#9 Miami Wins Big Over Duke, 52-7

MIAMI, Fla. - The #9 Miami Hurricanes (4-1) defeated Duke 52-7 in front of 40,315 at the Orange Bowl. Miami quarterback Kyle Wright threw three touchdowns in a five minute span during the second quarter to lead Miami as a number of Hurricanes saw action in the game.

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Kyle Wright was 18-of-31 passing for 255 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wright struggled in the first quarter completing just 5-of-14 passes, but with a 10-0 lead in the second quarter he began to get into a groove.

After a failed fake punt attempt by Duke (1-5), Miami went 54 yards on three plays and scored a 29-yard touchdown reception by Lance Legget to give Miami a 17-0 lead with under seven minutes remaining in the half. Leggett made a great catch falling backwards into the endzone for his first touchdown of the season.

The following offensive possesion was setup by a 42-yard punt return by Devin Hester that had everyone on the edge of their seats. Hester juked, stopped, spun, and ran by the Duke defense only to be knocked out of bounds by the punter at the 25-yardline. After a 7-yard reception by Ryan Moore, Wright found tight end Greg Olsen in the flat. Olsen made a one-handed catch and proceeded to head up field for the 18-yard touchdown giving Miami a 24-0 lead.

Wright's third touchdown pass of the second quarter was caught by Sinorice Moss. Moss ran an outside post route and Wright threaded the pass inside two Duke defenders for the 27-yard touchdown.

The touchdown by Sinorice Moss was setup by another great punt return by Hester. Hester did everything imaginable on the return including breaking a tackle after it appeared he was wrapped up. After changing fields he raced up the Duke sideline for the touchdown only to have it called back due to a holding call.

The first half ended with a desperation throw downfield by Wright as time expired. The 'Canes led 31-0 at halftime.

Duke running back Ronnie Drummer rushed for an 81-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to put the Blue Devils on the board.

A 36-yard run by Tyrone Moss setup Miami's fifth touchdown of the game as Moss punched it in from 1-yard out. Moss rushed 12 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

Andrew Johnson made his much-anticipated season debut after suffering a torn ACL last December. Johnson made a big splash on his first carry of the season as he showed off his speed on a 46-yard carry. He finished with 56 yards on four carries.

Charlie Jones rushed for 36 yards on seven carries and Derron Thomas added 29 yards on nine carries.

Backup quarterback Kirby Freeman relieved Wright in the third quarter and threw two touchdown passes. Freeman was 4-of-9 passing with 47 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 22 yards.

Ryan Moore led the receivers with seven catches and 87 yards. Sinorice Moss added 74 yards on four catches. Leggett also had four catches along with 65 yards. All three receivers scored touchdowns on the day.

Chris Zellner recorded his first catch as a Hurricane as he scored a 9-yard touchdown in the fouth quarter.

The 52 points scored by Miami was the most since they scored 52 against Wake Forest on November 20, 2004.

Miami travels to Philadelphia next week to face Temple who lost 38-7 to Maryland earlier in the day.

HURRICANE DEBUTS: Today featured the Hurricane debuts by: OL Reggie Youngblood, OL Jonathan St. Pierre, LB Eric Houston, and RB George Timmons

SEASON DEBUTS: OL Derrick Morse, RB Andrew Johnson, and CB Rashaun Jones made their season debuts today.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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