Miami Downs Duke, 24-14

MIAMI, Fla. – Despite a 241-yard, two-touchdown passing day by quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, Duke fell to Miami, 24-14, in ACC football action on Saturday afternoon in front of 30,614 fans at the Orange Bowl.

The Hurricanes improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the league while the Blue Devils fall to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Trailing 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Lewis rallied the Blue Devils for a touchdown by hitting Eron Riley in stride down the left sideline on a 31-yard scoring toss to pull Duke within three points at the 9:46 mark of the final period. After the Duke defense stopped Miami short on fourth down, Duke took possession at its own 32 yard line. The Blue Devils drove to the Hurricane 30, but Lewis was sacked on fourth down to lose possession with just three minutes remaining. Miami scored 45 seconds later to account for the final margin.

Lewis, a native of the Miami area, finished the day with 18 completions in 27 attempts for his 241 yards. The sophomore signal-caller now has 11 touchdown passes this season and 17 scoring strikes in his last seven games dating back to the 2006 campaign.

Miami claimed the early lead on its first possession, driving 46 yards on eight plays for a five-yard scoring toss from Kyle Wright to Kayne Farquharson. Hurricane placekicker Francesco Zampogna's point after touchdown made the score 7-0 with 8:34 left in the first period.

At the 3:35 mark of the opening quarter, Zampogna pushed the Miami advantage to 10-0 with a career-long 47-yard field goal. The field goal capped a six-play, 32-yard drive that took 1:56 off the clock. Miami squandered a scoring chance when Zampogna's 42-yard field goal attempt on the final snap of the first half was wide right.

In the opening half, Lewis hit on 10-of-12 throws for 139 yards.

Duke's Leon Wright intercepted a Miami pass to give Duke possession of the football early in the third quarter. The Blue Devils responded by marching deep into Hurricane territory, but a lost fumble ended the drive. The Hurricanes then drove to the Duke 11 yard line, but Kyle Wright again was picked off by Leon Wright -- this time in the end zone -- to thwart the scoring opportunity.

The Blue Devils then found paydirt by marching 80 yards on seven snaps for a 41-yard touchdown pass from Lewis to Ronnie Drummer. The touchdown marked Drummer's second in as many trips to the Orange Bowl as the North Salinas, Calif., native had an 81-yard touchdown run versus the Hurricanes two seasons ago. Nick Maggio's point after touchdown conversion pulled Duke to within 10-7 at the 4:35 mark of the third quarter.

Duke's defense then forced a punt, but turned the ball over with a fumble early in the fourth period. Miami turned the miscue into a 17-7 lead when Graig Cooper scored on a two-yard run with 12:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils countered with a five play, 65-yard scoring drive that concluded when Lewis hooked up with Riley for the 31-yard touchdown pass.

Running back Re'quan Boyette paced the Duke ground attack with a season-high 71 yards on 14 carries. Drummer and Jomar Wright each caught a team-high four passes for 53 and 47 yards, respectively.

The Blue Devil defense was led by Vincent Rey, who carded his fourth double-figure tackle game in five outings this year with an 11-stop performance. Michael Tauiliili chipped in with eight total tackles while Patrick Bailey posted a pair of quarterback sacks.

For Miami, Wright was 19-of-23 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper finished the day with 101 rushing yards on 12 attempts.

Duke returns home to Wallace Wade Stadium next Saturday as the Blue Devils host Wake Forest at 1 p.m.

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