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Duke vs. N.C. State
November 9, 2013 (4 p.m.)
Durham, N.C. (Wallace Wade Stadium)
ESPNU l Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. N.C. State
• A winner of four consecutive games, Duke hosts N.C. State Saturday in Wallace Wade Stadium ... Kickoff is set for 4:00 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 6-2 overall and 2-2 in league play after defeating then 16th-ranked Virginia Tech, 13-10, on the road on October 26 ... Duke was open last week ... The Wolfpack is 3-5 overall and 0-5 in league action after falling, 27-19, to North Carolina this past Saturday

• Saturday’s game will mark the 82nd on the gridiron between the two schools ... Duke leads the all-time series by a 40-36-5 count ... The series dates back to 1924 when N.C. State posted a 14-0 win ... Between 1933-62, Duke went 26-1-2 against the Wolfpack ... N.C. State won 11 in a row between 1994-08

• The Blue Devils received votes in both polls this week, earning 11 total points in the USA Today Coaches poll (up from 8 last week) while receiving one vote in the Associated Press poll (down from 2 last week)

• With the victory over Virginia Tech two weeks ago, Duke secured bowl eligibility for the second consecutive season ... Last year, the Blue Devils ended a 17-year postseason drought by playing in the Belk Bowl

• With the victory at Virginia Tech, Duke QB Anthony Boone became just the second quarterback since 1950 to guide the Blue Devils to victories in each of his first six career starting assignments ... QB Worth Lutz directed Duke to wins in each of his first six starts in 1952 ... No Duke QB has guided the Blue Devils to wins in his first seven starting assignments

• In the win over Virginia Tech on October 26, Duke CB Ross Cockrell became the school’s all-time leader in PBUs with 34, passing former three-time All-ACC pick John Talley, who posted 33 PBUs from 2003-06 ... Cockrell also registered his 11th career interception against the Hokies

• Over the past three games, the Duke defense has held its opponents scoreless in seven of the 12 quarters played ... The Blue Devils held both Navy and Virginia without a point after halftime in the wins, and Duke kept Virginia Tech off the scoreboard in the first half of the 13-10 triumph in Blacksburg

• In ACC play this season, the Blue Devils are 0-2 at home (losses to Georgia Tech & Pitt) and 2-0 on the road (wins over Virginia & Virginia Tech) ... Duke joins Clemson & Florida State as the only teams without a road defeat in conference action

Blue Devils By the Numbers
150-2,006 — Career pass receptions and receiving yards for WR Jamison Crowder ... He is one of eight players in Duke history with 150+ receptions and one of nine in school history with 2,000+ yards

33 — Combined total tackles for LBs Kelby Brown (14) and David Helton (19) in Duke’s 13-10 win over No. 16 Virginia Tech two weeks ago

4 — Consecutive wins for the Blue Devils over Troy, Navy, Virginia & Virginia Tech ... The Blue Devils will aim for their first five-game winning streak since reeling off seven consecutive wins to open the 1994 campaign

163.89 — Season pass efficiency rating for QB Brandon Connette, who ranks second in the ACC behind only Jameis Winston of Florida State (201.1)

4 — Number of Blue Devils — Issac Blakeney (4), Jamison Crowder (3), Braxton Deaver (4) & Max McCaffrey (3) — with 3+ touchdown receptions ... Duke and Florida State (also with 4) are the only schools in the ACC with four players with 3+ TD catches

9.75 — ACC-leading tackles per game average for LB David Helton ... S Jeremy Cash (9.00) ranks third while LB Kelby Brown (8.71) is fourth

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

51 & 53 — Length of Ross Martin’s two field goals in the 13-10 victory over No. 16 Virginia Tech ... With the boots, Martin matched the school record for most field goals of 50+ yards in a single game while becoming the first player nationally to accomplish the feat in 2013 ... The 53-yard effort marked a career-long

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