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Duke QB Sean Renfree threw for 2 TDs in Saturday's scrimmage

Holliday, Renfree Highlight Duke Football Scrimmage

Duke QB Sean Renfree threw for 2 TDs in Saturday's scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. – Quarterback Sean Renfree completed 15-of-19 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns while wideout Blair Holliday caught eight passes for 84 yards to highlight Duke’s 60-play scrimmage Saturday morning at Wallace Wade Stadium.

“We really got what we wanted out of it,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.  “We wanted to extend play. We’ve done a lot of fundamental work. This is practice nine. Probably more fundamental work and less team work than we’ve had in any time since we’ve been here. But we’ve worked on some of the ‘how’ before we were doing the ‘what’. I think it’s paid off. It’s paid off with players like Blair Holliday, who you can just see has jumped leaps and bounds from where he was. It’s paid off in a lot of our offensive and defensive linemen – first team and second team.”

Renfree’s two scoring throws covered eight and 15 yards, respectively, to Jamison Crowder and Holliday.  Crowder finished the day with six grabs for 67 yards.  Running back Josh Snead spearheaded the ground attack with 61 yards on eight attempts, including a one-yard touchdown plunge, while quarterback Brandon Connette rushed five times for 29 yards with a nine-yard touchdown.

“The coaches have shown great trust in all our receivers,” Holliday said. “We changed our offense around a bit where every receiver needs to know the positions; every receiver needs to come up and make big plays. It really just shows how much trust they have in us to put us out there and make plays.”

The final scoring play of the morning came on a 40-yard strike from Connette to tight end Issac Blakeney.

“Issac Blakeney and David Reeves are two very young tight ends that I can see now all of the work they’ve put in,” Cutcliffe noted.  “If I had to probably pick one thing that the naked eye caught was Sean Renfree. He was a senior quarterback today. He was really sharp, and not just in the scrimmaging parts. From the first part of practice on — I watched him through seven-on-seven — everything was at a very high level. A lot of encouragement today.”

Safety Walt Canty registered the lone turnover of the day with an interception.  Kicker Will Monday booted a 26-yard field goal along with a pair of PATs.

Duke will host the annual Spring Game presented by PNC Bank on Saturday, March 31 in Wallace Wade Stadium.  Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. and admission is free of charge.

Colorado State at Duke Game Notes

• Game 9 •

[7 AP / 5 Coaches] Duke (7-1) vs. Colorado State (5-3)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 • 7:02 p.m. (ET) • ESPN2

The Opening Tip

• Duke (7-1) faces Colorado State (5-3) on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is set for 7:02 p.m. (ET).

• The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) calling the contest.

• Duke is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Colorado State is unranked in both polls.

• Duke is playing its first game in seven days after playing eight games over a 19-day stretch to start the season.

• The Blue Devils are playing in front of a sellout crowd for the ninth straight game to open the season. Wednesday’s game is also the 327th straight sellout at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

• Duke, coming off its first loss of the season, has not lost back-to-back games since losing on Feb. 11, 2009 and Feb. 15, 2009.

Duke-Colorado State Series

• Duke leads the all-time series, 1-0, with a 67-57 win over Colorado State on March 20, 2003 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Duke vs. the Mountain West

• Duke is 7-3 all-time against teams currently in the Mountain West conference.

• The Blue Devils are 5-1 against Mountain West teams under Coach K.

• Duke has won five straight games against Mountain West teams.

• Krzyzewski’s only loss to a Mountain West opponent came in the 1990 NCAA Championship game against UNLV.

• Nine of Duke’s 10 games against Mountain West teams have been at neutral sites.

• Duke topped San Diego State, 92-79, on Dec. 29, 2001 in a Mountain West team’s only other trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Numbers Game

l Duke has won 89 straight non-conference home games, the longest current streak in the NCAA. The last home loss against a non-conference opponent for the Blue Devils was on Feb. 26, 2000 against St. John’s, 83-82.

l The Blue Devils have won 83 straight games at Cameron Indoor Stadium against unranked non-conference opponents.

l Duke is 53-1 at home since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Blue Devils went 17-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in each of the past two seasons.

l The Blue Devils have won 39 consecutive games in Cameron Indoor Stadium with 33 of the victories coming by 10 or more points.

l Duke has won 45 consecutive games against teams outside the traditional power conferences (Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC, PAC 10, Big 12).

l The Blue Devils have won 30 of their last 33 non-conference contests. Duke is 58-7 in non-league games since the start of the 2008-09 season.

l Duke has not lost back-to-back games since February of 2009. The Blue Devils are 11-0 following a loss in that span.

l The Blue Devils have posted a double-digit win following each of their last eight losses (does not include season-ending losses) dating back to December of the 2009-10 season.

l Duke has won 11 straight games in December with nine of those wins coming by double digits.

l The Blue Devils are 50-3 in December games since the 2001-02 season and are 167-26 all-time in the month under Mike Krzyzewski.

l Austin Rivers has led the team in scoring in four of the last five contests. He is averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game in that span.

l Mason Plumlee continues to be one of the most efficient players in the ACC, averaging 12.0 points per game while attempting just 7.6 shots per contest. He is shooting 62.3 percent from the field with 13 dunks on the year.

l Ryan Kelly has scored in double figures in six of Duke’s eight games this season. Duke is 15-0 when Kelly scores 10 or more points in a contest.

l Seth Curry has made a three-point field goal in all eight games this season with two or more threes in six contests. Curry ranks third in the ACC in three-point percentage (.500) and tied for fifth in threes per game (2.1).

l Duke is averaging 26.6 free throw attempts per game. Mason Plumlee and Austin Rivers share the team lead at 5.8 free throw attempts per contest.

l Mike Krzyzewski was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year on Monday becoming the third college men’s basketball coach to earn the honor. Tennessee’s Pat Summitt was named Sportswomen of the Year by the publication as well.