Cutcliffe: Duke turned in a ‘consistent, courageous effort’ to beat Miami
Duke slayed a longtime nemesis and secured bowl eligibility at the same time on Saturday night.
The Blue Devils rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Miami 20-12 at Hard Rock Stadium, Duke’s first win at Miami in ACC play.
The win halts Duke’s two-game losing streak, qualifying the Blue Devils (6-3, 2-3 in ACC) for a bowl game for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Duke entered the game 1-12 against Miami in ACC play and 2-13 overall.
To secure the win, Duke survived a final push by Miami. The Hurricanes drove from their own 13 to the Duke 13 in the final minutes. N’Kosi Perry completed what appeared to be a touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager with 10 seconds left. But Cager was called for offensive pass interference to negate the touchdown.
Perry threw two incomplete passes and time expired as Duke, which trailed 12-7 at halftime, shut the Hurricanes out in the second half.
Duke extended its lead to 20-12 with 9:14 remaining in the game as Collin Wareham kicked a 33-yard field goal. The score was set up by a 21-yard pass from Daniel Jones to Johnathan Lloyd from the Miami 44.
Duke is trying to secure just its second win over Miami in ACC play. The Blue Devils only other ACC win over their annual Coastal Division rival came in 2013 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke is 2-13 against Miami overall.
Duke scored on a 2-yard pass from Quentin Harris to Daniel Helm with 18 seconds left in the third quarter to jump back in front 17-12 over the Miami Hurricanes.
After Duke linebacker Joe Giles-Harris blocked a Miami field goal attempt, the Blue Devils marched 65 yards to regain the lead.
Quarterback Daniel Jones completed four passes and mixed in his own 16-yard run to start the drive. The Blue Devils were aided by a personal foul penalty by Miami’s Mike Smith, who grabbed Johnathan Lloyd’s facemask while tackling him.
Duke faced third-and-three from the Miami 15 when it ran a trick play. Running back Deon Jackson took a handoff and threw a jump pass toward tight end Daniel Helm. Helm tipped the ball into the air at the 5 before turning and making a diving catch at the Miami 3.
One play later, Harris threw the touchdown pass to Helm giving Duke its first lead of the second half.
The game’s first turnover gave Duke a golden opportunity to move back in front but the Blue Devils could only draw closer.
Duke linebacker Ben Humphreys recovered a Miami fumble at the Hurricanes 12-yard line. Miami running back DeeJay Dallas dropped the ball when Derrick Tangelo hit him.
The Blue Devils offense couldn’t get in to the end zone though. Daniel Jones was hit as he threw an incomplete pass on first down. Jones gained three yards on a second-down run before his third-down pass over the middle was dropped by tight end Daniel Helm.
Collin Wareham kicked a 27-yard field goal with 9:32 left in the third quarter, cutting Miami’s lead to 12-10.
Miami holds a 12-7 lead at halftime over Duke.
The Hurricanes defense stifled Duke after Deon Jackson ran 75 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Since that play, Duke gained just 40 total yards on seven drives. Five of those drives were empty three-and-outs.
One week after Pittsburgh gained 484 rushing yards against Duke, Miami also found success on the ground. The Hurricanes had 235 first-half rushing yards, led by DeeJay Dallas’ 115 yards.
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones completed just six of 11 passes for 21 yards in the first half.
Duke’s defense held Miami in check during the first quarter but that unit sprung a lead in the second period allowing the Hurricanes to move in front, 12-7.
DeeJay Dallas’ 83-yard touchdown run got Miami on the scoreboard early in the second quarter. The extra-point try failed when the ball slipped through the holder’s hands. The field is sloppy and filled with puddles from a driving rain storm.
Miami used a 43-yard run by Travis Homer and Malik Rosier’s 25-yard pass to Lawrence Cager to reach the Duke 12. A roughing the passer penalty on Duke defensive end Drew Jordan gave Miami first-and-goal at the 6. Homer’s 6-yard touchdown run gave Miami a 12-7 lead with 7:26 left in the first half as a two-point conversion attempt failed.
Deon Jackson set a Duke school record when he amassed 403 total yards during at 54-45 loss at Pittsburgh on Oct. 27.
The sophomore running back is off to a good start toward breaking his own record. On the first play from scrimmage against Miami, Jackson ran up the middle then cut to the left and ran 75 yards for a touchdown that put Duke up 7-0.
Jackson ran for 162 yards, gained 89 yards receiving and added 135 return yards on kickoffs to set the record last week.
Duke takes its third crack at a sixth win -- and bowl eligibility -- against Miami (5-3, 2-2 in ACC) at Hard Rock Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
The Blue Devils (5-3, 1-3 in ACC) missed two chances to secure that sixth win over the last two week, losing 28-14 to Virginia on Oct. 20 and 54-45 at Pittsburgh on Oct. 27.
Duke looks to end its two-game winning streak while once again playing without running back Brittain Brown and wide receiver Aaron Young. Neither injured player made the trip.
Brown was expected to be Duke’s main rushing threat as a redshirt sophomore this season. But he’s only carried twice over Duke’s last three games. This will be the third game of Duke’s last four that Brown hasn’t played.
Young caught four passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in Duke’s season-opening 34-14 win over Army. But a hamstring injury suffered five days later in practice sidetracked his season. Young has only three catches since that game. The Miami game will be the seventh he’s missed this season.
Duke has good news on the defense, though. Linebackers Ben Humphreys and Koby Quansah are both in uniform and expected to play.
Humphreys, suffering from a knee injury, didn’t play at Pittsburgh last week. Quansah missed Duke’s last three games after having surgery on Oct. 11 to repair a broken bone in his foot during practice.