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SATURDAY REWIND: Army West Point 21, Duke 16
Army West Point quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown to lead the Black Knights to a 21-16 win over Duke at Michie Stadium on Saturday.
After trailing 21-10 at halftime, Duke pulled within five points on a 1-yard scoring run by Brittain Brown early in the fourth period. After a failed two point PAT attempt, Army West Point drove to the Duke 3 yard line but Mike Ramsay blocked a field goal attempt to keep the margin at five points.
The Blue Devils, however, managed just three yards on the ensuing drive and were forced to punt with 2:24 remaining on the clock. The Black Knights were able to run out the clock to secure their sixth straight win. Duke suffered its sixth consecutive defeat, four of which have come by seven points or less.
“Every detail of being a Duke football player needs to be tested right now,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “And at the most difficult of times, it should require your best work. And that’s where we are headed.”
For the Blue Devils, Daniel Jones threw for 164 yards and added one rushing touchdown. Johnathan Lloyd and Shaun Wilson each caught a team-best four passes. Defensively, three Blue Devils (Koby Quansah – 13, Tre Hornbuckle – 12 & Joe Giles-Harris – 10) reached double figures in the tackle column while Victor Dimukeje added three tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.
Army West Point entered the game averaging a nation’s-best 365.4 rushing yards per game and Duke was able to limit the Black Knights to 226 net ground yards on 57 attempts.
Linebacker Joe Giles-Harris posted 10 stops last week against Army West Point to push his team-leading tackle total to 96 on the season. He is on pace to reach the 100-tackle plateau for the second straight year after securing 107 stops as a redshirt freshman in 2016.
Giles-Harris has now reached double digits for tackles in four games this year and nine contests for his career.
SPECIAL TEAMS SUCCESS
Duke blocked a Black Knight field goal attempt when Mike Ramsay burst through the line to get a hand on the booted football. The effort led to the first blocked field goal attempt by the Blue Devils since Breon Borders turned the trick against Kansas in 2014.
RECORD BOOK WATCH
Rookie running back Brittain Brown has cracked the record book as his 511 rushing yards stand as the ninth-highest total by a Duke freshman. In addition, Brown has rushed for four touchdowns to match the seventh-highest single-season total by a Blue Devil rookie.
RADIO SHOW TIME CHANGE
On Tuesday, this week’s Duke Football Radio Show with David Cutcliffe will broadcast live from the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club at 5 p.m., rather than the regularly scheduled time of 7 p.m.
Duke will celebrate Senior Day against Georgia Tech this week and the following 21 players will be honored on the field prior to kickoff: Tinashe Bere, Parker Boehme, Gabe Brandner, Bronson Bruneau, Zavier Carmichael, Quay Chambers, Austin Davis, Danny Doyle, Colin Duffy, Bryon Fields Jr., William Holmquist, Will Kline, Sterling Korona, Evan Lisle, Franklin McNeill III, Zach Muniz, Mike Ramsay, Alonzo Saxton II, Taariq Shabazz, Collin Wareham and Shaun Wilson.
ACC STATISTICAL NOTES
- This week’s opponent, Georgia Tech, leads the ACC in rushing offense (324.0 yards per game) while Duke is sixth in the league in rushing defense by allowing just 150.5 ground yards per contest
- Joe Giles-Harris ranks second in the league in tackles per game (9.60) while his 14.0 tackles for loss continue to lead all ACC linebackers
- Three Blue Devils – Mark Gilbert (0.40; t3rd), Bryon Fields Jr. (0.30; t6th) and Jeremy McDuffie (0.30; t6th) – rank among the ACC’s top 10 in interceptions per game
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Senior defensive tackle Mike Ramsay rose up and blocked an Army West Point field goal try in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.
THIS WEEK IN DUKE FOOTBALL HISTORY: November 12-19
November 13, 2004 - Duke 16 Clemson 13
Kicker Matt Brooks drilled a 53-yard field goal as time expired to hand Duke the home victory. Cornerback Deonto McCormick set up the game-winning drive with an interception of Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst with 1:07 to play in the contest.
DUKE FOOTBALL TRIVIA
Who was the last Blue Devil to lead the ACC in interceptions per game?
TWEET OF THE DAY
BLUE DEVIL FAVORITES: Actor or Actress
Parker Boehme: Ken Jeong
Marvin Hubbard III: Denzel Washington
Brandon Hill: Denzel Washington
Jackson Hubbard: Kevin Hart
Jack Driggers: Margot Robbie
Noah Waddell: Rob Schneider
Sterling Korona: Tom Hanks
Chris Taylor: Denzel Washington
Radio analyst Dave Harding: Tom Cruise
EYE ON THE OPPONENT
Fresh off a 28-22 home win over No. 17 Virginia Tech to snap a two-game losing skid, the Yellow Jackets travel to Durham with a 5-4 overall ledger and 4-3 mark in conference play. Georgia Tech leads the ACC and ranks fourth nationally in rushing offense (324.0 yards per game) and gained 301 ground yards on 57 carries in the triumph over the Hokies.
Georgia Tech is led by quarterback TaQuon Marshall, who has rushed for 934 yards and 16 touchdowns while throwing for 807 yards and eight additional scores. Victor Alexander paces the defense with 53 tackles on the year.
Former Duke head coach Ted Roof continues to serve as Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator, and Roof’s son, T.D., is a freshman linebacker for the Yellow Jackets. The younger Roof has compiled 11 tackles and 2.0 sacks this season.
- Former Duke linebacker George Edwards, currently the defensive coordinator with Minnesota, has helped the Vikings to a 7-2 record this season following Sunday’s 38-30 win over the Washington Redskins.
- In the same contest, Redskins' wide receiver Jamison Crowder tied for the team lead with 76 receiving yards.
- In a #DukeInTheNFL battle, Laken Tomlinson's San Francisco 49ers got the best of Ross Cockrell's New York Giants, 31-21.
- Last week, Matt Skura was featured by the Baltimore Sun with this article - http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-matt-skura-1104-story.html.
CONTINENTAL TIRE DRVIE AROUND THE ACC
Last week’s results:
Army West Point 21, Duke 16
North Carolina 34, Pittsburgh 31
(7) Miami 41, (3) Notre Dame 8
(4) Clemson 31, Florida State 14
Georgia Tech 28, (17) Virginia Tech 22
(23) N.C. State 17, Boston College 14
Wake Forest 64, Syracuse 43
Louisville 38, Virginia 21
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
Georgia Tech at Duke
Boston College vs. Connecticut (Fenway Park)
The Citadel at Clemson
Delaware State at Florida State
Syracuse at Louisville
N.C. State at Wake Forest
Virginia at Miami
Western Carolina at North Carolina
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Ross Cockrell in 2012