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Inside the Numbers: Thaddeus Lewis vs NC State Wolfpack

Posted Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Durham, NC – This past Saturday in Raleigh, senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis turned in one of the finest offensive performances in Duke football history while leading the Blue Devils to a 49-28 victory over N.C. State. The Opa-Locka, Fla., product completed 40-of-50 throws for 459 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for an additional score.

With his 40 pass completions, Lewis established a new school single-game record, bettering the previous mark of 38 set by Ben Bennett against Wake Forest in 1980 ... Lewis has now completed 20 or more passes in 14 career games and the 40 completions on Saturday pushed his career total to 737 to move past Steve Slayden (699 from 1984-87) into third place on Duke's all-time chart.

For the third time in his career, Lewis attempted 50 or more passes in a game without an interception ... He holds the record for most attempts in a contest without an interception – 55 vs. Richmond earlier this year, and also had 52 tosses without a pick last season against N.C. State ... The 50 attempts increased his career total to 1,274 where he sits in third place on Duke's all-time list.

A career-best effort, Lewis threw for 459 yards against the Wolfpack to post the fourth-highest single-game total in Duke history, trailing only Dave Brown (479 vs. North Carolina in 1989), Anthony Dilweg (475 vs. Wake Forest in 1988) and Ben Bennett (469 vs. Wake Forest in 1980) ... It also marked the highest single-game showing by an ACC quarterback since 2003 when N.C. State's Philip Rivers threw for 475 yards against Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl ... In addition, Lewis moved into third place on Duke's all-time passing chart with 8,336, passing Steve Slayden (8,004 yards from 1984-87) ... Lewis, who ranks 12th on the ACC's career passing chart, stands 1,278 yards shy of Bennett's all-time school standard of 9,614 career passing yards.

Lewis totaled 467 yards of total offense with his 459 yards through the air and eight yards on the ground to register the third-highest single-game total in school history behind Anthony Dilweg's 476 yards against Wake Forest in 1988 and Dave Brown's 470-yard outing against North Carolina in 1989 ... Lewis now has 7,879 career yards of total offense to rank fourth all-time at Duke.

Finding five different receivers for touchdowns, Lewis carded the second-highest single-game total for touchdown passes in school history – one shy of the Duke mark of six set by Steve Slayden against Georgia Tech in 1987 ... The touchdown passes went to Brett Huffman (2 yards), Re'quan Boyette (7 yards), Danny Parker (6 yards), Austin Kelly (8 yards) and Conner Vernon (5 yards) ... Lewis also moved past Ben Bennett (55 from 1980-83) to become Duke's all-time leader in scoring throws with 59 in his career ... Lewis has now thrown four or more touchdown passes in four career games – also a Duke record – and is the only player in school history to reach double figures in the touchdown pass column in four consecutive seasons.

In addition to his five touchdown passes, Lewis added a two-yard scoring run against N.C. State ... The six-touchdown responsibility equaled an ACC single-game record also held by North Carolina's Kelvin Bryant (vs. East Carolina in 1981), Duke's Steve Slayden (vs. Georgia Tech in 1987), Virginia's Shawn Moore (vs. Navy in 1990), Maryland's John Kaleo (vs. Clemson in 1992), Maryland's Scott Milanovich (vs. North Carolina in 1993), Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler (vs. N.C. State in 2001) and N.C. State's Philip Rivers (vs. Navy in 2002) ... Already Duke's career leader in touchdown responsibility with 67 (59 pass & 8 rush), Lewis sits in 11th place on the ACC's all-time chart just one touchdown behind Dantzler and Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball.

Lewis utilized 10 different receivers for his 40 pass completions, with Conner Vernon hauling in a game-high 10 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown ... Other beneficiaries of the passing attack included Donovan Varner (7 receptions, 154 yards), Brett Huffman (5 receptions, 49 yards), Austin Kelly (5 receptions, 44 yards), Desmond Scott (5 receptions, 37 yards), Re'quan Boyette (4 receptions, 18 yards), Johnny Williams (1 reception, 43 yards), Brandon King (1 reception, 24 yards), Danny Parker (1 reception, 6 yards) and Jay Hollingsworth (1 reception, -2 yards).

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Inside the Numbers: Thaddeus Lewis vs NC State Wolfpack
Duke's Thad Lewis completed 40-of-50 throws for 459 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for an additional score.
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