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Blue Devils entertain Virginia Tech this weekend

Posted Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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Duke kicks off the home and league portions of its 2005 schedule by hosting defending conference champion Virginia Tech on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium ...Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon and the game will be televised live by Jefferson-Pilot Sports ... Duke is coming off last Saturday’s 24-21 loss at East Carolina while Virginia Tech defeated N.C. State by a score of 20-16 on Sunday night in Raleigh.

Duke-Virginia Tech on Jefferson-Pilot Sports
Jefferson-Pilot Sports will televise the Duke-Virginia Tech tilt live, with Steve Martin handling the play-by-play chores and Doc Walker as the analyst ... Mike Hogwood will serve as the sideline reporter.

Duke Football Mourns Loss
This past week the Duke football family mourned the loss of Jim Moravchik’s father, Jim, who passed away on Thursday, September 1 in Sun Prairie, Wisc. ... He was 65 years of age ... The younger Moravchik traveled home late last week, and returned to North Carolina to
play against East Carolina, where he served as one of Duke’s team captains for the contest ... The funeral was held on Monday afternoon.

ACC Action
Duke opens ACC play with Virginia Tech this week, and the Blue Devils are 130-200-6 all-time in league action ... The Blue Devils have won seven league titles — 1953, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1989 — the fourth most in conference history.

First & Last ACC Champions
This week’s contest in Durham will pit the first football champions of the ACC against the most recent ... An original member of the ACC, Duke opened conference action in fine fashion by capturing the first three league crowns under head coach Bill Murray in 1953, 1954
and 1955 ... In their first season as a member of the conference, the Hokies earned the ACC title in 2004.

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 ... Beginning with this week’s football game against Virginia Tech, the Red Cross will have collection points for financial donations at every Duke home athletic event (15 total) through October 1 when the Blue Devils play host to Navy in football.

Duke Plays 93rd Year Of Intercollegiate Football
The 2005 season will mark Duke’s 93rd campaign of intercollegiate football, and the Blue Devils hold an all-time record of 442-418-31 ... 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 On September 10
Duke owns an all-time record of 2-2 when playing on September 10 ... Duke Radio Network sideline reporter and 1988 ACC Player of the Year honoree Anthony Dilweg threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns in Duke’s 31-26 victory at Tennessee on September 10, 1988 ... Robert Baldwin rushed for 101 yards in a 13-10 win over East Carolina in 1994 on his way to ACC Player of the Year accolades.

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 4-13 overall head coaching record with the Blue Devils ... As a senior at Georgia Tech, he captained the 1985 Yellow Jackets to a 9-2-1 season and win over Michigan State in the All American Bowl.

The Duke-Virginia Tech Series
Duke and Virginia Tech have met 12 times on the gridiron, with the Blue Devils holding a 7-5 series advantage ... The series dates back to a 25-0 Blue Devil win in 1937 ... Duke won six in a row to start the series and seven of the first eight meetings between the two schools ... The first six games, the Blue Devils held an impressive 207-19 scoring advantage that was highlighted with shutouts in 1937, 1938 and 1948 ... The Hokies enter the 2005 contest having won four in a row over the Blue Devils, and have allowed Duke just 13.0 points per game over the last six contests in the series.

Year Result Location
1937 Duke 25, Virginia Tech 0 Greensboro
1938 Duke 18, Virginia Tech 0 Greensboro
1948 Duke 7, Virginia Tech 0 Roanoke
1949 Duke 55, Virginia Tech 7 Durham
1950 Duke 47, Virginia Tech 6 Winston-Salem
1951 Duke 55, Virginia Tech 6 Norfolk
1969 Virginia Tech 48, Duke 12 Norfolk
1981 Duke 14, Virginia Tech 7 Durham
1982 Virginia Tech 22, Duke 21 Durham
1983 Virginia Tech 27, Duke 14 Blacksburg
1984 Virginia Tech 27, Duke 0 Blacksburg
2004 Virginia Tech 41, Duke 17 Blacksburg

More Duke-Virginia Tech Series Notes
• 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 singlegame 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.
• On September 18, 2004 in Blacksburg, the Hokies played their first ACC football game against Duke, defeating the Blue Devils by a 41-17 count on their way to winning the league championship.

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.

Drummer Runs Into The Record Book
Sophomore tailback Ronnie Drummer made the most of his first touch of the 2005 season by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the season-opener at East Carolina ... The kickoff return matches the Duke record since the NCAA began recording official statistics in 1938, equalling returns by Leroy Gallman versus Tennesse in 1994 and Greg Boone against Tennessee in 1982 ... The all-time Blue Devil standard is held by Ace Parker, who returned a kickoff 105 yards against North Carolina in 1936.

Longest Kickoff Returns In Duke History
1. 105 by Ace Parker vs. North Carolina, 1936
2. 100 by Ronnie Drummer vs. East Carolina, 2005
100 by Leroy Gallman vs. Tennessee, 1994
100 by Greg Boone vs. Tennessee, 1982
5. 99 by Scottie Montgomery vs. Wake Forest, 1999
6. 97 by Bernie Blaney vs. Pittsburgh, 1956
97 by Cedric Jones vs. Wake Forest, 1979
97 by Randy Jones vs. Wake Forest, 1990
9. 96 by Quinton McCracken vs. Clemson, 1988
10. 95 by Harwood Smith vs. Wake Forest, 1935

Wright & The Big Catch
Last week at East Carolina, sophomore wide receiver Jomar Wright caught three passes for 64 yards for an average of 21.3 yards per reception ... All three of his grabs produced first downs, with two of them coming on third down plays ... 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 now has 21 receptions for 387 yards and an 18.4 yards per catch average.

Boyle Into The End Zone
Sophomore tailback Justin Boyle scored two touchdowns in the season-opener at East Carolina, matching his career total ... He finished the day with a team-best 53 yards on 19 attempts ... Boyle’s two-touchdown effort on the ground marked Duke’s first such effort since
Cedric Dargan scored two rushing touchdowns in a 30-22 win at North Carolina on November 22, 2003.

Alexander & Sallee Return To Defensive Line
In 2004, the Blue Devils suffered hits to their depth on the defensive line in each of the first two weeks of the season when tackle Brian Sallee was lost for the year in the season-opener at Navy and end Phillip Alexander a week later at Connecticut ... Both players made their return to the gridiron almost 12 months later this past Saturday at East Carolina ... Sallee tied for the team lead with 10 total tackles inlcuding a pair behind the line of scrimmage while Alexander added two stops with one coming for negative yardage.

More On Alexander
After suffering a season-ending leg injury against Connecticut in week two of last season, defensive end Phillip Alexander made the decision to return for his fifth and final year of eligibility in 2005 ... The Bronx, N.Y., product is Duke’s active leader in games played (38), quarterback sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (20.5) ... Alexander, who served as a team captain in 2004 and recorded eight tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the 2004 opener at Navy, broke his leg in the first quarter of the Connecticut game while blocking
downfield on teammate John Talley’s 62-yard interception return for a touchdown ... Alexander enjoyed the 2003 campaign — his first at defensive end following two seasons at outside linebacker — to the tune of 59 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 quarterback sacks and five PBUs.

Youth Movement
In 2004, Duke played an ACC-high 14 true freshmen — a total that ranked second nationally behind Idaho (17) ... In Duke’s opener at East Carolina on September 3, the Blue Devils played seven true freshman and six redshirt freshmen ... The true freshmen seeing action for the first time in the season opener were Marcus Jones, Re’quan Boyette, Glenn Williams, Joe Surgan, Michael Brown, Ryan Wood and Clifford Respress while the redshirt freshmen securing game action included Andreas Platt, Adrian Aye-Darko, Charles Robinson, Rob
Schirmann, Fred Roland and Cameron Goldberg.

First Starts
Six Blue Devils received the first starting assignment of their respective careers last week against East Carolina: Lavdrim Bauta (LT), Matt Rumsey (C), Marcus Jones (WR), Codey Lowe (LB), Patrick Bailey (LB) and Chris Davis (S) ... Two other Duke players — fullback Malcolm Ruff and offensive tackle Demetrius Warrick — started for the first time on offense after logging previous starts on defense (Ruff — 9 career starts at LB; Warrick — 5 career starts at DT).

Talley Named To Preseason All-America Unit
Junior cornerback John 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 tied for fourth among active ACC players with his six career interceptions — all of which have come over his last 14 games dating back to the 2003 season.

Talley & The Record Book
Last year as a sophomore, cornerback John Talley etched his name into the Duke record book by establishing a 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) ... On Duke’s career charts, the Duncan, S.C., native is first in average yards per interception return (28.6) and sixth in interception return yards (172) ... He needs just one PBU to crack Duke’s all-time PBU chart.

Duke — Career Interception Yardage Leaders
1. Fred Folger, 1946-48 283
2. Jack Wilson, 1959-61 223
3. Rich Searl, 1969-71 197
4. Wyatt Smith, 1988-91 189
5. Dennis Tabron, 1978-91 177
6. John Talley, 2003-present 172
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. Alex Green, 2001-04 18
Tawambi Settles, 1994-97 18
Joby Branion, 1981-84 18
11. John Talley, 2003-present 17

Preseason All-ACC
Five Duke players earned preseason recognition from annual publications prior to the 2005 season ... The Sporting News has named junior cornerback John Talley and junior guard Tyler Krieg to its second team all-league unit while Athlon Sports tabbed Talley and sophomore kick returner Chris Davis to its second team all-conference squad with senior defensive end Phillip Alexander receiving third team merit ... In addition, rookie defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase was named the ACC’s Top Impact Freshman by Street & Smith’s college football
preview edition.

Patrick Tabbed To Mackey Award Watch List
Duke’s Ben Patrick has been named to the preseason Watch List for the John Mackey Award, an honor presented annually by the Nassau County Sports Commission to the top tight end in the nation ... The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award
Selection Committee and announced in mid-December ... Patrick, a 6-4, 270-pound junior from Savannah, Ga., led the Blue Devils in receiving in 2004 by catching 32 passes for 311 yards and one touchdown ... Joining Patrick on the Watch List are Dominique Byrd (Southern California), Daniel Coats (BYU), Vernon Davis (Maryland), Tim Day (Oregon), Anthony Fasano (Notre Dame), Erik Gill (Pittsburgh), Ryan Hamby (Ohio State), Clark Harris (Rutgers), Matt Herian (Nebraska), Joe Klopfenstein (Colorado), Marcedes Lewis (UCLA), Tim Massaquoi (Michigan), Zach Miller (Arizona State), Joe Newton (Oregon), Leonard Pope (Georgia), Martin Rucker (Missouri), Tony Scheffler (Michigan), David Thomas (Texas) and T.J. Williams (N.C. State).

Roland & Patrick Among ACC’s Top TEs
A pair of Duke tight ends — Andy Roland and Ben Patrick — have established themselves as two of the top players at their position in the ACC ... Roland ranks tied for first among active tight ends in touchdown receptions (6) while ranking second in both career receptions (56) and receiving yards (855) ... Patrick is third in both catches (53) and yards (542).

Active ACC TEs — Career Receptions
1. T.J. Williams, N.C. State 68
2. Andy Roland, Duke 56
3. Ben Patrick, Duke 53
4. Vernon Davis, Maryland 34
5. Jeff King, Virginia Tech 33

Active ACC TEs — Career Receiving Yards
1. T.J. Williams, N.C. State 938
2. Andy Roland, Duke 855
3. Ben Patrick, Duke 542
4. Vernon Davis, Maryland 526
5. Jeff King, Virginia Tech 438

Active ACC TEs — Career TD Receptions
1. Jeff King, Virginia Tech 6
Andy Roland, Duke 6
3. Vernon Davis, Maryland 3
T.J. Williams, N.C. State 3
5. Jon Hamlett, North Carolina 2
Ben Patrick, Duke 2

Patrick Streaking
After catching a team-high four passes at East Carolina last week, H-Back Ben Patrick enters the Virginia Tech contest having caught at least one pass in 17 consecutive games dating back to the 2003 campaign ... Over his last six games dating back to last year, the Savannah, Ga., native has averaged 4.2 receptions per outing.

Dargan Aims For Healthy Senior Season
Despite playing in just seven games last year due to injury, tailback Cedric Dargan led Duke in rushing with 462 yards on 125 attempts ... Of note, 335 of his 462 yards came in three games as the Jacksonville, N.C., native topped the 100-yard barrier in contests versus
Navy (114), Virginia (108) and Wake Forest (113) ... Dargan, who enters week two of the 2005 season with 890 career rushing yards to his credit, is tied for sixth among active ACC players with his three career 100-yard rushing games.

Active ACC Players — Career 100-Yard Games
1. P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech 11
2. Wali Lundy, Virginia 10
3. Chris Barclay, Wake Forest 9
4. Leon Washington, Florida State 6
5. Josh Allen, Maryland 5
6. Cedric Dargan, Duke 3
Lorenzo Booker, Florida State 3
Mike Imoh, Virginia Tech 3
Tyrone Moss, Miami 3
10. Three tied with 2

Ruff & Warrick Switch Sides
Players changing positions is hardly uncommon in college football, but Duke has two players — Malcolm Ruff and Demetrius Warrick — who have switched positions and sides of the football for their final season in the Duke program ... Ruff, who played tailback as a true
freshman in 2002, moves back to the offensive backfield as a fullback following two seasons at linebacker while Warrick, who was a defensive lineman for four seasons, makes the shift to offensive tackle.

Defense Looks For Repeat Performance
In 2004, the Duke defense finished third in the ACC in interceptions with 15 and fourth in the league in total turnovers forced with 26 ... The 15 interceptions marked the most by a Blue Devil squad since 1999, and 10 different Duke players recorded at least one pick — the
most since 1985 (10).

Dewan Among ACC Active Leaders
Senior linebacker Brendan Dewan has been a mainstay in the Duke lineup since starting the season opener against East Carolina in 2002 ... The Austin, Texas, native spent the 2001 campaign as a running back and did not see game action before moving to linebacker during the following spring drills ... In his first career game, he registered 12 tackles and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown as Duke defeated East Carolina, 23-16 ... After missing the next four games with a foot injury, Dewan returned to the lineup to average 6.7 tackles per game over the final seven weeks of the year ... He ended the 2004 season on a high note by posting a career-best 15 tackles in Duke’s win over Clemson in week 10 and then, in the season finale versus North Carolina, picked up 12 total stops including two for loss ... One of seven active players with 200 or more career tackles entering the 2005 season, Dewan sat out spring drills while preparing for the MCAT — the entrance exam for medical school.

Active ACC Players — Career Tackles
1. D’Quell Jackson, Maryland 328
2. Oliver Hoyte, N.C. State 245
3. Brendan Dewan, Duke 239
4. Brennan Schmidt, Virginia 231
5. Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech 225
6. Jamaal Fudge, Clemson 215
7. Ahmad Brooks, Virginia 207

Safety Tandem
Senior Brian Greene, who has plenty of experience at safety and is the leader of the secondary, will be joined by first-year starter Chris Davis in the middle of the Blue Devil backfield ... Davis replaces the graduated Alex Green, who had 81 tackles as a senior in 2004 ... Greene has played 1,838 snaps in 35 career games for Duke and has 145 tackles to his credit ... Davis, on the other hand, played 169 defensive snaps in a reserve role as a freshman last year and recorded 14 tackles and one interception.

McCormick Back To Defense
One of the most versatile players in the ACC, junior Deonto McCormick has returned to the defensive secondary where he is slated to start at cornerback ... In 2004, McCormick saw action in the first nine games of the year at wide receiver, catching 14 passes for 113
yards including a season-best four receptions for 40 yards at Connecticut in week two ... Injuries hit the Duke secondary hard late in the year, and McCormick, who had spent the 2002 season at cornerback, started the last two contests in the secondary ... Against Clemson
in week 10, the Adel, Ga., native recorded the first interception of his career late in the fourth quarter to set up Duke’s game-winning field goal and then chipped in five tackles in the final game against North Carolina.

Texas Duo Steps In At Linebacker
One of the Duke’s key losses from the 2004 team was captain Giuseppe Aguanno, who racked up a clubhigh 94 tackles from his middle linebacker slot and received team MVP honors ... Junior Codey Lowe is the replacement for Aguanno, and the Houston, Texas, product displayed his abilities late in 2004 as his two top games came in the final three weeks of the season ... In week nine at Florida State, Lowe carded nine total tackles and the first interception of his career and then, two weeks later, posted a career-high 12 tackles for loss including 2.5 for loss in the season finale against North Carolina ... Lowe finished the year with 44 stops ... With Malcolm Ruff’s switch from linebacker to fullback, a second starting slot opened up within the Duke linebacking unit ... Sophomore Patrick Bailey has assumed that role, joining the position group in the spring after spending his first year in Durham at defensive end ... In 10 games as a rookie last fall, the Elmendorf, Texas, native came off the bench to secure 25 total tackles including a season-best six in the final game of the year versus North Carolina ... Bailey logged a team-best 10 tackles while forcing two fumbles in the season-opener at East Carolina.

Schneider Among Top Returning QBs
Junior Mike Schneider enters his third season as Duke’s starting quarterback, and ranks fourth among ACC signalcallers in both career starting assignments (19) and career passing yards (2,886) ... In addition, Schneider’s 2004 completion percentage of .594 is the second highest among returning QBs in the league ... Last year, the Sharon, Pa., native displayed significant statistical improvement from his freshman season to sophomore campaign by increasing his pass efficiency rating, completion percentage, touchdown pass total and interception per pass completion ratio ... He needs just 396 yards and two passing touchdowns to crack Duke’s top 10 charts in those categories.

Elliott Headlines Returning Receivers
Ronnie Elliott is the lone senior member of Duke’s 2005 wide receiving corps, and the group features one junior, one sophomore and five scholarship freshmen ... Elliott is back after catching 28 passes for 318 yards and one touchdown, and the Huntsville, Ala., native enters the Virginia Tech contest with 47 career catches for 511 yards and two scores ... Also back from a year ago is junior Deon Adams, who has battled through nagging injuries in each of his first two seasons, and sophomore Jomar Wright, who hauled in 18 passes for 323 yards as a rookie in 2004 ... Wright led Duke in yards per reception average (17.9) and 12 of his 18 receptions went for first downs.

Krieg & Moravchik Key Offensive Line
The Duke offensive line returns a pair of starters in junior Tyler Krieg and senior Jim Moravchik ... Krieg will man an offensive guard slot for the second straight year while Moravchik started at the other guard slot after manning one tackle position last year ... As a unit, Duke owns 30 combined starts between its offensive linemen, the lowest total in the ACC ... The Blue Devils have received a lift from senior tackle Demetrius Warrick, who moved to offense following four seasons as a member of Duke’s defensive unit.

A Glance At Special Teams
Duke’s kicking and punting chores will fall into the hands of inexperienced players in 2005, with freshman Joe Surgan earning the top spot for placekicking and senior Chris Sprague taking over for four-year starting punter Trey McDonald ... Sprague, who is expected to handle
the kickoff duties for the second consecutive season, did punt for two years at Pasadena City College prior to joining the Duke program in 2004 ... Long snapper Casey Hales is back after starting as a true freshman last fall while fellow sophomore Chris Davis will be involved
heavily in the return game ... Davis finished third in the ACC and 14th nationally in kickoff return average (25.8) in 2004 and registered a 94-yard return for a touchdown against Maryland ... Scheduled to be joined by sophomore Ronnie Drummer on kickoff returns, Davis will
also return punts for the Blue Devils after averaging 2.9 yards per return last season ... Also back for the Blue Devils is junior Casey Camero, who made his presence felt in 2004 with three blocked kicks.

Three Join Blue Devil Coaching Staff
While the Duke sideline has two new full-time coaches in offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and tight ends coach John Strollo, former All-ACC defensive back Terrell Smith has returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant coach ... O’Brien comes to Durham after spending the last two seasons at Maryland while Strollo was at Maine for the 2004 campaign ... O’Brien and head coach Ted Roof worked together on the staff at Georgia Tech ... Smith played at Duke from 2000-03, registering 321 tackles and three interceptions in 40 career games ... As a senior, the Wingate, N.C., native served as team captain, led the Blue Devils with 140 tackles and earned Second Team All-ACC honors.

Game Day
Virginia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
at Duke (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
September 10, 2005
Wallace Wade Stadium
Durham, N.C.
KICKOFF 12 noon
SITE Wallace Wade Stadium
Natural Grass / 33,941
Durham, N.C.
RADIO Duke Radio Network
Flagship: WDNC 620 AM
TV Jefferson-Pilot Sports
TICKETS 1-919-681-2583
SERIES: Duke leads, 7-5
LAST WEEK: Duke opened the season with a 24-21 loss at East Carolina despite two rushing touchdowns from TB Justin Boyle and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score by TB Ronnie Drummer ... Virginia Tech opened the 2005 campaign with a victory over N.C. State by a 20-16 count on Sunday evening in Raleigh ... The Hokies received 108 passing yards and one touchdown from QB Marcus Vick.
LAST TIME: On September 18, 2004 in Blacksburg, Va., Virginia Tech used a 24-point second quarter to defeat Duke, 41-17, in front of 65,115 fans ... The game marked the Hokies’ first in ACC play ... Hokie QB Bryan Randall led the charge for Virginia Tech by completing 12-of-24 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 93 yards and another score ... Duke got on the scoreboard first when WR Deon Adams scampered 28 yards around the left end, but the Hokies scored 34 unanswered points to take a 34-7 lead into the final quarter.
RANKINGS: Duke is unranked ... Virginia Tech is ranked eighth in the latest AP poll.
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 4-13 ... Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech ‘69) is in his 19th year as head coach at Virginia Tech ... He is 178-100-4 overall and 136-77-2 at Virginia Tech as a head coach.
S 4 at N.C. State W, 20-16
S 10 at Duke 12 noon
S 24 OHIO 3:30 pm
O 1 at West Virginia 12 noon
O 20 at Maryland 7:45 pm
N 19 at Virginia TBA
DUKE (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
S 3 at East Carolina (CSTV) L, 21-24
S 10 VIRGINIA TECH (JP) 12 noon
S 17 VMI 1 pm
S 24 at Virginia TBA
O 8 at Miami TBA
N 5 at Clemson TBA
N 19 at North Carolina TBA

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