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Notes: Duke 45, N.C. Central 0
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/31/2013
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CAPTAINS & COIN TOSS: Duke’s captains for the game were QB Anthony Boone, CB Ross Cockrell, DE Justin Foxx and OG Dave Harding … N.C. Central won the toss and elected to defer … Duke opened the game defending the north goal

101ST SEASON: Duke kicked off its 101st season of football and played its 987th game … Duke now holds an all-time record of 466-490-31

SEASON-OPENERS: Duke improves to 4-2 in season-opening games under head coach David Cutcliffe with wins in 2008 (James Madison), 2010 (Elon), 2012 (FIU) and 2013 (N.C. Central) and losses in 2009 (Richmond) and 2011 (Richmond) … In the 20 seasons prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival (1988-2007), the Blue Devils were 4-15-1 in season-openers

BULL CITY GRIDIRON CLASSIC: Duke improves to 3-0 against N.C. Central … The Blue Devils won previous games over the Eagles in 2009 and 2012.

FIRST SHUTOUT SINCE 1989: With its 45-0 win over N.C. Central, Duke recorded its first shutout since a 41-0 win over North Carolina on Nov. 18, 1989

FIRST HOME SHUTOUT SINCE 1978: With its 45-0 win over N.C. Central, Duke recorded its first home shutout since a 3-0 win over Wake Forest on Nov. 11, 1978

CUTCLIFFE GETS FOURTH CAREER SHUTOUT: David Cutcliffe earned his fourth career shutout as a head coach … Cutcliffe had three shutouts during his head coaching stint at Ole Miss … his last shutout came in a 31-0 win over Mississippi State on Nov. 27, 2003

FIRST COLLEGIATE ACTION: The following players saw their first collegiate action: OG Marcus Aprahamian, WR Johnell Barnes, TE Dan Beilinson, WR Johndre Bennett, CB Breon Borders, S Jacques Bristow, QB Robert Collins, S Christian Conway, CB DeVon Edwards, CB Bryon Fields, LS Thomas Hennessy, LB Chris Hoover, DE Michael Mann, WR Anthony Nash, NG Keilin Rayner, S Deondre Singleton, QB Mackenzie Sovereign, WR Ryan Smith, WR Brandon Watkins, DT A.J. Wolf

FIRST STARTS: The following players earned the first starting assignments of their respective careers: S Jeremy Cash, WR Max McCaffrey, S Corbin McCarthy, CB Garett Patterson and C Matt Skura

FIVE TRUE FRESHMEN PLAY: A total of five true freshmen played against N.C. Central: WR Johnell Barnes, CB Breon Borders, CB Bryon Fields, S Deondre Singleton, WR Ryan Smith

RUNNING THE BALL: Duke rushed for a combined 257 yards on 49 carries … the 257 rushing yards are the most in a single game during the David Cutcliffe era at Duke and the third-highest total in his head coaching career … the 49 carries are the second-most in a game during Cutcliffe’s tenure at Duke and the fifth-most in his head coaching career

SOLID DEFENSE: The 184 yards allowed by the Duke defense are the fifth-fewest yards allowed during David Cutcliffe’s tenure as a head coach … Duke held N.C. Central to just nine first downs, tying the second-fewest first downs allowed total during the Cutcliffe era in Durham

SCORING AT HOME: Duke has scored in 21 of its last 23 quarters in Wallace Wade Stadium

QB ANTHONY BOONE: Received second starting assignment of his career (Virginia, 2012) … reached 1,000 passing yards for his career … completed 16-of-20 passes for 176 yards … completed 80.0% of his passes, tying former QB Thaddeus Lewis for seventh on the highest pass completion percentage chart in single-game history … rushed six times for 24 yards with one touchdown … recorded his seventh career rushing touchdown with a one-yard run in the second quarter

WR JAMISON CROWDER: Returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Duke a 14-0 lead … the 76 yards marked the seventh-longest punt return in Duke history … first career punt return for a touchdown … 39th punt return for a TD in Duke’s history … had 175 total yards … had a career-best 113 punt return yards, making him the seventh Blue Devil to have 100+ punt return yards in a game … the 113 punt return yards are the fourth-most in a single game in school history … also caught six passes for 62 yards

WR ISSAC BLAKENEY: Hauled in his second career touchdown on a 19-yard pass from Brandon Connette in the third quarter

CB ROSS COCKRELL: Recorded his 30th career pass breakup to move into a tie for fourth place on Duke’s career list … registered four tackles on the day

WR MAX McCAFFREY: Had a career-best three receptions on the day for 25 yards … caught two passes for 24 yards on Duke’s opening drive … caught two passes all of last season

RB JELA DUNCAN: Rushed 11 times for 76 yards and one touchdown … his fifth career rushing touchdown came on a three-yard run in the third quarter

QB BRANDON CONNETTE: Completed 5-of-8 passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns … the two TDs were his fourth and fifth passing touchdowns of his career … first passing TD came on a three-yard toss to TE Braxton Deaver with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter … the touchdown was Duke’s first TD of the 2013 season … also connected with WR Issac Blakeney on a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter …threw for a touchdown in second straight game after tossing a TD in the 2012 Belk Bowl against Cincinnati … rushed five times for 22 yards with one touchdown … recorded his 18th career rushing touchdown with a one-yard run in the second quarter … accounted for a career-high three touchdowns on the afternoon … has accounted for 24 career touchdowns

TE BRAXTON DEAVER: Made his return to the field after missing the entire 2012 season due to injury … caught three passes for 16 yards … hauled in first career touchdown on a three-yard pass from Bandon Connette with 5:09 remaining in the first quarter … the touchdown was Duke’s first TD of the 2013 season

DE KENNY ANUNIKE: Recorded 10th career sack with a takedown in the opening quarter

WR BRANDON BRAXTON: Returned to the offensive side of the ball after spending the 2012 season on defense … caught four passes for 43 yards

LB KYLER BROWN: Recorded his first career sack with a takedown in the third quarter … also caused a fumble on the play, the second caused fumble of his career … finished the game with three tackles

DE DEZMOND JOHNSON: Posted his first career fumble recovery in the third quarter

TE NICK SINK: Saw action on the offensive side of the ball after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a defensive lineman … caught first career pass, an 11-yard throw from Brandon Connette