Duke Gridiron Monday starts your work week with a beyond-the-numbers look at Blue Devil football with photos, social media, recaps, #DukeInTheNFL updates and more.
FRIDAY REWIND: (14) Miami 31, Duke 6
Miami quarterback Malik Rosier threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead the 14th-ranked Hurricanes to a 31-6 victory over Duke on Friday night in front of 36,314 spectators at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
After falling behind 14-0, the Blue Devils pulled within 17-6 at intermission thanks to a pair of Austin Parker fields goals covering 27 and 36 yards. Duke limited Miami to 106 total combined yards in the second and third quarters as the 11-point deficit remained heading into the final period, when the Hurricanes struck for two long touchdowns to account for the final margin.
Duke converted on just five-of-19 third down attempts, committed seven penalties and suffered two turnovers while quarterback Daniel Jones was sacked six times.
“When you have a team as talented as Miami, any mistake you make is going to be exaggerated,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “I said it going into the game and you certainly saw it tonight.”
Running backs Shaun Wilson (63 yards) and Brittain Brown (48 yards) spearheaded Duke’s ground attack while receiver Johnathan Lloyd established career single-game bests for both receptions (9) and yardage (82).
Miami’s back Mark Walton entered the weekend as the ACC’s top rusher with an average of 176.0 yards per contest, but the Blue Devils responded by allowing the junior running back to gain just 51 net yards on 17 attempts with a long dash of 11 yards.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
After allowing 182 total yards and two touchdowns in the opening quarter against Miami, the Duke defense buckled down for the next 30 minutes of action and surrendered just 106 total yards and three points over the second and third periods combined.
“Take our hat off to Duke and their program. You walk in this place and you see excellence. You see the stadium and the grass, all the new facilities they have and the leadership they have with Coach Cutcliffe. It’s fantastic.”
-- Miami head coach Mark Richt
ACC STATISTICAL NOTES
- Mike Ramsay (0.90) ranks fifth in the league in sacks per game with N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb (1.10) as the conference leader. The last Blue Devil to lead the ACC in sacks was Shawn Johnson in 2002
- Clemson and Duke sit atop the conference ranking for sacks per game (3.60)
- Shaun Wilson (140.6) is fourth in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game
PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT
During Friday's game, Duke honored ACC Associate Commissioner for Communication Mike Finn, who has more than 40 years representing ACC institutions, 17 of which have been directly with the ACC office. Finn joined Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Internal Affairs Gerald Harrison for the on-field presentation and received a hug from David Cutcliffe.
THIS WEEK IN DUKE FOOTBALL HISTORY: October 1-7
October 6, 2012 – Duke 42 Virginia 17
Starting in place of injured Sean Renfree, quarterback Anthony Boone completed 18-of-31 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns as Duke rallied from a 17-14 halftime deficit to defeat Virginia, 42-17. Wide receiver Conner Vernon caught seven passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, lifting his career total to 239 receptions to set the ACC career record while safety Walt Canty led the defensive effort with 14 tackles.
DUKE FOOTBALL TRIVIA
Which team did Duke defeat for head coach David Cutcliffe’s first ACC victory?
TWEETS OF THE DAY
A+ boys 👌 pic.twitter.com/UX0JCSq1Yp— Duke Athletics (@DukeATHLETICS) September 30, 2017
BLUE DEVIL FAVORITES: Football Movies
Jordan Hayes: Remember the Titans
Jordan Hayes: Remember the Titans
Ben Humphreys: Remember the Titans
Xander Gagnon: The Longest Yard
Tinashe Bere: The Waterboy
Lee Rodio: Remember the Titans
Bronson Bruneau: Rudy
AJ Reed : Remember the Titans
Koby Quansah: The Longest Yard
EYE ON THE OPPONENT
Coming off an open date, Virginia stands at 3-1 with victories over William & Mary, Connecticut and Boise State and a loss to Indiana.
Cavalier quarterback Kurt Benkert, who threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-20 win over Duke last year, ranks second in the ACC in passing by averaging 312.2 yards per game along with 10 scoring tosses against just one interception.
Virginia boasts the top two tacklers in the conference in linebacker Micah Kiser (11.2 tackles per game) and safety Quin Blanding (10.8). The Cavaliers also pace the league in red zone defense.
- Lucas Patrick earned the first starting assignment of his career at offensive guard for Green Bay as the Packers rolled to a 35-14 victory over the Chicago Bears
- Thomas Hennessy had the snap on Chandler Catanzaro's 41-yard game-winning field goal in overtime against the Jaguars
- Jamison Crowder and the Redskins are at Kansas City for Monday Night Football. Kickoff on ESPN is set for 8:30 p.m.
CONTINENTAL TIRE DRVIE AROUND THE ACC
Last week’s results:
(14) Miami 31, Duke 6
(2) Clemson 31, Virginia Tech 17
(17) Louisville 55, Murray State 10
Georgia Tech 33, North Carolina 7
Pittsburgh 42, Rice 10
N.C. State 33, Syracuse 25
Boston College 28, Central Michigan 8
Florida State 26, Wake Forest 19
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
Louisville at N.C. State
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
Virginia Tech at Boston College
Wake Forest at Clemson
Miami at Florida State
Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Duke at Virginia
Notre Dame at North Carolina
THIS WEEK’S GAME
Duke (4-1, 1-1 ACC) at Virginia (3-1, 0-0 ACC)
Kickoff: 12:20 p.m.
TV: ACC Network
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Virginia (31-3 on September 27, 2008 in Durham)