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Maryland at Duke football game notes

Posted Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Durham, NC - Duke (3-3, 1-1 ACC) will host Maryland (2-5, 1-2 ACC) on Saturday, Oct. 24 with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (ET) in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game will be streamed live on with Dave Weekley calling the play-by-play and Jeff Genyk providing the color commentary. The Blue Devils are coming off an open date and two weeks ago defeated N.C. State on the road, 49-28, for its first ACC win. The Terps lost at home, 20-9, against Virginia last weekend.

Site: Durham, N.C.
Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium
Surface: Natural grass
Capacity: 33,941
TV: None
Radio: Blue Devil ISP Sports Network
Internet: ESPN360 - Dave Weekley (Play-by-Play), Jeff Genyk (Color);
Tickets: 1-877-375-DUKE

Last Time Out
Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis completed 40-of-50 pass attempts for 459 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for a score to lead the Blue Devils to a 49-28 win on the road against N.C. State. Lewis threw touchdown passes to five different receivers, including freshman Conner Vernon who finished with 10 catches for 86 yards. Sophomore Donovan Varner also had a big game with seven catches for 154 yards. Duke held N.C. State to 74 total yards of offense in the second half while forcing four turnovers, including two on special teams.

Duke-Maryland Series
Maryland leads the all-time series between the two schools 30-18. The Terps have won the last five games in the series and nine of the last 10. Duke’s last win came in College Park, 25-22, in 1999.

Overall: Maryland, 30-18
First Meeting: Duke, 34-0 in 1932
Last Meeting: Maryland, 55-21 in 2004
Largest Duke Margin of Victory: 50 (50-0) in 1941
Largest Maryland Margin of Victory: 43 (56-13) in 1974
Duke’s Last Win in Durham: 1994 (49-16)
Maryland’s Last Win in Durham: 2004 (55-21)
Current Streak: Maryland, W5

Last Meeting
The 23rd-ranked Terps outgained Duke 685-185 in total offense in a 55-21 victory in Durham in 2004. Joel Statham passed for 362 yards and four touchdowns with Vernon Davis catching four passes for 101 yards and three scores to lead Maryland. The Blue Devils scored on offense, defense and special teams, including a 94-yard kickoff return by Chris Davis and an 85-yard interception return by John Talley.

Inside the Numbers ...

  • 5.20 - With 26 receptions this season, Conner Vernon leads the ACC with his 5.20 catches per game average. His total also ranks second nationally among freshmen. The last rookie to pace the conference in receptions per outing was Maryland’s Frank Wycheck in 1990 while the last Blue Devil to do so was Roger Boone in 1988.
  • 7 - Duke recorded a season-high seven plays of 20 or more yards at N.C. State and has now tallied 25 plays of 20 or more yards on the season. The Blue Devils have 17 of those 25 in the last three games.
  • 7-0 - Under head coach David Cutcliffe, Duke has a 7-0 record when leading after the third quarter. The Blue Devils have had leads heading into the final stanza in all seven of Cutcliffe’s victories at Duke.
  • 8 - Senior cornerback Leon Wright recorded his eighth career interception at N.C. State and now has three on the season. The three interceptions are tied for third in the ACC, while his eight career picks are one shy of a tie for seventh on Duke’s career interception list.
  • 19 - With 281 career tackles, Vincent Rey is 19 stops shy of becoming the 13th player in Duke football history to register 300 career tackles.
  • 25 - Senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis now owns a touchdown-to-interception difference of +25 for his career, tossing 59 touchdowns opposed to 34 interceptions. Lewis has displayed marked improvement in this area since arriving in Durham, struggling during his rookie campaign with 11 TDs and 16 interceptions. Since the beginning of 2007 season, Lewis has thrown for 48 touchdowns with just 18 interceptions in 29 contests.
  • 31.8 - The Blue Devils rank fourth in the ACC in scoring offense with 31.8 points per game. Duke has scored 49 points in two games this year against N.C. Central and N.C. State. The last season the Blue Devils had two games of 40 or more points was 1994 when they posted four games of 40 or more.
  • 40 - Lewis broke Duke’s single game completion record when he completed 40 passes at N.C. State two weeks ago. The previous record was 38 held by Ben Bennett against Wake Forest in 1980.
  • 59 - Lewis broke Duke’s career record for passing touchdowns when he threw five touchdown passes at N.C. State to give him 59 in his career. He passed Bennett’s total of 55 to become the school leader and now ranks tied for sixth in ACC history.
  • 105 - Lewis needs 105 passing yards to move in to the top 10 for career passing yards in ACC history. Lewis currently ranks third all-time at Duke and 13th on the ACC list.
  • 314.5 - Duke leads the ACC and ranks eighth nationally in passing offense by averaging 314.5 yards per game through the air. The Blue Devils last led the league in passing offense in 1991. Duke also ranks third in the league in total offense with an average of 397.5 yards per game.
  • 350 - With his 459-yard outing at N.C. State, Lewis has now thrown for 350 or more yards in four career games. He is one of five quarterbacks in Duke history to have four or more performances of 350+ yards, joining Anthony Dilweg (7), Ben Bennett (6), Spence Fischer (5) and Dave Brown (4).
  • 357 - Vernon has 357 receiving yards this season and already ranks fourth on Duke’s single season receiving yards list for freshmen. Walter Jones holds the school record for yards by a freshman with 578. He also ranks fifth on the Blue Devils’ single season receptions list for freshmen with 26 catches, 11 shy of the school record held by Corey Thomas.
Full Duke vs. Maryland Game Notes
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Maryland at Duke football game notes
Duke QB Thad Lewis.
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