Duke 48, Miami 30

Maryland defeated Virginia Tech just minutes after the game against Duke started today. It opened a huge opportunity for the Hurricanes, as they controlled their own destiny in the Coastal Division. Unfortunately, they weren't able to capitalize.

The Hurricanes looked like it was ready to play at Duke Saturday afternoon. It took the opening drive into the redzone but were unable to convert a touchdown. Matt Goudis hit a 32-yard field goal to give Miami an early 3-0 lead.

After the Canes forced Duke to punt on its next possession, Stacy Coley took it back 79 yards for a touchdown. Miami was up 10-0 a little more than five minutes into the game.

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, Coley was injured on a kickoff return later in the first quarter and never returned.

Miami's passing game and Stephen Morris turned to sophomore Herb Waters, whose five yard touchdown catch late in the first made it 17-7 in favor of the Canes. Waters finished the game with nine catches for 116 yards and two scores.

After Miami made it 17-7, it was all Duke. They outscored the Hurricanes 41-13 the rest of the way. They used a ball control offense and an offensive line that dominated Miami's front seven.

The Blue Devils finished the game with almost 550 yards of total offense, including over 350 on the ground. Backup quarterback Brandon Connette ran for four scores and threw another, as Duke had its best day on the ground in over a decade.

Dallas Crawford finished the game with 115 yards rushing and 48 receiving, while Morris finished the game with 379 yards and two scores. Waters wasn't the only Miami receiver to go over the century mark, as Allen Hurns gained 107 yards on his eight receptions.

The loss sends Miami to 7-3 on the season, and puts the Canes in the middle of a three-game losing streak.

The Canes will host Virginia, who has been the worst team in the ACC this season, next Saturday.


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