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SATURDAY REWIND: Duke 20, Miami 12
Duke TE Daniel Helm hauled in a two-yard scoring pass from backup QB Quentin Harris with 18 seconds left in the third period to provide the go-ahead points in the Blue Devils’ 20-12 victory over Miami in front of 62,754 fans at Hard Rock Stadium.
The win marked Duke’s first at Miami since 1976, when the teams met for the first time, and the Blue Devils’ first triumph over the Hurricanes since 2013. In addition, the Blue Devils snapped Miami’s 13-game home winning streak and reached bowl eligibility for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Duke RB Deon Jackson opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, matching the 17th-longest rush from scrimmage in school history. Jackson would finish the night with 113 ground yards on 14 attempts.
Trailing 12-7 at intermission, Duke outscored the Hurricanes by a 13-0 margin in the second half behind a pair of Collin Wareham field goals and Helm’s touchdown reception.
“Best feeling in the world,” LB Ben Humphreys said. “You go through week by week, guys going down. Our coaches have stayed on us consistently. Every week, no matter who we were playing. I’m proud of our young guys. We stuck together like glue.”
Duke P Austin Parker (8) and QB Daniel Jones (2) combined to punt 10 times for a 36.6 yards per boot average with eight of the kicks downed inside the Miami 20 yard line. Jones finished 17-of-35 throwing the football for 130 yards and one INT while rushing eight times for 21 yards.
Defensively, LB Joe Giles-Harris led Duke with 12 tackles before missing the fourth period with a leg injury while Humphreys added six tackles and two fumble recoveries.
“He was fierce. And intense. And fast. He’s one of our faster, stronger people on defense. He makes plays other plays can’t make because of that makeup speed.”
-- Duke head coach David Cutcliffe on LB Ben Humphreys
With the win over Miami, the Blue Devils are now bowl eligible for the sixth time in the past seven seasons … Prior to David Cutcliffe taking the helm of the program in 2008, Duke had been to a total of eight bowl games in 95 seasons.
“I’m playing my last four, well, five games now,” Ben Humphreys said. “We get to go to a bowl. We are bowl eligible. Playing with everything I’ve got. Leaving it all out on the field with passion and setting a great example for these guys. I’m going to play every game like it’s my last. I’m just proud that I’m at Duke and I’m able to do it with the guys I’m doing it with.”
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The first half of the Duke-Miami tilt was played in a heavy rainstorm … The Blue Devils have now endured inclement weather in each of their last three games against Virginia, Pittsburgh and Miami.
Duke utilized a pair of punters in the win over Miami, with Austin Parker dropping six of his eight boots inside the Hurricane 20 yard line … Additionally, QB Daniel Jones showed off his finesse by punting twice with the kicks being downed at the Miami 9 and 2 yard lines, respectively.
JACKSON HITS 100-YARD PLATEAU … AGAIN
After rushing for 162 yards in the loss at Pittsburgh, RB Deon Jackson posted a 113-yard ground performance in the win over Miami to become the first Blue Devils to have 100-plus yards in consecutive games since 2003 when Chris Douglas turned the trick against N.C. State, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
THIS WEEK IN DUKE FOOTBALL HISTORY
November 6, 1943 – Duke 75, N.C. State 0
In a dominant defensive performance, Duke set the program record for fewest yards allowed in a game with minus-6 to N.C. State. The Blue Devils also established their mark for fewest rushing yards surrendered in a contest, holding the Wolfpack to minus-49 ground yards. On offense, Duke rolled to a program single-game record 11 rushing touchdowns with two from halfback Buddy Luper and two from tailback Fred Folger.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
Duke and sophomore defensive back Michael Carter II played the majority of the opening half in a driving rain storm.
DUKE FOOTBALL TRIVIA
Who holds the Duke record for most consecutive games with at least one TD reception?
EYE ON THE OPPONENT
North Carolina will travel eight miles to Durham with a 1-7 overall record including a 1-5 ledger in ACC play … The Tar Heels fell last week, 38-28, at home to Georgia Tech.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
@BenHumphreys34 great leadership by you man.— Vinny Rey (@VinnyRey) November 4, 2018
Duke RB takes first play from scrimmage 75 yards - ESPN Video Speed Kills!!! “Watch as Deon Jackson is recorded at 22 mph on this touchdown run.”— Derek Jones (@dukecoachdj) November 4, 2018
Duke bowl games 1942-2011: six.— Hi, I'm David👋 (@ADavidHaleJoint) November 4, 2018
Duke bowl games 2012-2018: six.
- RB Shaun Wilson made a return to his home city as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played at the Carolina Panthers. Wilson registered a 25-yard kickoff return as well as two carries for seven yards as the Buccaneers fell 42-28.
- LG Laken Tomlinson started and helped the San Francisco 49ers roll to 405 yards of total offense in a 34-3 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football. Tomlinson provided protection for quarterback Nick Mullens to make his first career start a memorable one with 262 air yards and three passing TDs.
CONTINENTAL TIRE DRVIE AROUND THE ACC
Last week’s results:
Pittsburgh 23, (25) Virginia 13
(2) Clemson 77, Louisville 16
(19) Syracuse 41, Wake Forest 24
(21) N.C. State 47, Florida State 28
(22) Boston College 31, Virginia Tech 21
Georgia Tech 38, North Carolina 28
Duke 20, Miami 12
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Wake Forest at N.C. State
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Louisville at Syracuse
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
North Carolina at Duke
Miami at Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Liberty at Virginia
Florida State at Notre Dame
Clemson at Boston College
THIS WEEK’S GAME: Saturday, November 3
North Carolina at Duke
TV: Raycom Sports
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Chris Castor (6 in 1982) and Clarkston Hines (6 in 1987)