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A timeline of the crazy Duke-Miami finish

Duke wide receiver Max McCaffrey watches the Jumbotron in disbelief as Miami scores a touchdown with no time left on the clock to win the game 30-27 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham,.
Duke wide receiver Max McCaffrey watches the Jumbotron in disbelief as Miami scores a touchdown with no time left on the clock to win the game 30-27 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham,. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Wait, what happened to Duke?

If you went to bed early, or missed it, a timeline of the controversial finish in Miami’s 30-27 win over No. 22 Duke on Saturday night at Wallace Wade Stadium:

Fourth quarter

:06 With no timeouts and the clock running, Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk rushes for a 1-yard touchdown. Sirk is met at the goal line by Miami linebacker Juwon Young and safety Rayshawn Jenkins. The play is ruled a touchdown on the field. It’s unclear if Sirk crosses the goal line but there’s no camera angle to cleanly show the play. After a review, the touchdown call is upheld. Duke adds a 2-point conversion, a no-doubt run by Sirk, and takes a 27-24 lead.

:06 Ross Martin kicks off for Duke, a squib kick to eat some clock and leave Miami without time to attempt a game-tying field goal. Miami’s Dallas Crawford fields the ball at the Miami 26-yard line.

On the first of eight laterals, Crawford tosses the ball across the field to Corn Elder, the first of four times Elder will touch the ball on the return.

Elder pitches to Jaquan Johnson, who finds Mark Walton. Duke’s Alonzo Saxton tackles Walton at the Miami 26-yard line. Still photos of the replay show that Walton’s knee was down before he dribbled the ball back to Johnson.

The referees let the play go. Johnson tosses the ball to Tyre Brady who finds Elder again. Elder throws the ball across the field, back towards the Duke sideline, to Crawford.

Crawford cuts back to the Miami sideline and laterals the ball back to Elder, who gets it at the Miami 9.

Elder has a wall of blockers and weaves 91 yards for a touchdown and a 30-27 Miami lead.

Eight laterals, five players touched the ball and the play took 49 seconds in real time.

:00 Referee Jerry Magallanes announces: “The ruling on the field is a touchdown, the play is under review.”

Postgame

1:07 After the initial review, Magallanes makes his first announcement:

“During the return there was a block in the back on the return team. That’s a 10-yard penalty. There will be an untimed down. The play is still under review.”

Initially, there were no flags on the play until after Miami’s celebration spilled onto the field.

After the play, a flag is thrown and is announced as an illegal block. There were three different questionable blocks on the return but Walton’s block of Duke cornerback Breon Borders at the Duke 25-yard line is indicated as the infraction.

6:09 Magallanes makes a second announcement:

“After replay review there was never a knee down. Correction, the play is still under review, replay will still look at it.”

7:58 Magallanes makes a third and final announcement:

“After review, there was never a knee down by any of the runners by Miami. However, the block in question was from the side, not from the back. It’s a legal play, touchdown. The game is over.”

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