101st SEASON: Duke is in its 101st season of football and played its 993rd game … Duke now holds an all-time record of 473-492-31
DUKE REACHES EIGHT WINS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1994: For the first time since 1994, Duke reached eight wins in a season … Duke has reached eight wins in 14 other seasons (1930, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1952, 1954, 1960, 1962, 1989, 1994) … Duke’s single-season record for wins is nine in 1933, 1936, 1938 and 1941
DUKE WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT: Duke extended its winning streak to six straight games, the program’s longest since the 1994 team opened the year with seven consecutive victories … the six-game streak is tied for the third-longest in program history and Duke’s ninth streak of at least six games
LONGEST WIN STREAKS IN DUKE HISTORY Year Wins 1933 9 1938 9 1941 9 1930 7 1989 7 1994 7 1939 6 1952 6 2013 6
DUKE ECLIPSES 300 RUSHING YARDS: Duke set a David Cutcliffe-era standard for rushing yards with 358 against Miami … the 358 yards rushing are Duke’s most since Oct. 22, 1994 when the Blue Devils ran for 324 yards against Wake Forest … the 358 yards are also the most by any Cutcliffe-coached team, bettering the Ole Miss output of 323 versus LSU in 1999
DUKE SCORES FIVE RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS: Duke scored five rushing touchdowns in the win over Miami, the most since scoring six times on the ground in a 55-48 win over Virginia on November 6, 2010
FOURTH-QUARTER DEFENSE: Duke outscored Miami 17-0 in the fourth quarter to continue a trend of strong defense in the final period … Duke is averaging 3.4 points per period in the fourth quarter this season while scoring 11.0 … Duke has been outscored in the fourth quarter by only Virginia Tech (3-0) this season … Duke has shut out the opposition in the fourth quarter four times in 2012
INTERCEPTIONS: Duke recorded an interception in the sixth straight game … the pick was Duke’s ninth in the last three games … Deondre Singleton recorded the interception on a pass that was broken up by fellow safety DeVon Edwards … Duke has recorded an interception in eight of 10 games this season … seven Duke players have recorded an interception this season
DUKE DEFEATS SECOND RANKED TEAM: Duke defeated its second ranked team of the season … the last time Duke beat two ranked teams in the same season was 1971 when the Blue Devils topped No. 19 South Carolina (28-12, Sept, 18) and No. 11 West Virginia (21-13, Oct. 10) … the Blue Devils also beat No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10, on Oct. 26 this season ... Duke has beaten two ranked teams in a season four times (2013, 1971, 1957, 1952 and 1944)
MARGIN OF VICTORY VERSUS RANKED TEAM: Duke’s 18-point margin of victory over Miami is the largest in the ACC era and the second largest in school history, trailing only the 34-0 victories Duke had against Wake Forest in 1944 and Colgate in 1942 …
BLUE DEVILS MATCH HOME WINS RECORD: For the second straight year, Duke won five home games to match the school record set in 2012, 1994, 1989, 1974, 1943, 1933, 1932 and 1930 … Duke finished 5-2 at home this season.
DUKE OFFENSIVE LINE: The Duke offensive line allowed Duke to rush for 358 yards at an average of 6.9 yards per rush against a Miami defense that entered the game holding opponents to 3.8 yards per rush and 151.9 rushing yards per game … the rushing yards, yards per rush and rushing touchdowns (5) were the most Miami has allowed this season … the Blue Devil front allowed just one sack – on Duke’s final play of the first half – and one tackle for loss against a Miami defense that entered the game with 25 sacks, tied for the fourth most in the ACC.
ZERO TURNOVERS: Duke did not commit a turnover against Miami, marking the third time this season Duke did not give the ball away … Miami entered the game with 21 takeaways (14 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries).
DUKE PASS DEFENSE HOLDS UP: For the second time this season, Duke’s pass defense totaled double-digit pass breakups … Duke carded a season-high 11 pass breakups against Miami, including five from CB Ross Cockrell and three from S DeVon Edwards … S Deondre Singleton also grabbed an interception, giving Duke an interception in six consecutive games and in eight of 10 games this season.
FOURTH-DOWN CONVERSIONS: Duke converted both fourth-down opportunities to extend a streak of eight consecutive fourth-down conversions that dates back to the start of the 22-17 win at Virginia … Duke is 13-of-18 on fourth-down conversions this season to rank among the top 10 in the nation in that category … RB Shaquille Powell scored on a 33-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter to put Duke ahead 45-30 … QB Brandon Connette has converted five fourth downs this season.
RED ZONE DEFENSE: Duke forced Miami to settle for field goals on three of four trips inside the red zone … Duke is among the NCAA top 20 in red zone defense, holding opponents to a .750 (24-of-32) red zone scoring percentage … Of the 32 trips Duke’s opponents have made inside the red zone this season, Duke has forced 11 field goals, four of which were missed.
DE Kenny Anunike: Logged at least five tackles for the fourth straight game
LB Kelby Brown: Finished the day with 17 tackles, including 12 in the first half … reached double-digit tackles for the third straight game and fourth time this season … it was his ninth career game with double-digit tackles … logged his team-leading fifth quarterback hurry of the season … surpassed 200 career tackles
S Jeremy Cash: Had 13 tackles on the day, including seven in the second half … recorded double-digit tackles for the fourth time this season … had eight solo stops
QB Brandon Connette: Moved into first place on Duke’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 29, surpassing the total of 28 set by Tom Davis (1941-44) … matched the single-season rushing touchdown record by a quarterback, equaling Mike Dunn’s total of 12 set in 1976 … first Duke quarterback to amass 10 rushing and 10 passing touchdowns in a single season … was responsible for at least five touchdowns for the second time this season … his four rushing touchdowns are the most by a Duke player in a single game, tying the mark set by Winston Siegfried (vs. NC State, 1941), Tom Davis (vs. NC State, 1942), Tony Benjamin (vs. Wake Forest, 1975), Mike Dunn (vs. North Carolina, 1976), Robert Baldwin (vs. Maryland, 1994) and Justin Boyle (vs. Vanderbilt, 2006) … moved into a tie for second place on Duke’s single-season touchdown responsibility chart with 25 (13 passing, 12 rushing) alongside Dave Brown (1991) … had at least one passing and one rushing touchdown for the fifth time this season … completed 5-of-9 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown … threw his 13th touchdown pass of the season, a 22-yard scoring strike to RB Shaquille Powell that cut Miami’s lead to 17-14 in the second quarter … rushed 11 times for 37 yards and four touchdowns … scored Duke’s first touchdown of the game on a two-yard run in the opening quarter … also scored on a three-yard run that put Duke up 21-20 before halftime … third touchdown run came from one yard out in the third quarter … fourth touchdown run came on a four-yard run that put Duke ahead 38-30 … 12 rushing touchdowns on the year eclipses his previous season high of eight (2010 and 2012)
WR Jamison Crowder: Recorded his 70th reception of the season, becoming the second Duke receiver to total 70 receptions in multiple seasons (Conner Vernon) … caught six passes for 53 yards … moved into seventh place on Duke’s career receptions list with his 163rd career grab … has caught at least six passes in nine of Duke’s 10 games
TE Braxton Deaver: Caught multiple passes for the 10th consecutive game
RB Jela Duncan: Carried the ball 16 times for a career-high 98 yards … had a season-long 20-yard run during the first quarter … had an 18-yard gain on Duke’s first play of the second half
S DeVon Edwards: Finished the day with eight tackles and three pass breakups … his pass breakup in the second quarter led to a Deondre Singleton interception
DE Justin Foxx: Recorded his third sack of the season and 11th of his career
LB David Helton: Finished the game with seven tackles … logged 7+ tackles for the 10th straight game
PK Ross Martin: Hit his seventh and eighth consecutive field goals, connecting from 48 yards out to put Duke ahead 31-30 in the third quarter and 32 yards out in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring at 48-30 … 48-yard field goal was his third of at least 40 yards this season and 10th of his career … moved into seventh on Duke’s career scoring chart and sixth among kickers … his 44 PATs this year rank second on the single-season chart behind his own record of 46 set in 2012 … his 90 career PATs rank tied for second on the all-time chart alongside Tom Cochran (1993-95), trailing only Randy Gardner’s 122 (1989-92)
RB Shaquille Powell: Caught his first career touchdown pass, scoring on a 22-yard throw from QB Brandon Connette in the second quarter … also rushed for 11 yards on that scoring drive … scored on a 33-yard run on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter, putting the Blue Devils up 45-30 … the 33-yard run was the longest of his career … rushed seven times for a career-best 59 yards on the afternoon
S Deondre Singleton: Recorded his first career interception off a pass breakup from DeVon Edwards and returned it 14 yards … interception set up a Duke touchdown drive that ended with a 22-yard scoring pass from Brandon Connette to Shaquille Powell … finished with 10 tackles, including seven in the first half … reached double-digit tackles for the second straight game
RB Josh Snead: Posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and third of his career with a career-high 138 yards … 138 yards came on only nine carries, good for 15.3 yards per carry … rushed for 10 and 14 yards on consecutive carries on Duke’s first two plays of its first scoring drive … had a 32-yard carry on Duke’s third scoring drive … had a career-long 56-yard carry on Duke’s sixth scoring drive, his second 50+ yard run of his career … has a team-leading five runs of at least 30 yards this season … the 56-yard run was Duke’s longest since Jela Duncan had a 58-yard rush against Memphis on Sept. 22, 2012