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A critical game for Miami’s Atlantic Coast Conference hopes is looming, with the Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1 ACC) set to get a visit from reigning Coastal Division champion Duke (4-0, 0-0) on Saturday night. The Blue Devils have 14 wins since the start of last season; only nine other teams have more during that stretch.
Miami played without running back Duke Johnson that November night but Johnson will be in uniform when Blue Devils and Hurricanes meet Saturday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Duke will launch three projects to enhance 85-year-old Wallace Wade Stadium at the completion of the 2014 football home season, Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White announced on Wednesday.
The first one-third of the regular-season football schedule is done and Duke has plenty of reasons to be happy.
To keep the good times rolling after their first 4-0 start since 1994 though, the Blue Devils know they have to do even more as they begin a stretch of eight consecutive ACC games by playing at Miami on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN2).
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With the ACC opener at Miami Saturday, Duke (4-0) has work to do in its passing game and the Blue Devils are the first to admit it. “We can throw and catch it better than we are doing,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “We are not consistent with the pure execution of our offense.”
UNBEATEN DUKE MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH AGAINST ERROR-PRONE TULANE
It’s certainly an indicator of just how far Duke football has progressed that the Blue Devils are off to their best start in 20 years yet lack total comfort in their play.
On a Saturday featuring picture-perfect weather, the Blue Devils won an imperfect game 47-13 over Tulane at Wallace Wade Stadium to keep their record spotless as they enter ACC play.
“I can’t wait. I want to see this tape,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “I’m anxious…This tape is going to tell us a lot about our football team.”
Cutcliffe will have to pick through all the miscues, most but certainly not all from Tulane (1-3), to analyze his team.
Duke (4-0) committed its first two turnovers of the season and was called for a season-high seven penalties. The Blue Devils allowed Tulane to gain 215 rushing yards as five different Green Wave runners logged gains of 10 yards or more.
“We definitely have a lot to work on,” Duke middle linebacker David Helton said, after Tulane ran 95 offensive plays against the Blue Devils. “A lot to work on but at least we pulled it out in the red zone like we usually do.”
Freshman running back Shaun Wilson ran for 245 yards on 12 carries against Kansas last weekend, breaking Robert Baldwin’s 20-year-old, single-game rushing record at Duke. But Duke's steadily improving ground attack is not going to see him carry the ball 25 times. Fellow backs Josh Snead, Shaquille Powell and Joseph Ajeigbe will each get their carries, too.
What Mike Krzyzewski saw after being away from his Duke team for nearly two months due to his duties as USA Basketball’s head coach left him feeling good about the upcoming Duke season.
The ACC on Thursday announced the 2014 Class of Legends for its 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game, which will be played in Charlotte Dec. 6.
Starting defensive end Dezmond Johnson is "week to week" but out for Saturday's home game against Tulane. Starting guard Lucas Patrick has chance to play Saturday for 3-0 Blue Devils.
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Now, with Duke unbeaten as it prepares to play Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas), Kyler Brown and Jonathan Jones are in line for extended playing time.
Freshman Zavier Carmichael is an important reserve behind redshirt freshman Chris Holmes at weak-side linebacker for the Duke, who will carry an unbeaten record into a game with Tulane on Saturday (12:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas).