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Duke entertains Navy this Saturday

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2005

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Durham, NC - Duke entertains Navy this Saturday for its 2005 edition of Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Blue Devils stand at 1-3 on the year after falling at 23rd-ranked Virginia last week, 38-7, while the Midshipmen are 0-2 with losses to Maryland and Stanford. Navy’s scheduled September 24 game at Rice was postponed due to Hurricane Rita and will be played October 22 in Houston.

Duke owns an all-time record of 35-44-1 on Homecoming, including last year’s 28-10 victory over The Citadel ... The Blue Devils have hosted Navy twice on Homecoming, dropping a 21-0 decision in 1945 while earning a 26-17 win over the Midshipmen in 1997. 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 443-420-31 ... 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.

The Duke-Navy Series
Duke and Navy have met 34 times on the gridiron, with the Midshipmen holding a 17-12-5 series advantage ... A total of 11 games have been played between the two schools in Durham, with each team winning five times along with a 7-7 deadlock during the 1956 campaign ... The series dates back to a 32-6 Navy win during the 1927 season, and the Mids won six of the first seven meetings ... In addition, Navy would enjoy a stretch from 1949-57 where the Midshipmen went 3-0-4 versus the Blue Devils ... Duke won four out of five meetings between 1966-77 before Navy won four of five between 1978-96 ... After the Blue Devils won back-to-back contest in 1997 (27-16) and 2002 (43-17), Navy posted a 27-12 victory last season in Annapolis.

Duke & Red Cross Team Together
The Duke athletic department has joined forces with the American Red Cross to help provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast ... The Red Cross will have collection points for financial donations at every Duke home athletic event (15 total) through this week’s Homecoming football game with Navy.

Duke vs. Navy: The Future
The Blue Devils and Midshipmen are scheduled to continue the series for the next three seasons, with Navy travelling to Durham in 2006 (September 9) ... Duke is scheduled to serve as Navy’s Homecoming opponent on October 20, 2007, and the Midshipmen are set to
return to Durham for a game on September 13, 2008.

Duke-Navy Coaching Ties
Navy assistant coach Kevin Kelly coached one season at Syracuse alongside Duke co-defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro ... Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green is no stranger to Duke having competed against the Blue Devils as a player at N.C. State and as a member of the Wolfpack coaching staff (1979, 1986- 89, 1990-93 & 2000-01) ... Duke assistant head coach Glenn Spencer and Navy aide Brian Bohannon served on the same staff at West Georgia in 1994-95 ... Bohannon also coached with Duke Director of High
School Relations Woody Fish at Gardner-Webb in 1996 when Fish was the head coach of the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Big Games In The Duke-Navy Series
The Blue Devils and Midshipmen have played four games in which both teams were ranked among the nation’s top 20 (AP poll) ... In 1943, Navy dealt Duke its only loss of the year when the fourth-ranked Mids defeated the fifth-ranked Blue Devils, 14-13, in Baltimore ...
In 1954, 19th-ranked Navy routed 11th-ranked Duke in Norfolk by a 40-7 count as the Midshipmen intercepted seven Blue Devil passes ... In 1957, the two squads, with Navy ranked seventh and Duke 16th, battled to a 6-6 tie in Baltimore ... In 1960, the 13th-ranked Blue
Devils rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to upend fourthranked Navy, 19-10, in Durham.

Duke vs. Navy’s Heisman Trophy Winners
Duke and Navy have played twice in seasons that the Midshipmen produced the winner of the Heisman Trophy, facing Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach :
1960: Duke 19, Navy 10 — Joe Bellino and Navy came into Durham with an 8-0 record and left with their first loss of the season ... Bellino ran 20 times for 62 yards and had four receptions for 65 yards ... It was the only game of the season that Bellino failed to cross the goal line.

1963: Navy 38, Duke 25 — Roger Staubach led second- ranked Navy to victory against the Blue Devils, improving their record to 9-0 ... Staubach was 7-for-14 passing for 122 yards with one interception ... He ran 12 times for 72 yards and scored on a five-yard run.

Duke On October 1
Duke owns an all-time record of 10-1 when playing on October 1, with two wins over Navy coming on that date ... The Blue Devils defeated the Midshipmen on October 1 during the 1977 and 1994 campaigns ... Also included in the run of victories on October 1 are wins over Tennessee in 1949 and 1955 along with a 17-15 triumph over Vanderbilt in 1988 when Duke Radio Network sideline reporter Anthony Dilweg threw for 359 yards and Doug Peterson booted a 44-yard field goal with 3:47 remaining in the game ... Duke’s lone defeat on October 1 came in Durham to Miami in 1983 ... The Hurricanes would go on to capture the national championship that season.

Year Result Location
1927 Duke 25, Boston College 9 Chestnut Hill, Mass.
1932 Duke 44, VMI 0 Lexington, Va.
1938 Duke 27, Davidson 0 Durham, N.C.
1949 Duke 21, Tennessee 7 Knoxville, Tenn.
1955 Duke 21, Tennessee 0 Knoxville, Tenn.
1960 Duke 20, Maryland 7 College Park, Md.
1966 Duke 27, Virginia 8 Durham, N.C.
1977 Duke 28, Navy 16 Durham, N.C.
1983 Miami (Fla.) 56, Duke 17 Durham, N.C.
1988 Duke 17, Vanderbilt 15 Nashville, Tenn.
1994 Duke 47, Navy 14 Annapolis, Md.

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 5-15 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 Tech.

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.

Talley & The Record Book
Junior cornerback John Talley continues to rise up the Duke charts, and in week three versus VMI the Duncan, S.C., native returned one interception for 35 yards to move into third place on the school’s career yardage list ... Talley has a team-best two interceptions this season and eight 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 (2).

SERIES: Navy leads, 17-12-5
LAST GAME: Last week in Charlottesville, Va., 23rd ranked Virginia received four touchdown passes from QB Marques Hagans en route to a 38-7 victory over Duke ... The Blue Devils’ lone scoring play came on a 30-yard pass from QB Zack Asack to WR Jomar Wright on the first play of the final quarter ...
Back on September 10 in Annapolis, Md., Stanford QB Trent Edwards threw for 235 yards and one touchdown to lead the Cardinal past Navy, 41-38 ... SB Marco Nelson paced the Navy attack with three touchdowns ... The Midshipmen then had an open week on September 17, and their game at Rice slated for last Saturday was postponed due to Hurricane Rita.
LAST TIME: On September 4, 2004 in Annapolis, Md., Navy QB Aaron Polanco rushed for 130 yards and passed for an additional 129 as the Midshipmen defeated Duke, 27-12 ... The game was tied 6-6 at halftime, but Navy got two TDs from FB Kyle Eckel and another one from Polanco to seal the victory ... TB Cedric Dargan rushed for 114 yards for Duke.
RANKINGS: Both teams are 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 5-15.
Paul Johnson (Western Carolina ‘79) is in his fourth year as the head coach at Navy ... He is 20-19 with the Midshipmen and 82-29 all-time as a college head coach.
Navy (0-2)
S 3 vs. Maryland (Baltimore, Md.) L, 20-23
S 10 STANFORD L, 38-41
O 1 at Duke 1:00
O 8 AIR FORCE 1:30
O 15 KENT STATE 1:30
O 22 at Rice TBA
O 29 at Rutgers TBA
N 5 TULANE 1:30
N 12 at Notre Dame 1:00
N 19 TEMPLE 1:30
D 3 vs. Army (Philadelphia, Pa.) 2:30
DUKE (1-3)
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 1:00
O 8 at Miami TBA
N 5 at Clemson TBA
N 19 at North Carolina TBA

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