2008 Duke Blue Devils football team

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2008 Duke Blue Devils football
Duke text logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal
2008 record 4–8 (1–7 ACC)
Head coach David Cutcliffe
Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper
Matt Luke
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre
Marion Hobby
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Wallace Wade Stadium
(Capacity: 33,941)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
Boston College xy   5 3         9 5  
#21 Florida State x   5 3         9 4  
Maryland   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 6  
NC State   4 4         6 7  
Coastal
#15 Virginia Tech xy   5 3         10 4  
#22 Georgia Tech x   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   4 4         8 5  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   1 7         4 8  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Duke Blue Devils football team represented the Duke University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by head coach David Cutcliffe. They played their homes games at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 PM James Madison* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ACCS W 31–7   32,571
September 6 7:00 PM Northwestern* Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ACCS L 20–24   23,614
September 13 12:00 PM Navy* Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNU W 41–31   25,082
September 27 12:00 PM Virginia Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNU W 31–3   25,527
October 4 12:00 PM at Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPNU L 0–27   46,104
October 18 3:30 PM Miamidagger Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNU L 31–49   32,011
October 25 3:00 PM at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 10–7   38,270
November 1 3:30 PM at Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC (Tobacco Road Rivalry) ESPN360 L 33–30 OT  32,336
November 8 3:30 PM NC State Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC (Research Triangle rivalry) ESPN360 L 27–17   31,964
November 15 12:00 PM at Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC Raycom L 31–7   76,217
November 22 5:30 PM at Virginia Tech Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPNU L 14–3   66,233
November 29 3:30 PM North Carolina Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC (Battle for the Victory Bell) ESPNU L 28–20   30,322
#Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time. Source: GoDuke.com 2008 Schedule[1].

Season facts[edit]

  • Duke's four wins equaled the team’s win total from the previous four seasons combined[2]
  • According to the Sagarin rankings, Duke faced the second toughest schedule in the country[2]
  • Of the 11 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams the Blue Devils played against, 10 became bowl-eligible (Virginia fell just short at 5-7). The 12th team, James Madison, went 12-1 in the Championship Subdivision.
  • Duke place-kickers went 13-for-18 in field goal attempts, a 72.2 percent clip that was a team's best since 1998
  • Punter Kevin Jones ranked third in the ACC with a 40.8-yard average per kick
  • For the first time in history, attendance was over 30,000 for four home games
  • Duke has finished last or tied for last in the ACC for five consecutive seasons and six out of the last seven

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 241  281 
  Points per Game 20.1  23.4 
First Downs 213  212 
  Rushing 81  85 
  Passing 118  113 
  Penalty 14  14 
Total Offense 3646  4283 
  Avg per Play 4.4  5.4 
  Avg per Game 303.8  356.9 
Fumbles-Lost 23-9  20-11 
Penalties-Yards 56-526  56-490 
  Avg per Game 43.8  40.8 
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 74-2904  62-2352 
  Avg per Punt 39.2  37.9 
Time of Possession/Game 30:21  29:39 
3rd Down Conversions 67/183 (37%)  66/168 (39%) 
4th Down Conversions 7/19 (37%)  5/19 (26%) 
Touchdowns Scored 29  35 
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 13-88-55  11-55 
PAT-Attempts 28-28  34-34 
Attendance 201091  257833 
  Games/Avg per Game 7/28727  5/51567 

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Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Duke 48 60 74 59 241
Opponents 78 71 69 60 278

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Clifford Harris                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
TEAM                  
Total                  
Opponents                  

Passing[edit]

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Thaddeus Lewis                  
                   
TEAM                  
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Eron Riley                  
Austin Kelly                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GoDuke.com Football - 2008 Schedule & Results". Retrieved February 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Tysiac, Ken (December 21, 2008). "Cutcliffe Gets Extension". The News & Observer. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ 2008 Duke Football Game Results