Week 2: Stanford 50, Duke 13
September 8, 2012
Stanford, Calif. (Stanford Stadium)
Vernon Moves Closer to ACC Records
• With six catches for 49 yards versus Stanford, senior WR Conner Vernon moved into third place on the ACC’s all-time receptions list and into 11th place on the all-time receiving yards list. Vernon has 214 career receptions for 2,904 yards.
• The league’s all-time leaders are Clemson’s Aaron Kelly (2005-08) with 232 receptions and Florida State’s Peter Warrick (1996-99) with 3,517 receiving yards.
Vernon Extends NCAA-Leading Receiving Streak to 37 Games
• Vernon extended his NCAA-leading receiving streak to 37 games. His streak is three games longer than the next closest player (Taylor Stockemer, Arkansas St. – 34) and is one of only five active streaks of at least 30 games nationally.
• Vernon has caught multiple passes in 17 consecutive games.
• Senior Desmond Scott also caught a career-high 11 passes to extend his streak to 28 games. Scott has multiple catches in 10 straight games.
Crowder Surpasses 100 Receiving Yards Again
• Sophomore WR Jamison Crowder caught a career-high 10 passes for 112 yards, giving him two straight games with 100 yards receiving to open the season. Crowder caught six passes for 102 yards in the season opener versus FIU.
• Among Crowder’s nine receptions was a 51-yard pass from QB Anthony Boone. The 51-yarder was the second longest offensive play of the year for the Blue Devils.
Scott Posts Career-High 11 Receptions
• Senior WR Desmond Scott logged a career-high 11 receptions Saturday. Scott’s previous career high was six receptions versus Boston College in 2010. Scott, who converted to WR from RB in the fall, has 13 receptions through Duke’s first two games.
• Scott’s longest reception of the night went for 30 yards, which was just one yard shy of tying the longest catch of his career.
Renfree Records 20th 200-Yard Game
• Redshirt senior QB Sean Renfree completed 28-of-40 passes for 200 yards, giving him 20 career 200-yard games. That ranks tied for the fourth most in school history.
• Renfree completed 20-of-27 (.741) passes in the first half with no interceptions.
Connette Adds to Touchdown Total
• Redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Connette added to his team-leading touchdown total with a four-yard run in the third quarter. It was the third TD of the season for Connette, who has rushed for two and thrown for another.
• Connette averages a touchdown for every 8.64 rushing attempts during his career. He has 11 career rushing touchdowns on 95 rush attempts.
Boone Leads Touchdown Drive
• Redshirt sophomore QB Anthony Boone entered the game late in the third quarter and led Duke to its first touchdown on his first drive of the game. Boone completed 2-of-3 passes for 57 yards during the drive with completions of 51 yards to Jamison Crowder and six yards to David Reeves. Brandon Connette finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
• Boone finished with a career-high 147 passing yards, 13 completions and 21 pass attempts.
Three Blue Devils Record First Career Receptions
• Redshirt sophomore TE Isaac Blakeney, redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Connette and true freshman TE Erich Schneider recorded their first career receptions tonight. Blakeney hauled in three receptions for 45 yards, while Schneider caught one pass for 13 yards. Connette added two receptions for seven yards.
Duke Gives Up Punt Return TD
• On Duke’s first punt of the game, Stanford WR Drew Terrell returned a 50-yard punt 74 yards for a touchdown. The last time an opponent returned a punt for a touchdown against Duke was on Oct. 2, 2010 when Maryland’s Tony Logan scored from 84 yards.
Freshman Kicking Specialists Shine Again
• Redshirt freshman punter Will Monday averaged 47.1 yards per punt on seven punts, ranking as the second highest single-game punting average by a freshman in school history. Monday averages 46.3 yards per punt this season.
• True freshman kicker Ross Martin hit two field goals, both from 29 yards. Martin has hit 3-of-4 field goals through Duke’s first two games with his only miss coming from 39 yards.
Duke Defense Holds in Red Zone Early
• Stanford entered the red zone on four of its first five drives, and Duke held the offense to field goals on three of those trips. In the second quarter, Stanford drove all the way to Duke’s five-yard line, but the Blue Devils forced a fourth down and a 22-yard field goal. Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor ran in a 13-yard touchdown on the other red zone trip.
Offensive Line Allows First Sack
• Duke attempted 48 passes to start the season before allowing its first sack. The Blue Devils did not allow a sack in the season opener versus FIU and attempted 14 passes – completing 12 – against Stanford before Cardinal OLB Alex Debniak and ILB Sam Mercer got to quarterback Sean Renfree for a loss of six yards.
• Stanford totaled just two sacks for the entire game, despite 63 pass attempts by Duke.
• In 2011, Duke averaged 19.0 pass attempts between sacks for the third best average in the ACC.
Cockrell Intercepts a Pass
• Redshirt junior CB Ross Cockrell picked off a pass from Stanford QB Josh Nunes in the second half. Cockrell’s diving catch on the Stanford 38-yard line was the fifth interception of Cockrell’s career and one of his three defended passes in the game.
Anunike Records Sack in Second Consecutive Game
• Redshirt senior DE Kenny Anunike recorded a sack in the second consecutive game and now has 5.5 sacks in his last five games. In the last meeting versus Stanford, Anunike sacked Stanford QB Andrew Luck twice and was the ACC’s sack leader through four weeks before suffering a season-ending knee injury versus Tulane.
Canty Records 11 Tackles & First Career Sack
• Senior safety Walt Canty led Duke with 11 tackles and also recorded his first career sack. It was the eighth double-digit tackle game for Canty, who is Duke’s active leader with 175 career stops and has led the team in tackles in four of the last five games.
Butler Blocks PAT Attempt
• Redshirt senior CB Lee Butler blocked Stanford’s attempted PAT following a 71-yard interception return by Stanford’s Ed Reynolds. It was the first blocked kick by Butler and the first blocked PAT by a Blue Devil since Charlie Hatcher in 2009 vs. Kansas.