DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Maybe Duke isn't just a basketball school anymore.
The Blue Devils' once-sagging football program has made a name for itself — and not as a punch line — now that it is bowl eligible for the second straight season following its first road win over a Top 25 team since 1971.
So with no game this week, Duke (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is waiving the unwritten 24-hour rule.
Instead, it's savoring last week's upset at then-No. 16 Virginia Tech for a little while longer before focusing on the November stretch run.
Quarterback Anthony Boone said Tuesday that "people are realizing that we play football and not just basketball here."
Coach David Cutcliffe says this success has "got value because it's not been handed — it's been earned."
For many schools, simply winning six games and qualifying for one of the 35 bowls isn't that big of a deal.
But it is for Duke.
A program that reached two Rose Bowls and a Sugar Bowl in the 1930s and 40s, and was the launching pad for Steve Spurrier's coaching career in the late '80s, set a standard for football futility among power-conference programs by finishing with two or fewer wins nine times between 1996 and 2007. It went winless four times during that span before Cutcliffe arrived in 2008 and sparked the turnaround.
"A lot has gone into this, even if it's a day, to reap the benefits of all of that," Cutcliffe said. "It's not supposed to be easy."
The Blue Devils, who lost to Cincinnati in last year's Belk Bowl, have never played in bowls in consecutive seasons. Now they're all but a lock for one of the ACC's nine contracted postseason games.
Boone, who's unbeaten in six career starts, says the football players have been attracting attention on campus for all the right reasons, with fans and fellow students congratulating and thanking him "for really turning the program around.
"It's a great feeling to get recognition, but it's all part of a process," Boone said, "and we're not done with that process."