Play Notes: Northwestern – Duke University



DURHAM – Duke hosts Northwestern on Saturday afternoon for their second straight home game at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on the ACC network (ACCN)

The historic series between these two schools is tied at 10-10. During the teams’ last meeting on September 8, 2018, the quarterback Daniel Jones threw three touchdowns and completed 16 of 22 passes for 192 yards to help the Blue Devils defeat the Wildcats, 21-7.

Saturday’s ACCN show will feature Wes Durham, Roddy Jones and Lericia Harris on the call. The game can also be streamed on LEARFIELD’s Blue Devil Sports Network via the Varsity app or

Duke (1-1, 0-0 ACC) v Northwestern (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Saturday September 18, 2021 • 4:00 p.m.
Durham, North Carolina • Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium

RADIO • Blue Devils Sports Network of LEARFIELD
PLAY NOTES • Notes from Duke (PDF) • Notes from the Northwest


After two games, the senior running back Mateo Durant sits atop the league charts in many categories. Most notably, he’s first in rushing yards (296), goals (36), total touchdowns (six), rushing touchdowns (six) and general purpose yards per game (179.00). Durant continues to climb the rankings for the Blue Devils. His 41 yards against the Aggies propelled him to 18th place with 1,617 career yards and is currently 159 yards from breaking into the top 15. Saturday’s contest marks the head coach David Cutcliffe165th game at the helm of the Blue Devils.

Junior Linebacker Redshirt Shaka Heyward recorded 16 tackles, a career and game high, against North Carolina A&T in Duke’s last outing. The Dacula, Ga. Native now has six career double-digit tackling games.

Since the start of the 2017 season, Duke is 9-1 when he scored a touchdown on his first down.

Senior Mateo Durant rushed for 296 yards on 44 attempts with six touchdowns in Duke’s first two games. These six scores are the highest by a single player in the first two games of a season in program history. The Plum Branch, SC native currently leads the nation with six rushing touchdowns, while being sixth in rushing yards, sixth in rushing yards per game (148.00) and 29th in rushing yards (6 , 73). His 36 total points also place him second in the country behind Boise State kicker Jonah Dalmas (42).

Senior wide receiver Jake bobo has become Duke’s primary target for disk expansion. The North Andover, Massachusetts native made 32 captures in 2020, including 22 for a first try. Of the other 10, one went for a touchdown, leaving just nine receptions that didn’t result in a first down or a score. Ironically, six of those nine were receptions for nine yards.

Bobo continued this trend in Duke’s first two games. Eight of his 16 receptions earned him a first try.

Of its 16 receptions over the year:
** Eight deserved a first try
** Three walked nine meters
** Four traveled eight yards or less
** One went for 11 but missed a first try due to a false start in the previous game

In his first season as a starter, Shaka Heyward finished the 2020 campaign with the team’s top 80 tackles. He comes back as one of the top six tackles in the ACC before this season. In Duke’s last outing, Heyward recorded a career-high 16 tackles, the most by a Blue Devil since Joe giles-harris recorded 16 against North Carolina in 2016. The Dacula, Ga. native has now recorded double-digit tackles six times and has 18 games with more than 5 tackles.

Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremiah Lewis led the team in SEBs last year with 10. Two games in 2021, teammate Lummie Young IV leads the ACC with four. Graduate student Josh blackwell leads the team with 15 career PBUs, while Leonard Johnson and Lewis follow closely behind with 13 and 11 PBUs, respectively.

Duke is the only ACC school with four players listed in the conference’s top 25 for tackles of the year. Junior Linebacker Redshirt Shaka Heyward is third on the list with 20, while redshirt senior safety Lummie Young IV tied for seventh (18) second-year linebacker Dorian Mausi is tied for 16th (14) and junior safety Alexandre jalen is tied for 19th (13).

Since 2018, Duke has converted on four of his five side kick opportunities. The Blue Devils landed a side kick in the second quarter against North Carolina A&T for their first since October 19, 2019 in Virginia (fourth quarter).



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