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Game preview: Duke vs. Georgia Tech


David Cutcliffe has the Blue Devils off to a 2-0 start. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

Sorry for the lateness of this—most of the week was spent working on my "personality profile of David Cutcliffe, who has brought his front-porch wisdom and own brand of Yogi-isms to Duke. Give it a read, if you'd like.

Now to the business of the day.

Duke vs. Georgia Tech

When: 3:30 p.m. (EST)
Where: Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham
Line: Georgia Tech by 8.5
TV/Radio: ESPNU, WDNC-620 AM, WKIX-102.9 FM
Time Machine: Nov. 17, 2012, Georgia Tech pulled away late for the 42-24 win. Also, a Georgia Tech offensive lineman, Ray Beno caught a fluke touchdown pass, just a sign it wasn't Duke's day.

Also, Nov. 17, 2012 was the day news broke that Maryland was leaving the ACC. I distinctly remember hearing that at halftime, in Georgia Tech's open-air press box and being completely surprised (as was everyone else).

Scouting Georgia Tech (1-0)

This will really be the first test of the year for the Yellow Jackets—the 70-0 thrashing of Elon two weeks ago finished with a running clock. Ken Sugiura was kind enough to give us an overview of Georgia Tech earlier in the week, which you should check out if you missed it.

Duke vs. Georgia Tech: ask a Yellow Jackets beat writer

Durham native Vad Lee will return home as the Yellow Jackets' starting quarterback Saturday. Credit: AP

Each week, I'll (hopefully) talk to beat writer who covers Duke's opponent. Today we have Ken Sugiura, who covers Georgia Tech for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Links to his work can be found here, and Ken is on Twitter at @ajcgatech.

1. Judging by the score (70-0) and the running clock, it looked like Georgia Tech's opening game was a complete and total mismatch. Was the staff able to learn anything about the team despite the low level of competition?

More on Duke WR Max McCaffrey

Max McCaffrey has already exceeded his last-year production this season for Duke. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

If you saw today's N&O sports section, you saw the above picture in the middle of the front page. In case you didn't, here's a link to my profile on Max McCaffrey. Highlights include...

• Early football memories with his dad, former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey

• His family history at Duke

• Working with Scottie Montgomery, Duke's current wide receivers coach who was Ed's backup in Denver for a time

• and more.

In a world full of hyper-specialization and combine-type testing for kids starting in middle school, it was refreshing to see someone who just plays sports—plural—to have fun.

A Q&A with Duke offense coordinator Kurt Roper on the no-huddle offense


Kurt Roper, seen here in spring practice, is up in the press box during game days, trying to signal down plays as fast as possible. Credit: TAKAAKI IWABU

You may have missed this over the weekend, but colleague Andrew Carter did a piece looking at how UNC, N.C. State and Duke signal in plays for their no-huddle offenses.

There was more from Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper that didn't make the story, so Andrew put together a nice Q&A:

Andrew Carter: generally speaking how would you describe how you get the plays from the press box on the field?

Duke at Memphis: When Anthony Boone was hurt, what worked, what needs work, what's next

Duke (2-0)

Beat Memphis 28-14
Game story
Game notes, including QB depth chart, weather conditions and defensive studs

First, off, the latest on AB Anthony Boone: his broken collarbone won't require surgery, although there is still no timetable for his return. Head coach David Cutcliffe said he talked to Duke's doctors and did some of his own online research trying to learn more about Boone's injury. Part of Boone's recovery will depend on him limiting all movement of his right shoulder—that will make schoolwork and sleeping much more difficult. That's what the collarbone needs to heal, though—absolutely no movement.

Cutcliffe also broke down the play that broke Boone's collarbone. It was at the 11:32 mark of the second quarter on third-and-4 form the Memphis 40-yard line. I went back and watched the play, filling in the names in parenthesis.

Postgame: Thoughts from Duke's 28-14 win at Memphis

This format seems to work for basketball, so, without further ado...

MEMPHIS, Tenn-- Here are a few thoughts that didn't make the game story from Duke's win here at Memphis:

QUARTERBACK DEPTH CHART

With Anthony Boone out indefinitely with a broken right collar bone in his throwing shoulder, Duke’s quarterback situation was thrown into flux.

Duke beats Memphis 28-14

MEMPHIS, Tenn.— There were several times it could have all unraveled for Duke. Starting quarterback Anthony Boone was knocked out in the second quarter with a broken right collarbone. The Blue Devils committed three turnovers, each with momentum-changing potential. And the Tigers tied the game late, as Duke was struggling to generate sustained offensive drives.

Despite all that, the Blue Devils managed a fourth-quarter comeback and beat Memphis 28-14 in front of an announced crowd of 44,237 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Duke is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1998. There is no timetable for Boone's return yet—he will undergo an MRI Monday.

“It was a very good win for our program,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “When things don’t go exceptionally well, often teams can crumble on the road, often when it’s their first game on the road, when you lose your starting quarterback. It seemed, when we came out and put one in the end zone, that it was going to be pretty easy on offense. Then it wasn’t.

“Fortunately, our defense played such good team defense. People everywhere they needed to be.”

Duke loses quarterback Anthony Boone, tied with Memphis at the half

Duke went into the locker room at halftime Memphis tied 7-7, but the Blue Devils’ starting quarterback, Anthony Boone, went back earlier in the second quarter with an upper body injury. He is done for the day.

Boone was replaced by backup Brandon Connette, who struggled to advance the offense on the final two drives of the half. Connette, a redshirt junior, finished the half 3-for-7 for 16 yards and took two sacks.

The Blue Devils (1-0) recorded 176 yards of total offense in the first half, with 61 rushing yards and 115 passing yards, 99 of which came from Boone before he left the game. Duke also committed two turnovers, though, one of which led directly to Memphis’s points.

Game preview: Duke at Memphis

Anthony Boone will make his first road start at Memphis. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

Duke at Memphis

When: 4:34 p.m. (EST)
Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Line: Duke by 4.5 (it opened at 7)
TV/Radio: ESPN3, WDNC-620 AM, WKIX-102.9 FM

Scouting Memphis: (0-0, 4-8 in 2012, picked to finish last (10th) in the American Athletic Conference)

The Tigers are one of six FBS schools to start their seasons after an open date. Memphis, which lost 38-14 in Durham last year in hapless fashion, will be breaking in a new starting quarterback in redshirt freshman Paxton Lynch, who beat out last year’s starter, redshirt senior Jacob Karam.

More on Duke tight end Braxton Deaver

Braxton Deaver (89) gets a warm reception from his teammates after scoring last week against N.C. Central. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

In today's paper is a story about Duke tight end Braxton Deaver that touches both his return to the field and his friendship with his roommates, quarterback Anthony Boone and wide receiver Brandon Braxton. Boone said it's been suggested that they should make a reality TV show detailing the happenings in their house. All three do have outgoing, dynamic personalities.

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