Duke Plays Its 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 443-428-31 ... 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-Wake Forest Notes
Duke's Justin Boyle and Wake Forest's Jon Abbate and Zach MacDowall all graduated from Harrison (Ga.) High School ... Duke's Joe Surgan and Marcus Lind along with Wake Forest's Mike Simmons prepped at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) High School ... Duke's trio of Danny Bowling, Chris Davis and Matt Rumsey along with Wake Forest's Pierre Easley all graduated from Marist (Ga.) High School ... Duke's John Talley and Jomar Wright and Wake Forest's Trey Bailey are graduate of Byrnes (S.C.) High School ... Duke's Jarrod Holt and Wake Forest's Louis Frazier both are graduates of Clearwater (Fla.) High School ... Wake Forest junior defensive end Jeremy Thompson is the younger brother of former Blue Devil defensive tackle Orrin Thompson (2001-04) ... Wake Forest assisant athletic director for football Bill Faircloth served as an assistant coach at Duke in 1976-77.
More Duke-Wake Forest Series Notes
- 1889: On March 29, Wake Forest defeats Duke in the first meeting between the schools.
- 1930: Duke and Wake Forest battle to a 13-13 tie as the Blue Devils go 8-1-2.
- 1938: Duke blanks Wake Forest, 7-0, in one of nine regular season shutouts for the “Iron Dukes”.
- 1945: Duke’s George Clark rushes 17 times for a school single-game record 214 yards as the Blue Devils win, 26-19.
- 1962: Duke posts its largest win over an ACC opponent by defeating the Deacons, 50-0.
- 1963: The Duke defense intercepts a school record six passes in a 39-7 win.
- 1981: Duke has three backs — Mike Grayson (17-188), Joel Blunk (20-110) and Greg Boone (16-101) — top the 100-yard barrier in a 31-10 victory.
- 1988: Duke's Anthony Dilweg throws for 475 yards — the most ever given up by a Wake Forest defense and the second highest single-game total in Duke history — but Wake Forest prevails, 35-16, by taking advantage of five Blue Devil turnovers.
- 1995: Wake Forest's Rusty LaRue sets an NCAA record with 55 pass completions while throwing for 478 yards but Duke wins, 42-36, thanks to a 28-0 halftime lead.
- 1999: The Blue Devils score a school record 34 points in the first quarter and hold on for a 48-35 win ... The game features 99-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns by Duke's Scottie Montgomery and Wake Forest’s John Stone.