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Football Game Notes: vs. Miami, Oct. 18, 3:30 PM, ESPNU
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/14/2008
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Senior defensive end Greg Akinbiyi, a native of Miami, Fla., is one of 14 Duke players from the state of Florida.
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Duke Hosts Miami For Homecoming
The Duke Blue Devils (3-2, 1-1 ACC) will return to action following a bye week on Saturday when they host Miami (3-3, 0-2 ACC) for homecoming in Wallace Wade Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPNU with Doug Bell (play-by-play), Charles Arbuckle (analysis) and Abby Waner (sideline) calling the action. The game can also be heard on the Duke Radio Network with Bob Harris (play-by-play), Wes Chesson (analysis) and Anthony Dilweg (sideline) announcing the game. Duke’s last game was a 27-0 loss at Georgia Tech on Oct. 4 while the Hurricanes are coming off a 20-14 win over Central Florida last weekend. Saturday’s promotional event is Team Day.

2007: Miami Edges Blue Devils 24-14
Trailing 17-14 with three minutes remaining, Duke marched down the field to the Hurricanes’ 30-yard line but a sack on fourth down ended the Blue Devils’ comeback attempt. Miami scored a touchdown on its next possession to put the game out of reach and win, 24-14. The Hurricanes got off to a fast start with a 10-0 first quarter lead, but the Duke defense would not allow another score until the fourth period. Thaddeus Lewis brought the Blue Devils back with touchdown strikes of 41 (Ronnie Drummer) and 31 yards (Eron Riley). Lewis finished the day with 241 yards on 18-of-27 passing. Miami was led by Graig Cooper, who ran for 101 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown.

The Duke-Miami Series
The Hurricanes lead the all-time series with Duke, 4-1. Miami has won four straight after the Blue Devils claimed a 20-7 win in the first ever meeting between the two schools in 1976. Since joining the ACC, the Hurricanes are 3-0 against Duke with the last two meetings decided by 10 points or less. The last time Duke faced Miami in Durham, the Hurricanes edged the Blue Devils, 20-15.

Overall Miami, 4-1
First Meeting Duke, 20-7 in 1976
Last Meeting Miami, 24-14 in 2007
Duke’s Highest Scoring 20 in 1976
Duke’s Lowest Scoring 7 in 2005
Miami’s Highest Scoring 56 in 1983
Miami’s Lowest Scoring 7 in 1976
Current Streak Miami, W4
Largest Duke Margin of Victory 13, 1976, 20-7
Largest Miami Margin of Victory 45, 2005, 52-7
Duke’s Last Win in Durham NA
Miami’s Last Win in Durham 2006 (20-15)

Miami Scouting Report
The Hurricanes’ offense is led by running back Graig Cooper, who leads the team in rushing and receiving. He has 412 rushing yards on 83 carries with four touchdowns to go along with 13 receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown. Miami’s defense ranks second in the ACC with 95.7 rushing yards per game allowed. Glenn Cook leads the unit with 38 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Kicker Matt Bosher has made all 20 of his extra point attempts and is 9-of-10 on field goal tries.

Duke-Miami Series Notes
1976: Duke won the first ever meeting between the two schools, 20-7 in Miami.

2005: Ronnie Drummer ran for 101 yards including an 81-yard touchdown run the sixth longest run from scrimmage in Duke history. However, the Blue Devils managed just eight passing yards in a 52-7 loss as Miami gained 557 total yards on offense.

2006: Duke trailed 17-0 at halftime but rallied to make it 20-15 before an interception on the final play ended the game. Jomar Wright had a career-high 10 catches for 176 yards in the losing effort.

Duke-Miami High School Connections
Chaminade-Madonna (Miami, Fla.)
Greg Akinbiyi, Duke
Glenn Cook & Jordan Futch, Miami

Clearwater Central Catholic (Clearwater, Fla.)
Jeffrey Ijjas, Duke
Colin McCarthy & A.J. Trump, Miami

Gulliver Prep (Miami, Fla.)
Donovan Varner, Duke
Jake Byrne & Alex Uribe, Miami

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Joe Surgan & Marcus Lind, Duke
Anthony Reddick, Miami

Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Randez James & Garrett Utt, Duke
Cannon Smith, Miami
Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Rob Schirmann, Duke
Joe Lucking, Miami

Duke Players From the Sunshine State
The Blue Devils have 14 players from the state of Florida, making it the second-highest represented state on the roster behind Georgia (15). Four of Duke’s projected starters this week hail from Florida, including QB Thaddeus Lewis (Opa-Locka), OG Kyle Hill (Orlando), DE Greg Akinbiyi (Miami) and CB Leon Wright (St. Petersburg). Also from Florida are Charles Robinson (Sarasota), Marvin Marcelin (Hollywood), Jarrod Holt (Clearwater) Donovan Varner (Miami), Jordon Byas (Lynn Haven), Brian Moore (Coral Gables), Jeffrey Ijjas (Clearwater), Brad Welch (Tampa) and Guillermo Freile (Miami).