Head-to-head: Army vs. Duke

Next up for Army is the 0-1 Duke Blue Devils on Saturday at Michie Stadium. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Duke and indicates which team has the edge.

ARMY
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AREA
Duke
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COMMENTS
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Army rushing offense
vs.
Duke rushing defense
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The Black Knights' triple-option offense accounted for 300 rushing yards and four touchdowns, including 184 yards and a pair of scores in the fourth quarter. Patrick Mealy recorded his first career 100-yard game with 109 rushing yards on only five carries. Junior fullback Kingsley Ehie also had a career night with 75 yards and two touchdowns on 12 rushes. Ehie had 10 carries for 68 yards and both his scores in the fourth quarter. Duke's rushing defense limited Richmond to just 125 rushing yards in 40 attempts. Linebacker Vincent Rey led Duke in tackles in their opener with an impressive 14.  
 
Army passing offense
vs.
Duke passing defense
 
Army's new option offense was supposed to feature more passing than normal option offenses, however, that wasn't the case against EMU. Army's Trent Steelman completed 2 of 5 passes for eight yards through the air. His favorite target was Damion Hunter who caught both Steelman's passes. Duke has a tough pass defense and allowed only 157 yards passing against Richmond last week. Duke senior cornerback Leon Wright has five career interceptions.  
 
Duke rushing offense
vs.
Army rushing defense
 
Duke relied mainly on the passing game against Richmond. The Blue Demons attempted only 16 rushes for 19 total yards against the Spiders. Senior Re'quan Boyette is Duke's starting running back. Army's rushing defense, led by linebacker Stephen Anderson, limited EMU to just 40 yards rushing.  
EVEN  
Duke passing offense
vs.
Army passing defense
EVEN  
Thaddeus Lewis paced the Blue Devils' offense, completing 34-of-55 throws for 350 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receivers Johnny Williams and Austin Kelly were Lewis' favorite targets with seven catches each. The Black Knights limited Eastern Michigan's passing attack to just 187 yards passing last week and intercepted the Eagle quarterback twice. Army defensive tackle Victor Ugenyi and end Josh McNary each had 2.5 sacks last week against Eastern Michigan.  
EVEN
Special Teams
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Both teams suspect here. Duke lost last week to Richmond because of special teams. Duke's Nick Maggio misfired on two field goal tries. Duke's Kevin Jones punted for a 38 yard average last week but had one blocked for a touchdown. Army's Jonathan Bulls had seven punts for a 41 yard average last week. Cadet kicker Matthew Campbell missed two of three extra point attempts for Army.  
EVEN  
Coaching
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Rich Ellerson is 61-41 (1-0 at Army) and has the Cadets off to their best start since 1996. David Cutcliffe has a 48-38 (4-9 at Duke) career record and led Ole Miss to a Cotton Bowl victory a few years ago.  
 
Intangibles
 
It'll be the home opener for the Army Black Knights who hope to improve to 2-0. There is great excitement in the air because of new head coach Rich Ellerson and the 1-0 Army record. Duke likely is demoralized about an ugly loss to a FCS team.  


PREDICTION: Army 20 Duke 17

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