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.
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.
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.
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.