Duke vs. Richmond Pregame Notes

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke kicks off the 2006 season by hosting Richmond on September 2 in Wallace Wade Stadium ... Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

The Blue Devils are coming off last year's 1-10 campaign while the Spiders, an NCAA I-AA affiliate and member of the Atlantic 10 conference, posted a 9-4 ledger last fall while capturing the league crown and advancing to the I-AA quarterfinals.

Season Openers
Duke enters 2006 with a 54-36-3 all-time record in season openers ... Duke's last season-opening victory came in 2002 when the Blue Devils posted a 23-16 home win over East Carolina.

Duke Vs. NCAA I-AA Opponents
Since the NCAA's reclassification in 1978, Duke has posted a 8-0 ledger against I-AA opponents:

The Duke-Richmond Series
Duke and Richmond have met 10 times on the gridiron, with the Blue Devils holding a 9-1 series advantage ... The series dates back to a 24-0 Duke win in 1924 ... Richmond's only victory over the Blue Devils came in the form of a 9-7 triumph in 1926 ... Duke has since won seven in a row, with the last meeting coming in 1979 ... The 72 points scored by Duke in a shutout win over the Spiders during the 1927 season ranks as the fourth-highest single-game point total in Blue Devil history.

Duke Vs. Virginia Schools
Duke is 65-45 against Virginia-based colleges including its 9-1 ledger versus Richmond.

Duke Prepares For 94th Year Of Football
The 2006 season marks Duke's 94th campaign of intercollegiate football, with the Blue Devils holding an all-time record of 443-427-31 ... Football was introduced at Duke by Dr. John Crowell, who coached then Trinity College to victories in its first two games ever — wins of 16-0 and 25-17 over North Carolina in 1888 ... After the 1894 season, football was banned at Duke by the Board of Trustees, but returned in high form in 1920 when Floyd Egan guided the team to a 4-0-1 ledger.

Duke Vs. NCAA I-AA Opponents
Since the NCAA's reclassification in 1978, Duke has posted a 8-0 ledger against I-AA opponents:


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