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Franks Wants Real Victories, Not Moral Ones

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DURHAM — Moral victories mean little to Duke coachCarl Franks at this point. He wants the real thing.

Duke had its chances to beat Rice on Saturday, but had enoughmistakes to lose 15-13 to the Owls. The loss extended the BlueDevils' losing streak - the longest in the nation - to 14 games.

"Certainly we had a disappointed team after the last game, anddisappointed coaching staff," Franks said Monday at his weeklynews conference.

Duke held Rice to 270 yards - the lowest total by Duke's defensein nearly two years - but had three turnovers and a missed extrapoint. It was an improvement over a 55-13 loss to Florida State inthe season opener, but Franks knows his team will have play betterto beat 2-0 Clemson this week.

"We felt we had a chance to win that game. We made a lot ofmistakes of our own doing," Franks said "We can look back at allthose mistakes and see we still had a chance to win. That gives ourteam an indication of how well we can play if we just eliminate themistakes - even part of the mistakes."

The Blue Devils may have to do a little shuffling againstClemson due to a shoulder sprain by backup tailback Alex Wade. Heis expected to see limited playing time, but Franks mentionedhaving receiver Kyle Moore return kickoffs to keep startingtailback Chris Douglas fresh.

"We don't need another injury at tailback," Franks said. "Weneed him (Douglas) back there. We need the ball in his hands."