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Duke vs. N.C. State postgame notes

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Raleigh, NC - With the 49-28 win over N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium, Duke snapped a 20-game ACC road losing streak. The Blue Devils last conference road win came at North Carolina (30-22) on Nov. 22, 2003.

Game captains: Duke - Vince Oghobaase, Brandon King, Mitchell Lederman, Charlie Hatcher

N.C. State - Jamelle Eugene, Jeraill McCuller, Willie Young

N.C. State won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Blue Devils will receive and defend the south endzone.

Weather at kickoff: 77 degrees, sunny, 62-percent humidity, wind NE at 7 mph

Duke Game Starters: Offense - QB Thaddeus Lewis, RB Re'quan Boyette, WR Austin Kelly, WR Donovan Varner, WR Conner Vernon, TE Brett Huffman, LT Kyle Hill, LG Mitchell Lederman, C Bryan Morgan, RG Brian Moore, RT Jarrod Holt; Defense - LDE Wesley Oglesby, DT Vince Oghobaase, NG Charlie Hatcher, RDE Ayanga Okpokowuruk, SLB Adam Banks, MLB Vincent Rey, WLB Damian Thornton, CB Leon Wright, CB Chris Rwabukamba, LS Catron Gainey, RS Matt Daniels.

Duke 49, N.C. State 28

Duke Snaps ACC Road Losing Skid

With the 49-28 win over N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium, Duke snapped a 20-game ACC road losing streak. The Blue Devils last conference road win came at North Carolina (30-22) on Nov. 22, 2003.

First Time Action

Redshirt freshman Randez James made his collegiate debut seeing playing time on Duke's kickoff return team to open the game.

Blue Devils Score Most Points in ACC Game Since 1994

Duke's 49 points were the most the Blue Devils scored in an ACC game since Oct. 22, 1994, when they won 51-26 at Wake Forest.

Duke Scores On Opening Drive

The Blue Devils drove 70 yards in 11 plays on its opening drive, capped off by a two-yard touchdown pass from Thaddeus Lewis to Brett Huffman. It marked the third time this season Duke has scored a touchdown on its opening drive. They also scored to start the game against Kansas and N.C. Central.

Blue Devils Score On First Three Drives

Duke scored touchdowns on each of its first three drives and to give them points in eight of its last nine drives dating back to the Virginia Tech game, including four touchdowns and four field goals.

Long Drives

Each of Duke's first two drives resulted in touchdowns, went 70 or more yards and took over five minutes off the clock. The Blue Devils went 70 yards on 11 plays in 5:18 minutes on the opening drive. The second drive took 5:38, covering 71 yards in 12 plays. Duke came out in the second half and added a nine-play, 97-yard scoring drive that took up 4:23 and a 10-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that lasted 4:17.

Lewis Breaks Touchdown Passes School Record

Lewis broke Duke's career record for touchdown passes, when he threw five touchdown passes against N.C. State to give him 59 in his career. The 59 touchdown passes are tied for sixth most in ACC history with Jamie Barnette of N.C. State. Lewis has now thrown a touchdown pass in five of the six games on the year and has 12 passing TDs in 2009.

Lewis Sets School Record For Completions

Lewis completed 40-of-50 for 459 yards and five touchdowns. The 40 completions break the previous school record of 38 by Ben Bennett against Wake Forest in 1980. Lewis' previous career high was 36 against N.C. State last season.

Six TDs Matches School Mark

Lewis was responsible for six of Duke's seven touchdowns on Saturday, matching the single game school record for touchdown responsibility set previously by Tom Powers (1950 vs. Richmond) and equaled by Steve Slayden (1987 vs. Georgia Tech).

Career High Five TD Throws

The five touchdown passes by Lewis are a career high and is the second most in school history. The record is six by Steve Slayden against Georgia Tech in 1987. It marks the fourth time (school record) Lewis has thrown four TD passes in a single game. It is the 17th time he has thrown two or more touchdown passes in a game, including four games this season.

Lewis Moves Up Duke and ACC Passing Charts

Lewis threw for 459 passing yards to move past Steve Slayden into third on Duke's career passing yards list. Lewis' total of 8,336 passing yards also ranks 12th in ACC history.

400-Yard Passing Performance

Lewis tallied a career-high 459 passing yards in the game, the fourth-highest single game total in school history. It is the second time Lewis has thrown for 400 or more yards in his career. He had 428 at Navy in 2007. It is the 12th 400-yard passing game in school history.

300-Yard Passing Games

Lewis recorded his seventh career 300-yard passing game with 459 yards on 40-of-50 passing in the game. His seven career 300-yard games rank as the fifth most in school history. Lewis has thrown for 300 or more yards three times this season to tie for fifth most in school history.

Vernon Notches 10 Catches and Touchdown

True freshman Conner Vernon posted his first career game with 10 or more catches as he had 10 catches for 86 yards and one touchdown. His five-yard touchdown grab was the second of his career. He also had one at Army. His 10 receptions is tied for the second-most in a game by a Duke freshman. Vernon had 173 all-purpose yards, the second straight game he has posted over 150 all-purpose yards. Vernon's 26 receptions through six games is already the fifth-most in a season by a Blue Devil freshman. His 357 yards receiving is fourth-most among Duke freshmen.

Kelly Scores For Second Straight Game

Junior Austin Kelly found the end zone for the second straight game with an eight-yard receiving TD in the third quarter. Kelly now has three touchdown catches on the season and four in his career.

Huffman Hauls In Fourth Career Touchdown

Huffman caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for his third of the season and fourth of his career. Huffman was tied for 12th nationally for touchdown catches by a tight end entering the game.

Boyette and Parker Catches First TD Passes

Senior running back Re'quan Boyette and junior Danny Parker recorded their first career touchdown receptions in the game. Boyette caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for his first career touchdown reception. He has six career touchdowns with five on the ground. Parker had just his sixth career reception, the first time he has found the endzone. Duke now has eight different players who have caught a touchdown pass in 2009.

Lewis Rushes For Touchdown

Lewis scored his eighth career rushing touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter. He has a career-high three rushing touchdowns this season, one more than he had in each of the previous two years.

100-Yard Receiving Game

Sophomore Donovan Varner tallied his first career 100-yard receiving game with seven catches for 154 yards. Varner broke his previous career high of 87 yards set last week against Virginia Tech.

Snyderwine Boots Seven Pats

Junior Will Snyderwine converted all seven PAT attempts in the game, tied for the third-most in school history. He is now 15-of-15 on PATs on the year, including 9-of-9 in the last two contests.

Banks Records First Career Touchdown

Junior Adam Banks recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone late in the fourth quarter for his first career touchdown. The fumble recovery for a touchdown is the 14th in Duke history, second of the season and fourth in 18 games under David Cutcliffe.

Duke Collects Two Fourth Quarter Interceptions

Senior Leon Wright incepted a fourth quarter pass by Russell Wilson for his third INT of the year and the eight of his career. Sophomore Lee Butler picked off a Mike Glennon pass in the end zone with under a minute to play in the game for his first career interception.

Duke Defense Steps Up After Halftime

After allowing 21 points and 264 yards of offense in the opening half, the Duke defense responded to hold N.C. State scoreless and to 74 yards of total offense in the second half. The Blue Devils also created four second half turnovers (two fumble recoveries & two interceptions).

Second Half Scoring

Duke's 28 second half points are tied for the ninth-most in a road game in school history. The last time the Blue Devils scoring 28 points in a second half of a road game was Oct. 1, 1994 against Navy.

Offense Tops 500-yard Mark

The Duke offensive totaled 502 yards on 85 plays from scrimmage for its first game of the year with over 500 yards of offense. The previous season-high was 487 yards against N.C. Central. Duke's last game with over 500 yards of offense was in 2007 against Navy (506 yards).

Attendance: 56,452

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Duke vs. N.C. State postgame notes
With the 49-28 win over N.C. State at Carter-Finley Stadium, Duke snapped a 20-game ACC road losing streak.
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