Miami Hurricanes defense first ACC shutout ever and first FBS since 2004

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 Hurricanes defense had its first shutout ever in the ACC and first over an FBS opponent since 2004.

In its most complete performance of the season, the Miami Hurricanes defense had its first-ever shutdown in an ACC game, its first shutout of an FBS opponent since 2004 and first over a Power Five team since 2001. Miami last shutout an FBS opponent in a 48-0 victory over Louisiana Tech in 2004.

The last shutout in a conference game for Miami and over a Power Five opponent was a 59-0 victory over Syracuse in 2001. Miami had three shutouts that season. Miami turned in a dominant performance against Duke. The Hurricanes held Duke to 177 total yards on 64 plays and forced five turnovers.

Miami defensive ends Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche lived in the Duke backfield. Phillips had four tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Roche finished with six tackles, two TFLs and 1.5 sacks. Four of the five Duke turnovers came on forced fumbles. Miami safeties Bubba Bolden and Amari Carter were also impressive.

Bolden finished with nine tackles and Carter seven. Roche had a forced fumble and fumble recovery, Nesta Silvera a forced fumble, Corey Flagg a fumble recovery, true freshmen Elijah Roberts and Dominic Mamarelli teamed up for a forced fumble and recover on special teams and Bolden and Carter teamed for the final one.

The Miami defense finished the night with 13 tackles for loss and three sacks. It was a complete defensive performance. Not much more could have been asked from the Miami defense. Miami set the tone on defense from the outset. Duke went three and out on the first two drives with negative 10 yards in offense.

Duke running backs Mataeo Durant and Deon Jackson each entered the game with Miami with over 600 yards rushing this season. Miami held Duke to 56 yards rushing on 31 carries. Durant finished with 10 carries for 48 yards while Jackson was held to 14 yards on nine carries in a dominant defensive performance.

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The Duke passing game was efficient completing 25 passes in 31 attempts but for only 121 yards with one interception. Miami will have one of its biggest tests this season when they host North Carolina who has the top-ranked offense in the ACC. It will be the first home game for Miami in seven weeks.