The Miami football team dug out of a 17-7 halftime deficit caused by four turnovers to take a 21-17 lead less than two minutes into the third quarter. Four more second-half turnovers and Miami self-destructed in a 45-21 loss to Duke. Duke regained the lead with an 18-play, 79-yard drive in 9:22 and dominated from there.
In addition to the eight turnovers, the Miami football team lost quarterback Tyler Van Dyke to injury in the second quarter. Van Dyke finished 11-16 for 81 yards and a touchdown pass to Colbie Young on the opening drive. Young might have been the sole bright spot for Miami with six receptions for 127 yards and two TDs.
According to Manny Navarro of The Athletic, the eight turnovers by Miami were the most by an FBS team this season and it’s potentially a program record for one game. Duke entered the game against Miami with a national high of 10 fumble recoveries. Western Kentucky was the only other team with 10 fumble recoveries.
The Miami defense allowed only 336 yards but was unable to hold Duke to field goals when it got in the red zone. Duke started back-to-back drives in the first half at the Miami 22 and 23. The Blue Devils converted those into TDs and took over the momentum Miami began with a TD on its opening drive.
Garcia finished 13-21 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions including a pick-six. Duke QB Riley Leonard was a difference-maker for the Blue Devils on offense. Leonard was 13-25 for 136 yards, one TD and no interceptions and ran 14 times for 61 yards and three TDs. The rushing yardage includes sacks.
Miami falls to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the ACC with the loss. The Hurricanes play at Virginia with a 12:30 kickoff. Virginia won at Georgia Tech 16-9 on Thursday. The Cavaliers are 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC under first-year head coach Tony Elliott. Elliott came to Virginia after being the offensive coordinator at Clemson.