DURHAM, N.C. — Keep it locked for live updates from the 14th-ranked Hurricanes (2-0) at unranked Blue Devils (4-0) in a Friday night ACC showdown.
No. 14 Miami 31, Duke 6 (4:48 4Q)
Travis Homer made Duke pay: 40-yard touchdown run, right up the middle, right after the turnover.
More turnover chain (4:55 4Q)
Pat Bethel got the chain after recovering a fumble.
Missed FG (7:14 4Q)
Michael Badgley must have been cold. He missed a 53-yarder. His career long is 57.
Mark Walton possibly injured (7:37 4Q)
Trying to use Mark Walton to kill the clock may have came back to haunt Miami.
Walton, a vital part of UM’s offense, appeared to injure one of his legs as he was tackled by safety Alonzo Saxton. The two tumbled to the ground, and Walton was heard on the TV broadcast howling in pain as he writhed on the ground.
After a few moments, he slowly got up and walked, under his own power, to UM’s sideline. He got a loud cheer from about 2,500 UM fans in attendance.
We’ll update as we know more.
No. 14 Miami 24, Duke 6 (11:02 4Q)
Ahmmon Richards is back. Fully back.
Malik Rosier hit him on a shallow cross — he was wide-open over the middle — and Richards did the rest. He outraced several defenders who had angles on him, skipping over a tackle inside the 5 and crossing the goal line with a 49-yard touchdown, sending Duke fans to the exits.
Duke punt (12:55 4Q)
The most interesting thing about that drive: Quarterback Daniel Jones saved Duke, gaining the inches he needed on fourth-and-1 from his own 19. A gutsy call by coach David Cutcliffe there.
Joe Jackson sacked Jones on third down to force the punt.
Miami punt (0:50 3Q)
If you’re falling asleep, I can’t blame you.
Miami went three-and-out after the turnover on downs.
Interception, recovery (2:06 3Q)
Malik Rosier threw his second interception of the season at 3:41 of the third, overthrowing Ahmmon Richards on a deep ball. Cornerback Byron Fields, who leads Duke with three picks, snatched an easy one.
On the ensuing drive, Miami cornerback Malek Young allowed a 28-yard reception because he — continuing a season-long habit — didn’t turn his head and make a play on the ball.
On fourth-and-3 from the Miami 43, Young made a play.
He broke up a pass in tight coverage for the turnover on downs.
Duke punt (5:25 3Q)
It’s a punt-fest.
Since Miami’s touchdown at 4:50 of the first quarter, the teams have combined for eight punts, three field goals and an interception.
Miami punt (6:08 3Q)
Zach Feagles has been excellent so far, but he just reminded everyone he is a freshman.
Setting up from his own 43, he toe-picked a punt and sent it skyward — and nearly backward — toward the sideline. It took a Duke bounce near the line of scrimmage and went out of bounds at the 42, for a loss of a yard. To that point, Feagles had produced three punts for 117 yards, without allowing a return.
Duke punt (9:48 3Q)
Not a good start for UM’s defense, either.
Daniel Jones (15-yard run) and Shaun Wilson (11 and 13 yards) got Duke across midfield quickly. It got better for the Hurricanes. UM stuffed Wilson and sacked Jones for an 8-yard loss to force a punt.
Miami punt (12:43 3Q)
A poor start for Miami’s offense, which had the ball first and did little of note, aside from a 6-yard Malik Rosier scramble on third-and-3. Zach Feagles’ moonball of a punt put Duke at the 19.
HALFTIME: No. 14 Miami 17, Duke 6
A 36-yard field goal from Austin Parker sent Duke into the locker room down 11. After a 10-play, 57-yard drive where it appeared UM was tired.
There was a ton of good for Miami in that first half: Malik Rosier hit his first eight passes and closed 10-of-13 for 180 yards and a 27-yard touchdown to Braxton Berrios. He also scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown, but led UM with 17 yards on eight attempts.
Duke bottled up Mark Walton (six for 15 yards) and Travis Homer (one for two yards). Ahmmon Richards, in his season debut, caught two balls for 57 yards. Duke is outgaining Miami 224-214, though the Hurricanes are gaining 7.6 yards per play to the Blue Devils’ 5.0. UM has allowed three sacks, and sacked Daniel Jones (18-of-25, 128, interception) twice.
No. 14 Miami 17, Duke 3 (3:13 2Q)
A disappointing 20-yard field goal for Miami, after an eight-play, 37-yard drive that stalled at the goal.
Braxton Berrios nearly had his second touchdown of the day, making a 25-yard catch-and-run before he stepped out at the 3. But Corey Gaynor, replacing fellow freshman Navaughn Donaldson (sack on the previous drive), committed a holding penalty to move UM backward.
Malik Rosier nearly got all the yardage UM needed with a 12-yard rush, but fell short of the goal line. UM couldn’t pound it in from the 1, as Rosier stopped for no gain and Mark Walton dropped for a 2-yard loss. Michael Badgley collected the points.
Turnover Chain (6:42 2Q)
Michael Pinckney, grab that chain.
The loquacious linebacker dove and barrel-rolled to come down with an interception on the first play of Duke’s drive. Michael Jackson tipped the ball.
Miami punt (6:48 2Q)
Duke’s defense tightened up significantly, registering a sack of Malik Rosier (its third of the half) and forcing a pair of incomplete passes. The drive started on a promising note, with Braxton Berrios returning a 51-yard punt 25 yards through traffic.
Duke punt (7:47 2Q)
Daniel Jones seemed to find a rhythm, driving up the field. UM’s Mike Smith and Michael Jackson missed tackles on an 11-yard rush by Brittain Brown, and Duke was driving at midfield. But a holding call and a block below the waist moved Duke the other way. They punted after facing as much as second-and-34.
Miami punt (12:56 2Q)
Miami’s offensive line, playing by far the best defensive front it has seen, had a tough drive. UM allowed two sacks, including one where tackle Mike Ramsay scooted past guard Navaughn Donaldson for a 7-yard loss. Saving the day: Freshman Zach Feagles. From his own 41, he produced a pretty 39-yard spiraling punt that pinned Duke at its own 10.
No. 14 Miami 14, Duke 3 (1:13 1Q)
A 27-yard field goal by Austin Parker put the Blue Devils on the board.
R.J. McIntosh’s sack and a tackle for loss by Darrion Owens had Duke at third-and-13 near midfield, but Daniel Jones bought enough time to complete a 17-yard pass to Chris Taylor. With Duke behind the sticks on second down, Kendrick Norton was flagged for a late hit.
But they couldn’t get closer than the 10.
Miami allowed a 39-yard kick return to Duke’s Shaun Wilson — he’s fast, and Miami’s coverage wasn’t good — to set the Blue Devils up at the 43.
No. 14 Miami 14, Duke 0 (4:50 1Q)
Malik Rosier’s 1-yard plunge put the Canes up two scores. Rosier has been on fire tonight: 5-for-5, 110 yards, one touchdown and one rushing touchdown.
Ahmmon Richards caught his first ball of the season, tapping his toes after a 29-yard sideline grab on a free play; Duke was offside. Lawrence Cager made a nice grab after separating from a defender.
Duke went three-and-out, with returning defensive end Demetrius Jackson (he missed last game) coming up with a near-interception. Jackson had it in his hands, but couldn’t get it.
No. 14 Miami 7, Duke 0 (8:25 1Q)
Welcome home, Braxton Berrios.
The senior wideout, who went to high school 20 minutes away from Wallace Wade Stadium, caught a perfectly thrown, 27-yard touchdown on Miami’s first drive. It was a play where the reliable hands of Berrios, and the growth of Rosier as a passer, were both on full display.
It was set up by the outstanding work of Mark Walton, who took a pass over the middle, ran away from one defender, hurdled another — Duke cornerback Byron Fields, arguably its best playmaker in the secondary — and raced for a 39-yard gain.
Ahmmon Richards (hamstring) returned and drew a pass-interference call.
Duke turnover on downs (10:24 1Q)
Duke’s offense came out charging, with quarterback runs and reverses and a quarterback (Daniel Jones) throwing a block (and getting called for a clipping penalty).
But on fourth-and-1 from the 13, Duke went for it, and it was a bad idea. Will linebacker Michael Pinckney shot through the line for a sack, and an 11-yard loss.
Safety Sheldrick Redwine broke up a pass in the flat on the first play, with quarterback buying time in the pocket.
Miami challenged the ruling, but lost it — and a timeout.
So, if you’re scoring at home, the final play of the 2015 game involved replay, and the second play of the 2017 game involved replay. Somewhere, ACC Commissioner John Swofford breathed a heavy sigh.