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Duke Faces Rice In Houston On September 8

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Blue Devils Face Rice In 2001 Road Opener: Duke travels to Houston, Texas to meet Rice in the Blue Devils' first road game of the 2001 season ... Duke stands at 0-1 after a 55-13 loss to sixth-ranked Florida State last week while Rice is 1-0 after defeating Houston, 21-14.

Duke vs. Rice: The Blue Devils and Owls have met four times on the gridiron, with Duke claiming victories in all four meetings ... Duke has posted wins in the series in Houston in 1957 (7-6) and 1965 (41-21) while winning at home in 1959 (24-7) and 1992 (17-12).

Eyeing The Schedule: Duke's 11 opponents posted a combined record of 70-58 last season, with six of those teams - Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Northwestern and Virginia playing in postseason bowl games ... So far in 2001, Duke's opponents are a combined 8-4 on the season.

Douglas Registers 304 All-Purpose Yards In Opener: With his 304 all-purpose yards in the season opener, sophomore tailback Chris Douglas recorded the second-highest single-game total in school history, falling just seven yards short of the school standard of 311 yards set by Randy Cuthbert versus Georgia Tech on October 28, 1989 ... The total also marks the 10th-highest single-game total in ACC history ... Against the Seminoles, Douglas totaled 31 rushing yards, 85 receiving yards and 188 kickoff return yards and leads the NCAA in all-purpose yards per game at 304.0 ... A year ago, Douglas led all NCAA freshmen with his all-purpose yards per game average of 131.1 ... Cuthbert's school-record total against the Yellow Jackets included 234 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards and 21 kickoff return yards ... The ACC single-game standard is 411 established by Wake Forest's John Leach against Maryland on November 20, 1993 while the NCAA record of 578 yards was set by Emmett White of Utah State versus New Mexico State on November 4, 2000.

Douglas Sets School Mark, Matches ACC Standard: Sophomore tailback Chris Douglas' eight kickoff returns versus Florida State established a new school single-game record while matching the league's mark ... Duke's previous standard of seven was held by Randy Jones (vs. Virginia on September 22, 1990) and Ed Hicklin (vs. Clemson on October 19, 1968) ... Douglas now shares the ACC mark with four other players.

Charting Douglas: With his eight kickoff returns for 188 yards in the season-opener versus Florida State, Chris Douglas has moved into a tie for ninth place on Duke's all-time chart for kickoff returns with 43 and into ninth place on the school's career list for kickoff return yards with 954.

Six Blue Devils Receive First Career Start: Against Florida State, six Duke players earned the first starting assignment of their respective careers - TB Chris Douglas, NG Jeff Lonergan, ILB Jim Scharrer, SS Terrell Smith, CB Kenneth Stanford and OG Rusty Wilson ... In addition, eight true freshmen (Scharrer, TB Jamin Pastore, ILB Giuseppe Aguanno, FS Alex Green, OLB Phillip Alexander, ILB Micah Harris, WR Lance Johnson and DE Orrin Thompson) played in the opener while nine redshirt freshmen (Stanford,OG Dan Mooney, QB Adam Smith, P Trey McDonald, WR Senterrio Landrum, FB Zach Novak, ILB Chad Rice, OLB Cory Broadnax and TE Calen Powell) saw first-time action.

Hamilton Returns Punt For TD Vs. Seminoles - Again: For the second straight year, Duke's Ronnie Hamilton returned a punt for a touchdown against Florida State ... In 2000, Hamilton raced 84 yards for a score in Tallahassee, and then scampered 68 yards for a touchdown last week in the season opener against the Seminoles ... For his career, Hamilton now has 38 punt returns for 338 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... He is one touchdown shy of the school career record of three held by Jay Wilkinson (1961-63).

Hamilton Moves To Fifth On Duke All-Time PBU List: Senior cornerback Ronnie Hamilton, with a pair of pass breakups in the Florida State game, has moved into fifth place on the all-time Blue Devil list for pass break-ups with 23 ... Wyatt Smith (1988-91) and Erwin Sampson (1988-91) share the career record at Duke with 32 PBUs each ... Hamilton, who paced the Blue Devils in PBUs in 1999 with 11 and 2000 with six, will look to become first player in Duke history to lead the team in PBUs in three consecutive seasons.


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