being ranked No. 25 at the conclusion of the 1994 regular season ... Duke will play its first game as a ranked team since dropping a 34-20 decision to Wisconsin in the Hall of Fame Bowl on January 2, 1995 ... The Blue Devils are ranked 24th in this week’s USA Today coaches poll

• Saturday’s game marks the 94th on the gridiron between the two schools ... Duke leads the all-time series 54-37-2 ... The series began in 1889 with a 32-0 Wake Forest victory ... Last year, Duke snapped a 12-game losing streak to Wake Forest with a 34-27 win

• The Blue Devils hold an overall record of 88-36-5 as a nationally-ranked squad ... Duke’s last win as a ranked club came on November 5, 1994 when the 23rd-ranked Blue Devils defeated No. 13 Virginia, 28-25

• The Blue Devils have won two games over nationally-ranked opponets this season — No. 16 Virginia Tech & No. 24 Miami — marking the first time Duke has accomplished the feat since 1971 (No. 19 South Carolina & No. 10 Stanford)

• Duke’s six-game winning streak is the longest since the 1994 squad won its first seven games
• Duke QB Brandon Connette matched the school single-game record for rushing TDs last week against Miami with four and, in the process, became the program’s all-time leader in the same category with 29 ... Connette broke the 68-year old career record of 28 rushing TDs set by Tom Davis (1941-44)

• All four of Duke’s RBs — Jela Duncan, Shaquille Powell, Josh Snead & Juwan Thompson — average 5.0+ yards per rushing attempt this season ... Combined, the foursome has rushed 237 times for 1,383 yards with a 5.84 yards per carry average ... Duncan and Snead lead the team in yardage with 485 and 480 yards, respectively

• The Duke defense has made its mark in the fourth period by allowing a total of 34 points ... Also, the Blue Devils rank second in the ACC in red zone defense (.750)

Blue Devil By The Numbers
8-0 — Duke’s record with Anthony Boone as the starting QB including a 7-0 mark this season

7.06 — Average yards per rushing attempt for RB Josh Snead, who has rushed 68 times for 480 yards on the year ... Last week against Miami, Snead rushed for a career-best 138 yards on just nine carries to average 15.33 yards per attempt

29 — Wins at Duke for head coach David Cutcliffe ... In five-plus seasons, Cutcliffe has guided Duke to 29 victories — 7 more than the program’s total in the 13 years prior to his arrival (1995-07)

3 — Duke RBs — Jela Duncan, Josh Snead & Juwan Thompson — with over 1,000 career rushing yards

34 — Fourth-quarter points allowed by Duke through 10 games this season

25 — Total TD responsibility this season for QB Brandon Connette, who has rushed for 12 TDs while throwing for 13 scores ... The total stands one TD shy of the school single-season record of 26 set by Anthony Dilweg in 1988 ... Connette is the only player in Duke history with 10+ rushing TDs & 10+ passing TDs in a single season

50 — Career total passes defended for CB Ross Cockrell on 11 INTs & 39 PBUs ... The total sits just one shy of the Duke all-time record of 51 set by John Talley (2003-06) on 18 INTs & 33 PBUs ... Cockrell had a career-high five PBUs last week against Miami to push his Duke career record total to 39

3-0 — Duke’s record this season in road games with victories over Memphis, Virginia and Virginia Tech ... The Blue Devils close the regular season with trips to play Wake Forest and North Carolina ... Duke has not won four road games in a single season since 1988

22-2 — Duke’s record under head coach David Cutcliffe when leading after three quarters ... Overall as a head coach, Cutcliffe is 56-9 when leading heading into the final period
 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