Miami football has most complete performance of season in victory over Duke

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team had their most complete performance of the season in a dominant 48-0 victory over Duke.

After a slow start on the first two drives of the game, the Miami football team had their most dominant performance of the season in a 48-0 victory at Duke. The offense reached 40 points for the fourth time this season and the defense had arguably their most dominant performance of 2020.

Miami looked like they did in September. Miami lost a Jaylan Knighton fumble on the second play of the game, then had to punt on their second drive after one first down. Duke had back-to-back three and outs on their first two possessions for a total of negative 10 yards in offense. Then the Miami offense started clicking.

Miami had touchdown drives on its next three possessions and Duke never recovered. Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King connected with Brevin Jordan for a 24-yard TD touchdown pass. That was the first score for the junior tight end since the 52-10 Miami victory over Florida State in September.

Junior running back Cam Harris ran 34-yards for a TD on the next possession and that was followed up by an 11-yard King TD run. King added TD passes of two yards to junior WR Dee Wiggins and 89 yards to Mike Harley in the third quarter. Harris added a second TD in the third quarter to extend the lead to 42-0.

King excited following the drive that ended with the Harris TD run. King finished 16-24 for 248 yards and three TDs and ran 11 times for 46 yards and a TD. Harris finished with 15 carries for 96 yards and added two receptions for seven. Harley topped 100 receiving yards for the third time in four games with two catches for 105.

The Miami defense was impressive with its ever shutout in the ACC, the first shutout over an FBS opponent since 2003 over Louisiana Tech and first shutout over a Power Five team since a 59-0 win over number 14 Syracuse in 2001 when Miami had three shutouts that season. Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche were dominant.

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Phillips had four tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Roche finished with six tackles, two TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Miami forced five Duke turnovers with four fumble recoveries and a late interception by freshman cornerback Marcus Clarke for the first of his career. Miami returns home for the first in seven weeks next Saturday.