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Game Day: vs. Pitt, 12:30 PM, ACC Network
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Duke vs. Pittsburgh
September 21, 2013 (12:30 p.m.)
Wallace Wade Stadium (Durham, N.C.)
ACC Network | Blue Devil IMG Sports Network

Duke vs. Pittsburgh Game Notes
• Duke hosts Pitt on Saturday as the Panthers play their first ACC road game ... Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ... The game will be broadcast live by the ACC Network with Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst) and Rachel Baribeau (sideline) calling the action

• The Blue Devils stand at 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the ACC on the year after falling to Georgia Tech, 38-14, last week ... The Panthers enter the week at 1-1 overall and 0-1 in ACC action after defeating New Mexico, 49-27, this past Saturday at home

• Saturday’s game will mark the 18th on the gridiron between the two schools, with Pitt holding a 9-8 series advantage

• Now in its 101st season, Duke is 467-491-31 including a 139-256-8 ledger in ACC play

• The official game sponsor of this week’s matchup is Duke Medicine ... Duke will also celebrate Scout Night against the Panthers

• Former Pitt head coach Johnny Majors, who guided the Panthers to the 1976 national title, hired David Cutcliffe to the coaching staff at Tennessee in 1982 ... The job was Cutcliffe’s first on the collegiate level

• Bob Roper, father of current Duke assistant coaches Kurt & Zac Roper, served on the Pitt staff from 1973-76

• Duke & Pitt met in the first game played in Duke Stadium (now Wallace Wade Stadium) on October 5, 1929 ... Pitt won, 52-7

• On November 27, 1937, Pitt became the first No. 1 ranked opponent to visit Durham ... The Panthers defeated No. 18 Duke, 10-0

• On November 26, 1938 in Durham No. 3 Duke upended No. 4 Pitt, 7-0 ... The win concluded an unbeaten, untied & unscored upon regular season for Duke while Pitt finished 8-2

• In 1939, Pitt handed the Blue Devils their lone loss of the year with a 14-13 decision on October 14 in Pittsburgh ... Duke went 9-1, won the Southern Conference crown and was ranked eighth in the final AP national poll

• On September 29, 1951, Duke & PItt played in the first nationally televised football game on NBC with the Blue Devils capturing the win, 19-14

• Pitt’s Tony Dorsett is one of nine Heisman Trophy winners to face Duke during his award-winning season ... On October 2, 1976 in Durham, Dorsett rushed 31 times for 129 yards as the No. 2 Panthers defeated the Blue Devils, 44-31

• A season ago, Duke enjoyed the friendly confines of Wallace Wade Stadium, where the Blue Devils matched the school single-season record for home victories with five ... The school standard of five home wins in a single campaign is shared by the teams of 1930, 1932, 1933, 1943, 1974, 1989, 1994 & 2012

• Duke’s four team captains for the 2013 season — as voted on by their teammates — are QB Anthony Boone, CB Ross Cockrell, DE Justin Foxx & OG Dave Harding

• Cutcliffe is in his sixth season at the helm of the Blue Devil gridiron program ... Named the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year, Cutcliffe is 23-40 at Duke and 67-69 overall as a head coach

Blue Devil By The Numbers
10.33 — ACC-leading tackles per game average for LB Kelby Brown ... Brown had a career-high 17 stops last week versus Georgia Tech for the sixth double figure tackle game of his career

42 — Career total passes defended (10 INTs & 32 PBUs) for CB Ross Cockrell ... With one INT and one PBU last week, Cockrell moved into a tie for third place on Duke’s career chart ... He sits nine total passes defended behind the school’s all-time leader, John Talley (51)

42.5 — ACC-best net punting average for the Blue Devils

19 — Career rushing TDs for QB Brandon Connette, who ranks third on Duke’s career list behind Mike Dunn (22) and Elmore Hackney (20)

49,138 — Fans who witnessed No. 3 Duke’s 7-0 victory over No. 4 Pitt on November 26, 1938 in Durham as the Blue Devils closed out an unbeaten, untied & unscored upon regular season

19-2 — Duke’s record under head coach David Cutcliffe when the Blue Devils lead after three periods ... Overall, Cutcliffe is 53-9 as a head coach when ahead entering the fourth quarter

7.67 — Receptions per game average for WR Jamison Crowder, who leads the ACC in both catches per game as well as punt return average (14.00)

7 — Fourth-quarter wins by Duke in the David Cutcliffe Era ... In week two at Memphis, Brandon Connette became the fourth QB under Cutcliffe to engineer a game-winning drive in the final period of play, joining Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree & Anthony Boone

2 — An ACC-best fumble recoveries this season for DE Dezmond Johnson

11 — Number of Duke seniors on scholarship — two fewer than last year

5 — Blue Devils enrolled in graduate school this fall — Kenny Anunike, Ross Cockrell, John Coleman, Dave Harding & Sydney Sarmiento

421 — Consecutive Duke football games called by Bob Harris, the school’s Hall of Fame play-by-play broadcaster ... The active streak started with Duke’s season-opening, 21-18 win over Tennessee in 1976