It was a little bit of a nip-and-tuck first half, but Miami’s defense got the job done in a 31-6 victory over Duke in Durham, North Carolina on Friday night.
Malik Rosier had a sharp performance for the Hurricanes, throwing for 270 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 20 passing. He also ran the ball 15 times for 45 yards and another score.
While Miami did roll up 409 yards of offense, it was their defense that truly shone as Duke committed a pair of turnovers and was just 5-19 on third down. They also committed seven penalties for 82 yards.
Despite the Hurricanes’ 31 points, Miami head coach Mark Richt wasn’t pleased with his offense and expressed frustration with how plays were being executed at times. However, he did praise his defense on how they ended the game. Here’s what he said after the game as Miami improved to 3-0 (1-0 ACC) on the season.
On getting a win on the road against an unbeaten Duke team: “Very excited about the victory. You go on the road in this league against an undefeated team, first league game, get a victory, no matter how it comes and we’re thankful for it.”
On the performance of his defensive and offensive units: “Thought our defense finished extremely well. Thought our offense, led by me, unfortunately, had too much confusion. I was embarrassed with how some of that finished. In the end, we did have one more running touchdown. That might have been the only play where we ran the ball and created a crease for the back. I thought most of the yards (Mark) Walton had was bouncing things outside, doing some things with his ability to jump cut, plays like that.”
On Walton’s status: “Hopefully Walton’s not too serious…I think it was more where he got hit moreso than he rolled it again. If you roll it again, it would be less likely that he would be back. My guess is he’s gonna he’ll be OK if he’s going to be living in the training room.”
On his first trip to Duke in some time: “You walk in this place and you see excellence. The beauty of the stadium, the grass and how they take care of it, all the new facilities they have, the leadership they have in Coach Cutcliffe, it’s fantastic. I know a lot of people have done a lot of things to make this place what it is today. The last time I was here was 17 or 18 years ago when I was at Florida State. I can’t remember what year it was but it’s been a while. Dramatic difference in what you see now.”
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