Here are today’s stories on Duke football:

> Herald-Sun: “Devils look to build on great half vs. Canes

Ted Roof has experienced better days as Duke’s head coach than Saturday’s near-upset of Miami — a blowout victory over alma mater Georgia Tech, a convincing win at heated rival North Carolina and a last-second victory over Clemson among them.

But Roof said Tuesday that he’s never had a better half-day than he did in the second half of Saturday’s 20-15 loss.

“That was the best half of football since I’ve been the head coach here,” said Roof.

> Duke Chronicle: “Despite improvement, players remain unsatisfied.

This Saturday, the Blue Devils take on Vanderbilt, which upset then-No. 16 Georgia in Athens, Ga. Oct. 14, but followed that win with a disappointing 31-13 home loss to South Carolina Saturday. The Commodores are 3-5 on the year.

“They’re a good football team that we’re going to have to play a complete football game against in order to put ourselves in a position to have a chance to win,” Roof said.

Although the Miami loss could be seen as a step forward, moral victories do not move teams up higher in the standings-where the Blue Devils sit in last place in the ACC.

“We’ve made big strides in the last couple of weeks,” linebacker Michael Tauiliili said. “But in no way, shape or form am I satisfied, and nobody on the team is satisfied with what we did. Staying close with Miami is not good enough. We won’t be satisfied until we start getting wins.”

> Vanderbilt student newspaper: “Dores’ character to be tested against Blue Devils.

The upcoming game against Duke serves as a serious test of focus for the Commodore football team. After coming out flat against South Carolina, Coach Johnson knows that preparation is more important than ever for the team to rebound against the Blue Devils.

“We all need to get better. We need to concentrate on doing the kinds of things that you need to do to win ballgames. We are back to work and trying to prepare for Duke.”

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