SEMINOLES EXPLODE AFTER SCORELESS 1ST QUARTER, RIP DUKE
The nation’s best college football team didn’t knock out Duke with the haymaker it utilized so many times this season. ... Instead, No. 1 Florida State took care of the plucky underdogs with a series of big plays that finally subdued the No. 20 Blue Devils. ... Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Seminoles clinched a spot in the BCS National Championship game with a 45-7 win over Duke in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. ... “Obviously disappointed in the result of the game,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Not disappointed in our preparation, not disappointed in our effort.”
The Duke Blue Devils were left scratching their heads after getting swept out of the second round of the NCAA volleyball tournament, falling 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-22) to underdog American University Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke took advantage of a fast start to take a four-set victory (25-14, 25-8, 23-25, 25-19) over College of Charleston in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday.
Last August, Florida State hired Wilcox as its athletics director, plucking him off the staff at Duke where he was a senior deputy director of athletics. ... Wilcox’s duties at Duke included oversight of the football program and, since 2008, he and Duke coach David Cutcliffe had worked hand-in-hand to change the Blue Devils’ football fortunes.
ACC TITLE GAME AT A GLANCE
No. 20 Duke (10-2, 6-2) vs. No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, 8 p.m. Saturday (WTVD).
Coastal Division champion No. 20 Duke and Atlantic Division champion No. 1 Florida State to duel for the ACC championship with a BCS Championship Game appearance on the line for Florida State and Heisman Trophy-hopeful quarterback Jameis Winston. Duke would win the ACC's automatic berth in the Orange Bowl with the upset.
Duke got its toughest challenge of the season for about 30 minutes in its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game with Purdue. And then the second-ranked Blue Devils' depth took over. Alexis Jones scored to lead Duke in a 99-78 victory over No. 16 Purdue. Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie moved one win away from reaching 500 for her career, improving to 499-183. Duke (9-0) visits No. 17 Oklahoma on Sunday. Chelsea Gray added 16 points for the Blue Devils. Haley Peters, who had sat out four games with a knee injury, and Elizabeth Williams had 14 points each, Tricia Liston scored 13 and Richa Jackson 11.
Having arrived at Duke ahead of schedule, Alex Murphy is leaving before his time is up. A 6-9 redshirt sophomore forward who has fallen deep behind teammates in Duke’s rotation, Murphy intends to transfer from Duke when the semester ends next week, a source close to Murphy said Thursday.
With the ACC championship game against No. 1 Florida State set for Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was named national coach of the year by the Walter Camp Foundation for leading the Blue Devils to such heights.
David Cutcliffe learned under Bear Bryant, helped bring a national title to Tennessee and developed the Manning brothers into Super Bowl MVPs. And his biggest coaching accomplishment might be guiding Duke — yes, Duke — to the ACC championship game. The 20th-ranked Blue Devils (10-2) play No. 1 Florida State (12-0) on Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) in Charlotte with a BCS berth on the line.
The Blue Devils won 10 games in the eight seasons prior to coach David Cutcliffe’s arrival. They’ve won 10 games this season alone and will play in the ACC championship game Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD) against Florida State in Charlotte.
Quinn Cook had 24 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Duke beat No. 22 Michigan 79-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Freshman Jabari Parker added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (7-2) regroup from last week's loss to Arizona by grinding out a tough win against the Wolverines. Duke didn't shoot the ball well early but frustrated Michigan's offense, turning away every spurt and keeping the Wolverines (5-3) at arm's length much of the game. Andre Dawkins came in midway through the second half and hit two straight 3-pointers to finally start Duke's clinching run, helping the Blue Devils to improve to 13-2 all-time in the Challenge — by far the best record for a team in either conference — including 6-0 at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The No. 20 Blue Devils, having won more games this season than in any of the school’s 101 seasons of football, face No. 1 Florida State in the ACC championship game in Charlotte on Saturday (8 p.m., WTVD).
Coastal Division-champion Duke placed a school-record 11 players on the 2013 all-ACC football teams, the conference announced Monday.
Junior linebacker Kelby Brown, sophomore safety Jeremy Cash, senior cornerback Ross Cockrell and junior wide receiver Jamison Crowder gave the Blue Devils four first-team selections for the first time since 1994.
No. 20 Duke’s route to a school-record 10 wins and a chance to win the ACC championship has been navigated by an offense that knows how to keep things moving in the right direction.
The Blue Devils have averaged a healthy 33.7 points per game while leading the ACC with the fewest number of plays resulting in negative yardage.
Duke headed to New York City last week searching for improved defensive play.
Even though the Blue Devils came home from the big city with one more loss than it arrived with, they are happy with how things progressed in that area of focus.