Sports | Football | Indy Week
Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Football

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Duke gets its biggest football victory since the FDR era

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke coach David Cutcliffe celebrates the win in Chapel Hill.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Duke plays its biggest football game in 72 seasons today. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? But the last time the Blue Devils played a game this important was that Rose Bowl in Durham following the 1941 season. With a win over traditional multiple arch-rival UNC today No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) will have its first 10-win season in school history, earning a spot in the ACC Championship game against No. 2 Florida State on Dec. 7 in Charlotte with a shot at the automatic berth in...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Duke plays its most important football game in Kenan since 1941 today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Time was when the annual season-ending battle between Duke and UNC was the biggest football game of the year in the Triangle. And this time, the “Battle of the Blues” for the coveted Victory Bell is back, although it has a little different twist.This time it’s the Tar Heels’ turn to play spoiler. No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) is having its best season since the ACC was formed, and the Blue Devils will play No. 2 Florida State for the conference championship Dec. 7 in Charlotte if they win today.File photo by Chris BairdDuke could finish turning the world...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, November 23, 2013

ECU gets an historic win while Wolfpack woes get even worse

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Photo by Chris BairdECU’s Damon Magazu lowers the boom on State’s Rashard Smith. The Pirates’ No. 53 is Jeremy Grove.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It has been a tale of two seasons for North Carolina’s two Easternmost FBS football teams. For East Carolina (8-2) it has all been a pretty good dream. The Pirates already have a 55-31 rout at UNC under their belts, and look for the UNC-N.C. State sweep for the first time in school history. But for N.C. State (3-7) it’s about ending a bad season on a good note. In Dave Doeren’s first season at the helm the Wolfpack...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Solid special teams lead Eagles past Norfolk State

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Photo by Chris BairdAdrian Wilkins looks for running room as Zachary Giles (61) throws a block.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM N.C. Central hasn’t had the kind of football season it would have dreamed about, but the Eagles have a little chance to have it end on a very high note. That would have to start today, when NCCU (4-6, 2-4 MEAC) hosts Norfolk State (3-7, 3-3) in the home finale on a warm, sunny Senior Day. Win today and then upset uber arch-rival North Carolina on the road next week, and it’s a pretty good finish for interim coach Dwayne Foster. NCCU gets...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Duke faces massive test today, others hope to tread water

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke looks for a mild upset today that could help boost the Blue Devils into the Orange Bowl.We’re getting toward the end of the regular season in college football, and in the Triangle it’s a little like the world has been turned upside down. Over the past generation it has been common to see UNC and N.C. State zeroing in on bowl eligibility early and N.C. Central chasing a conference title and playoff berths while Duke is locking up yet another losing season. Not this time. Duke is the only team of the four that has...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Freshman Edwards scores three return TDs as Blue Devils rip State

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDeVon Edwards breaks loose on his 100-yard TD return for the Blue Devils.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM The only thing that stopped Duke and N.C. State from playing their annual football game from 1924-2003 was a 1944 interruption during World War II. But with the expansion of the ACC to now 14 football teams, meetings between the Durham and Raleigh schools have become few and far between. The series will resume after a three-year hiatus on a cool, cloudy day in front of a mostly full house, and the two teams have been headed in opposite directions. Today, Duke...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Duke, State will have a now-rare football meeting today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Indy file photo by Rob RoweACC expansion has kept the Blue Devils and Wolfpack from squaring off every season.Because of the quirky scheduling in what is now a 14-football-team ACC, the schools from Raleigh and Durham have not met on the gridiron in over four years. That silliness ends today. Duke (6-2, 2-2 ACC) which still has a shot at its best season since the ACC was formed, will host N.C. State (3-5, 0-5) today at 4 at Wallace Wade Stadium in a game to be shown on ESPNU. The matchup is one of two ACC games to be played...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tar Heels survive often-sloppy battle with Wolfpack

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC's Quinshad Davis runs in the open field after a catch.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s the most-watched college football game of the year in North Carolina, and both teams are desperate to win it — not just for bragging rights, but to keep their long-shot bowl hopes from becoming even more improbable. N.C. State (3-4, 0-4 ACC) is looking for its first ACC win under first-year coach Dave Doeren, and in fact its first win of any kind since September. UNC (2-5, 1-3) has just snapped a four-game losing streak with a 34-10 win over Boston College seven days...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

UNC, State facing must-win showdown; Eagles are big underdogs

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM

File photo by Chris BairdEven if neither team is having a good year, when the Wolfpack and Tar Heels play emotions run very, very high.Both teams’ backs are definitely against the wall. And that’s rarely the case when North Carolina’s most anticipated college football game of the year kicks off. But when UNC (2-5, 1-3 ACC) visits N.C. State (3-4, 0-4) today at 12:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium in a game to be shown on WRAL, it’s even more of a must-win game than usual on both sides. The last time both teams came into this one with losing records...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, October 26, 2013

UNC, NCCU really need wins; Duke and State face road toughies

Posted By on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 at 2:03 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC's T.J. Thorpe runs in the open field against Miami.Talk about a “must-win” game. That’s going to be the situation for UNC this afternoon, when the Tar Heels (1-5, 0-3 ACC) host Boston College (3-3, 1-2) at 3:30 p.m. at Kenan Stadium (Fox Sports Carolinas). If UNC is the victim of an upset, the Tar Heels will have to win all five remaining games to get a sixth win and the bowl trip they missed out on last year because of the NCAA probation. All six remaining games are winnable, but if the Tar Heels are...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, October 18, 2013

Miami comeback drops reeling Tar Heels to 1-5 at midseason

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Photo by Chris Baird Miami’s Dallas Crawford takes the handoff from Stephen Morris. KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL — UNC gets its chance to shine on national TV tonight. And the Tar Heels have a chance to get a big-time upset and turn their season around. UNC (1-4, 0-2 ACC) will take on surprising No. 10 Miami (5-0, 1-0) in an ESPN game that over the summer was supposed to have a lot to say about who won the ACC’s Coastal Division title. The Tar Heels are 9½-point underdogs, but they won 18-14 on the road last year. UNC is billing...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tar Heels need to Win One Soon; NCCU, Duke in pivotal games again

Posted By on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:50 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC TE Jack Tabb finds running room against Middle Tennessee.Most of the Triangle’s Division I football teams still have seasons that could take off in either direction. But for UNC, the time to start winning is now. Urgently. Now.The Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2 ACC) are going to have to win at least five of their last seven games to qualify for a bowl game, and it won’t be an easy task. That stretch run begins tonight at 7:45 at Kenan Stadium, when they host surprisingly good No. 10 Miami (5-0, 1-0) in an opportunity for a...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday night game turns out to be bad news for NCCU

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Photo by Chris BairdAdrian Wilkins carries the ball while Tevin Richard (32) makes the tackle for the Bulldogs.O’KELLY-RIDDICK STADIUM/DURHAM Thursday night college football comes to the Bull City tonight.Visiting N.C. Central is South Carolina State, an old rival from the MEAC that’s now a new rival from the MEAC. SCSU is on a pretty good roll, winning four straight since a loss at Clemson. The Eagles won 40-10 last year in Indianapolis to end a seven-game losing streak in the series. But this one is all Bulldogs, period. SCSU dominates the game from start to finish, ruining NCCU’s appearance on...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Eagles, Blue Devils, Wolfpack all looking for momentum

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 3:01 AM

File photo by Chris BairdNCCU and Duke will both look to improve on 3-2 records this week.A 3-2 record always presents some interesting possibilities for a college football team. The next game will determine whether or not a squad will have a winning record at the halfway point. And that’s the situation this weekend for the three of the Triangle’s four Division I college football teams who are taking the field in home games. The answers start coming tonight at 7:45, when N.C. Central (3-2, 1-0 MEAC) hosts S.C. State (4-2, 2-0) at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium in a game to be...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, October 4, 2013

Triangle football teams hit the road for Week 6 challenges

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

File photo by Dean Strickland O.D.State’s Tony Creecy (26) follows blocking from teammate Marquez Valdes-Scantling during the Richmond game.All three UNC system schools in the Triangle have road football games Saturday, and they’re all big ones for different reasons. N.C. State (3-1, 0-1 ACC) and N.C. Central (2-2) both play their conference road openers as mild favorites, while UNC (1-3, 0-1) is an underdog in a game it desperately needs to win. Duke (3-2, 0-2 ACC) got the ship righted on Saturday against Troy, and gets a week off before facing a must-win home game against Navy. The Tar Heels...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Long day for reeling Tar Heels as ECU wins big at Kenan

Posted By on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Photo by Chris BairdECU's Shane Carden prepares to hand off to Vintavious Cooper as Adhem Elsawi blocks.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC comes into its second home game this season against a Conference USA opponent, and the Tar Heels are badly in need of a win. These visitors are in no mood to let them get one. East Carolina (2-1) comes in for the sun-splashed in-state rivalry game, in a series which has been contested every once in a while since 1972. This is the seventh meeting since 1981. The Tar Heels (1-2), who lead the series 11-2-1 (the 2009 UNC win...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, September 27, 2013

Heels, Devils, Pack all favored on must-win Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

File photo by Chris BairdUNC QB Bryn Renner looks for an opening in the Middle Tennessee State game. It seems like every week is a pivotal one in college football, and this Saturday in the Triangle is certainly no exception. All three local ACC teams have home games — N.C. Central is idle until next week’s MEAC opener at Howard — and all three are favored in non-conference action. And it is fair to call all three of them “must” wins. The show starts at 12:30 p.m., where the most interesting matchup has UNC (1-2) hosting East Carolina (2-1) at...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Duke loses a track meet in Pitt's first ACC game in Triangle

Posted By on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Photo by Chris BairdJamison Crowder blows past Pitt’s Bryan Murphy.WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke plays one of its most important football games of the year today. And regardless of the outcome on a very cloudy day, the opponent is making a little history in Durham for the second time. Pittsburgh (1-1, 0-1 ACC), which last played the Blue Devils in 1976, is making its first football visit to the Triangle as a member of the ACC. Duke is 2-1 and 0-1. And it was the Panthers who served as the opponents for the very first game at then-Duke Outdoor Stadium, winning...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wolfpack puts up a fight, but Clemson is just too good

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Photo courtesy NCSU athletics/Jack TarrState's Zach Gentry (49) and Brandon Pittman (39) lower the boom on the Tigers' Roderick McDowell.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH N.C. State gets its first national exposure tonight since Dave Doeren took over as head coach before the season. The opponent is No. 3 Clemson, the favorite in the ACC and of course one of a handful of teams thought to have a chance to play for the national championship. ESPN is in the house for the teams' ACC opener, which is the annual Textile Bowl. Doeren, who was head coach at Northern Illinois for two seasons before becoming...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Triangle football squads a quartet of underdogs this week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

File photo by Dean Strickland O.D.State QB Pete Thomas looks for a receiver as Rob Crisp blocks.Just call it “Opportunity Week.” Two weeks ago all four Division I college football teams in the Triangle were favored to win on the same day, and thanks to a last-second field goal and some overtime heroics, all four of them did. Well, this time the scenario is exactly the opposite. The oddsmakers and experts are expecting everyone to lose, some in very convincing fashion. Three of the games are at home with one on the road. The show starts tonight at Carter-Finley Stadium,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hillside grad Lee spoils Duke's day as Yellow Jackets roll

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Duke’s Kenny Anunike (84) and David Helton (47) make a rare stop on Georgia Tech's Vad Lee, who threw four TD passes and ran for one. WALLACE WADE STADIUM/DURHAM Duke gets a really big opportunity today, on a sun-splashed afternoon but in front of a half-full house. The 2-0 Blue Devils will square off with 1-0 Georgia Tech, which last lost to Duke in 2003 here when current Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof was the Duke head coach. Get a win today, and Duke will be favored for a 7-0 start. Seriously. Duke will go with...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, September 13, 2013

Both Durham teams face tough gridiron tests Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

File photo by Chris BairdBoth Duke and N.C. Central face pivotal games this weekend.Two of the four Triangle’s Division I football teams have the weekend off, but Saturday will be a big day for both teams from Durham. Duke (2-0) will take on decade-long nemesis Georgia Tech (1-0) at Wallace Wade Stadium at 3:30 p.m. in the ACC opener for both teams.And N.C. Central (1-1) will face a tough road challenge when the Eagles travel to face the brand-new program at UNC Charlotte (2-0) at noon. N.C. State (2-0) is idle until its Thursday night home game with Clemson, while...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sade's foot helps State squish Spiders in closing seconds

Posted By on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Photo by Dean Strickland O.D.Matt Dayes goes over Richmond defensive back Wayne Pettus for the score.CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It’s Week 2 of the Dave Doeren era for N.C. State, which plays a guarantee game against a long-ago once-in-a-while rival from the Southern Conference. It’s the first meeting in nine years with Richmond (1-0) of the Colonial Athletic Association, currently the No. 12 team in the FCS rankings. The Spiders’ only win in the series was in 1970 at Richmond City Stadium (And oddly enough, I was there). Pete Thomas, who was on the second line of the depth chart until Brandon...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Renner, UNC blow past mistake-prone Blue Raiders

Posted By on Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC wide receiver Mark McNeill gives a stiff arm to the Blue Raiders’ Kenneth Gilstrap.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL UNC plays its home opener on one of those sun-splashed, perfect days for, well, anything. The visitor is Middle Tennessee State of Conference USA, which is 1-0 after its 45-24 season-opening romp over Western Carolina. UNC, which is aiming for a bowl bid and wants to make a run at the ACC Championship Game after last year’s 8-4 season under NCAA probation, is looking to bounce back from its 27-10 season-opening loss at then-No. 6 South Carolina nine nights ago....

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, September 6, 2013

Everyone's a favorite on Saturday's Triangle college gridiron slate

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 2:55 AM

File photo by Chris BairdWith the Bull City Gridiron Classic in the rear-view mirror, Duke and NCCU face new challenges on Saturday.It’s a rare Saturday when all four Division I football teams in the Triangle are favored to win on the same day. But that’s going to be the case tomorrow. UNC, N.C. Central and N.C. State are all playing home games in which they will write guarantee checks to lesser opponents. Only Duke, which will travel to Memphis for what should be a fairer fight, seems to be facing a bit of a heavy lift. The slate opens at...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Calendar



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

wwe is too violate, if some can fix it that will be okay.

by heartnecklace on Should North Carolina State try to suplex the WWE? (Sports)

I find myself not caring about any of this. Amazing how such a "strong, proud, powerful people" could lose the …

by 10yearwalk on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Gaffe-r is right...he f8cks up all the time. "A lot of success over the last 3 years"....less smoke blows out …

by DonGarbageBlows on Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks (Sports)

Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation