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Notes: Pitt 58, Duke 55
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/21/2013
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Pitt 58, Duke 55
September 21, 2013
Durham, N.C. (Wallace Wade Stadium)

Captains & Coin Toss: Duke’s captains for the game were QB Anthony Boone, CB Ross Cockrell, DE Justin Foxx and OG Dave Harding … Duke won the opening kickoff and elected to defer … Duke defended the south goal  

101st Season: Duke is in its 101st season of football and played its 990th game … Duke now holds an all-time record of 467-492-31.

Most Points Scored in a Loss: Duke’s 55 points were the most points scored in a loss in school history … the previous high was 48 points scored in a loss to Wake Forest in 2010

QB Brandon Connette: Made his third career start at quarterback … completed 21-of-32 passes for a career-high 323 yards and a career-best four touchdowns … added two rushing touchdowns for a total of six TDs … the six touchdowns tied Duke’s single-game record for touchdown responsibility, matching totals by Tom Powers (1950 vs. Richmond), Steve Slayden (1987 vs. Georgia Tech) and Thaddeus Lewis (2009 vs. N.C. State) … his four passing touchdowns rank tied for the third-most in a single game in school history … connected with WR Brandon Braxton on a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter, the longest completion of his career … connected with WR Jamison Crowder on a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter … Connette’s previous career long completion was a 43-yarder to Crowder this year against Memphis … rushed 15 times for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns … became the 11th Duke quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game … his 424 total offensive yards rank as the ninth-most in a single game in school history … scored on a one-yard run and a four-yard run in the fourth quarter … now has 21 career rushing TDs … had a season-long 37-yard run on Duke’s first scoring drive

WR Jamison Crowder: Accounted for three touchdowns on the day (one receiving, one rushing, one punt return) … first Blue Devil to score touchdowns in that fashion since former WR and current associate head coach Scottie Montgomery did so vs. Wake Forest in 1999 … had 279 all-purpose yards on the afternoon (141 receiving yards, 109 punt return yards and 29 rushing yards) … his 279 all-purpose yards are the fifth-most in a single game in school history … finished the game with seven catches for 141 yards, his seventh 100-yard receiving game of his career … hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass to break the school record for most touchdown receptions of 50 or more yards in a career … it was Crowder’s sixth such catch of his career, breaking the previous record of five held by Eron Riley (2005-08) … scored on a seven-yard run in the second quarter on his first carry of the season … it was the first rushing TD of his career … returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter … the 82-yard punt return tied for the fifth-longest punt return for a touchdown in school history (Jay Wilkinson, 1961 vs. N.C. State; Ernie Jackson, 1969 vs. Pitt) … tied the school record for most punt returns for a touchdown in a single season with two (Elmore Hackney in 1937 and Jay Wilkinson in 1961)  … logged his second career multi-touchdown game … returned three punts for 109 yards … the 109 punt return yards are the fifth-most in school history … his 36.33 punt return average ranks as the second-highest in a single game in school history … has caught at least six passes in all four games this season

WR Brandon Braxton: Hauled in a 75-yard touchdown pass from QB Brandon Connette in the third quarter, the longest reception of his career … the play was Duke’s longest from scrimmage this season … caught five passes for a career-high 97 yards on the day

CB Ross Cockrell: Recorded his 200th career tackle … posted seven tackles on the day, including five solo stops … recorded first sack of the season and second of his career in the third quarter

WR Max McCaffrey: Caught his first career touchdown on a 16-yard strike from QB Brandon Connette in the first quarter for Duke’s first score of the game … finished with a career-high three catches for a career-best 34 yards

TE Braxton Deaver: Caught his second career touchdown on a six-yard pass from QB Brandon Connette in the fourth quarter … had two receptions for 21 yards

S Jeremy Cash: Posted his second straight game with double-digit tackles, finishing with a team-high 12 … had four solo stops

LB Kelby Brown: Finished with six tackles and one quarterback hurry

DT Sydney Sarmiento: Made his 40th consecutive start, the second longest streak in the ACC behind teammate Perry Simmons … blocked a field goal in the first quarter for his second career block … also blocked a field goal against Army in 2010

DE Kenny Anunike: Recorded his second sack of the year and 11th of his career … now ranks tied for 13th on the career sacks list alongside Ayanga Okpokowuruk (2006-09)

LB David Helton: Had eight tackles on the day … logged his fourth consecutive game this season with at least seven tackles … has logged at least five tackles in 11 of his past 12 games dating back to 2012

S Anthony Young-Wiseman: Drew his first career start … had a career-high 12 tackles on the afternoon

RB Josh Snead: Drew his second career start and first start of 2013 … rushed 14 times for 59 yards

OT Perry Simmons: Made his 41st consecutive start, the longest streak in the ACC and tied for the eighth longest in the nation