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Duke to face Arizona State in Sun Bowl

The Blue Devils are headed to a postseason bowl game for the third straight year under Head Coach David Cutcliffe. This year, Duke has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The game will kickoff at 2:00PM ET on Saturday, December 27. The Blue Devils will face off against the Arizona State Sun Devils out of the PAC-12 conference.

Duke finished the regular season 9-3 and in 2nd place in the ACC Coastal Division. The Blue Devils have won 19 games over the past two seasons, but are still in search of the program's first bowl victory since the 1960 Cotton Bowl. This year's team is led by three senior first team All-ACC players in WR Jamison Crowder, OG Laken Tomlinson, and LB David Helton. The Blue Devils have averaged 32 points per game on the 2014 season, while allowing just 20 points per game to their opponents.

Arizona State finished 9-3 in the regular season under Head Coach Todd Graham. The Sun Devils feature one of the top offenses in the country, putting up 37 points per game. ASU is also led by 3 first team all-conference performers in redshirt senior OT Jamil Douglas, redshirt senior S Damarious Randall, and redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong.

Tickets for the game are available through GoDuke.com.

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Blue Devils Place Nine on All ACC Teams

DSC_0303DURHAM, N.C. – Led by first team selections Jamison Crowder, David Helton and Laken Tomlinson, Duke placed nine players on the 2014 All-ACC football team, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

A senior, Crowder earned first team all-league honors at both wide receiver and return specialist while Helton, a senior linebacker, and Tomlinson, a redshirt senior offensive guard, both received the second-most votes at their respective positions. Redshirt sophomore DeVon Edwards joined Crowder with two citations, garnering third team honors as a return specialist and honorable mention accolades as a safety. Other Blue Devils earning recognition included redshirt junior safety Jeremy Cash (2nd team), redshirt senior offensive tackle Takoby Cofield (3rd team), junior kicker Ross Martin (3rd team), redshirt junior center Matt Skura (3rd team) and redshirt junior punter Will Monday (honorable mention).

Cash, a 6-2, 205-pound native of Miami, Fla., is the only defensive back in the nation to have amassed at least 100 tackles, 10-plus hits for lost yardage and five-plus sacks this season. He paces the Blue Devils with 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while his 103 stops are good for the third most on the squad. In addition, his four forced fumbles are tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in program history. Cash has tallied seven or more tackles in 10 of 12 regular season games and ranks 13th among all active FBS players with 8.62 stops per game. He was one of 15 Thorpe Award semifinalists and was twice honored as the ACC Defensive Back of the Week this season (Oct. 13 and Sept. 29).

Cofield, a 6-4, 310-pound native of Tarboro, N.C., has helped Duke’s offensive line rank 11th nationally with 1.08 sacks allowed per game and third with just 3.33 tackles for loss allowed a contest. The strong line play has opened holes for the Blue Devils’ 390 points this year, the third most in a year in program history. The squad owns 24 rushing touchdowns and has surpassed 20 ground scores in consecutive years for the first time since 1994-95. Cofield was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 22.

Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Monroe, N.C., ranks second in the ACC in receptions per game (6.5), third in receiving yards per game (78.5) and seventh in all-purpose yards per game (98.8) this season. In ACC history, he stands second in career receptions (268), tied for second in 100-yard games (15), third in receiving yards (3,539) and sixth in all-purpose yards (5,372). He paces Duke this year with 78 receptions for 942 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 12.08 yards per catch.

As a returner, Crowder ranks third in the ACC in punt return average (10.1). He ran back a punt 52 yards in the fourth quarter for the game-deciding touchdown at Syracuse. Crowder owns three punt returns of at least 20 yards this season, including two in the last four weeks. He was selected to participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and was named the ACC Specialist of the Week following the win over Syracuse on Nov. 10. Crowder has now earned All-ACC honors in each of the past three seasons.

Edwards, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Covington, Ga., earns All-ACC honors for the second straight year after being a third team return specialist pick a year ago. Edwards ranks second on the squad with 119 tackles and leads the way with 71 solo stops, nine pass breakups and four forced fumbles. He is tied for second among the Blue Devils with 6.5 tackles for lost yardage and 3.5 sacks. Edwards ranks third in the ACC and 15th nationally with 9.92 tackles per game and has tallied seven or more in every game this season. Edwards’ four forced fumbles this season are tied for the fifth most in a year in program history as he matched the Duke single-game record with two forced fumbles at Troy on Sept. 6. He is one of only two players, joining teammate Jeremy Cash, to rank in the ACC’s top 13 in fumbles forced per game (2nd), tackles per game (3rd) and passes defended per game (10th).

On kickoff returns, Edwards ranks second in the ACC and 23rd nationally with 25.42 yards per kickoff return. He was named the ACC Specialist of the Week after his 99-yard touchdown at Pittsburgh. He has returned two kickoffs 60 or more yards, tied for the third most among FBS players this season. Edwards owns three kickoff returns for touchdowns in his career, tied with Randy Jones (1990-93) for the most in Duke history.

Helton, a 6-4, 240-pound native of Chattanooga, Tenn., leads the ACC and ranks 15th nationally in tackles per game (10.42). In total tackles, he tops the league (125) and stands 11th nationally. He owns six games with double figure tackles in 2014 and is a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. In Duke history, Helton ranks tied for 10th with 338 career tackles. He is a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete selection, making him a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, and earned first team CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.

Martin, a 5-9, 185-pound native of Solon, Ohio, is Duke’s career record holder in points (303), points after touchdowns (150) and consecutive PATs made (106). In ACC history, he ranks ninth in career extra points. This year, Martin leads Duke with 100 points and has converted all 46 PAT attempts. Martin is 18-for-20 in field goals and was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist. It is the third consecutive All-ACC selection for Martin as he was an honorable mention selection in 2012 and 2013.

Monday, a 6-4, 210-pound native of Flowery Branch, Ga., has averaged 43.4 yards per punt with 17 of his 56 punts downed inside the opponent 20-yard line and 12 traveling 50 yards or more. He ranks ninth in ACC history in punting average at 43.56 yards per boot. Monday was a Ray Guy Award candidate and the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week (Nov. 12). It is Monday’s third consecutive All-ACC honor as he was a first team choice in 2012 and a third team selection in 2013.

Skura, a 6-4, 305-pound native of Columbus, Ohio, has been the anchor of Duke’s offensive line for the last two years. This season, the offensive line ranks 11th among FBS programs with 1.08 sacks allowed per game and stands third with just 3.33 tackles for loss allowed a contest. Skura earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors following Duke’s win over Virginia.

Tomlinson, a 6-3, 330-pound native of Chicago, Ill., has started 51 consecutive games for the Blue Devils, matching the longest active streak in the country. Also a first team All-ACC pick in 2013, Tomlinson was selected to participate in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and was a CBSSports.com and Phil Steele Midseason All-American second team selection. He was also an Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award nominee and one of 11 student-athletes named to the FBS Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

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Photo Gallery: Duke 41, Wake Forest 21

DURHAM - Duke closed out their regular season with a 41-21 victory over Wake Forest. Blue Devil Nation was on hand and captured the following photo gallery.

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Duke breaks ground on Wallace Wade Stadium renovation

DURHAM - The Blue Devils ground out a 41-21 victory against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday to finish 9-3 on the season. Duke seniors Anthony Boone, Jamison Crowder, and Issac Blakeney led the way on Senior Night. Boone finished 19/31 with 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, while both Crowder and Blakeney topped 100 yards receiving.

After the game, the Blue Devils broke ground on the Wallace Wade Stadium renovation. Head Coach David Cutcliffe and an enthusiastic AD Kevin White addressed the crowd before the ceremony.

Coach Cutcliffe

 

Dr. White

Anthony Boone changes the play

Preview: Wake Forest at Duke

Anthony Boone changes the play
Anthony Boone changes the play
Preview: Wake Forest at Duke
7:00 PM ET
Saturday, November 29
Durham, NC
TV: ESPNU
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network, Sirius Ch 108 and XM Ch 193

Duke in 2014: 8-3
Wake Forest in 2014: 3-8

DUKE INJURIES

OUT – Alonzo Saxton II (CB)
OUT FOR SEASON – Kelby Brown (LB), Braxton Deaver (TE), Taariq Shabazz (DE), Jake Kite (S)

WAKE FOREST INJURIES

Not available at this time.

Duke and Wake Forest last faced each other on November 23, 2013 in a game Duke won 28-21 at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. Duke is coming off a 45-20 loss to North Carolina, while Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 6-3 in double overtime.

HOW DUKE CAN WIN

On offense, Duke must value the ball. After turning the ball over six times the past two games, the Blue Devils need to return to playing mistake free football. Wake Forest has a solid defense with good speed on the edges so it is imperative Duke's offensive line has a strong game at the line of scrimmage so the Blue Devils can establish the running game. Duke has played their best football in games where the run game clicked. In eight wins Duke has averaged 213 yards rushing, while in the three losses the number dropped to 114 yards.

Wake Forest linebacker Brandon Chubb (#48) is one player the Duke offense must account for on every play as he has a nose for the ball. Strong safety Ryan Janvion (#22) is fourth in the ACC with 104 tackles. Cornerback Kevin Johnson (#9) has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

On defense, Duke will look to harass true freshman quarterback John Wolford (#10) into making mistakes. Wake Forest has a woeful running game averaging only 37.7 yards per game. It is imperative the Blue Devils exploit this weakness in order to place Wolford into frequent must pass situations where he will be primed to make mistakes resulting in turnovers. Wolford has thrown 14 interceptions on the year.

Wake Forest likes to throw the ball to TE Cam Serigne (#85) who leads the Demon Deacons in receptions with 48. Duke's defense must keep track of Serigne especially when blitzing. Wide receiver E.J. Scott (#17) is Wake's second leading receiver with 47 receptions.

HOW DUKE CAN LOSE

If Duke fails to run the ball, they will lose. Offensive balance has been the key to success for Duke in 2014 so the Blue Devils cannot afford to allow Wake Forest to force them into a one-dimensional passing offense. The offensive line and running backs must find a way to achieve success on the ground against the tough Demon Deacons defense, which is ranked number 10 in the nation in fewest passing yards allowed.

If Duke fails to value the ball, they will lose. Duke has turned the ball over six times during the current two game losing streak. Quarterback and team leader Anthony Boone must rebound from subpar performances the previous two weeks with a strong game in his final appearance at Wallace Wade Stadium.

WHY DUKE WILL WIN

The Blue Devils will be motivated to finish the regular season on a high note by securing their ninth victory in 2014 and third straight in the series with Wake Forest. Duke will be focused on the task at hand rather than distracted by ACC Championship Game and Orange Bowl aspirations. Duke will win because the seniors will have the team inspired to leave it all on the field Saturday night.

BOTTOM LINE

It is gut check time for the Duke Blue Devils! After back-to-back losses, will the team snap back and play the mistake free football their success has been built upon? Or will they remain mired in the turnover fed slump of the past two weeks? Those questions have to be answered on the field; however, my money is on Duke winning in convincing fashion.

Duke 24, Wake Forest 13