After a Francesco Zampogna field goal in the first quarter, the Canes went into halftime up 10-0.
Ronnie Drummer's 41-yard touchdown run was the lone score in the game's third quarter, cutting the lead to 10-7.
Graig Cooper had a two yard touchdown run early in the fourth, giving the Canes a 10-point edge. Duke wasn't done. Thaddeus Lewis found Eron Riley for a 31-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 17-14 with under 10 minutes to play.
Duke actually had the ball in Miami territory with under five minutes to play but an Eric Moncur sack on fourth down ended the drive. When the Hurricanes got the ball back, it took just two plays to find the endzone. Cooper had a 26-yard run and then DajLeon Farr had a 33-yard touchdown reception. Duke then went three-and-out in the closing minutes.
Kyle Wright completed 19-of-23 for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Two interceptions, however, hurt him. One of them was in the Duke endzone. Cooper led all ball carriers with 101 yards on 12 carries. Javarris James finished with just 57 yards on 16 carries. Darnell Jenkins led the receivers with three catches for 72 yards. He was one of eight Hurricanes who caught at least one ball.
The Hurricanes finished the game with 430 yards of offense, while holding Duke to 302. The defensive line registered eight sacks on the afternoon. Tavares Gooden led all players with 14 total tackles from his middle linebacker spot.
Matt Bosher averaged 34 yards on three punts while Zampogna went 1-of-2 on field goals, with a long of 47.
The win gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 start in conference play. Next up is a trip to North Carolina and former head coach Butch Davis next Saturday.
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