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September 25, 2012

Duke-WFU Capsule

Game Day
Line: Wake Forest favored by 2 1/2
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. - BB&T Field (31,500)
TV: ACC Network (Watch Online)
Announcers: Steve Martin (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color analyst) & Mike Hogewood (sideline)
Radio: Wake Forest Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 135, XM 192)
Announcers: Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Dave Goren (color analyst) & Michael Hoag (sideline)
Weather: Winston-Salem Forecast

Duke At A Glance
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Nickname: Blue Devils
Colors: Duke Blue & White
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
Surface: Natural Grass
2011 Record: 3-9 (1-7)
2012 Record: 3-1 (0-0)
More on the Blue Devils: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Media Guide

Last Game
Duke: QB Sean Renfree threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns to lead Duke (3-1) to its best start to a season since 2008. Renfree threw touchdown passes of 37 and 31 yards to WR Conner Vernon, who moved into fi fth place on the ACC career receiving yards list. Memphis (0-4) led 14-7 in the opening half, but the Blue Devils closed the game with 31 unanswered points. Duke has opened the season with three consecutive home wins for the fi rst time since 1994.

Wake Forest: WR Michael Campanaro scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Demon Deacons (3-1) who won their third home game of the season. Campanaro scored on a 4-yard run and caught a pair of touchdown passes from QB Tanner Price as Wake Forest piled up 517 offensive yards -- its most since accumulating 555 yards against Miami in 2009. Josh Harris led the Demon Deacons' rushing attack with 129 yards and two TDs, and fellow RB Deandre Martin rushed for 115 yards and two scores. Army (0-3) came up short despite 506 total offensive yards, 426 of which came on the ground.

Duke-Wake Forest Series
Wake Forest and Duke will be meeting for the 93rd time, which is the third-longest series for the Deacs against any team. The Deacons have won 12 straight against the Blue Devils, including six wins in a row at BB&T Field. Duke's last victory in the series was a 48-35 triumph in 1999. Last year, Tanner Price and Chris Givens hooked-up for a late 66-yard touchdown strike to give the Deacs a 24-23 victory.

Top 25 Rankings
Duke: AP: NR USA Today: NR
Wake Forest: AP: NR USA Today: NR

Duke: David Cutcliffe (18-34 at Duke; 62-63 Overall)
Wake Forest: Jim Grobe (71-68 at WFU; 104-101-1 Overall)

Duke-Wake Forest Notes
DUKE: With 227 career catches to his credit, Duke WR Conner Vernon is just six recpeptions shy of becoming the ACC's all-time leader ... Former Clemson standout Aaron Kelly holds the league record with 232 catches.

DUKE: Duke QB Brandon Connette is the first Blue Devil to rush for a touchdown, catch a scoring pass and throw a TD pass in the same season since D. Bryant and Ben Erdeljac both turned the trick in 2000.

DUKE: Duke QB Sean Renfree ranks 2nd in the ACC in pass completion percentage at .707 (99-of-140) ... The Scottsdale, Ariz., native matched his career single-game high with four touchdown passes last week against Memphis and ranks 2nd on Duke's career chart for 4-touchdown pass games (3) behind Thaddeus Lewis (4).

DUKE: Duke dons an "8" decal on the back of its helmets to recognize sophomore WR Blair Holliday, who was injured in a watercraft accident on July 4. Holliday spent over one month at UNC Hospitals before being transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga., where he stayed until being released on Friday, August 31. He continues to be a patient at the Shepherd Center.

WFU: Wake Forest has not had a turnover in either of the last two games. The Deacons have not lost a fumble all season through the fi rst four games.

WFU: Since moving into BB&T Field in 1968, Wake Forest has started the season 3-0 at home just six times in 45 years. Wake Forest was 3-0 in 2011, 2006, 1987, 1979 and 1970. With wins over Liberty, North Carolina and Army, the Deacons are 3-0 at home in 2012. Wake Forest has posted two undefeated home seasons, going 5-0 in 1979 and 4-0 in 1970.

WFU: Wake Forest ranks second in the ACC in turnover margin at +4 so far this season. The Deacons have gained six takeaways (4 fumbles, 2 interceptions) and have had just two turnovers, both coming on interceptions.

WFU: Junior Michael Campanaro scored three touchdowns in the win over Army on Sept. 22, marking the first multi-touchdown game of his career.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, Duke & Wake Forest Athletic Communications

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