Duke (3-1) at Wake Forest (3-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 29, 12:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: BB&T Field (31,500) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Television: ACC Network. Home Record: Duke 3-0, WF 3-0. Away Record: Duke 0-1,
WF 0-1. Neutral Record: Duke 0-0, WF 0-0. Conference Record: Duke 0-0, WF 1-1.
Series Record: Duke leads, 53-37-2.
GAME NOTES: Tobacco Road rivals are set to square off, as the Wake Forest
Demon Deacons host the Duke Blue Devils in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash
at BB&T Field.
Duke holds a 53-37-2 series edge. However, Wake Forest has won 12 straight
meetings with the Blue Devils dating back to the 1999 campaign.
This marks the league opener for the Blue Devils, whose only loss thus far
came on the road against eighth-ranked Stanford on Sept. 8. They followed up
that setback with home wins over NC Central (54-17) and Memphis (38-14). Duke
will make the short trip back to campus to host Virginia next Saturday.
Wake Forest has already played two ACC games; a comeback win over North
Carolina on Sept. 8 and a 52-0 loss at fourth-ranked Florida State the
following week. The Demon Deacons were able to rebound from that setback with
a 49-37 triumph over Army this past Saturday. It marked their second straight
game without a turnover.
Duke features a pass-heavy attack on offense, as the team ranks 17th
nationally in passing offense (315.5 ypg) but only 105th in rushing (112.8
ypg). Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree has completed an efficient 70.7
percent of his passes, averaging 269.5 ypg through the air. Renfree has thrown
for nine touchdowns and four interceptions through four games. Conner Vernon
(100 receiving ypg) and Jamison Crowder (91.8 re. ypg) share the team-lead
with 29 catches apiece, and that duo has combined for five TD grabs. The Blue
Devils have not completely neglected the run, they just have not been
successful. Jela Duncan leads the team with 153 yards on 20 carries (7.7 ypc).
Over the last two games, Duke has given up just 17 and 14 points,
respectively. The defense completely shut the door on Memphis last weekend,
holding the Tigers to a mere 152 yards of total offense and one offensive
touchdown. The Blue Devils really buckled down in critical situations,
limiting Memphis to a 1-of-11 success rate on third down. They also notched
four sacks and totaled six tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Walt Canty
leads the way with 34 tackles on the season, while Ross Cockrell has already
amassed three interceptions and seven pass breakups.
A week after being shutout by Florida State, the Demon Deacons beat Army at
its own game, as they rolled up a season-high 296 yards on the ground. Josh
Harris and Deandre Martin each finished with two rushing touchdowns to go
along with 129 and 115 yards, respectively. Michael Campanaro caught 12 of
Tanner Price's 15 completions for 153 yards and two touchdowns while also
rushing for 31 yards and another score. Campanaro has been a huge weapon for
Price, as he ranks among the national leaders with nine receptions and 105
receiving yards per tilt.
Wake Forest's defense came up with a big fourth-down stop late in Saturday's
game to thwart an Army drive. Linebackers Justin Jackson and Mike Olson and
defensive end Zach Thompson were busy in that contest, combining to make 35
tackles. Still, Army did find some running lanes with its option game against
a Demon Deacons defense that currently ranks 117th nationally in run defense
(265.5 ypg). The Black Knights finished with 429 yards and four TDs on the
ground, with a team average of 5.6 yards per carry. The Demon Deacons also
gave up points on all six of Army's drives inside the red zone, including five
After getting a heavy dose of the running game in its last outing, Wake
Forest's defense will now be tested through the air. Look for the Demon
Deacons to rise to the challenge in front of their home crowd and come up with
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 34, Duke 30
09/26 10:38:36 ET