Sports: Colleges

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

DOWN & DIRTY: Defense, run game grind out win over Cavs

While showing flash and dash offensively as wins came more easily over the last two seasons, Duke quietly worked to develop a grittier, harder edge as well.

Saturday’s ACC Coastal Division showdown with Virginia (4-3, 2-1 ACC) is where that work paid off.

Duke’s defense limited the Cavaliers to one touchdown in the game and a mere field goal in the second half as the Blue Devils stopped Virginia twice in the fourth quarter to protect a seven-point lead.

The Blue Devils mixed in an effective running game offensively, with the running of Shaquille Powell and Anthony Boone keying a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that lifted Duke to a 20-13 win before a crowd of 28,131 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

“We weren’t always clicking on all cylinders offensively,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Defensively you might say the same thing, looking at the numbers. But you talk about clutch and consistently clutch plays? It was there.”

The Blue Devils (6-1, 2-1 ACC) played without committing a turnover for the second consecutive game. They averaged 5.2 yards per carry against a Virginia defense that entered the day tied for second in the nation by allowing just 2.7 yards per carry.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 07:28 PM

GameDay | NCCU

N.C. Central vs. Morgan State


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

Takeaways: Ball security key as Duke hosts Virginia

Duke used an overpowering running game and tight ball security to pull an upset last Saturday at Georgia Tech. To win again over Virginia Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL), a similar strategy appears the best course of action if the Blue Devils hope to take key step toward winning the ACC Coastal Division championship for the second season in a row.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

NCCU QB seizes opportunity with both hands

Before Week 1, Mack said the Eagles would use a two-quarterback system this season. But Billerman essentially was the No. 1 signal caller and was getting most of the game reps until Week 3, when Bell threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns in a backup role during a loss to Charlotte. Bell answered the bell.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

UNC defenders ready to tackle Tech’s triple option

To ensure that each player on the defense takes care of his assignment, North Carolina’s scout team didn’t use a football during practice this week when imitating Georgia Tech’ s triple option.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

FSU-ND: With playoff, no regular-season Game of Century

Danny Kanell remembers the long, quiet plane ride home from South Bend, Indiana, after No. 1 Florida State was beaten 31-24 by Notre Dame back in 1993, a 1 vs. 2 matchup of unbeatens billed as the Game of the Century.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Louisville seeks to limit miscues against Wolfpack

Louisville knows there’s no room for errors when it hosts N.C. State Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas). That was hard-learned lesson in last week’s 23-17 loss at Clemson, when Louisville (5-2, 3-2 ACC) gave up touchdowns on a 72-yard punt return and an end-zone fumble. Penalties also doomed the Cardinals, who aim not to beat themselves against the Wolfpack (4-3, 0-3).


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

Family of Duke's Powell gets tough news

Malachi Briggs, Powell's 7-year-old brother, undergoing surgery for complications with his cancer treatments


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Duke's getting healthy just in time for UVA

Dezmond Johnson, Duke’s starting defensive end who has been sidelined for a month, practiced all week and is likely to play when the Blue Devils face Virginia on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). Johnson started Duke’s first three games before suffering a right knee injury during a 41-3 win over Kansas on Sept. 13.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

NCCU skill players to face a Bear of a defense

N.C. Central quarterback Malcolm Bell might have to outrun a Bear in Baltimore named Christopher Robinson. “Christopher is a young man who you always have to know where he’s at on the field. You’ve always got to be conscious of that,” NCCU coach Jerry Mack said.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Petrino’s high-powered offense nowhere to be found

Bobby Petrino isn’t used to this. The first-year Louisville coach with a reputation for creating high-powered offense has had to watch the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) take small steps forward in his second stint with the program. The journey has been bumpy, as evidenced by five false start penalties in last week’s 23-17 loss at Clemson.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 02:26 PM

UNC’s Williams turns to old pal for word on Jackets

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams got some advice on how to beat Georgia Tech this week from an old friend — Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, who helped hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss last Saturday.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:04 PM

Duke basketball racks up preseason accolades

As the start of the 2014-15 men’s basketball season approaches, numerous media outlets recently released their preseason team rankings and individual honors and awards, with the Duke men’s basketball team well represented.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 06:45 PM

Jackets must move past Duke loss, prep for UNC

Georgia Tech’s first loss of the season still stings. Coach Paul Johnson said “you don’t get a re-do” and the Yellow Jackets must move past last week’s 31-25 home loss to Duke. Even so, on Tuesday he was still bemoaning his team’s mistakes, including three turnovers, in the game.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 06:38 PM

NCCU looks to tree Bears’ run game

The Morgan State Bears haven’t stopped running since the season started. N.C. Central had something for that sort of thing last weekend when the Eagles slowed down S.C. State’s strong ground game during a 48-35 road win. The Bulldogs had been averaging 210 rushing yards per contest, but the Eagles put them on a leash, limiting SCSU to 77 yards on a voluminous 44 carries.