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After Win, Cutcliffe Remembers Loss To Vanderbilt

After Saturday's 10-7 Duke win at Vanderbilt, head coach David Cutcliffe spoke with the traveling Triangle media as well as a couple of reporters from Nashville. One asked him if he'd ever lost to Vanderbilt before, and here is Cutcliffe's response, verbatim:

“Yes, and you know who I lost to? One time, right here, George MacIntyre, 1982, Whit Taylor, 28-21," he said. "First game I ever coached in this stadium. I drove home to Birmingham like a whipped puppy—I remember there were tornadoes around everywhere. I remember like it was yesterday—terrible weather! Good gosh. 28-21. Why’d you have to bring that up?”

The reporter then made a crack about how he didn't think Cutcliffe had ever lost to the Commodores, because he didn't think Cutcliffe was that old.

Cutcliffe answered simply: “I’m getting older by the day."

For reference, Whit Taylor was Vanderbilt's star quarterback from 1979 to 1982, and led the 1982 team that beat Cutcliffe—then an assistant coach at Tennessee—to the school's last bowl appearance.

George MacIntyre was Vanderbilt's coach in 1982, and today, his son, Mike, is Duke's defensive coordinator. The elder MacIntyre, whom Cutcliffe described as "in very poor health," attended Saturday's game, and afterward, he and his son both received game balls from the Blue Devils.


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