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Game Notes: North Carolina A&T | Sept. 7 | 6 p.m.
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Release: 09/03/2019
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North Carolina A&T (1-0, 0-0 MEAC)

When: Sept. 7 | 6 PM

Where: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium

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Duke (0-1, 0-0 ACC) vs. North Carolina A&T (1-0, 0-0 MEAC)
Saturday, September 7, 2019 • 6 PM
Durham, N.C. • Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium (40,004  Natural grass)

 

• Duke begins its 2019 home schedule when it hosts North Carolina A&T on Saturday ... Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

• The Blue Devils are coming off a 42-3 loss to No. 2 Alabama last Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game ... Duke was within 14-3 at the half against its nationally ranked foe but saw the Crimson Tide score 21 points in the third quarter to ultimately put the game away. 

• This weekend’s game will mark the first meeting between Duke and North Carolina A&T ...  The Aggies, who are currently ranked 14th in the FCS Coaches Poll, head into the contest with a 1-0 record after  taking down Elon last Saturday in thrilling fashion. North Carolina A&T hit a 52-yard field goal as time expired to escape with a 24-21 victory.

• Of the nine schools currently in the MEAC, Duke has only played North Carolina Central during its 107-year history ... The Blue Devils head into the weekend a perfect 7-0 against MEAC competition.

• Duke owns an all-time record of 511-523-31 in its 107 seasons.

• The Blue Devils have a mark of 24-6 (.800) against non-ACC opponents since the start of the 2013 season ... They have also won 20 of their last 25 (.800) games versus non-conference foes.

• Elected by their teammates, six returning lettermen will serve as team captains for the 2019 campaign: OG Zach Baker, DT Edgar Cerenord, QB Quentin Harris, DE Tre Hornbuckle, LB Koby Quansah and S Dylan Singleton.

• Duke DEs Victor Dimukeje and Hornbuckle have 16.5 and 16.0 career tackles for loss, respectively, to make Duke one of three ACC schools with multiple players with 16.0+ career TFL, joining Miami and Syracuse.

• Under head coach David Cutcliffe, the Blue Devils are 9-2 in home openers, including last year’s 34-14 triumph over Army West Point ... Duke enters this week’s North Carolina A&T game having won seven consecutive home openers.

• Six true freshman saw action in last Saturday’s game with Jalon Calhoun and Jacob Monk making their first career starts. John Gelotte, Isaiah Kemp, Eli Pancol and Jordan Waters were the other four rookies.

• Last Saturday against No. 2 Alabama, Duke saw seniors Singleton and Quansah register double-digit tackles with 13 and 11, respectively ... In all of last season the Blue Devils saw multiple players record double figure tackles in just four of their 13 games.

• During its last outing, the Duke defense held a strong Alabama offense scoreless in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide were held scoreless in the opening period once in 2018.

• Duke has made bowl game appearances in six of the past seven seasons ... The Blue Devils have won each of their past three bowl games with victories in the 2015 New Era Pinstripe, 2017 Quick Lane & 2018 Walk-On’s Independence bowls.

• The Blue Devils have posted a team grade point average of 3.0+ in 21 consecutive semesters.

• This season marks the 75th anniversary of Duke’s 1944 squad which went 6-4, captured the Southern Conference championship, defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and closed the year ranked 11th in the final Associated Press poll ... Coached by Eddie Cameron, the Blue Devils started the year 1-4 before reeling off five-straight wins over Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.

 • This season, Duke will don a “McGEE” helmet sticker in memory of former Blue Devil lettermen, coaches and twin brothers Jerry and Mike McGee, who passed away on January 6, 2019 and August 16, 2019, respectively ... Jerry, who served as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Southern Illinois, East Carolina and Duke, led Edenton Holmes (N.C.) High School to a pair of state championships in 1964 and 1965 and is enshrined in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, National High School Hall of Fame and National Interscholastic Administrators Association Hall of Fame ... As a senior guard at Duke in 1959, Mike McGee earned first team All-America and ACC Player of the Year honors while claiming the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman, went on to earn induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and later served as the head coach at his alma mater (1971-78) and then as Athletic Director at Cincinnati, Southern California and South Carolina.

 

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