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Posted Monday, October 3, 2005

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Durham, NC - Duke plays the first of six consecutive league games to conclude the regular season this week by traveling to face ninth-ranked Miami in the Orange Bowl ... Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m., and the contest will be televised by ESPNU ... Dave Armstrong will handle the play-byplay
chores while Mike Tomczak provides color commentary
... The Blue Devils stand at 1-4 overall and 0-
2 in conference action after falling to Navy, 28-21, last
weekend while the Hurricanes are riding a three-game
winning streak and enter the week at 3-1 overall and 1-
1 in the ACC after downing South Florida, 27-7, this past
Saturday night.
Duke Plays 93rd Year Of Intercollegiate Football
The 2005 season marks Duke’s 93rd campaign of intercollegiate
football, and the Blue Devils hold an all-time
record of 443-421-31 ... 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.
Duke Vs. Ranked Opponents
The Blue Devils hold an all-time record of 23-112-6 against
opponents ranked in the Associated Press national poll at
the time of the contest ... This week’s opponent — Miami
— is the third ranked foe for the Blue Devils in 2005 as
Duke fell earlier to Virginia Tech (No. 7 at the time of the
contest) and Virginia (No. 23)... Duke’s last win over a
nationally-ranked club came on November 5, 1994 when
the Blue Devils downed then 23rd-ranked Virginia, 28-25,
in Durham.
The Duke-Miami Series
Duke and Miami have met just twice on the gridiron,
with each team posting one victory ... In 1976, Duke
earned a 20-7 win over the Hurricanes in Miami ... In
1983, 15h-ranked Miami traveled to Durham for a 56-17
triumph on its way to winning the national championship.
Duke On October 8
Duke owns an all-time record of 3-7 when playing on
October 8, picking up victories during the 1938, 1955
and 1977 seasons.
Year Result Location
1921 William & Mary 12, Duke 0 Durham, N.C.
1927 Wash. & Lee 12, Duke 7 Lexington, Va.
1932 Auburn 18, Duke 7 Auburn, Ala.
1938 Duke 7, Colgate 0 Buffalo, N.Y.
1949 Navy 28, Duke 14 Annapolis, Md.
1955 Duke 47, William & Mary 7 Durham, N.C.
1960 Michigan 31, Duke 6 Ann Arbor, Mich.
1966 Maryland 21, Duke 19 Annapolis, Md.
1977 Duke 25, South Carolina 21 Columbia, S.C.
1983 Virginia Tech 27, Duke 14 Blacksburg, Va.
Tough Stretch
Duke’s next three opponents — Miami, Georgia Tech &
Florida State — are a combined 10-2 on the season and
all three clubs are ranked in this week’s national AP poll.
Under Duke’s 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 2003 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 ... Roof owns a 5-16
overall head coaching record with the Blue Devils ... As
a senior at Georgia Tech, he earned All-ACC accolades,
captained the 1985 Yellow Jackets to a 9-2-1
season and guided the team to a win over Michigan
State in the All American Bowl ... The Lawrenceville,
Ga., native finished his career with 417 tackles and
was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of
Fame in 1998 ... His coaching experience includes
assistant coaching stints at Alabama, West Georgia,
Duke, Massachusetts, Western Carolina and Georgia

A Look At The 2005 Opponents
The combined overall 2004 record of Duke’s 11 opponents
is 71-58 (.550) including a 71-47 (.602) ledger for
its NCAA I-A foes ... Navy and Virginia Tech led the
way with 10 wins each and were two of eight teams
that secured bowl eligibility ... Beginning September 24,
Duke will embark on a five-game ledger that includes
contests against Virginia, Navy, Miami, Georgia Tech
and Florida State — five squads that combined for 43
wins and four bowl victories a year ago.
Duke’s Opponents: 2004 Results
School 2004 Bowl
East Carolina 2-9
Virginia Tech 10-3 Sugar (L)
VMI 0-11
Virginia 8-4 MPC Computers (L)
Navy 10-2 Emerald (W)
Miami 9-3 Peach (W)
Georgia Tech 7-5 Champs Sports (W)
Florida State 9-3 Gator (W)
Wake Forest 4-7
Clemson 6-5
North Carolina 6-6 Continental Tire (L)
Total 71-58 4-3
Duke’s Opponents: 2005 Record
School 2005 Next Game
East Carolina 1-3 vs. Rice
Virginia Tech 5-0 vs. Marshall
VMI 2-3 vs. Charleston So.
Virginia 3-1 at Boston College
Navy 1-2 vs. Air Force
Miami 3-1 vs. Duke
Georgia Tech 3-1 at N.C. State
Florida State 4-0 vs. Wake Forest
Wake Forest 2-3 at Florida State
Clemson 2-3 at N.C. State
North Carolina 2-2 at Louisville
Total 28-19
ACC Standings
Coastal ACC Overall
Virginia Tech 3-0 5-0
Virginia 1-1 4-1
Georgia Tech 1-1 3-1
Miami 1-1 3-1
North Carolina 1-1 2-2
Duke 0-2 1-4
Atlantic ACC Overall
Florida State 2-0 4-0
Maryland 2-1 3-2
Boston College 1-1 4-1
Wake Forest 1-1 2-3
Clemson 1-3 2-3
N.C. State 0-2 1-2
Talley & The Record Book
Junior cornerback John Talley continues to rise up the
Duke charts, and in week five versus Navy the Duncan,
S.C., native returned one interception for 33 yards to
move into second place on the school’s career yardage
list ... His 240 career return yards also stand fourth on
the ACC’s all-time chart ... Talley has a team-best three
interceptions this season and nine in his career ... Last
year as a sophomore, Talley etched his name into the
Duke record book by establishing school single-season
marks for interception return yards (172) and average
yards per interception return (43.0) while matching the
annual standard for interception returns for touchdowns
ACC — Career Interception Yardage
1. Pat Chester, Virgina (1978-82) 296
2. Tom Brown, Maryland (1960-62) 275
3. Willie Clay, Georgia Tech (1988-91) 264
4. John Talley, Duke (2003-present) 240
5. Ken Swilling, Georgia Tech (1988-91) 239
Duke — Career Interception Yardage
1. Fred Folger, 1946-48 283
2. John Talley, 2003-present 240
3. Jack Wilson, 1959-61 223
4. Rich Searl, 1969-71 197
5. Wyatt Smith, 1988-91 189
6. Dennis Tabron, 1978-91 177
7. Gordon Carver, 1942-45 160
8. Sean Thomas, 1990-93 157
9. Bob Bickel, 1950-51 148
10. William Hanenberg, 1970-72 137
Duke — Career PBU Leaders
1. Erwin Sampson, 1988-91 32
Wyatt Smith, 1988-91 32
Kenneth Stanford, 2001-04 32
4. Ronnie Hamilton, 1998-01 30
5. Lamar Grant, 1996-99 28
6. Quinton McCracken, 1988-91 24
7. Fonda Williams, 1985-89 22
8. John Talley, 2003-present 19
9. Alex Green, 2001-04 18
Tawambi Settles, 1994-97 18
Joby Branion, 1981-84 18
Talley Among ACC & National Leaders
With three interceptions this season, junior cornerback
John Talley ranks second in the ACC and tied for 16th
nationally with his .60 interceptions per game average
... Talley, who led Duke with four interceptions in 2004,
was a preseason Second Team All-America choice by ... The native of Duncan, S.C.,
recorded 59 tackles last season and returned two of his
four interceptions for touchdowns en route to earning
Second Team All-ACC honors ... Also in 2004, Talley
ranked second in the ACC and 33rd nationally in interceptions
per game (0.36) while tying for the league high
with 18 total passes defended ... Talley also ranks first
among active ACC players and tied for ninth among
players nationally with his nine career interceptions —
all of which have come over his last 18 games dating
back to the 2003 season ... With his 240 career interception
return yards, he ranks first among active ACC players
and third among players nationally ... For the season,
Talley ranks tied for fifth on the team with 24 total
tackles including a team-high nine in the Virginia contest
on September 24 and four stops last week against Navy.
ACC — 2005 Interceptions Per Game
1. Lovon Ponder, Miami 0.67
2. John Talley, Duke 0.60
3. A.J. Nicholson, Florida State 0.50
Marcus Maxey, Miami 0.50
Brandon Merriweather, Miami 0.50
Jon Abbate, Wake Forest 0.50
Nate Lyles, Virginia 0.50
Kyler Hall, Florida State 0.50
Marcus Hamilton, Virginia 0.50
Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech 0.50
Dawan Landry, Georgia Tech 0.50
Active ACC Players — Career Interceptions
1. John Talley, Duke 9
2. Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech 8
Jamaal Fudge, Clemson 8
Will Blackmon, Boston College 8
5. Pat Watkins, Florida State 7
Active ACC Players — Career Interception Yards
1. John Talley, Duke 240
2. Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech 173
3. Marcus Hudson, N.C. State 166
Active NCAA Players — Career Interception Yards
1. Richard Marshall, Fresno State 294
2. Spencer Havner, UCLA 280
3. John Talley, Duke 240
ACC — 2004 Interceptions Per Game
1. Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech 0.38
2. John Talley, Duke 0.36
3. Four tied with 0.33
ACC — 2004 Total Passes Defended Per Game
1. John Talley, Duke 1.64
Tye Hill, Clemson 1.64
3. Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech 1.46
4. Eric King, Wake Forest 1.20
5. Three tied with 1.00
Double Duty
Sophomore safety Chris Davis continues to have an
impact on Duke’s return game, and is the only player in
the ACC to rank among the league’s top six in both
kickoff and punt return average ... A year ago, Davis
returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown against
Maryland, and this year has helped Duke’s punt return
unit show marked improvement ... Also last season,
Duke ranked 10th in the ACC in punt return average at
5.5 yards per return, with Davis averaging just 2.9
yards per return ... Through five games, Davis ranks
third in the conference with his 9.1 yards per return
ACC — 2005 Punt Return Average
1. Chansi Stuckey, Clemson 10.3
2. Fred Rouse, Florida State 9.9
3. Chris Davis, Duke 9.1
4. Brandon Tate, North Carolina 9.0
5. Pat Clark, Georgia Tech 8.7
ACC — 2005 Kickoff Return Average
1. Darrell Blackman, N.C. State 35.5
2. Cedric Peerman, Virginia 30.6
3. Jo Jo Walker, Maryland 25.1
4. Chris Woods, Georgia Tech 23.9
5. Duane Coleman, Clemson 20.2
6. Chris Davis, Duke 18.2
Wright Lost For The Year
Sophomore wide receiver Jomar Wright, Duke’s top
big play receiver, suffered a knee injury on October 1
against Navy and is out indefinitely ... The Duncan,
S.C., native leads the Blue Devils in receiving yards
(155) and yards per catch (19.4) ... Wright is expected
to undergo surgery this week, and the procedure will be
performed by Duke head team physician Claude T.
Moorman ... In the season-opener at East Carolina,
Wright caught three passes for 64 yards for an average
of 21.3 yards per reception, with all three of his grabs
producing first downs ... In week four at Virgina, he had
two catches for 43 yards including a 30-yard scoring
pass from Zack Asack ... Prior to the injury, Wright had
caught two passes for 45 yards versus the Mids ... Last
year, Wright led Duke in yards per catch average at
17.9 as 12 of his 18 receptions produced first downs ...
For his career, Wright has 26 receptions for 478 yards
and an 18.4 yards per catch average while 19 of his
catches have produced first downs.
Asack Under Center
Last week against Navy, rookie quarterback Zack Asack
became the first true freshman to start under center for
the Blue Devils since Steve Slayden earned the nod
against Army on September 29, 1984 ... Asack responded
by completing 12-of-16 passes for 111 yards
while rushing 17 times for 58 yards and one touchdown
... His six-yard scoring run and subsequent two-point
pass to Eron Riley tied the game at 21-21 with just over
three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter ... In his
first career action on September 17 against VMI, Asack
completed all four of his pass attempts for 38 yards
including a six-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Jones
... One week later in Charlottesville, Asack came off the
bench to engineer nine offensive drives including all five
in the second half ... The Westwood, Mass., native
completed seven-of-13 pass attempts for 87 yards with
one touchdown and two interceptions against the Cavaliers
... His scoring toss covered 30 yards and went to
Jomar Wright on the first play of the fourth quarter and
the rookie added 32 rushing yards on five attempts ...
Asack’s father, Phil, lettered three seasons at Duke
(1968-70) before graduating in 1971 and later played
professionally with the San Diego Chargers ... The elder
Asack played two seasons at fullback for the Blue
Devils, rushing 234 times for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns
in 1968 and 1969 before switching to linebacker
for his final campaign.
Zack Asack • 2005 Passing
Opponent C-A-I Pct. Yards TD
VMI 4-4-0 1.000 38 1
Virginia 7-13-2 .539 87 1
Navy 12-16-1 .800 111 0
Totals 23-33-3 .697 236 2
Zack Asack • 2005 Rushing
Opponent Rush Yards Avg. TD
VMI 0 0 0.0 0
Virginia 5 32 6.4 0
Navy 17 58 3.4 1
Totals 22 90 4.1 1
Phil Asack • Duke Career Rushing
Year Rush Yards Avg. TD
1968 168 690 4.1 8
1969 66 229 3.5 2
Totals 234 919 3.9 10
Boyle Hits Century Mark
Sophomore tailback Justin Boyle secured the first 100-
yard rushing game of his career against VMI on September
17 by picking up 113 yards on 15 attempts ...
Boyle is averaging 55.4 yards per game to lead the
team and rank 10th in the ACC in rushing ... His five
touchdowns this season rank tied for second in the
league while the Acworth, Ga., native ranks tied for 14th
in overall scoring with his 6.0 points per game average.
ACC — 2005 Touchdowns
1. Tyrone Moss, Miami 6
2. Justin Boyle, Duke 5
Toney Baker, N.C. State 5
Chris Barclay, Wake Forest 5
5. Cedric Peerman, Virginia 4
Cedric Humes, Virginia Tech 4
Jeff King, Virginia Tech 4
8. Six tied with 3

Game 6
Duke (1-4, 0-2 ACC)
#9 Miami (3-1, 1-1 ACC)
October 8, 2005
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
KICKOFF 3:30 p.m.
SITE Orange Bowl
Natural Grass / 72,319
Miami, Fla.
RADIO Duke Radio Network
Flagship: WDNC 620 AM
TICKETS 1-919-681-2583
SERIES: Tied, 1-1
LAST GAME: Last week in Durham, N.C., Navy QB
Lamar Owens rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown
while throwing for 87 yards and another score
as the Midshipmen spoiled Duke’s Homecoming with
a 28-21 victory ... Duke QB Zack Asack rushed for a
touchdown and then completed the ensuing two-point
conversion to WR Eron Riley with 3:20 left in the
fourth period, knotting the game at 21-21, but Owens
directed a five play, 67-yard drive for the game-winning
touchdown at the 1:18 mark ... Duke’s final pass
into the end zone was knocked down by the Mids as
time expired ... In Miami, Fla., RB Tyrone Moss
rushed for 89 yards and three touchdowns as the
Hurricanes downed South Florida, 27-7 ... The Miami
defense limited the Bulls to just 174 total yards on 71
snaps from scrimmage and intercepted four passes.
LAST TIME: On October 1, 1983 in Durham, N.C.,
15th-ranked Miami defeated the Blue Devils by a 56-
17 score ... The Hurricanes would go on to capture
the national championship.
RANKINGS: Miami is ranked ninth in this week’s AP
national poll ... Duke is unranked.
COACHES: Duke’s Ted Roof (Georgia Tech ‘87) is
in his second full season as head coach of the Blue
Devils and holds a record of 5-16 ... Larry Coker
(Northeastern State ‘70) is in his fifth year as the head
coach at Miami ... He is 45-6 with the Hurricanes.
Miami (3-1, 1-1 ACC)
S 5 at Florida State L, 7-10
S 17 at Clemson (OT) W, 36-30
S 24 COLORADO W, 23-3
O 8 DUKE 3:30
O 15 at Temple TBA
N 5 at Virginia Tech TBA
N 17 at Wake Forest 7:30
DUKE (1-4, 0-2 ACC)
S 3 at East Carolina (CSTV) L, 21-24
S 17 VMI W, 40-14
S 24 at Virginia L, 7-38
O 1 NAVY L, 21-28
O 8 at Miami (ESPNU) 3:30
N 5 at Clemson TBA
N 19 at North Carolina TBA

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