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Duke travels to Connecticut for game two of 2004 campaign

Posted Friday, September 10, 2004

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Football Game Notes: Duke at Connecticut, 9/11/2004, 12 PM


Duke Travels To East Harford, Conn., For Game Two Of 2004 Campaign


Sept. 9, 2004

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

Blue Devils Travel For First-Ever Game With UConn
Duke plays game two of the 2004 campaign at Connecticut on September 11 ... Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. ... The Blue Devils are coming off last week's 27-12 loss to Navy while the Huskies defeated Murray State, 52-14, for its sixth straight victory dating back to last season.

Duke After Navy
Duke owns an all-time record of 17-16 in games following a Blue Devil contest against Navy ... In road games after a Duke-Navy tilt, the Blue Devils are 7-7.

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 440-409-31 ... 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. Connecticut: The Future
The Blue Devils and Huskies are scheduled to continue the series with a game in Durham in 2007.

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.

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.

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".

New Coaches On Board & Staff Changes
Duke has added five new assistant coaches to its staff for the 2004 season in Jerry Azzinaro (Co-Defensive Coordinator), Marty Galbraith (Offensive Coordinator), David Kelly (Associate Head Coach/WRs), Tom Knotts (QBs) and Glenn Spencer (Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/DBs) ... In addition, staffers Scott Brown was named Co-Defensive Coordinator while Don Yanowsky switched from coaching the outside linebackers and special teams to leading the offensive line ... Also, Fred Chatham takes over the special teams.

Duke Versus The Big East
The Blue Devils hold an overall ledger of 16-14 versus current members of the Big East Conference ... Duke has played Boston College (1-2), Pittsburgh (8-9), Rutgers (2- 2), Syracuse (2-0) and West Virginia (3-1) but has yet to face Connecticut and Temple.

From Rush To Pass In One Week
One week after facing one of college football's most potent rushing attacks in Navy, Duke will switch gears to take on one of the nation's most prolific passing quarterbacks in Connecticut's Dan Orlovsky ... Last week against Murray State, Orlovsky, who leads the nation in passing efficiency (219.27), completed 19-of-29 passes for 382 yards and five touchdowns, pushing his streak of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass to 25 ... In addition, the senior signal caller increased his career scoring strike total to 66 -- second-most among active quarterbacks in NCAA I-A behind Hawaii's Timmy Chang.

Dargan Tops 100-Yard Barrier
In the first start of his career, junior TB Cedric Dargan established career-highs in both rushing attempts (20) and yards (114) in Duke's season-opening loss at Navy ... Dargan picked up 101 yards in the first half to better his previous single-game high of 54 yards set last season at Tennessee ... The Jacksonville, N.C., native averaged 5.7 yards per carry and rushed for seven or more yards on eight attempts including a long of 16.

Taking Care Of The Football
Duke's offense enters the Connecticut game having played turnover-free football for its last nine quarters dating back to the 2003 campaign ... The Blue Devils' last turnover came against Clemson when Tiger LB Jamaal Fudge intercepted a Chris Dapolito pass on the final play of the third quarter ... Since the Clemson contest, Duke has played consecutive games against North Carolina and

KICKOFF: 12:00 p.m.

SITE: Rentschler Field; Natural Grass / 40,000; East Hartford, Conn.

RADIO: Duke Radio Network

Flagship: WDNC 620 AM

TV: None

INTERNET: GoDuke.com

TICKETS: 1-919-681-2583

SERIES: First meeting

LAST WEEK: In Annapolis, Md., Duke fell to Navy, 27-12 ... The Midshipmen were led by QB Aaron Polanco (130 rushing yards) and FB Kyle Eckel (100) ... The Blue Devils received early field goals from K Matt Brooks for a 6-0 lead, but Polanco hooked up with WR Jason Tomlinson on a 58-yard touchdown pass to knot the game at 6-6 at intermission ... Eckel, who fumbled twice in the first half, scored two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes to preserve the win ... Duke TB Cedric Dargan topped the 100-yard barrier for the first time in his career with a 20-carry, 114-yard performance ... Connecticut opened 2004 with a 52-14 home win over Murray State as QB Dan Orlovsky threw for 382 yards and five touchdowns ... The Huskies ran away in the second half after the teams were deadlocked, 14-14, at intermission ... Orlovsky tossed four scoring strikes in a 12-minute span during the third quarter to lead the rout ... Connecticut pushed its winning streak to six games dating back to last year.

RANKINGS: Both teams are unranked.

COACHES: Duke's Ted Roof (Georgia Tech `87) is in his first full season as head coach of the Blue Devils ... Roof compiled a 2-3 record as Duke interim head coach last year ... Randy Edsall (Syracuse `80) is in his sixth year as head coach at Connecticut ... He is 25-33 in his career.

 
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