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Takeaways: Miami 30, Duke 27

Saturday was the ultimate roller coaster ride for Blue Devil fans in Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are our major takeaways from the game.

FINAL SCORE 

Duke 27
Miami 30

Offensive Player of the Game

QB - Thomas Sirk

Sirk connected on 31 of his 52 pass attempts for 258 yards and a touchdown pass to Johnell Barnes late in the 4th quarter.  He also led Duke in rushing yardage with 57 yards and the go ahead TD with :06 left in the game.  He was efficient in moving Duke down the field on their last drive taking 10 plays to go 80 yards in 1:44.  

Honorable Mention 

RB - Jela Duncan

Jela was second only to Sirk in rushing yardage for the game with 51 yards.  What made his play special was the 24 yard TD run in the 2nd half.  On the play he broke through the line, spun out of one tackle and fought his way into the end zone.  That play gave Duke a chance to draw close to Miami early in the 2nd half.

Defensive Players of the Game

Jeremy Cash and Dwayne Norman

Cash and Norman shared the title for most tackles by a Blue Devil in this game.  Both players had 12 tackles.  Cash had 1.5 tackles for loss.  Both players continue a strong season of consistent play on the defensive side of the ball. 

Honorable Mention

S - Jeremy McDuffie

Freshman McDuffie recorded his first interception for his career.  McDuffie was able to return the INT for 25 yards.

Play of the Game

Duncan’s 24 yard TD run gave Duke new life to start the 2nd half.  After having a first half where missed opportunities were the theme, his strong run breaking tackles on his way to the end zone was the shot in the arm the team needed.

Next Week 

Duke goes back on the road even though it’s a short trip down 15-501 to Chapel Hill to take on division leading UNC.  The game has already been announced as a sellout but can be seen at noon on ESPN2.  UNC is undefeated in conference play and owns a 1 game lead in the loss column over Duke and Pitt.  Duke faces UNC and Pitt in back to back weeks as their Coastal Division Title dreams are still alive.


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