Duke to play in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Posted December 8, 2013
Updated December 9, 2013

Duke University will play in consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history by meeting Texas A&M University in the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday, December 31 in Atlanta, Ga. 

Kickoff at the Georgia Dome is set for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally live on ESPN.

Gary Stokan, executive director of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, extended the invitation to the Blue Devils on Sunday. The meeting between the 22nd-ranked Blue Devils (10-3) and 20th-ranked Aggies (8-4) will mark the first on the gridiron between the two schools.

Blue Devil fans are encouraged to purchase tickets from the Duke allotment on GoDuke.com.

“We’re obviously thrilled to be selected to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which continues to have a great partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, and to have the opportunity to play against a terrific Texas A&M squad,” said Cutcliffe. “The Chick-fil-A Bowl has long been considered one of the top-tier and most prestigious bowls across the college football landscape and Atlanta is without a doubt one of the college football’s premier cities. I’m extremely excited for our seniors, who will finish their careers as the first group in Duke history to play in back-to-back bowl games. As I’ve said before, we’ve had the finest leadership from our players in my 33 seasons of coaching at the collegiate level. After our exam schedule this week, we look forward to getting back to the practice field in preparation for what I anticipate to be a great game on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta.”

Cutcliffe twice coached previously in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, then known as the Peach Bowl, as an assistant with the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers dropped a 28-22 decision to Iowa in 1982 and earned a 27-22 victory over Indiana in 1988. Cutcliffe, who is 4-2 all-time as a head coach in bowl games, will participate in the 24th bowl game of his coaching career.

Offensively, the Blue Devils are led by All-ACC wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who has already established school single-season records for pass receptions (96) and receiving yardage (1,197) while totaling 10 touchdowns. The Monroe, N.C., native leads the ACC and ranks 13th nationally in receptions per game (7.4). Overall, Duke averages 31.6 points and 408.1 yards per game and is the first squad in school history to amass 20-plus rushing touchdowns and 20-plus passing touchdowns in a season.

On defense, three first team All-ACC picks – linebacker Kelby Brown, safety Jeremy Cash and cornerback Ross Cockrell – highlight a unit that has allowed just 44 fourth-quarter points through 13 games this year. Brown has posted 106 tackles including 9.5 tackles for loss while Cash has compiled 117 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions. A two-time first team all-conference selection and two-year team captain, Cockrell is the school’s all-time leader in total passes defended with 53 on 12 interceptions and 41 pass breakups.

With an all-time record of 3-6, Duke will make its 10th bowl game appearance. The Blue Devils also have appeared in the Rose Bowl (1938 & 1941 seasons), Sugar Bowl (1944), Orange Bowl (1954 & 1957), Cotton Bowl (1960), All American Bowl (1989) and Belk Bowl (2012).


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  • 903 Hook em banned Dec 9, 2013

    Clemson's #2, they're going to a BCS bowl...

  • mikeyfan5600 Dec 9, 2013

    The number 2 team in the ACC gets the number 5 team in the SEC, that should say it all right there.

  • 903 Hook em banned Dec 9, 2013

    I credit some of Boone's off night to FSU's defense though. Alot of those short passes Duke normally makes would result in some crushed RBs and receivers the way FSU tackles and so I can see why Boone might have hesistated to take some of those open passes.

    The interception he threw into 3 FSU defenders was attrocious though.

  • rfred16 Dec 9, 2013

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    Boone certainly had an off night...When Cut is chewing into him on the sidelines, like he had to do against Miami and N.C. State, you know Boone's not mentally in the game...He had open receivers 5 and 10 yards down the field on many short third down plays against FSU, and he kept trying to force passes downfield to Crowder, who was double covered.....Cut addressed this after the game when he said we didn't do a good job of taking what was available to us.....Boone needs to be more consistent...

  • 903 Hook em banned Dec 9, 2013

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    Classes ended on Friday so there's a good chance many of the players' finals were completed before the end of last week since alot of professors like to knock finals out early.

  • abcersimback Dec 9, 2013

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    evidently boone was through with exams bfore the fsu game.

  • rvm Dec 9, 2013

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    that's actually a good point, even if it was in humor

  • 903 Hook em banned Dec 9, 2013

    You all are forgetting the biggest factor in all of this situation. Johnny Manziel is done with football and finals for about 3 weeks leading up to the game. There's a good chance he won't be in any kind of game shape by the time new year's eve comes around. He's got about 20 nights of partying to do in the next 3 weeks. (Johnny makes PJ Hairston look like a choir boy...)

  • innocent bystander 3 Dec 9, 2013

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    They have a chance only if they can rattle Manziel. LSU and Mizzou finally figured out how to do that in the last two games of the regular season, so I'm sure Duke will be wearing out those game films!

  • rvm Dec 9, 2013

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    duke finishing last was "truthful" at the beginning of the year also. Know what is 100% fact? unc lost to them, and no matter what history or statistic you bring up, that's the team you lost to, and as of this year, you are worse. that's the way it is




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