2015 Duke Blue Devils football team

The 2015 Duke Blue Devils football team represented Duke University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by head coach David Cutcliffe, in his eighth year, and played its home games at the newly renovated Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. Duke competed as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the Coastal Division. They finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Pinstripe Bowl where they defeated Indiana.

2015 Duke Blue Devils football
Duke Athletics logo.svg
Pinstripe Bowl champion
Pinstripe Bowl, W 44–41 OT vs. Indiana
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
2015 record8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coachDavid Cutcliffe (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorScottie Montgomery (3rd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJim Knowles (6th season)
Base defense4–2–5
Home stadiumWallace Wade Stadium
(Capacity: 33,941)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 39:30 p.m.at Tulane*CBSSNW 37–725,470
September 126:00 p.m.North Carolina Central*ESPN3W 55–033,941
September 1912:30 p.m.No. 23 Northwestern*
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Durham, NC
ACCNL 10–1924,127
September 2612:00 p.m.No. 20 Georgia Tech
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Durham, NC
ESPN2W 34–2020,101
October 33:30 p.m.Boston College 
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Durham, NC
ACCRSNW 9–720,009
October 1012:00 p.m.at Army*CBSSNW 44–339,712
October 243:30 p.m.at Virginia TechNo. 23ESPNUW 45–43 4OT63,257
October 317:00 p.m.Miami (FL)No. 22
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Durham, NC
ESPNUL 27–3030,143
November 712:00 p.m.at No. 21 North CarolinaESPN2L 31–6660,500
November 1412:00 p.m.Pittsburgh
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Durham, NC
ESPNewsL 13–3130,241
November 213:30 p.m.at VirginiaESPN3L 34–4235,178
November 2812:30 p.m.at Wake ForestACCNW 27–2126,435
December 263:30 p.m.vs. Indiana*ABCW 44–41 OT37,218
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[1]

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2015 Duke Blue Devils football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 1 Thomas Sirk   Jr
WR 3 T. J. Rahming Fr
WR 10 Ryan Smith Jr
QB 17 Daniel Jones Fr
C 62 Matt Skura   Sr
OG 67 Lucas Patrick   Sr
OG 79 Tanner Stone   Jr
TE 80 David Reeves   Sr
TE 81 Davis Koppenhaver So
WR 82 Chris Taylor   Fr
WR 83 Anthony Nash   Jr
TE 85 Dan Beilinson   Jr
WR 87 Max McCaffrey Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 20 Jake Kite   So
LB 24 Zavier Carmichael So
S 26 Corbin McCarthy   Jr
DT 93 A. J. Wolf   Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 57 Thomas Hennessy   Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Duke
Alma Mater
David Cutcliffe Head Coach 8th Alabama (1976)
Scottie Montgomery Offensive Coordinator/The Baxter Family Associate Head Coach/Quarterbacks 3rd Duke (1999)
John Latina Offensive Line/Assistant Head Coach/Running Game Coordinator 4th Virginia Tech (1981)
Jim Knowles Defensive Coordinator 5th Cornell (1987)
Jim Collins Defensive Ends 8th Elon (1974)
Matt Guerrieri Safeties 4th Davidson College (2011)
Zac Roper Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 8th Ole Miss (2001)
Derek Jones Assistant Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs 8th Ole Miss (1996)
Re'quan Boyette Running Backs 4th Duke (2009)
Marcus Johnson Offensive Quality Control 5th Ole Miss (2004)
Patrick O'Connor Defensive Quality Control 4th Dickinson College (2010)
Josh Grizzard Offensive Graduate Assistant 3rd Yale University (2012)
Eli Keimach Offensive Graduate Assistant 2nd Massachusetts (2014)
Clayton McGrath Defensive Tackles/Graduate Assistant 3rd Brown University (2011)
Sam McGrath Defensive Graduate Assistant 1st Brown University (2012)
Reference:[2]

Game summariesEdit

at TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 3 10 3 21 37
Green Wave 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2014 DUKE, 47–13

North Carolina CentralEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Blue Devils 7 17 17 14 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2013 DUKE, 45–0

No. 23 NorthwesternEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Wildcats 0 3 9 7 19
Blue Devils 7 0 0 3 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–8 2008 NW, 24–20

No. 20 Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 20 Yellow Jackets 3 7 3 7 20
Blue Devils 19 0 7 8 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–50–1 2014 DUKE, 31–25

Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 7 0 7
Blue Devils 3 6 0 0 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2011 DUKE, 20–19

at ArmyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 10 17 3 14 44
Black Knights 0 0 3 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–10 2010 ARMY, 35–21

at Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT4OT Total
No. 23 Blue Devils 14 0 7 33738 45
Hokies 7 3 6 83736 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–14 2014 VT, 17–16

Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hurricanes 0 14 0 16 30
No. 22 Blue Devils 0 3 9 15 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–10 2014 MIAMI, 22–10

at No. 21 North CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 3 7 14 7 31
No. 21 Tar Heels 21 17 21 7 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–59–5 2014 UNC, 45–20

PittsburghEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 3 14 7 31
Blue Devils 7 3 3 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–10 2014 DUKE, 51–48

at VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 6 7 14 34
Cavaliers 21 7 14 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
33–33 2014 DUKE, 20–13

at Wake ForestEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Devils 7 10 7 3 27
Demon Deacons 7 0 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
56–37–2 2014 DUKE, 41–21

vs. Indiana (Pinstripe Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Hoosiers 0 17 14 100 41
Blue Devils 10 7 10 143 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 1984 DUKE, 31–24

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR RV NR RV RV 25 23 22 RV NR NR NR NR NR RV 
Coaches RV RV RV NR RV RV 24 21 18 RV NR NR NR NR NR RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Duke Blue Devils Football Schedule". Duke University Department of Athletics. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Football – 2015 Coaches". Duke University Department of Athletics. Retrieved February 24, 2015.