2011 Duke Blue Devils football team

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2011 Duke Blue Devils football
Duke text logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal
2011 record 3–9 (1–7 ACC)
Head coach David Cutcliffe (4th year)
Co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke
Co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper
Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles
Home stadium Wallace Wade Stadium
(Capacity: 33,941)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#22 Clemson x   6 2         10 4  
#23 Florida State   5 3         9 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         6 7  
NC State   4 4         8 5  
Boston College   3 5         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal
#21 Virginia Tech x   7 1         11 3  
Virginia   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   5 3         8 5  
North Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Miami   3 5         6 6  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 10
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Duke Blue Devils football team represented Duke University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Blue Devils were led by fourth year head coach David Cutcliffe and played their home games at Wallace Wade Stadium. They are members of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils finished the season with a record of 3–9, 1–7 in ACC play to finish in last place of the Coastal Division.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM #16 (FCSRichmond* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPN3 L 21–23   32,741
September 10 3:30 PM #6 Stanford* Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNU L 14–44   24,785
September 17 12:30 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ACCN W 20–19   35,812
September 24 3:30 PM Tulane*dagger Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN3 W 48–27   20,138
October 1 7:00 PM at Florida International* FIU StadiumMiami, FL ESPNU W 31–27   22,682
October 15 3:00 PM Florida State Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC FSN L 16–41   24,687
October 22 12:30 PM Wake Forest Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC (Tobacco Road rivalry) ACCN L 23–24   22,258
October 29 12:30 PM #15 Virginia Tech Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ACCN L 10–14   27,392
November 5 3:00 PM at Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL FSN L 14–49   62,053
November 12 3:00 PM at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA FSN L 21–31   45,733
November 19 12:30 PM #23 Georgia Tech Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ACCN L 31–38   18,747
November 26 3:30 PM at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC (Victory Bell Game) FSN L 21–37   58,500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Do not play: Clemson, Maryland, and NC State.[1]

Game summaries[edit]

Richmond Spiders[edit]

Week One: Richmond Spiders at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
Spiders 0 10 7 6 23
Blue Devils 0 7 14 0 21

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: September 3, 2011
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 32,741
  • TV: ESPN3
Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
  • RICHMOND – Stephen Barnette 6-yard TD pass from Aaron Corp (Remington Hinshaw kick), 14:56
  • DUKE – Desmond Scott 29-yard TD run (Will Snyderwine kick), 12:57
  • RICHMOND – Remington Hinshaw 29-yard field goal, 4:18
Third quarter
  • DUKE – Brandon Connette 6-yard TD run (Will Snyderwine kick), 8:23
  • RICHMOND – Kendall Gaskins 8-yard TD run (Remington Hinshaw kick), 5:15
  • DUKE – Anthony Boone 3-yard TD run (Will Snyderwine kick), 0:39
Fourth quarter
  • RICHMOND – Garrett Turner 1-yard TD run (PAT failed), 10:12
Top passers
  • RICHMOND – Aaron Corp – 14/31, 193 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree – 23/33, 201 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • RICHMOND – Kendall Gaskins – 67 yards, 1 TD
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson – 86 yards
Top receivers
  • RICHMOND – Tre Gray – 129 yards
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon – 78 yards

Despite high expectations, Duke lost to FCS opponent Richmond for the third time in six seasons. Down by 2, the Blue Devils missed a 28-yard field goal to take the lead with less than 2 minutes left in the game.

Stanford Cardinal[edit]

Week Two: #6 Stanford Cardinal at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Cardinal 7 10 13 14 44
Blue Devils 0 7 0 7 14

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: September 10, 2011
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 24,785
  • TV: ESPNU
Game information
First quarter
  • STANFORD – Coby Fleener 3-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson kick), 10:01
Second quarter
  • STANFORD – Jordan Williamson 40-yard field goal, 12:01
  • DUKE – Lee Butler 76-yard interception return (Will Snyderwine kick), 2:14
  • STANFORD – Chris Owusu 10-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson kick), 0:39
Third quarter
  • STANFORD – Coby Fleener 60-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson kick), 6:41
  • STANFORD – Jeremy Stewart 30-yard run (Pat failed), 4:06
Fourth quarter
  • STANFORD – Zach Ertz 3-yard pass from Andrew Luck (Jordan Williamson kick), 14:56
  • STANFORD – Tyler Gaffney 1-yard run (Jordan Williamson kick), 8:00
  • DUKE – Anthony Boone 2-yard run (Jeffrey Ijjas kick), 0:57
Top passers
  • STANFORD – Andrew Luck – 20/28, 290 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree – 19/27, 179 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • STANFORD – Stepfan Taylor – 75 yards
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson – 43 yards
Top receivers
  • STANFORD – Chris Owusu – 106 yards, 1 TD
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon – 98 yards

Although the Blue Devils kept the first half close, Stanford opened up the game in the second half. The last win for Duke against a top-10 nonconference game was against Stanford in 1971.

Boston College Eagles[edit]

Week Three: Duke Blue Devils at Boston College Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 0 14 0 6 20
Eagles 7 12 0 0 19

at Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

  • Date: September 17, 2011
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 35,812
  • TV: ACC Network
Game information
First quarter
  • BC – Tahj Kimble 31-yard pass from Chase Rettig (Nate Freese kick), 5:57
Second quarter
  • BC – Nate Freese 43-yard field goal, 10:44
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon 53-yard pass from Sean Renfree (Jeffrey Ijjas kick), 8:31
  • BC – Nate Freese 47-yard field goal, 4:03
  • BC – Andre Williams 7-yard run (Pat failed), 1:21
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon 21-yard pass from Sean Renfree (Jeffrey Ijjas kick), 0:30
Third quarter
  • No scoring
Fourth quarter
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree 1-yard run (Two-Point conversion failed), 9:57
Top passers
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree – 41/53, 368 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • BC – Chase Rettig – 17/33, 247 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson – 54 yards
  • BC – Andre Williams – 56 yards, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon – 116 yards, 2 TD
  • BC – Larmond – 87 yards

In its conference opener, Duke broke through for its first win of the season. Sean Renfree set a Duke record with 41 completions, and BC missed a go-ahead 23-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the game.

Tulane Green Wave[edit]

Week Four: Tulane Green Wave at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
Green Wave 7 3 3 14 27
Blue Devils 21 10 14 3 48

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: September 24, 2011
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 20,138
  • TV: ESPN3
Game information
First quarter
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson 1-yard run (Will Snyderwine kick), 11:25
  • TULANE – Ryan Travis 23-yard interception return (Cairo Santos kick), 8:22
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson 20-yard run (Will Snyderwine kick), 7:27
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon recovered fumble in end zone (Will Snyderwine kick), 2:45
Second quarter
  • TULANE – Cairo Santos 20-yard field goal, 14:24
  • DUKE – Will Snyderwine 40-yard field goal, 11:23
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree 2-yard run (Will Snyderwine kick), 1:33
Third quarter
  • DUKE – Jay Hollingsworth 3-yard run (Jeffrey Ijjas kick), 10:22
  • TULANE – Cairo Santos 49-yard field goal, 8:17
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree 7-yard run (Jeffrey Ijjas kick), 1:57
Fourth quarter
  • DUKE – Jeffrey Ijjas 26-yard field goal, 13:19
  • TULANE – Brock Sanders 2-yard pass from Ryan Griffin (Cairo Santos kick), 10:37
  • TULANE – Robert Kelley 7-yard run (Cairo Santos kick), 2:09
Top passers
  • TULANE – Ryan Griffin – 14/29, 188 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree – 21/30, 278 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • TULANE – Brandon LeBeau – 26 yards
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson – 69 yards, 2 TD
Top receivers
  • TULANE – Justyn Shackleford – 59 yards
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon – 96 yards, 1 TD

Following up on a win at BC, Duke scored 5 rushing touchdowns to defeat Tulane by 21 points. Duke's offense was not forced to punt until the fourth quarter.

Florida International Golden Panthers[edit]

Week Five: Duke Blue Devils at Florida International Golden Panthers
1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 17 0 0 14 31
Golden Panthers 14 3 3 7 27

at FIU Stadium, Miami, Florida

  • Date: October 1, 2011
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 22,682
  • TV: ESPN3
Game information
First quarter
  • DUKE – Will Snyderwine 27-yard field goal, 9:29
  • FIU – T.Y. Hilton 63-yard pass from Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin kick), 9:10
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon 26-yard pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick), 6:46
  • FIU – Jonathan Faucher 15-yard pass from Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin kick), 3:13
  • DUKE – Cooper Helfet 22-yard pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick), 0:53
Second quarter
  • FIU – Jack Griffin 36-yard field goal, 4:01
Third quarter
  • FIU – Jack Griffin 33-yard field goal, 0:12
Fourth quarter
  • FIU – Wayne Times 34-yard pass from Wesley Carroll (Jack Griffin kick), 13:30
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson 6-yard run (Will Snyderwine kick), 11:56
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson 9-yard run (Will Snyderwine kick), 6:52
Top passers
  • DUKE – Sean Renfree – 28/43, 335 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
  • FIU – Wesley Carroll – 25/39, 348 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • DUKE – Juwan Thompson – 30 yards, 2 TD
  • FIU – Darriet Perry – 102 yards
Top receivers
  • DUKE – Conner Vernon – 117 yards, 1 TD
  • FIU – T.Y. Hilton – 102 yards, 1 TD

Duke won its 3rd game in a row by overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and not committing any turnovers. Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner both had over 100 yards receiving.

Florida State Seminoles[edit]

Week Six: Florida State Seminoles at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Seminoles 17 10 7 7 41
Blue Devils 3 0 0 13 16

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: October 15, 2011
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
  • TV: FSN
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • FSU–
  • DUKE–
Top rushers
  • FSU–
  • DUKE–
Top receivers
  • FSU–
  • DUKE–
Top tacklers
  • FSU–
  • DUKE–


Wake Forest Demon Deacons[edit]

Week Seven: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
Demon Deacons 7 10 0 7 24
Blue Devils 0 3 10 10 23

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: October 22, 2011
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 22,258
  • TV: ACC Network
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WF–
  • DUKE–
Top rushers
  • WF–
  • DUKE–
Top receivers
  • WF–
  • DUKE–
Top tacklers
  • WF–
  • DUKE–


Virginia Tech Hokies[edit]

Week Eight: Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Hokies 7 7 0 0 14
Blue Devils 0 7 3 0 10

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: October 29, 2011
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 27,392
  • TV: ACC Network
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • VT–
  • DUKE–
Top rushers
  • VT–
  • DUKE–
Top receivers
  • VT–
  • DUKE–
Top tacklers
  • VT–
  • DUKE–


Miami Hurricanes[edit]

Week Nine: Duke Blue Devils at Miami Hurricanes
1 2 Total
Blue Devils 0
Hurricanes 0

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 5, 2011
  • Game time: 3:00 p.m.
  • TV: FSN Affiliates
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DUKE–
  • MIAMI–
Top rushers
  • DUKE–
  • MIAMI–
Top receivers
  • DUKE–
  • MIAMI–
Top tacklers
  • DUKE–
  • MIAMI–


Virginia Cavaliers[edit]

Week Ten: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 Total
Blue Devils 0
Cavaliers 0

at Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • Date: November 12, 2011
  • Game time: TBA
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DUKE–
  • UVA–
Top rushers
  • DUKE–
  • UVA–
Top receivers
  • DUKE–
  • UVA–
Top tacklers
  • DUKE–
  • UVA–


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets[edit]

Week Eleven: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Duke Blue Devils
1 2 Total
Yellow Jackets 0
Blue Devils 0

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina

  • Date: November 19, 2011
  • Game time: TBA
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • GT–
  • DUKE–
Top rushers
  • GT–
  • DUKE–
Top receivers
  • GT–
  • DUKE–
Top tacklers
  • GT–
  • DUKE–


North Carolina Tar Heels[edit]

Week Twelve: Duke Blue Devils at North Carolina Tar Heels
1 2 Total
Blue Devils 0
Tar Heels 0

at Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • Date: November 26, 2011
  • Game time: TBA
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DUKE–
  • UNC–
Top rushers
  • DUKE–
  • UNC–
Top receivers
  • DUKE–
  • UNC–
Top tacklers
  • DUKE–
  • UNC–


Roster[edit]

2011 Duke Blue Devils Roster

Quarterbacks

  • 7 Anthony Boone – Redshirt Freshman
  • 12 Sean Schroeder – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 15 Mackenzie Sovereign – Freshman
  • 16 Robert Collins – Freshman
  • 18 Brandon Connette – Sophomore
  • 19 Sean Renfree – Redshirt Junior

Running Backs

  • 9 Josh Snead – Sophomore
  • 23 Juwan Thompson – Sophomore
  • 27 Jay Hollingsworth – Senior
  • 30 Greg DeLuca – Junior
  • 33 Desmond Scott – Junior
  • 43 Patrick Kurunwune – Redshirt Junior

Centers

  • 62 Matt Skura – Freshman
  • 68 Brian Moore – Redshirt Junior
  • 75 Travis Gibson – Junior
  • 76 Conor Irwin – Redshirt Junior

Offensive Guards

  • 63 Robert Shofner – Sophomore
  • 65 Cody Robinson – Freshman
  • 67 Lucas Patrick – Freshman
  • 70 John Coleman – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 71 John Needham – Redshirt Senior
  • 74 Dave Harding – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 77 Laken Tomlinson – Redshirt Freshman

Offensive Tackles

  • 64 Joey Finison – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 69 Teddy Force – Junior
  • 72 Perry Simmons – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 73 Takoby Cofield – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Kyle Hill – Redshirt Senior

Offensive Linemen

  • 51 William Perrott – Freshman
  • 52 Marcus Aprahamian – Freshman
  • 66 Carson Ginn – Freshman

Tight Ends

  • 44 Jack Farrell – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 80 David Reeves – Freshman
  • 81 Cooper Helfet – Senior
  • 83 Connor Peters – Freshman
  • 85 Ryan Hall – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 88 Danny Parker – Redshirt Senior
  • 89 Braxton Deaver – Redshirt Freshman
 

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Conner Vernon – Junior
  • 3 Jamison Crowder – Freshman
  • 5 Brandon Braxton – Sophomore
  • 8 Blair Holliday – Freshman
  • 10 Nick Hill – Freshman
  • 13 William Johnston – Sophomore
  • 14 Corey Gattis – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 17 Tyree Watkins – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 25 Georgie Kerber – Junior
  • 26 Donovan Varner – Senior
  • 37 Brandon Watkins – Sophomore
  • 86 Eric Adams – Freshman
  • 87 Jack Wise – Freshman

Nose Guards

  • 57 Will Bryant – Redshirt Freshman
  • 60 Steven Ingram – Redshirt Freshman
  • 93 Charlie Hatcher – Redshirt Senior

Defensive Tackles

  • 58 Curtis Hazelton – Redshirt Junior
  • 61 Will Boeckman – Sophomore
  • 82 Sydney Sarmiento – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 91 Jamal Bruce – Redshirt Freshman

Down Linemen

  • 55 Lucas Fisher – Freshman
  • 63 Anthony Schepis – Freshman

Defensive Ends

  • 42 Dezmond Johnson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 84 Kenny Anunike – Redshirt Junior
  • 90 Mario Sanders – Freshman
  • 92 Justin Foxx – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 94 Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 95 Jamal Wallace – Redshirt Freshman
  • 97 Nick Sink – Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 Sam Marshall – Freshman
 

Linebackers

  • 22 Britton Grier – Freshman
  • 28 Kevin Rojas – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 34 Ned Smith – Junior
  • 34 Jonathan Woodruff – Freshman
  • 45 Austin Gamble – Junior
  • 47 David Helton – Freshman
  • 50 Tyree Glover – Junior
  • 50 Emmanuel Watkins – Freshman
  • 53 Chris Hoover – Freshman
  • 54 C.J. France – Redshirt Freshman
  • 56 Kyler Brown – Freshman
  • 59 Kelby Brown – Sophomore

Defensive Backs

  • 39 Jacques Bristow – Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 1 Zach Greene – Junior
  • 6 Ross Cockrell – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 11 Tim Burton – Freshman
  • 24 Garett Patterson – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 25 Quan Stevenson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Lex Butler – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 30 Jared Boyd – Freshman
  • 31 Tony Foster – Redshirt Junior
  • 37 Johnny Williams – Senior

Safeties

  • 4 Walt Canty – Junior
  • 15 Taylor Sowell – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 16 Chris Tavarez – Freshman
  • 20 Lee Butler – Senior
  • 21 Anthony Young-Wiseman – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 32 August Campbell – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 35 Jeffrey Faris – Senior
  • 38 Jordon Byas – Redshirt Junior
  • 40 Matt Daniels – Senior
  • 46 Garrett Rider – Sophomore
  • 49 Brendan Fowler – Sophomore
  • 49 Anthony Pecoraro – Sophomore

Kickers

  • 39 Andrew Bailey – Sophomore
  • 96 Will Snyderwine – Redshirt Senior
  • 98 Paul Asack – Redshirt Junior

Punters

  • 11 Spencer Rogers – Sophomore
  • 36 Alex King – Senior
  • 41 Will Monday – Freshman

Long Snappers

  • 78 Jackson Anderson – Redshirt Junior

Source: 2011 Duke Roster from GoDuke.com,

Coaching staff[edit]

2011 Duke Blue Devils Coaches
  • David Cutcliffe – Head Coach
  • Ron Middleton – Associate Head Coach, Special Teams, Tight Ends
  • Marion Hobby – Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line
  • Kurt Roper – Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
  • Matt Luke – Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs, Offensive line
  • Jim Knowles – Defensive Coordinator
  • Matt Lubick – Passing Game Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator, Wide Receivers
  • Jim Collins – Assistant Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
  • Zac Roper – Assistant Coach: Running Backs, Special Teams
  • Derek Jones – Assistant Coach: Defensive Backs
  • Rick Petri – Assistant Coach: Defensive Line

Source: 2011 Duke Coaches from GoDuke.com,

References[edit]

External links[edit]