Caulton Tudor

Cut, Ruff and Rivera ride in on the A Train

Posted October 21, 2013

Navy Midshipmen travel to Durham, N.C. for a Saturday boon game. Duke proves to have too much offense for Navy and prevails 35 to 7. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

David Cutcliff, Duke, A: Down 22-0 in the first half on the road, 99 percent of Duke teams over the last 25 years would have lost by at least 50 points.

Cutcliffe’s sixth Duke team responded with a 35-22 win Saturday at Virginia, improving the record to 5-2 and likely increasing his lead over Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher in the ACC coach of the year jockeying.

Duke rallies to stun Virginia, 35-22

And when you think back on it, the Blue Devils were only one more big play against Pitt and the record would be 6-1. Remarkable, just remarkable.

Previous grades: Two As, two Bs, one C, one D.

Larry Fedora, UNC, D: In Thursday’s 27-23 loss to Miami in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels were much improved on defense for most of the night and showed some offensive pop against an undefeated foe.

But at home with a fourth-quarter lead against an opponent that had lost four starters to injuries early in the game and then had thrown four interceptions, Carolina simply should not have lost even though the Hurricanes began the game as an 8-point favorite.

No. 10 Miami edges North Carolina 27-23

More than the Sept. 28 shellacking from ECU, the Miami game was the setback that really opened the possibility of a disastrous second season for Fedora and his staff.

Previous grades: One B, one C, three Ds.

Ruffin McNeill, ECU, A: Southern Miss is winless since Fedora left, but the series has meant enough to McNeill and the school that no one came close to mailing it in.

Carden, East Carolina blast Southern Miss 55-14

The loss at Tulane will be impossible to erase from the record, but give McNeill and his staff credit for not allowing one loss to beat you twice.

Previous grades: One A, three Bs, one C, One D.

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers, A: Sunday’s 30-15 win over St. Louis in Charlotte was easier than the score suggests, but temper flares and penalties made it look like a street brawl at times.

Newton, defense lead Panthers past Rams 30-15

Overlooked to some extent in the smack talking and helmet smacking is the fact that Rivera and his staff have come up with a top-line defense even though he’s had to rebuild the secondary on the fly.

Previous grades: Twos As, one C, one D, one F.

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  • DUKE4EVER Oct 22, 9:21 a.m.

    GO DUKE!

  • mac240 Oct 22, 8:04 a.m.

    Cut and Ruff...yes, Rivera?

  • Gunnstigator Oct 22, 6:52 a.m.

    Cut deserves an A++++ for is coaching in the UVA game. I would love to know what he said at the... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    The announcer said they stood over the ball because they are suppose to until UNC, the offense,... View More

    — Posted by KillswitchEngage

    I read that the moment the offense makes their final substitution, the defense gets 3 seconds... View More

    — Posted by 903 Oct 17th and 1 win

    I didn't know about that 3-second rule. I was yelling at Renner and Fedora through my TV to start the play - guess they didn't hear me:) Whatever the case, someone on the Carolina sideline should have been aware of the game clock. Can't blame the loss on that delay of game penalty, but the Heels lost their composure after that.

  • Gunnstigator Oct 22, 6:47 a.m.

    Cut deserves an A++++ for is coaching in the UVA game. I would love to know what he said at the... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    The announcer said they stood over the ball because they are suppose to until UNC, the offense,... View More

    — Posted by KillswitchEngage

    Thanks - I didn't know about that rule.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 22, 5:59 a.m.

    With the number of times Duke runs Connette up the middle on any down and short yards to go,... View More

    Defenses simply can't play the run in the wildcat formation with him. I liked how they became a fourth down team in the second half. This offense is fun to watch.

    GO DEVILS

  • 903 Oct 17th and 1 win Oct 21, 9:58 p.m.

    Kurt Roper should get some sort of honorable mention for the 4th and 1 call for a 47 yard... View More

    It deserves an A+...That play easily had the first down, plus the team ran it well enough to go... View More

    — Posted by DEVILS1

    With the number of times Duke runs Connette up the middle on any down and short yards to go, everyone in the world was faked out when he dropped back and passed it to Deaver. I've been waiting 3 years for that play to get called...

  • 903 Oct 17th and 1 win Oct 21, 9:56 p.m.

    Cut deserves an A++++ for is coaching in the UVA game. I would love to know what he said at the... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    The announcer said they stood over the ball because they are suppose to until UNC, the offense,... View More

    — Posted by KillswitchEngage

    I read that the moment the offense makes their final substitution, the defense gets 3 seconds after that point to counter with their subs. So the ref (whether right or wrong) thought the final UNC sub went in with around 3 seconds left on the play clock. And that's why he counted off until the play clock hit 0 for a delay of game...

  • KillswitchEngage Oct 21, 8:44 p.m.

    Cut deserves an A++++ for is coaching in the UVA game. I would love to know what he said at the... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    The announcer said they stood over the ball because they are suppose to until UNC, the offense, got their substitutes in position. UNC could not hike the ball with players running on and off the field.

  • DEVILS1 Oct 21, 7:07 p.m.

    Kurt Roper should get some sort of honorable mention for the 4th and 1 call for a 47 yard... View More

    It deserves an A+...That play easily had the first down, plus the team ran it well enough to go all the way with the down field blocking. Deaver was missed last season for sure.

    GO DEVILS!

  • thinkfirsttypelater Oct 21, 6:47 p.m.

    Kurt Roper should get some sort of honorable mention for the 4th and 1 call for a 47 yard Connette pass for a TD. =)

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