duke splashes through miami, 20-12

TE Daniel Helm hauled in the go-ahead touchdown late in the third period and the Duke defense blanked Miami in the second half as the Blue Devils defeated the Hurricanes, 20-12, at Hard Rock Stadium. The win marked Duke's first win in Miami since 1976.

deon jackson's 75-yard touchdown run on the opening play from scrimmage pushed duke in front, 7-0. the run matched the 17th-longest rushing play in duke history.
Participants and spectators were forced to endure heavy rainfall in the first half.
Duke took advantage of the night's first turnover -- a fumble caused by DT Derrick Tangelo and recovered by LB Ben Humphreys -- when K Collin Wareham's 27-yard field goal split the uprights to pull Duke to within 12-10 with 9:32 remaining in the third quarter.
Following the Wareham field goal, Miami marched into Blue Devil territory and settled for a field goal attempt, which was blocked by LB Joe Giles-Harris to keep Duke trailing by two points.
QB Quentin Harris tossed a two-yard touchdown strike to TE Daniel Helm for the go-ahead points with 18 seconds left in the third period.

“Best feeling in the world. 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.” -- LB Ben Humphreys

At the 9:14 mark of the fourth, K Collin Wareham booted a 33-yard field goal to push Duke in front, 20-12.
DE Victor Dimukeje recorded one sack on the night while helping Duke hold Miami scoreless in the second half.
Clockwise from top left: QB Daniel Jones completed 17-of-35 passes for 130 yards while rushing for an additional 21 yards; S Jeremy McDuffie registered a season-high six tackles with one PBU; RB Deon Jackson rushed for 113 yards to top the 100-yard barrier for the second week in a row; LB Joe Giles-Harris posted a game-high 12 tackles along with 1.0 quarterback sack; P Austin Parker had a long boot of 53 yards on the night and had six of his eight punts downed inside the Miami 20 yard line.

“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 secured bowl eligibility for the sixth time in the last seven years.
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