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Blue Devils travel to meet ACC newcomer Virginia Tech on Saturday

Posted Thursday, September 16, 2004

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Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon at Lane Stadium.

Duke plays game three of the 2004 campaign at ACC newcomer Virginia Tech on September 18. The contest will serve as the ACC opener for both squads, and kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon at Lane Stadium and will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports. Steve Martin (play-by-play) and Rick Walker (color) will provide the call while Mike Hogewood covers the sideline beat. The Blue Devils stand at 0-2 after falling at Connecticut, 22-20, last Saturday while the Hokies are 1-1 following a 63-0 home victory over Western Michigan.

ACC Action
Duke is 129-193-6 all-time in ACC action ... The Blue Devils have won seven league titles - 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1989.

Duke Plays 92nd Year Of Intercollegiate Football
The 2004 season marks Duke's 92nd campaign of intercollegiate football, and the Blue Devils hold an all-time record of 440-410-31 ... Football was introduced at Duke by Dr. John Crowell, who coached then Trinity College to victories in its first two games ever - wins of 16-0 and 25-17 over North Carolina in 1888 ... After the 1894 season, football was banned at Duke by the Board of Trustees, but returned in high form in 1920 when Floyd Egan guided the team to a 4-0-1 ledger.

New Helmets For 2004
Duke is wearing new helmets this season, returning to a white hat for the first time since the 1993 campaign ... The new headgear features a black facemask with a royal blue Iron Duke "D" on each side ... For the past 10 seasons, the Blue Devils have donned blue lids with a black script "Duke" on each side ... From 1981-93, Duke sported white helmets with the script "Duke".

Duke-Virginia Tech Series
The Blue Devils hold a 7-4 all-time lead over Virginia Tech thanks to six consecutive victories to open the series ... Duke posted shutouts in the first three meetings before outscoring the Hokies by a combined 157-19 in the next three tilts ... Virginia Tech has won three in a row and four of the past five, with the last meeting coming in 1984 - a 27-0 Hokie triumph in Blacksburg.

More Series Notes

Duke C Dan Mooney's father, Dan, played football at Virginia Tech from 1966-68.
In Duke's 18-0 victory over the Hokies in 1938, Robert O'Mara rushed 20 times for 180 yards ... The yardage total ranks 15th on Duke's individual single-game chart ... At the time of the game, O'Mara's performance ranked second best at Duke behind Jack Alexander's 193-yard outing against North Carolina in 1935.
On October 20, 1951 against Virginia Tech, left halfback Charlie Smith took a pitch from quarterback Jerry Barger and raced 85 yards - untouched - to establish the longest rushing play from scrimmage in Duke gridiron history ... Interestingly enough, the same game included a 75-yard run from scrimmage by Duke's Piney Field - a dash that matches the 12th longest run in Blue Devil football history.
Virginia Tech's 469 rushing yards in the Hokies' 48-12 win over Duke in 1969 rank as the third highest single-game total allowed by the Blue Devils ... The total stands as Virginia Tech's second best single-game total behind a 500-yard effort versus Pittsburgh in 1993.
In a wild finish at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke's Dennis Tabron intercepted a Steve Casey pass and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown with just 56 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Blue Devils to a 14-7 victory on October 10, 1981 ... Cyrus Lawrence paced the Hokie attack with 177 rushing yards while Duke's Cedric Jones caught five passes for 58 yards and a TD.
On October 8, 1982 in Durham, the Hokies rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat Duke, 22-21 ... Duke QB Ben Bennett threw two TD passes to Chris Castor and Joel Blunk scored on a one-yard run to give the Blue Devils a three-touchdown advantage in the second period ... Tech answered with a touchdown in each of the second, third and fourth quarters, and Todd Greenwood hooked up with Mike Shaw for a game-winning two-point conversion with just 33 seconds left in the contest ... Bennett finished the day with 20 completions in 29 attempts for 290 yards while Greenwood threw for 218 yards.
On October 13, 1984 in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech blanked Duke, 27-0, as the Hokie defense held the Blue Devils to minus-4 rushing yards ... Hokie quarterback Mike Cox threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns while Duke managed just 68 total yards on the day.

Duke-Virginia Tech Series Scores
Year Location Winner Score
1937 Greensboro, N.C. Duke 25-0
1938 Greensboro, N.C. Duke 18-0
1948 Roanoke, Va. Duke 7-0
1949 Durham, N.C. Duke 55-7
1950 Winston-Salem, N.C. Duke 47-6
1951 Norfolk, Va. Duke 55-6
1969 Norfolk, Va. Virginia Tech 48-12
1981 Durham, N.C. Duke 14-7
1982 Durham, N.C. Virginia Tech 22-21
1983 Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech 27-14
1984 Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech 27-0

Under A New Roof
On December 6, 2003, Ted Roof became the 20th head coach in Duke football history ... A 1987 graduate of Georgia Tech, Roof served as Duke's interim head coach for the final five weeks of the season ... Under Roof's guidance, Duke snapped a 30-game losing streak in ACC play with a 41-17 victory over Georgia Tech on November 8, and then closed out the season by defeating North Carolina, 30-22, for the Blue Devils' first win over the Tar Heels since 1989.

More On Roof
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., and a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School, Ted Roof lettered four times for the Jackets during the 1982-85 seasons ... He started his final three seasons and was a leader of the Rambling Wreck's famed "Black Watch" defense as a senior, when he served as team captain while Georgia Tech went 9-2-1 and defeated Michigan State in the All American Bowl.

Alexander Lost For 2004
The Duke defense absorbed a blow last week when Phillip Alexander suffered a broken leg against Connecticut ... The injury was sustained during John Talley's 62-yard interception return for a touchdown at the 2:55 mark of the opening period ... A fourth-year senior from Bronx, N.Y., Alexander is expected to miss the remainder of the 2004 campaign ... Surgery is scheduled for Monday, September 13 with Dr. Claude T. Moorman, Duke's team physician, handling the duties ... A 2004 preseason All-ACC choice by several publications, Alexander recorded 59 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks in 2003 ... In the season-opening game at Navy, he registered eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack while forcing and recovering one fumble.

Quoting Ted Roof
"You never want to see a young man's season come to and end before the final game of the year, but especially one of the program's senior captains. Fortunately, we have here at Duke the finest sports medicine system in the country. I can't say enough about our sports medicine staff. The job Hap Zarzour, Dr. Tee Moorman and the rest of the unit do is nothing short of outstanding. We know that Phillip and the rest of our student-athletes are under the watchful eye of the top trainers and doctors, and that is very comforting to a head coach."

Uniform Patch
Duke wears a patch on its jersey to recognize the passing of Micah Harris, a rising senior defensive end who was tragically killed in an automobile accident on June 11, 2004 ... The patch is a black heart with Harris' jersey number 55 inside.

Fryer & Thompson Make 2004 Debuts
Sophomore TB Aaron Fryer saw his first action of the 2004 season last week at Connecticut, filling in for the injured Cedric Dargan in the starting lineup ... Fryer, who entered the year with eight career rushing attempts (25 yards), established career single-game highs for carries (20) and yards (59) against the Huskies ... Also seeing his first action of the year against Connecticut was freshman WR Corey Thompson ... Thompson was instrumental in Duke's final drive of the afternoon, catching passes from QB Mike Schneider on consecutive snaps covering 13 and 16 yards, respectively.

Dapolito Continues High Completion Rate
In his last five games dating back to the 2003 season, QB Chris Dapolito has completed 61.5 percent (32-of-52) of his pass attempts for 357 yards and two touchdowns ... Last week at Connecticut, the Matawan, N.J., native set career single-game highs for pass attempts (21), completions (12) and yards (129) while tossing a two-yard scoring strike to TE Calen Powell.

Third Time A Charm For Talley
Sophomore CB John Talley turned his third career interception into six points last week at Connecticut, taking back an errant Dan Orlovsky pass 62 yards for a touchdown late in the opening period ... On third-and-11 from the Connecticut 43 yard line, Orlovsky attempted to hook up with WR Keron Henry on a deep out pattern, but Talley stepped in front of Henry for the interception and raced down the right sideline, using a nifty cutback at the 10 yard line, into the end zone ... The defensive touchdown marks Duke's first of the 2004 season and first since Malcolm Ruff's 42-yard interception return for a score versus Georgia Tech last season ... The interception gives Talley three in his career and three in his last four games dating back to the 2003 campaign ... His first two picks came at Clemson in week 11 of last year.

 
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