Around the ACC: Week 8

Duke 20, Virginia 13

In a low-scoring, back-and-forth Homecoming contest, Duke held on to beat Virginia in Durham and capture an important conference victory. The Blue Devils (6-1, 2-1 in the ACC) found the end zone both times via tight end, once on a first quarter connection from redshirt senior Anthony Boone to redshirt sophomore Erich Schneider and then again in the fourth quarter when redshirt sophomore Thomas Sirk completed a jump pass to redshirt junior David Reeves. The Blue Devil defense then held Virginia (4-3, 2-1) scoreless in the fourth quarter, giving the Blue Devils their sixth win of the year and securing a program-first third straight bowl bid.

No. 2 Florida State 31, No. 5 Notre Dame 27

In the much-anticipated matchup of the week, Florida State (7-0, 5-0) held on to beat Notre Dame (6-1) on a last second call that took a game-winning touchdown away from the fighting Irish... Read more

Making the Grade: Duke football vs. Virginia

With a powerful second-half ground game and a stout defense, Duke pushed past Virginia 20-13 to take control of the Coastal Division and become bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. The Blue Devils broke the 13-13 tie on a jump-pass by backup quarterback Thomas Sirk with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter. Duke’s defense then stood strong and kept the Cavaliers out of the end zone on their final two possessions to secure the victory.

Offense: B

Pass: Although redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone did not post the most impressive numbers against the Cavaliers— going 22-of-37 for 176 yards and one touchdown— he was able to stay turnover-free against one of the most opportunistic defenses in the nation. The Weddington, N.C., native threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Erich Schneider to put the Blue Devils up 7-0 early in the first quarter and frequently targeted wide receiver Jamison Crowder—who ended up with eight catches for 99 yards... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 8

Two more top-five teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in week eight, and the Blue Devils got even closer to cracking the top 25 for the first time this season.

Duke climbs to top of Coastal, still can't crack top 25

The Blue Devils ground out a hard-fought 20-13 win against Virginia Saturday, but only slightly reaped the rewards of their victory when the AP poll was released Sunday afternoon, becoming the highest ranked team not receiving votes with 108. With a bye week next weekend, Duke cannot do anything to hurt its stock, but could see its spot near the rankings take a hit ahead of its Nov... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Virginia

The Blue Devils got another gritty performance from their defense on their way to a 20-13 Homecoming win against Virginia that made Duke bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. The Blue Devils broke a 13-13 tie midway through the fourth quarter on a Thomas Sirk jump pass and were able to get the stops they needed to climb to the top of the Coastal Division standings.

Revisting the three keys to the game:

  • More production from the passing game: Quarterback Anthony Boone had a better day in the air than he had against Georgia Tech, accumulating 176 yards and a touchdown and completing 22 of his 37 attempts. The Weddington, N.C., native got off to a strong start and did most of his damage in the first half, going 16-of-21 for 125 yards and one touchdown... Read more

Halftime report: Duke football vs. Virginia

At the half of Duke's Homecoming contest, the Blue Devils are tied 10-10 with the visiting Cavaliers.

Things got off to a good start for the home team, as redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash kickstarted Duke's momentum once again Saturday, as he stripped Virginia's Miles Gooch on the second play from scrimmage. Defensive end Jonathan Jones jumped on the ball to cap the Cavaliers' opening drive and give Duke the ball at its own 38-yard line.

On the Blue Devils' first offensive play of the game, quarterback Anthony Boone would hit senior Jamison Crowder in the middle of the field for a 27-yard gain to the Virginia 35-yard line. Six plays later, Boone found tight end Erich Schneider for a one-yard score, the first of Schneider's career.

After forcing the Cavaliers into a second-straight punt, the Blue Devils took over at their own 20-yard line and put together another solid drive, going 78 yards were stuffed at the goal line for three consecutive plays, leading to a Ross Martin field goal with 12:24 left in the half... Read more

Observations from Duke basketball practice: Okafor and Co. live up to the hype

The Blue Zone's Nick Martin and Ryan Hoerger attended Duke's practice Friday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Here are their observations:

Two weeks into organized practices and newly-minted as the preseason No. 3 team in the country by the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Blue Devils are a talent-laden squad with freshmen expected to make immediate contributions. Getting rookies Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen acclimated to the speed of the college game will involve some growing pains, but the quartet has already integrated well with the returning members of last year's team.

Quinn Cook and Jones look comfortable playing alongside each other. The starting point guard spot has been characterized by many outside the team as a battle between the two floor generals, but Cook and Jones played on the same team during Duke's 12-minute scrimmage at the end of practice Friday and enjoyed great success... Read more

Duke in the NBA: Parker, Hood make preseason debuts, several veterans battle injuries

The NBA preseason is in full swing, with the regular season starting Oct. 28. We take a look at how some of Duke’s newest NBA players—along with a few savvy veterans—have fared so far.

Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks: Parker was drafted second overall by Milwaukee in the 2014 Draft with the hopes that he could provide an immediate impact on the court for the struggling franchise. In an effort to kick start his development, the Chicago native has averaged 31.6 minutes per game during his first four preseason games, but has certainly had his growing pains on the court.

Parker is averaging 15.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, but is shooting just 43.5 percent from the field and is just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. Fortunately for Parker and the Bucks, Parker’s best games have been his most recent ones... Read more

Third and Goal: Duke football vs. Virginia

A week after snapping a ten-year losing streak to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, the Blue Devils return to Durham to take on Virginia in hopes of keeping the goal of a second consecutive trip to the ACC championship game alive. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. in Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to this afternoon’s game:

More production from the passing game

So far this season, Virginia ranks second in the conference in rushing yards allowed per game at 91.5. Two weeks ago, the defense, headlined by linemen Andrew Brown, David Dean, and Eli Harold, held Pittsburgh’s star running back, sophomore James Conner, to just 83 yards on 21 carries. But despite star safeties Anthony Harris and Quin Blanding patrolling in the secondary, Virginia’s pass defense has been underwhelming, ranking 12th in the conference and allowing 239.3 yards per game through the air.

Thus, it should not come as a surprise that redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone will need to make more plays through the air than he has so far this season. The Weddington, N... Read more

Duke basketball to host autograph session and open practice Nov. 1

Start thinking about what item you want your favorite Blue Devils to autograph, Duke basketball fans.

The Blue Devils—ranked No. 3 in the Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll—will be hosting their annual open practice Saturday, Nov. 1, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The doors will open at 9 a.m., with an autograph session running from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and practice starting at 10:30 a.m.

Autographs will be limited to one item per player for fans, and seating will only be in the upper bowl of the famed arena.

The practice will occur one week after the team's annual showcase Countdown to Craziness and three days before its first exhibition contest against Livingstone. Duke will then take on Central Missouri Nov. 8 in their final exhibition contest before opening the season Nov. 14 against Presbyterian as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic... Read more

X factor: Duke football vs. Virginia

After stunning then-No. 22 Georgia Tech last weekend in Atlanta, the Blue Devils are looking to leapfrog Virginia and take control in the ACC's Coastal Division. Duke will look to make a statement in its homecoming game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Every week throughout the football season, we’ll break down a player on each team who could be the difference-maker in the upcoming contest.

Duke: wide receiver Max McCaffrey

The 6-foot-2, 195 pound wideout will have to find a way to record catches against a stout, attacking Virginia defense that only allows 91.5 yards per game on the ground and already has 19 takeaways on the season. The junior Castle Rock, Colo., native lines up in the slot and has emerged as a reliable target for quarterback Anthony Boone with outside receivers Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney in slumps and battling injuries.

McCaffrey caught a four-yard touchdown last week and had a crucial 30-yard reception on a third-and-26 to set up another score... Read more