Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 08/30/2014
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Individual Notes • Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone threw for 247 yards to lift his career total to 3,336 yards and pass Mike Schneider (2003-05/3,098 yards), Scotty Glacken (1963-65/3,179 yards) and Billy Ray (1989-90/3,282) for 12th place on the Duke all-time list. • Boone tossed four touchdown passes to increase his career total to 23. With his fourth TD toss of the day, Boone moved into a tie for ninth on Duke’s career passing TD list, tying Leo Hart (1968-70) and Billy Ray (1989-90). • Boone moved into a tie for third on Duke’s career chart with four or more TD passes in a game, joining Scotty Glacken (1963-65), Steve Slayden (1984-87) and Dave Brown (1989-91) with two such games. • Boone’s four touchdowns matched his career high set in 2012 against Virginia. • Boone completed 22-of-33 passes on the night. • The victory was Boone’s 11th as a starting quarterback, tied for the ninth most in Duke history. • The triumph also lifted Boone’s career record to 11-2, tied with Worth Lutz (1951-54) for the best winning percentage by a signal caller in program history at .846. • Senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder hauled in seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. With his second catch of the night, Crowder became the ninth player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to tally 200 or more receptions. Former Blue Devil Conner Vernon (2009-12/283 catches) holds the all-time league mark. • Crowder’s 205 career grabs are also good for third in Duke history, joining Vernon and Donovan Varner (2008-11/207 catches) as the only Blue Devils with 200 or more career catches. • Crowder extended his consecutive games streak with two or more receptions to 29, breaking the previous school record of 28 held by Clarkston Hines and Conner Vernon. The mark is the second-longest streak among active NCAA receivers, trailing only East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, who has 37 such consecutive games. • Crowder’s 93 receiving yards lifted his career total to 2,690 to pass Varner for third on the all-time Duke list. Crowder trails only Vernon (3,749 yards) and Clarkston Hines (1986-89/3,318 yards) on the Blue Devil ledger. • With Crowder’s two touchdown receptions, he passed Doug Green (1983-87) for sixth place on the Duke career ledger with 19 TD catches. • Crowder recorded his 24th career game with five or more receptions. • Redshirt sophomore quarterback Thomas Sirk played in his first career game … Sirk scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, finding the end zone on a 15-yard run and a one-yard run … Sirk finished the game with 54 rushing yards … he completed 5-of-7 passes for 40 yards. • Redshirt senior wide receiver Issac Blakeney caught two touchdowns on the night … his four-yard touchdown reception from Boone came on Duke’s opening drive … later added a 19-yard score just before halftime to give Duke a 28-6 lead … now has seven career receiving touchdowns … recorded multiple receiving touchdowns for the second time in his career, matching his two touchdown effort against Navy in 2013. • Junior wideout Max McCaffrey hauled in a career-best five passes for a career-high 65 yards. • Sophomore wide receiver Johnell Barnes had a career-long 60-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter that set up Duke’s eighth scoring drive of the game. • Redshirt senior running back Josh Snead produced 74 ground yards on 12 carries. In Duke’s last five games Snead has accounted for 243 rushing yards on 46 carries (5.3 yards per carry). • Junior running back Shaquille Powell also chipped in with 54 yards on 11 rushes with one touchdown … Powell’s third career rushing touchdown came in the second quarter, giving Duke a 21-3 lead … in Powell’s last three regular season games, he has gained 191 rushing yards on just 33 attempts (5.8 yards per rush). • Redshirt junior tight end David Reeves caught three passes for a career-high 25 yards. • Senior linebacker David Helton shifted to the starting Mike slot due to the season-ending injury to Kelby Brown and finished with five tackles. • Junior defensive tackle Carlos Wray picked up his first career sack on the opening drive of the game … the sack went for -9 yards and forced Elon to punt on its opening possession. • Junior kicker Ross Martin drilled a 49-yard field goal in the third quarter to give him 34 in his career, tied with Brent Garber (2000-03) for the fifth most in Duke history. • With the seven PATs, Martin has scored at least one point in 28 straight games … Martin has made 67 consecutive PAT attempts, passing Sims Lenhardt for second place on Duke’s consecutive PATs made list. • Senior offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson started his 40th straight game, tied for the longest streak among active NCAA Division I linemen. • Redshirt sophomore right tackle Casey Blaser and sophomore cornerback Breon Borders each made the first start of their respective careers.
Team Notes • With the victory, Duke has won its season opener for the fifth time in seven years under head coach David Cutcliffe. • The Blue Devils have won their season opener for the third-straight year. • With the win, Duke improves to 3-0 in August under Cutcliffe. • The 52 points scored were the most in a season opener since Duke put up 52 points against Penn in 1954. • The 52 points were the fourth-most scored during the Cutcliffe era. • Duke improves to 16-11 in non-conference games under Cutcliffe. The Blue Devils have won their last seven non-league regular season games and are 10-1 in the last 11 such contests. • Duke scored 40 or more points for the 16th time under Cutcliffe. • Duke’s 567 yards of total offense ranks as the third-most under Cutcliffe. • Duke’s 275 yards rushing are the second-most during the Cutcliffe era. • Duke picked up 31 first downs on the night, marking the third-highest total under Cutcliffe. • The 86 offensive plays are tied for the sixth-most under Cutcliffe. • 21 Blue Devils made their collegiate debuts with five true freshmen and 13 redshirt freshmen experiencing action versus Elon. • Duke scored on its opening drive, going 61 yards on 11 plays … redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone found redshirt senior wideout Issac Blakeney in the corner of the end zone for a four-yard touchdown. • Duke outgained Elon 567-328 in total yards of offense. The Blue Devils have outgained their foes in three of the last four contests with the only exception being to eventual national champion Florida State in the 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game. • With Shaquille Powell’s two-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, Duke has scored at least one ground TD in 17 of the last 18 games. • The Blue Devils have also surpassed 120 rushing yards in 15 of the last 17 contests. • The Blue Devils held onto the ball and did not commit a turnover. It was their first clean sheet since taking on Miami on Nov. 16, 2013, and just the fourth no-turnover tilt since the beginning of the 2013 campaign. • Duke did not allow a sack in the contest. Last year, the unit led the ACC with just 1.21 sacks allowed per game. • With sophomores Bryon Fields and Breon Borders starting at cornerback, Duke featured four sophomores and one junior in its secondary with sophomore Deondre Singleton, redshirt junior Jeremy Cash and sophomore DeVon Edwards joining as safeties. • Duke continued to limit its penalties, committing two for only 15 yards. • Duke went 5-of-6 on fourth-down conversions.