Duke Gameday

At long last, the Devils and Pack meet in the post-expansion era. Even though the teams have combined for just one ACC win, entertainment potential is high, and the TV folks will likely regret passing on it. Yours truly will be inside Wallace Wade, semi-live blogging as blackberry reception allows.

Local media have some good preview material. WRAL’s Jason Jennings walks you throw a video of the five best Duke/State games of the last 20 years. I especially remember #1 and #3. #1 was the only non-break home game I missed as a State student. It was the only game that I wasn’t in charge of tickets for our regular group, and – surprise, surprise – we were all packed up and ready to leave, but the tickets were nowhere to be found. It turned out to be the only field rushing of my undergraduate years, and I missed it. I listened to game #3 on the radio in my freshman dorm (while playing Tecmo Bowl with some hallmates). Like this year’s contest, there was no TV coverage. It was a fantastic game, with State taking a lead in the last seconds on a 2-point conversion. Duke had a speedy return man, and he did indeed break into the clear. Our kicker (Damon Hartman, maybe?) took a great angle and forced him out of bounds at around the 20 just as the clock expired. Had the tackle been made a second sooner – or if the Devil ran out of bounds instead of going for 6 – Duke would have lined up to kick the winning FG.

The News & Observer also has a nice write-up. Did you know State had won 10 straight in this always competitive series? I didn’t. The hard copy N&O also had betting lines. Duke opened as a 5.5 point favorite, but the spread is down to 3.5 now. Smart money is still on the Devils, IMHO.

On the plus side, Irving and Williams are supposed to play today. As I told work colleagues on Friday, my hope is for the Pack to force two Duke punts before Irving gets hurt again. That’s reasonable, don’t you think? Anyway, the key to the game is offense – State needs to score on 3/4 of its offensive possessions, and score TDs much more often than FGs. It’s a tall order, but if Russell Wilson plays like he did in College Park, it’s doable. Hopefully, RW looks for emerging star George Bryan more than butter-fingered Anthony Hill. I really like Bryan’s combination of hands and footwork.

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84 Responses to Duke Gameday

  1. Wolf Dog 11/08/2008 at 9:24 AM #

    We have an ACC Commish that is a Tar Hole and we don’t play Duke for four years. During this period they have what is probably their worst four year stretch in their history. This is a series where we’ve played over 80 times. Showing your true colors Swafford!

  2. SEAT.5.F.2 11/08/2008 at 9:29 AM #

    Hill blocks so well that he has to be in there atleast 50% of the time. Interesting to see if Duke gets the AB & JE treatment we had set up for FSU in the first half. I would love to see some smash mouth football with soe play action to encourage RW to throw the deep out’, flag’s and post’s.

    It’s time to see if the OL has achieved the team goal in the spring to become more physical. Would also be great to see RW use speedy targets like Spencer and Grahm by trusting their talents and flipping it long so they can track them down. Packman say’s it the best, “frisbie catchin’ dog’s”

    Schedule sets up perfect when you think of it, “Duke is puke and Wake is fake, the only one is NC State!”

  3. gopack968 11/08/2008 at 9:40 AM #

    Is the game on ESPN 360?

    If so, is it possible to use that Maryland login that we had a few weeks back?

  4. CStanley 11/08/2008 at 9:54 AM #

    That ’94 game was one of the greats I’ve ever seen in CF.

    I remember listening to the ’91 game on the radio. My heart stopped when Duke almost returned that kick to win it.

  5. dbo2874 11/08/2008 at 9:56 AM #

    check your defense at the door

  6. wufpup76 11/08/2008 at 10:00 AM #

    I’m not sure Irving will even make it 2 defensive series … I suspect another FSU-type dive at the ankle will be forthcoming as early as possible

    There’s always hope, though …

    I think we stand a reasonable shot at winning

  7. SEAT.5.F.2 11/08/2008 at 10:18 AM #

    Our D will not be good at times, that we can all agree on. We need TO’s
    and we need more then one 3 & out in the first half so we can get field position.

    I usually don’t like to make predictions but for a game of this magnitude, what the heck. 16-14 State with the coming out party of Josh Czjkowski who kicks 3 FG’s inclding the game winner. The winning drive comes after Duke misses FG attempt to go up by 4.

    Go State!

  8. wufpup76 11/08/2008 at 10:31 AM #

    Don’t know if any of you guys caught it, but there was a guy in the LSU crowd on College Gameday who was holding up a sign that read:

    “GEAUX WOLFPACK! BEAT DOOK!” and had the block ‘S’ on the sign

    pretty cool!

  9. PacknSack 11/08/2008 at 10:36 AM #

    I feel bad for Irving. His injury was severe, and the type to linger well into the off-season. But if he can play heavy minutes I feel good about our chances.

  10. vtpackfan 11/08/2008 at 10:46 AM #

    wufpup

    Is he screaming “You Can Do IT!!”

  11. wufpup76 11/08/2008 at 10:51 AM #

    ^Yep, Rob Schneider is going all-out for the wolfpack today :)

    “You can DO IT! Rip HIS head off!”

  12. McPete 11/08/2008 at 11:28 AM #

    gopack968,
    that terps id and password isn’t working for me anymore. i’m gonna try to find another one, though.

  13. McPete 11/08/2008 at 11:35 AM #

    this one worked for me. i deleted my cookies before i tried it.

    username: rolltide1101
    password: xswzaq123

  14. RickJ 11/08/2008 at 11:45 AM #

    I like the idea of limiting Irving to 3rd down plays when Duke has at least 5 yards to go for the first down. As poor as our defense has been, we could have easily won 2 more games if we could have just been below average instead of pathetic in 3rd and long situations.

  15. levelsixtyfour 11/08/2008 at 12:14 PM #

    Why is Dook playing Georgia Tech? Oh wait, that’s Carolina. The rumors of The Chief’s aversion to powder blue seem to have some merit. Way to honor tradition.

  16. backinpack 11/08/2008 at 12:42 PM #

    Why is Dook playing Georgia Tech? Oh wait, that’s Carolina. The rumors of The Chief’s aversion to powder blue seem to have some merit. Way to honor tradition.

    [whiny voice]
    But, but, it iiiiiiis tradition. We wore dark blue for some games in the 50s….
    [/whiny voice]

  17. RabidWolf 11/08/2008 at 1:13 PM #

    Try this login for 360:

    username: jpot0906
    Password: aspen

    it worked for me.

  18. redfred2 11/08/2008 at 1:18 PM #

    I used to have a group of HS buddies who always got together for the annual Duke/State football games, back when there was such a thing anyway. We were at that game that’s listed as the #1. Duke looked better and had beaten us up side and down the other, all day long. If I’m remembering correctly, State finally scores late in the fourth after a long drought, then Duke preceeds to fumble the kickoff (I think it was the kick off), but anyway State gets the ball back with great field position, scores again quickly to take the lead, with only seconds remaining. We were all dying laughing and giving our Duke buddies all kinds of SHIT because we knew we had just stolen a game where we had been beaten soundly all day long. Then came the kick off, Duke’s return man turns the corner and breaks out into a field of green grass that couldn’t have looked more W-I-D-E O-P-E-N even if he had been out in a cow pasture, running wind sprints all by himself. Somehow, the last man, the kicker, takes just the precise angle to make the stop as the clock ticked down to zero.

    It was one GREAT FOOTBALL GAME!!! Uh, well, I guess that is if you were viewing from a Wolfpack fan’s perspective anyway. We all went somewhere to have a beer afterwards, and none of us could stop laughing our asses off about the totally undeserved NC State win that we had just witnessed.

  19. RabidWolf 11/08/2008 at 1:41 PM #

    Correct me if I’m wrong (it happens) but doesn’t the State / Duke rivalry hold the ACC records for total offensive yards, longest game, and highest total score?

    I remember a game that seemed to take for freakin ever, and the final was something like 49-45 State or something rediculous like that.

  20. gopack968 11/08/2008 at 1:59 PM #

    The rolltide login worked for me!

  21. PackerInRussia 11/08/2008 at 3:31 PM #

    I think I’m having trouble logging into espn360 b/c I’m not in the US, but when you guys click on the “Watch Live” link, does it take you directly to the place where you sign in and watch? It takes me to a special espn360 page for European users and the only way I can watch is through ESPN Gameplan. I’m guessing I’m stuck with audio (which is better than nothing).

  22. VaWolf82 11/08/2008 at 3:35 PM #

    It doesn’t look like yahoo is doing live updates for the State/Duke game.

  23. wesley 11/08/2008 at 3:39 PM #

    im watching espn360 but when i click on the state game it brings up tenn/wyo… is anybody actually watching the game yet on 360?

  24. phillypacker 11/08/2008 at 3:40 PM #

    The espn state-duke pic is taking everyone to wy-tn. Also, the State broadcast on packpass is the Duke broadcasting crew. Anybody know why this is so screwy?

  25. phillypacker 11/08/2008 at 3:41 PM #

    State is up 3-0. Duke is on Duke 40

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