The Blue Devils led 17-14 at the half and took a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter. Duke controlled the pace of the game in the first half rushing for 94 yards as a team. Clifford Harris carried the ball 16 times in the first half gaining 41 yards. Tony Jackson rushed for 34 yards, and Jay Hollingsworth chipped in the 17.
Jackson ended the day leading the team with 63 yards followed by Harris with 56.
Raphael Chestnut led the Duke receivers catching five for 48 yards and a score.
The Blue Devils moved into Miami territory on their opening drive of the game, but came away with no points. Duke ran the ball nine times during the opening series with Harris gaining 22 yards on eight carries.
The Hurricane offense found the end zone first scoring on their second possession of the game. The 6-play 45 yard drive lasted just under 2 minutes and saw Marve hook up with Travis Benjamin for a 17 yard touchdown pass. Marve completed two passes on the drive and for 36 yards and rushed for another 11.
Responding with a touchdown drive of their own, the Blue Devils marched down the field over 11 plays moving the football 80 yards in 5:26. Thaddeus Lewis connected with Harris in the flat for a two yard touchdown, the first of his career. The key play was a halfback pass from Harris finding Eron Riley wide open for a 39 yard gain down to the Miami five yard line. For his career, Harris is 2-of-4 for 45 yards. The running of Hollingsworth was crucial on the drive as the freshman carried the ball four times for 17 hard fought yards.
Adrian Aye-Darko intercepted Marve on a jump ball thrown down the field, for his second interception of the season and third of his career, on the Hurricanes next possession giving the Blue Devils the football at their own 23. Building momentum the Blue Devils orchestrated a 10-play 77-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead with 6:44 remaining in the second quarter.
Lewis kept the football himself, after a play fake to Harris, rolling to his right untouched for the 1-yard touchdown run. The rushing touchdown is the second of the season and fifth of his career for Lewis. On the drive Lewis completed 2-of-2 on the drive, one to Brett Huffman for 20 yards and another to Harris for 13. Jackson rushed the ball three times on the drive for 33 yards with a long of 23.
Starting at the Miami 41, thanks to a 15-yard punt from Matt Bosher, the Blue Devils moved the ball 19 yards setting up a 40 yard field goal from Nick Maggio. On the season Maggio is 6-of-7 and a perfect 2-for-2 from 40 yards and beyond. Harris rushed for 10 yards on the drive and Lewis completed a 9-yard pass to Chestnut to set up the field goal.
Miami responded with just 11 seconds left in the half with an 8-play 68-yard scoring drive in 1:15. Harris found Chris Zellner for a 9-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. Harris completed 5-of-6 on the scoring drive.
The Blue Devils go into the half leading 17-14.
On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Aye-Darko intercepted Harris for his second interception of the ball game, third of the season and fourth of his career. Aye-Darko intercepted the pass at the Miami 26 and returned it 14 yards to 12. Two plays later the Blue Devils punched it into the end zone thanks to Lewis, who rolled to his right directing Chestnut to the back of the end zone for the 10-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown is Chestnuts first of the season and third of his career.
The Canes' pulled back to within three needing only 3 plays and just over a minute gaining 69 yards on the touchdown drive. Harris took the shotgun snap and rushed to the right side for a 15 yard touchdown run. Graig Cooper scampered for 37 yards on the drives first play. Harris then caught a pass from Benjamin for 17 yards.
Both sides played stout defense for more than 10 minutes before the Hurricanes reclaimed the lead on a Harris to Aldarius Johnson touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone. The 6-yard strike put Miami up 28-24.
Miami found the end zone again with 36 seconds left in the third quarter to go up 35-24. Harris connected with Benjamin on a 25-yard strike for the second time today. The drive took only three plays and lasted just 52 seconds.
The Hurricanes added another score moving the football 55 yards in 10 plays. Harris threw his fourth touchdown of the game to Laron Byrd, who bobbled the ball but was able to gather it in for the score putting the Canes' up 42-24.
With 4:19 remaining the Hurricanes moved the football 46-yards over 9-plays capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Shawnbrey McNeal. Miami has scored 35 unanswered points since the third quarter.
Zack Asack added a two yard rushing touchdown with 12 seconds left.