2015 Duke Blue Devils football team

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2015 Duke Blue Devils football
Duke Athletics logo.svg
Pinstripe Bowl champion
Pinstripe Bowl, W 44–41 OT vs. Indiana
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2015 record 8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach David Cutcliffe (8th season)
Offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles (6th season)
Base defense 4–2–5
Home stadium Wallace Wade Stadium
(Capacity: 33,941)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 12, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Duke Blue Devils football team represented Duke University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by head coach David Cutcliffe, in his eighth year, and played its home games at the newly renovated Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. Duke competed as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the Coastal Division. They finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Pinstripe Bowl where they defeated Indiana.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 9:30 p.m. at Tulane* Yulman StadiumNew Orleans, LA CBSSN W 37–7   25,470
September 12 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ESPN3 W 55–0   33,941
September 19 12:30 p.m. No. 23 Northwestern* Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ACCN L 10–19   24,127
September 26 12:00 p.m. No. 20 Georgia Tech Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 34–20   20,101
October 3 3:30 p.m. Boston Collegedagger Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ACCRSN W 9–7   20,009
October 10 12:00 p.m. at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBSSN W 44–3   39,712
October 24 3:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech No. 23 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPNU W 45–43 4OT  63,257
October 31 7:00 p.m. Miami (FL) No. 22 Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNU L 27–30   30,143
November 7 12:00 p.m. at No. 21 North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC (Battle for the Victory Bell) ESPN2 L 31–66   60,500
November 14 12:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Wallace Wade Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNews L 13–31   30,241
November 21 3:30 p.m. at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA ESPN3 L 34–42   35,178
November 28 12:30 p.m. at Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ACCN W 27–21   26,435
December 26 3:30 p.m. vs. Indiana* Yankee StadiumBronx, NY (Pinstripe Bowl) ABC W 44–41 OT  37,218
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[1]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Duke
Alma Mater
David Cutcliffe Head Coach 8th Alabama (1976)
Scottie Montgomery Offensive Coordinator/The Baxter Family Associate Head Coach/Quarterbacks 3rd Duke (1999)
John Latina Offensive Line/Assistant Head Coach/Running Game Coordinator 4th Virginia Tech (1981)
Jim Knowles Defensive Coordinator 5th Cornell (1987)
Jim Collins Defensive Ends 8th Elon (1974)
Matt Guerrieri Safeties 4th Davidson College (2011)
Zac Roper Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 8th Ole Miss (2001)
Derek Jones Assistant Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs 8th Ole Miss (1996)
Re'quan Boyette Running Backs 4th Duke (2009)
Marcus Johnson Offensive Quality Control 5th Ole Miss (2004)
Patrick O'Connor Defensive Quality Control 4th Dickinson College (2010)
Josh Grizzard Offensive Graduate Assistant 3rd Yale University (2012)
Eli Keimach Offensive Graduate Assistant 2nd Massachusetts (2014)
Clayton McGrath Defensive Tackles/Graduate Assistant 3rd Brown University (2011)
Sam McGrath Defensive Graduate Assistant 1st Brown University (2012)
Reference:[2]

Game summaries[edit]

Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 3 10 3 21 37
Green Wave 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2014 DUKE, 47–13

North Carolina Central[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Blue Devils 7 17 17 14 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2013 DUKE, 45–0

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Wildcats 0 3 9 7 19
Blue Devils 7 0 0 3 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–8 2008 NW, 24–20

Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Yellow Jackets 3 7 3 7 20
Blue Devils 19 0 7 8 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–50–1 2014 DUKE, 31–25

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 7 0 7
Blue Devils 3 6 0 0 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2011 DUKE, 20–19

Army[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 10 17 3 14 44
Black Knights 0 0 3 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–10 2010 ARMY, 35–21

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT4OT Total
#23 Blue Devils 14 0 7 33738 45
Hokies 7 3 6 83736 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–14 2014 VT, 17–16

Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hurricanes 0 14 0 16 30
#22 Blue Devils 0 3 9 15 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–10 2014 MIAMI, 22–10

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 3 7 14 7 31
Tar Heels 21 17 21 7 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–59–5 2014 UNC, 45–20

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 3 14 7 31
Blue Devils 7 3 3 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–10 2014 DUKE, 51–48

Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 6 7 14 34
Cavaliers 21 7 14 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–33 2014 DUKE, 20–13

Wake Forest[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 10 7 3 27
Demon Deacons 7 0 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
56–37–2 2014 DUKE, 41–21

vs. Indiana–Pinstripe Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
Hoosiers 0 17 14 100 41
Blue Devils 10 7 10 143 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 1984 DUKE, 31–24

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR RV NR RV RV 25 23 22 RV NR NR NR NR NR RV 
Coaches RV RV RV NR RV RV 24 21 18 RV NR NR NR NR NR RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule". Duke University Department of Athletics. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Football – 2015 Coaches". Duke University Department of Athletics. Retrieved February 24, 2015.