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Making the Grade: Duke football vs. Elon

While other teams around the country struggled against FCS teams, the Blue Devils cruised past Elon 52-13 in their season opener Saturday night. Although the Phoenix kept the score close in the first quarter, Duke scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 28-6 lead by halftime. Elon could not mount a comeback and was held to just a single fourth quarter touchdown.

Offense: A+

Pass: After posting a disappointing 13-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio last season, Anthony Boone started 2014 on a high note with four touchdown passes on the evening. He completed 22-of-33 passes for 247 yards, finding senior wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney for two touchdowns apiece. Boone, who was well protected throughout the game, seemed very comfortable in the pocket and only a handful of his throws were off target. Thomas Sirk, who played in his first career game, also had success throwing the ball, completing 5-of-7 passes for 40 yards in the second half... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Elon

The Blue Devils mauled their FCS opponent 52-13 in their season opener, scoring the most points in a season opener for a Duke team since 1954 Saturday evening at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Stay healthy: The Blue Devils suffered no more major losses in Saturday's contest, and even showed depth and strength in the positions that already lost starters to season-ending knee injuries—mike linebacker and tight end. Senior David Helton, junior Deion Williams and redshirt freshman Chirs Holmes combined for 13 tackles and showed quickness to the ball in place of the injured Kelby Brown, and tight end David Reeves caught three passes for 25 yards in place of Braxton Deaver. Thankfully, Duke suffered no more detrimental injuries in its first game... Read more

Former Blue Devil Hairston takes big role in Switzerland

Josh Hairston knew he wasn't going to the NBA like Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood after last season. He also knew he wanted to keep playing as opposed to making the leap to the coaching ranks like his classmate Tyler Thornton. Therefore, Hairston took his talents to Switzerland, where he will play for SAM Massagno.

In a recent article by Corriere del Ticine, Hairston opens up about his experience at Duke with Mike Krzyzewski and his future with SAM Massagno.

According to the article, despite getting many offers during the recruiting process, "After the first visit to campus, I knew already this was the place I wanted to pursue my career following high school." Hairston lauded Krzyzewski for helping him grow not only as a player, but also as a man in his time in Durham.

As far as this coming season, Hairston will be playing a big role for SAM Massagno, which plays in the top league in Switzerland... Read more

Showtime Sports to air documentary showing Cutcliffe's special bond with Manning brothers

Sometimes it's easy to forget that head coach David Cutcliffe has past allegiances because of the way he has resurrected Duke's football program.

But although he has transformed the Blue Devil football culture, many would still say that the 2013 National Coach of the Year's greatest accomplishment has been his coaching and close personal relationship with the Manning brothers, whom he has been coaching for more than 15 years.

Showtime Sports made a documentary detailing the special relationship between Cutcliffe and the brothers as part of its recurring 60 Minutes Sports program. The film will air Tuesday evening, but a preview of the documentary was released last week and includes some of its most compelling moments

Duke basketball gets day of conditioning off, plays wiffle ball

With their head coach away, the Blue Devils have still been putting in hard work this offseason, but were also sure to recently get in some leisure and laughs after a recent workout.

Duke basketball released a hilarious youtube video Friday of the team playing wiffle ball after in place of the strenuous conditioning regiment that typically follows the Blue Devils' time in the weight room.


The video begins with Duke's touted squad celebrating raucously when they heard the news that they would be pushing themselves in wiffle ball rather than sprints.

Highlights of the video include sophomore guard Matt Jones swinging and missing badly, self-proclaimed comedian Justise Winslow ribbing Rice transfer Sean Obi for his unique swing and freshman point guard Tyus Jones showing he can do more than run an offense... Read more

Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Elon

The Blue Devils lead 28-6 after getting off to a hot start at a packed Wallace Wade Stadium. Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone started the game on a high note with an 11 play, 61-yard drive that resulted in a four-yard flare pass to wide receiver Issac Blakeney. Elon responded with a scoring drive of its own, that resulted in a 36-yard field goal by kicker John Gallagher.

But Duke struck again in early in the second quarter, when the familiar duo of Boone and senior All-ACC receiver Jamison Crowder connected on the first play of the offense's third drive for a 46-yard touchdown. Midway through the second quarter, Boone got some help from his running backs, Josh Snead and Shaquille Powell who combined for 67 out of the 80 yards on the Blue Devils' third scoring drive, which extended the Duke lead to 18 points. A second touchdown pass to Blakeney with 1:01 to play in the half set the score at 28-6.

The Blue Devil defense held the Elon offensive attack to just 165 yards and six points in the first half... Read more

Third and goal: Duke football vs. Elon

Coming off a historic season and a devastating loss in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Duke opens its season against FCS opponent Elon. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to tonight’s game:

Stay Healthy

Duke has already lost star middle linebacker Kelby Brown and star tight end Braxton Deaver to season-ending knee injuries this preseason, in addition to redzone threat Brandon Connette, who transferred to Fresno State in the offseason. One has to wonder how many more injuries the Blue Devils will be able to sustain to remain relevant in the ACC’s Coastal Division, and it would be a real shame to see anyone else get hurt against an FCS opponent that went 2-10 last season.

Get All Defensive Linemen Involved

Duke lost a number of longtime starters on the defensive line in ends Kenny Anunike and Justin Foxx and tackle Sydney Sarmiento to graduation. This year, head coach David Cutcliffe has a platoon of inexperienced linemen to use around returning starter Jamal Bruce... Read more

Behind Enemy Lines: Elon

Before every football game this year, The Blue Zone is going to sit down with a football writer from the opposing school’s student newspaper to get the scoop on their team and season.

This week, The Chronicle’s Nick Martin spoke to The Elon Pendulum's Sports Editor Thomas Hamzik about this weekend’s season kickoff between Duke and Elon.

The Chronicle: It's been a while since our two teams met. Can you tell me a little bit about what's changed for you guys?

The Pendulum: Skrosky left for Ball State. In came Jason Swepson and frankly, the program took a pretty drastic turn. Lembo had the guys in the top 25 for a couple consecutive years and Sewpson's teams went straight in the opposite direction. They struggled pretty heavily the last couple years. Last year especially, they struggled to finish games down the stretch. Almost every game, except the Georgia Tech game, they were in it in the first half and they only came away with two wins... Read more

Duke football releases exciting 2014 entrance video

A day before they get set to take the field to kick off their 2014 season, the Blue Devils released the entrance video that will play before the team takes the field at Wallace Wade Stadium this year.



The video features several Duke players breaking out of the gate inside the tunnel that they exit through to enter the stadium, and recreates some of the top moments from last year's storybook season.

Highlights include several big plays by preseason All-ACC selections Anthony Boone, Jamison Crowder and Jeremy Cash, as well as head coach David Cutcliffe ringing the victory bell and the team celebrating with the ACC Coastal Division Championship trophy.

The new video definitely reflects the Blue Devils' new direction as a program and is sure to get fans fired up before Duke takes the field this season.

The Blue Devils take on Elon Saturday at 6:00 p.m... Read more

A guide to Duke football's 2014 opponents

With the Blue Devils starting their bid to repeat as ACC Coastal Division champions Saturday against Elon at 6:00 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium, we break down every team on Duke's schedule and every other ACC squad:

Aug. 30 vs. Elon

Sept. 6 at Troy

Sept. 13 vs. Tulane

Sept. 20 vs. Kansas

Sept. 27 at Miami

Oct... Read more