Devils Fall To Miami 28-13

DURHAM, N.C. - The Blue Devils earned an early 3-0 lead, but costly turnovers gave the Hurricanes the advantage as Miami topped Duke 28-13 in conference action Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Duke (1-5, 0-3 ACC) accumulated 292 yards on offense, but committed seven turnovers on the day while Miami (4-2, 2-1 ACC) amassed 448 yards of offense. Duke freshman quarterback Brandon Connette registered a one-yard touchdown run, his third of the season, while kicker Will Synderwine connected on field goals from 25 and 43 yards to account for the Blue Devils' point production. In addition, running back Jay Hollingsworth turned in a career-high 69 yards rushing to lead the Duke ground attack.

For the Hurricanes, quarterback Jacory Harris threw for 224 yards and a touchdown as running back Damien Berry gained 111 yards on 25 attempts to pace the Miami offense.

On the opening kickoff, Duke's Matt Pridemore forced a Miami fumble which Jordon Byas recovered to set the Blue Devils up at the Miami 8-yard line. Three plays later, Snyderwine connected on a 25-yard field goal attempt to put the Blue Devils up 3-0 less than a minute into the first quarter.

Duke retained the 3-0 lead throughout the first period, holding its opponent scoreless in the opening stanza for the second consecutive contest. However neither team was able to gain ground on offense as the two squads combined for five punts in the quarter.

The Miami offense got on the board early in the second period as Harris found wide receiver Leonard Hankerson for a 14-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the quarter.

The Duke offense struggled to sustain drives in the second frame as the Blue Devils committed four turnovers in the period. A Duke fumble put the Hurricanes at the Blue Devil 46-yard line, and Miami would capitalize on the opportunity. Harris again found Hankerson, this time for a 33-yard gain which brought Miami to the Duke 13. Harris scrambled to the end zone on the following play to extend Miami's lead to 14-3 heading into the intermission.

Trailing by 11, Duke received the kickoff to start the second half and looked to cut into the Hurricanes' advantage, but Miami lineman Micanor Regis picked off quarterback Sean Renfree's pass at the Duke 22 and returned the interception for a touchdown to give Miami a 21-3 lead to start the half.

The Blue Devils would respond with a 12-play, 75-yard drive on their next possession, resulting in a one-yard touchdown run from Connette. Duke's Hollingsworth was instrumental in the drive, covering 49 yards on seven carries to put the Blue Devils in position for the touchdown.

On its following possession, Miami put together a 10-play, 78-yard drive, capped by Berry's one-yard touchdown run, to regain the 18-point lead.

After Miami failed to convert on fourth down, Duke took over at its own 30-yard line and proceeded to move into Hurricane territory with a 45-yard drive. Snyderwine hit a field goal from 43 yards out to pull the score to 28-13 late in the fourth quarter. With the two field goals, Synderwine has converted his last nine attempts and has hit 11-of-12 field goals for the season.

Duke's Conner Vernon recovered the ensuing onside kick as the Blue Devils took over on their own 47, but Miami recovered a Duke fumble to end the threat.

Duke safety Matt Daniels and linebacker Abraham Kromah paced the defense with 12 tackles each. For Daniels, today's game marked his second career contest with 10 or more tackles. His other double digit tackle performance came against Miami last year when he posted 13 stops.

The Duke defense also recorded four fourth downs stop, halting the Hurricanes on four occasions inside its own territory.

Duke returns to action Saturday, Oct. 23, traveling to Blacksburg, Va., for an ACC matchup with Virginia Tech. Kickoff if slated for 12 p.m.

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