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Duke Blue Devils football
Duke text logo.svg Duke.gif
First season 1895
Athletic director Kevin White
Head coach David Cutcliffe
2nd year, 9–15–0  (.375)
Home stadium Wallace Wade Stadium
Stadium capacity 33,941
Stadium surface Grass
Location Durham, North Carolina
Conference ACC
Division Coastal
All-time record 442–439–31 (.502)
Postseason bowl record 3–6
Claimed national titles 1
Conference titles 17
Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 4
Current uniform
Colors Blue and White            
Fight song "Fight! Blue Devils, Fight!"
"Blue and White"
Mascot Blue Devil
Rivals North Carolina Tar Heels

The Duke Blue Devils football program is a college football team that represents Duke University (or "Duke"). The team is currently a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which is a Division I Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The program has 17 conference championships (7 ACC, 9 Southern Conference, and 1 Big Five Conference), 53 All-Americans, 10 ACC Players of the Year (the most in the ACC), and have had three Pro Football Hall of Famers come through the program (second in the ACC to only Miami's four).[1] The team is currently coached by David Cutcliffe and home games are played at the Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.


Team history

Wallace Wade Stadium, home to Duke football and site of the 1942 Rose Bowl.

The most famous Duke football season came in 1938, when Wallace Wade was head coach and the "Iron Dukes" were born. Wade shocked the college football world by leaving Alabama for Duke in 1930, later rationalizing the move by saying that Duke shared his belief that a school should provide its athletes with a strong academic background. Wade's success at Alabama (three national championships) translated well to Duke's program, most notably in 1938, when his "Iron Dukes" went unscored upon the entire regular season. In fact, that Duke team is one of three in college football history to have gone undefeated, unscored upon, and untied in the regular season. Duke reached their first Rose Bowl appearance, where they lost 7-3 when Southern California scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game on a pass from a second string quarterback to a third string tight end. Wade's Blue Devils lost another Rose Bowl to Oregon State in 1942, this one held at Duke's home stadium in Durham, North Carolina due to Pearl Harbor. Wade's achievements placed him in the Hall of Fame.

The football program also proved successful in the 1950s and 1960s, winning six of the first ten ACC football championships from 1953 to 1962 under coach Bill Murray.[2] The football program also had a string of successful years in the late 1980s when the team was coached by Steve Spurrier. Spurrier led the Blue Devils to three consecutive winning seasons from 1987-1989, culminating with the Blue Devils sharing the ACC title in 1989 and playing in the All-American Bowl, where the Blue Devils lost to Texas Tech. The 1989 ACC Title was the last title won by a school in the state of North Carolina until Wake Forest won their second ACC Title in 2006.

The team also rose to prominence in 1994, the first season under coach Fred Goldsmith. The team raced out to an 8-1 record, and was briefly ranked as high as #13 in the country before losing the last two games of the season 24-23 to North Carolina State and 41-40 to arch-rival North Carolina. The 1994 team played in the program's first New Years Day Bowl game since 1962, falling to Wisconsin 34-21 in the Hall Of Fame Bowl, now known as the Outback Bowl.

Since 1994, however, Duke's football program has declined, with the team lacking a winning season since. From 1999 to 2007, Duke's football win-loss record was at 13-90;[3] from 2005 to 2007 Duke suffered a 22-game losing streak.[4] In 2008, a judge ruled in favor of Duke after they pulled out of a four-game contract with the University of Louisville; the judge stated that it was up to Louisville to find a suitable replacement as he wrote, in the ruling, that any Division I team would be equivalent or better.[3] Duke's 2009 season has given them five wins and seven losses, the closest the school has come to bowl eligibility since 1994.[5]

The Blue Devils are currently coached by David Cutcliffe. They have won seven ACC Football Championships, which is the fourth most in the ACC trailing only Clemson, Florida State, and Maryland. Ten ACC Football Players of the Year have come from Duke, the most in the ACC. Additionally, three 3 Pro Football Hall of Famers have come through Duke's program, tying the Miami Hurricanes for the most in the ACC.

Duke is consistently ranked at or near the top of the list of Division I-A schools which graduate nearly all of their football players. Duke has topped the list 12 years, earning it the most Academic Achievement Awards of any university. Notre Dame has been honored six times, while Boston College and Northwestern have won the award four times each.[6]

Bowl records

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Notes
1938 Rose Bowl L Southern California 3 7
1941 Rose Bowl L Oregon State 16 20
1944 Sugar Bowl W Alabama 29 26
1954 Orange Bowl W Nebraska 34 7
1957 Orange Bowl L Oklahoma 21 48
1960 Cotton Bowl Classic W Arkansas 7 6
1989 All American Bowl L Texas Tech 21 49
1994 Hall of Fame Bowl L Wisconsin 20 34
Total 8 bowl games 3-5

Season records

Year Coach Record Notes
1994 Goldsmith 8-4 Hall of Fame Bowl
1995 Goldsmith 3-8 -
1996 Goldsmith 0-11 -
1997 Goldsmith 2-9 -
1998 Goldsmith/Franks 4-7 -
1999 Franks 3-8 -
2000 Franks 0-11 -
2001 Franks 0-11 -
2002 Franks 2-10 -
2003 Franks/Roof 4-8 -
2004 Roof 2-9 -
2005 Roof 1-10 -
2006 Roof 0-12 -
2007 Roof 1-11 -
2008 Cutcliffe 4-8 -
2009 Cutcliffe 5-7 -

Outland Trophy recipients


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