Blue Devils Bound For Pinstripe Bowl

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University will play in four consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history by meeting Indiana University in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday, December 26 in New York, N.Y.

 

Kickoff at Yankee Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally live on ABC. 

 

Blue Devil fans are encouraged to purchase tickets from the Duke allotment on GoDuke.com.

 

The meeting between the Blue Devils (7-5) and the Hoosiers (6-6) will mark the fourth on the gridiron between the two schools. Indiana secured wins in 1980 (31-21 in Bloomington) and 1983 (15-10 in Bloomington) while Duke’s victory came in Durham in 1984 by a 31-24 margin.

 

Duke and Indiana played three times in the early 1980s, with the Hoosiers taking two of three. Duke won the last matchup, 31-24, in the 1984 season opener. 

 

Duke and Indiana have one common opponent from the 2015 ledger as both squads defeated Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.  On September 26, the Hoosiers posted a 31-24 victory over the Demon Deacons and on November 28, the Blue Devils earned a 27-21 triumph.

 

“To be chosen to take part in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl brings an incredible level of excitement to our program,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said.  “Playing in our fourth consecutive bowl game means a great deal to our past, present and future Blue Devils.  This senior class is obviously a special one, and I could not be happier for a group of young men that has accomplished what no other class has done in the history of Duke Football with the four straight bowl game appearances.  We are thrilled to keep building our program while playing in front of so many Duke University alums and supporters in New York. 

 

“Next on our schedule are exams, and then we’ll get back to the practice field to prepare for a very well-coached Indiana squad,” Cutcliffe continued.  “We have tremendous respect for Coach Wilson and the entire Hoosier program.  At Duke, we take great pride in representing the Atlantic Coast Conference, and doing so against a program of Indiana’s caliber will be a challenge which we will embrace."

 

“And we certainly look forward to working alongside Randy Levine, Mark Holtzman, John Mosley and the entire New Era Pinstripe Bowl staff for this event.  We know their group will do everything in their power to make this experience for our student-athletes the best it can possibly be.” 

 

Cutcliffe, who is 4-4 all-time as a head coach in bowl games, will participate in the 26th bowl game of his coaching career.

 

Offensively, the Blue Devils are led by redshirt junior quarterback Thomas Sirk and center Matt Skura.  Sirk has completed 234-of-390 passes for 2,462 yards and 15 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for a team-leading 648 yards along with six ground scores.  Sirk is one of four Power 5 quarterbacks to lead his team in both passing and rushing yardage.  A fifth-year senior, Skura earned first team All-ACC honors after helping Duke rank second in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed per passing attempt. In addition, he has helped the Blue Devils to their third straight season with 20 or more rushing touchdowns. 

 

On defense, ACC Defensive Player of the Year Jeremy Cash leads the way, along with safety DeVon Edwards and linebacker Dwayne Norman.  A three-time all-league pick and finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Bronko Nagurski Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Senior CLASS Award, Cash became Duke’s first ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Cash has amassed 101 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures, four pass breakups, three caused fumbles and one fumble recovery on the season. Edwards, a first team all-league pick as a return specialist and honorable mention choice in the defensive backfield, has 93 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a team-high four pass breakups to his credit this season. As a kickoff returner, he leads the country with three touchdowns this year and has six for his career.  Norman shifted from safety to linebacker for this season and earned third team all-league accolades. He leads Duke with 104 tackles and stands second on the team with 8.5 TFL and a pair of caused fumbles.

 

With an all-time record of 3-8, Duke will make its 12th bowl game appearance.  The Blue Devils also have appeared in the Rose Bowl (1938 & 1941 seasons), Sugar Bowl (1944), Orange Bowl (1954 & 1957), Cotton Bowl (1960), All American Bowl (1989), Hall of Fame Bowl (1994), Belk Bowl (2012) Chick-fil-A Bowl (2013) and Hyundai Sun Bowl (2014).

 

 


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