Duke’s first-year coach Mike Elko has racked up three straight wins to the start of the year, including a 31-23 win on the road at Northwestern. Last season, the Blue Devils finished 3-9, and one of those wins was coming over Kansas at Durham.
But after overcoming two tough opponents on the road, Kansas returns to Lawrence to host Duke in what is is expected To be one of the Jayhawks’ most present home games in recent memory. The combination of fan interest and pre-existing basketball competition makes this game special, Kansas midfielder Craig Young said Wednesday.
“It means a lot,” Young said. “This starts the fight in front of the hardwood.
“I feel like winning this game is a big deal for our basketball team when they face them (November 15). This game pumps up the basketball season, but it is also a winnable game for our program. Playing these guys on the football field is very exciting. Protecting the brand to win against Duke, that must be good.”
Consistent with North Carolina A&T, the Blue Devils had a little more room to breathe. Duke managed 420 yards of total attack against the Aggies. There is some real stability up front, Kansas midfielder Taiwan Perehill said on Wednesday.
“I feel like there are a lot of similarities with the offensive line,” Berrihill said. “They are old men who want to come here to finish the job.”
Duke leads the ACC with just six recoveries and 10 penalties, a step up from last year under the tighter Elko. Starter Riley Leonard (48-66, 723, 5 TD, 2 INT) is also part of the early success and has the ability to move to unlock his attack when needed.
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“They are a very disciplined team on both sides of the ball,” Young said. “We just have to stay, play on our switches, start with the game plan. It’s a new week, it’s a new game. We’re just trying to be 1-0 again. I feel like the intensity is getting stronger every week.”