Game Notes: Kansas – Duke University

DURHAM- Duke heads to Lawrence, Kansas, for a matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon and the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.


Saturday’s matchup is one of four this weekend featuring two undefeated teams (Maryland vs. Michigan, Clemson vs. Wake Forest and USC vs. Oregon State). In total, of the 131 FBS teams, there are only 33 squads that remain undefeated.

The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 2-1. A year ago during the meeting, the field marshal Gunnar Holmberg he rushed for four touchdowns to help Duke win 52-33 at Brooks Field in Wallace Wade Stadium. His four rushing scores tied the program record for rushing touchdowns in a game, becoming the first Blue Devil to achieve that mark since brandon conette he did it in 2013.

Duke’s 3-0 record is their best start to the season since 2018 when they started 4-0. Coach mike elk is Duke’s first football coach since fred goldsmith in 1994 to win their first three games. Goldsmith began his tenure at Blue Devil 7-0 and led Duke to the Hall of Fame Bowl.

Saturday’s FS1 broadcast will feature Eric Collins and Devin Gardner on the call. The game can also be heard on LEARFIELD’s Blue Devil Sports Network via the Varsity app or goduke.com.

 


HOW TO FOLLOW
Duke (3-0, 0-0 ACC) vs. Kansas (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)

Saturday, September 24, 2022 • 12 noon
Lawrence, Kansas • David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium

TV • FS1
RADIO • LEARFIELD Blue Devils Sports Network
GAME NOTES • Duke Notes (PDF) • Kansas Notes (PDF)
LIVE STATISTICS • KUAthletics.com
TWITTER@DukeFOOTBALL


GAME NOTES
After scoring on their first series against North Carolina A&T, Duke is now 13-1 in scoring a touchdown on their first possession since the start of the 2017 season.

The Blue Devils currently rank fourth in the ACC with 460.33 total yards of offense per game. Duke gained 500 yards against Temple in their first game and later posted 461 and 420 against Northwestern and North Carolina A&T, respectively. The Blue Devils also rank fourth in rushing (205.00) and passing (255.33) in the conference.

After finishing the 2021 season last in the ACC in turnover margin, the Blue Devils are tied for second in the league and tied for ninth nationally in the category with +1.67 turnovers per game. . Duke leads the conference and is tied for first in the country with six fumble recoveries.

NEVER BRINGING
The Blue Devils are yet to fall behind in a contest to start the 2022 season. They are also outscoring their opponent 110-43, including a 45-0 lead in the opening frame.

A 3-0 START
The Blue Devils are undefeated to start the mike elk it was at Duke. He becomes the fifth Duke coach to start his freshman year at Durham 3-0 and the first since fred goldsmith went 7-0 to start the 1994 season. Of those five, only two have surpassed the three-plus-win mark to begin their tenure: Goldsmith and mike mcgee (four).

In the past 16 years, there have only been four ACC head coaches who began their tenure at their institution with a 3-0 record: 2022 Elko (Duke), 2016 Mark Richt (Miami), 2011 Everett Withers (North Carolina ) and 2007 Jeff Jagodzinski (Boston College). Elko, Withers and Jagodzinski were head coaches for the first time, with Withers in an interim role.

QB1
Duke charted sophomore year riley leonard their starting quarterback in early 2022, marking the fifth straight season with a different quarterback for the Blue Devils. A native of Fairhope, Alabama, Leonard has seen action in 10 career games and has completed 85 of 128 (.664) pass attempts for 1,104 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing 69 times for 320 yards (4.63) and four scores. .

In his first year as Duke’s starter, Leonard is fourth in the ACC in total offense after amassing 723 passes and 147 rushing yards on the season. He sits behind North Carolina’s Drake Maye (1,076), Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader (905) and Louisville’s Malik Cunningham (878). During his last outing against North Carolina A&T, Leonard accounted for four of Duke’s seven touchdowns. He recorded the first multi-point game of his career after leading the Blue Devils rushing game with 66 yards on five carries with two touchdowns.

SCORE IN FIRST CAREER MATCH
During Duke’s final game against North Carolina A&T, rookie Eric Weatherley found paydirt in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard run. He became the first Duke freshman to score in his first college game since oh cane he converted seven PATs against NC Central in 2016.

THE GAME OF RUNNING
After three games in 2022, Duke is tied for fourth in the conference in rushing offense (205.00), rushing yards (615) and rushing touchdowns (eight). Leading the charge are redshirt junior RBs jaylen coleman Y Jordanian waters and second-year QB riley leonardwho each have more than 100 rushing yards at the beginning of the season.

Coleman has had 177 yards on 29 attempts with three touchdowns, while Waters has recorded 174 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns. During Duke’s last outing against North Carolina A&T, Leonard ran for a 56-yard touchdown run. He has carried the ball 22 times on the year for 147 yards with two touchdowns.

All three players are averaging over 6.0 yards per rush with Waters at 7.0, Leonard at 6.7 and Coleman at 6.1. As a team, the Blue Devils rank second in the league with an average of 5.86 rushing yards, behind North Carolina’s mark of 5.98.

DEFENSIVE PRESSURE
Duke has recorded 23 tackles for loss to just 10 for his opponents. Leading the way for the Blue Devils is redshirt senior LB Shaka Heyward and DT junior red jersey Wayne Carter. Both have 2.5 tackles for loss on the year. Seven other Blue Devils have recorded more than 1.5 tackles for loss to help Duke’s cause.

Carter also found the quarterback early in the season, as he’s tied with the senior redshirt manager. Ja’Mion Franklin with 1.5 sacks on the season.

Additionally, the Blue Devils have recorded 12 quarterback pressures by just one of their opponents. Junior Red T-Shirt rj obenjunior Aeneas Peeblesand red shirt sophomore michael reese led the team with three. Rookie Vicente Antonio Jr.follow closely with two.

CURRENT DEFENSE
Duke has limited opponents to just 119.3 rushing yards per outing this season for the seventh-best mark in the ACC. Opponents are averaging 3.44 yards per carry with only two rushing touchdowns.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES
The Blue Devils as a defensive unit have recorded six fumble recoveries on the year, all by different players, to rank first in the ACC and tied for first in the nation.

During Duke’s last outing against North Carolina A&T, the Blue Devils collected two fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered. One of those recoveries was from the DT redshirt junior Wayne Carter who returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown. He scored Duke’s first defensive touchdown since 2018 when CB leonardo johnson he intercepted Baylor’s QB and returned it 53 yards for the score. It was the Blue Devils’ first fumble recovery for a touchdown since Nov. 13, 2010 when august campbell he picked up the fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown against Boston College.

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