Monday, October 8, 2012

Duke’s Vernon Sets ACC Reception Record

(Bernard Thomas/Herald-Sun/AP Photo)
Duke’s Conner Vernon caught two touchdown passes and set the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career receptions as back-up QB Anthony Boone threw four TD passes in his first start, helping Duke crush Virginia 42-17 on Saturday.

With his seven catches for 93 yards on the afternoon, Vernon now has 239 receptions in his career. Vernon surpassed Clemson’s Aaron Kelly as the ACC’s all-time leader in career receptions when he made a catch for minus-2 yards in the first quarter. The senior also hauled in a 37-yard touchdown on the Blue Devils’ second drive, and his 45-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter put Duke up 18 points.

Duke starting quarterback Sean Renfree missed the game with an injured right elbow, and Boone threw for 212 yards without an interception in relief.

The victory gave Duke (5-1, 2-0) its best start to the season since the 1994 team won its first seven games.

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