Duke Gridiron Monday starts your work week with a beyond-the-numbers look at Blue Devil football with photos, social media, recaps, #DukeInTheNFL updates and more.
SATURDAY REWIND: Duke 41, Northwestern 17
The Duke offense rolled up 538 total yards and quarterback Daniel Jones accounted for four touchdowns as the Blue Devils defeated Northwestern, 41-17.
Jones threw two scoring passes to wideout Chris Taylor and tight end Davis Koppenhaver while running for an additional pair. The Charlotte native completed 29-of-45 passes for 305 yards while rushing 16 times for 108 yards to join Brandon Connette (vs. Pitt, 2013) as the only players in school history to throw for 300-plus yards while rushing for 100-plus yards in the same game.
Wide receiver T.J. Rahming had 12 catches for 127 yards to reach the 100-yard plateau for the fourth time in his last five games dating back to last season.
The Blue Devil defense was equally impressive, limiting the Wildcats to just 191 total yards and a one-for-10 conversion rate on third down. Cornerback Mark Gilbert registered the first two interceptions of his career while safety Alonzo Saxton II logged a team-high seven tackles with one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery.
“First of all, credit Duke. Coach Cut and his guys wanted it a lot more than we did. We go outcoached, out executed, out played … .”
-- Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald
One of the biggest statistical differences in Duke’s 24-point win over Northwestern were third down conversions. Duke converted 15-of-22 (.682) of its third down snaps while the Blue Devil defense held the Wildcats to just one conversion in 10 attempts (.100).
Duke ranks eighth nationally in third down percentage (.583).
CONGEMI ON JONES
“Daniel Jones is a tremendous athlete playing quarterback.”
-- Former Pitt quarterback and current ESPN analyst John Congemi
RECORD BOOK WATCH
The 191 total offensive yards allowed against Northwestern marked the lowest total Duke has surrendered to a Power 5 opponent in the David Cutcliffe Era, bettering the 196 yards given up against Virginia on October 31, 2009.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Duke University President Vincent Price shakes hands with head coach David Cutcliffe following Saturday's victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Heading into last week’s game, the Blue Devils knew they would see one of the nation’s top running backs in Northwestern senior Justin Jackson, who entered the weekend ranking 15th on the Big Ten’s all-time rushing list while standing second nationally among active players with 4,238 career ground yards.
Duke responded by holding Jackson to a career-low 18 rushing yards on seven attempts.
Duke has scored at least six points in all eight quarters of action this season.
JONES STREAK ENDS
Quarterback Daniel Jones saw his streak of 202 consecutive pass attempts without an interception come to an end when his fifth toss against Northwestern was picked off by Wildcat defensive back Montre Hartage in the first quarter.
The Duke record of 206 is held by Thaddeus Lewis and during the 2007-08 campaigns.
Following the interception, Jones threw 40 straight passes without a turnover over the course of the remainder of the game.
THIS WEEK IN DUKE FOOTBALL HISTORY: September 10-16
September 10, 1994 – Duke 13 East Carolina 10
Tom Cochran drilled a 28-yard game-winning field goal with 6:14 remaining in the fourth quarter as head coach Fred Goldsmith’s squad improved to 2-0 en route to seven straight wins to open the season. Linebacker Billy Granville ended East Carolina’s final drive with a pass breakup on 4th-and-1 from the Duke 29-yard line and 34 seconds left on the clock. Granville ended the game with 13 tackles and one interception.
DUKE FOOTBALL TRIVIA
Who is Duke’s highest finisher in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy?
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
BLUE DEVIL FAVORITES: Ice Cream Flavors
Jeremy McDuffie: Triple Chocolate w/ Brownie
Marquis Waters: Chocolate
Sayvon Sampson: Chocolate w/ Brownie Bites
Bryon Fields Jr.: Cookies & Cream
Chris Katrenick: Cookies & Cream
Dylan Singleton: Cookies & Cream
Rakavius Chambers: Mint Chocolate Chip
Zach Baker: Rocky Road
EYE ON THE OPPONENT
This week’s opponent, Baylor, suffered its second loss to open the campaign on Saturday by dropping a 17-10 decision to UTSA. The Bears fell, 48-45, in their season-opener to Liberty.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Matt Ruhle, the Bears are led by running back John Lovett, who averages 80.5 rushing yards per game, and linebacker Clay Johnston, who has 16 tackles including 3.5 stops for lost yardage on the year.
DUKE IN THE NFL
Highlights from this weekend’s action around the National Football League:
- Cincinnati Bengals LB Vincent Rey posted a team-high 11 tackles in a 20-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens
- Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder caught three passes for 14 yards and returned two punts for three yards in a 30-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles
- New York Jets LS Thomas Hennessy handled the long snapping duties for two successful field goals in a 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills
CONTINENTAL TIRE DRVIE AROUND THE ACC
Last week’s results:
Duke 41, Northwestern 17
(3) Clemton 14, (13) Auburn 6
(4) Penn State 33, Pittsburgh 14
(17) Louisville 47, North Carolina 35
(18) Virginia Tech 27, Delaware 0
Georgia Tech 37, Jacksonville 10
Wake Forest 34, Boston College 10
Indiana 34, Virginia 17
Middle Tennessee 30, Syracuse 23
N.C. State 37, Marshall 20
Louisiana Monroe at (10) Florida State, canceled
Miami at Arkansas at (16) Miami, canceled
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Notre Dame at Boston College
Clemson at Louisville
Furman at N.C. State
Central Michigan at Syracuse
Utah State at Wake Forest
Baylor at Duke
Georgia Tech at UCF
North Carolina at Old Dominion
Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh
Connecticut at Virginia
Virginia Tech at East Carolina
NOTE: Miami at Florida State – moved to October 7
THIS WEEK’S GAME
Saturday, September 16
Baylor (0-2) at Duke (2-0)
Kickoff: 12:30 p.m.
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Ace Parker finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1936 when Yale’s Larry Kelly was the recipient. Duke has three other top-10 finishers in school history: Dan Hill (10th in 1938), Steve Lach (9th in 1941) and Jay Wilkinson (9th in 1963).