Chat: Duke comeback falls short against Miami in 52-45 shootout
Posted November 22, 2012
Updated November 24, 2012
Durham, N.C. — FINAL: Miami 52, Duke 45
4th Quarter: For the fourth time today after falling behind 14-0, Duke is within a score.
Duke has one timeout and 2:32 to play so the on-side kick is coming.
Miami 52, Duke 45; 2:32 4th
For the second time today, Miami responds to a Duke TD with a 1-play TD drive. This time was a 65-yard pass play to freshman Herb Waters.
Miami 52, Duke 38; 7:37 4th
Using another short field, Duke got a TD on a desperation pass from Renfree to Vernon and got back withing a score with 8 minutes to play.
Miami 45, Duke 38; 7:56 4th
After a 4th and Goal Miami TD was overturned, Duke took over at their own 1-yard line and responded with a 99-yard touchdown pass from Sean Renfree to Jamison Crowder.
When Crowder caught the ball, there was not a defender within 15 yards. Renfree's roll out right bough him time to get it off from the endzone.
Miami 45, Duke 31; 11:45 4th
3rd Quarter: For the second time in as many plays, Miami scores a long TD as Mike James takes a screen pass 72 yards down the right sideline for a score.
Just as Duke got within a score, it took Miami 2 plays and less than three minutes of game time to make it a 21 point game again.
Miami 45, Duke 24; 2:34 3rd
And as quickly as Duke struck, Miami's Duke Johnson goes 65 yards for his 3rd rushing TD of the game.
Team speed showed up as Johnson completely out-ran the Blue Devils D. Johnson now has a career high 163 yards to go along with three TDs.
Miami 38, Duke 24; 4:08 3rd
After getting a three-and-out and a short field, Duke struck quickly with the help of a big Jela Duncan run and Jamison Crowder TD catch.
A 2-play scoring drive makes this a one-score game with 20 minutes left to play.
Miami 31, Duke 24; 5:17 3rd
Duke converted two big third downs on a drive that ended in a 8-yard TD pass to Connor Vernon and the Blue Devils are back within two scores.
Vernon's touchdown came on a 3rd and 8 play with a defensive pass interference flag declined.
Miami 31, Duke 17; 7:18 3rd
Right out of the break, Miami was aggressive getting a big run from Duke Johnson to help in a 12-play drive that ended in a field goal.
Jake Wieclaw has now made 10 consecutive field goals for Miami.
Miami 31, Duke 10; 11:10 3rd
HALF: Miami 28, Duke 10
2nd Quarter: Miami took advantage of a short field following a fake punt and is now in full control of the game against Duke, leading 28-10.
Miami also played things smart when they got inside the 5-yard line, milking the clock down to eight seconds when the finally crossed he goalline.
Miami 28, Duke 10; 0:08 2nd.
Facing just their third 3rd down of the game, freshman running back Duke Johnson took a pitch right and scored from six yards out to extend the Miami lead to 21-0.
Miami went 75 yards in nine plays that drive and converted their first third down in three tries for the game. Wide Receiver Clive Walford now has four catches for 100 yards.
Miami 21, Duke 10; 5:41 2nd
Brandon Connette capped a 15-play, 81-yard drive that spanned nearly six minutes with a 4-yard TD run out of the wildcat and Duke is within a score against Miami.
Connor Vernon had four catches on the drive including one on a 4th down play.
Miami 14, Duke 10; 8:57 2nd
1st Quarter: Duke posted their longest drive of the day, but Renfree went down on a 3rd down run and the Blue Devils had to settle for a Ross Martin field goal.
Miami 14, Duke 3; 1:17 1st
Similar to the drive before, Miami was able to get big-gaining plays as they went 61 yards in three plays to take a two-touchdown lead on Duke.
Duke Johnson capped the latest drive with an 18-yard TD run. Miami has scored two touchdown in the last 1:40 of game time while running just seven plays.
Miami 14, Duke 0; 5:19 1st
Miami punted on their opening drive but found success on their second drive, ripping off yards in chunks on a 4-play, 58-yard touchdown drive.
Stephen Morris finished the drive with a pass to Jake Wieclaw who walked in on an 11-yard TD.
Miami 7, Duke 0; 6:59 1st
With a chance to clinch a share of the ACC Coastal Division title for the first time since joining the conference, the Miami Hurricanes are set to wrap up the regular season against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The game figures to hold significant meaning for the Miami players, considering the school removed itself from bowl consideration for the second straight season in the wake of last year's NCAA investigation into improper player benefits. The Hurricanes are also ineligible to play in the ACC Championship, should they qualify. Still, they have won two of their last three contests, including a 40-9 rout over South Florida this past weekend.
Duke watched its Coastal Division title hopes fade away with last week's 42-24 loss at Georgia Tech, its third straight setback after a 6-2 start. However, the Blue Devils are bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and can lock up a winning record with a victory on Saturday. During his Sunday media availability, coach David Cutcliffe, a former offensive coordinator at Tennessee, put to bed any rumors that he was considering replacing Vols' recently fired head coach Derek Dooley. He has since signed a contract extension with Duke through June 2019.
Miami has beaten Duke in eight of the nine meetings all-time between the two schools. Duke's only win against the 'Canes came in the first meeting back in 1976.
Miami has put 40 points on the board in each of its last two games. Junior quarterback Stephen Morris notched his third 400-yard passing game of the season in last week's win over USF, becoming the only Miami quarterback ever to accomplish the feat in a single season. Morris torched the Bulls for 413 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Phillip Dorsett was one of three 100-yard receivers for the 'Canes, as he caught 12 passes for 111 yards in the victory. Freshman Herb Waters finished with 130 receiving yards and a touchdown, marking the highest single-game total by a UM freshman since Reggie Wayne's 137 yards against Pittsburgh in 1997. Sophomore tight end Clive Walford added a career-high 135 receiving yards, the second-most by a Hurricanes tight end in the history of the storied program.
Defensively, Miami's bread and butter is forcing turnovers. The defense has notched 22 takeaways on the year, which is seven more than last season's total. The 'Canes forced three turnovers against USF, the fourth time this season they have forced at least three turnovers in a game. They knocked Bulls starting quarterback Bobby Eveld out of the game with a shoulder injury late in the first quarter. Miami held USF to 3-of-14 on third downs and forced the Bulls to settle for field goals on all three of their trips inside the red zone. Rayshawn Jenkins led the way with seven tackles and an interception for Miami. On the season, defensive end Shayon Green paces the team with 65 tackles, including 37 solo. Green has started all 11 games after three injury- plagued seasons. Bookend Anthony Chickillo leads the squad with four sacks.
Through eight games, Duke ranked second in the ACC in passing offense and sat at 6-2. But over its last three contests, Duke has averaged only 17 points while giving up 48.7 points over the same span. Quarterback Sean Renfree has struggled a bit of late, although that is bound to happen when the running game falls off like Duke's has. Freshman Jela Duncan ran for a team-high 39 yards against Georgia Tech, albeit on only six carries. He has paced the Blue Devils' ground game with 41.1 rushing yards per game, as the team ranks 105th nationally in that department. Renfree threw for only 198 yards in the loss and was sacked four times, although Desmond Scott came through with 10 catches for 124 yards and a score. Also in the loss, Conner Vernon became the ACC?s all-time receiving yardage leader, passing Florida State's Peter Warrick.
Over their last five games, the Blue Devils have yielded an average of 43.4 points. Not surprisingly, they have lost four of those contests. Last week, they allowed Georgia Tech to score rushing touchdowns on each of its first three possessions. Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington was a thorn in the Blue Devils' side, as three of his six completions went for touchdowns and he added another TD on the ground. GT racked up 28 first downs and 449 yards of total offense for the game, steadily moving the chains by converting 13- of-20 third downs. Duke gave up touchdowns on all four of the Yellow Jackets' trips inside the red zone. Sophomore linebacker C.J. France notched a game- high 15 tackles in the loss, while Kyler Brown had 14 tackles and Justin Foxx finished with 11.
The Blue Devils' success cannot be understated since Cutcliffe took over in 2008, as they had won only 10 games total in eight seasons prior to his arrival. Whereas this matchup would have been considered an easy Hurricane victory in years past, this time around things won't be so easy, especially considering Duke has won five of six at home this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 31, Miami 27