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Franks Wants Real Victories, Not Moral Ones

Posted September 11, 2001 6:06 a.m. EDT

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

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

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

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

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

The Blue Devils may have to do a little shuffling against Clemson due to a shoulder sprain by backup tailback Alex Wade. He is expected to see limited playing time, but Franks mentioned having receiver Kyle Moore return kickoffs to keep starting tailback Chris Douglas fresh.

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