Miami Defense Dominates Duke: Miami 31, Duke 6
Duke might have had a good start to the season, but Miami’s defense took charge of the Coastal division – for now.
Miami 31, Duke 6
Prediction: Miami 33, Duke 23
Line: Miami -6, o/u: 56
And that’s the Miami team we thought it would be.
After struggling a bit too much with Toledo, the Hurricane defense turned it up a few notches holding Duke to just two field goals, 349 total yards, and a whole lot of nothing down the field in the easy win.
The pass rush was swarming – coming up with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss – with the front seven allowing a few big runs, but always coming up with a big stop when needed.
It would’ve been nice if Mark Walton 1) could’ve gone off, running for just 51 yards on 17 carries and 2) didn’t get more banged up. The star RB came into the game hurt, and he didn’t look quite right at the end – Duke keyed on him.
That means Malik Rosier had to produce, and he came up with a big performance with 270 yards and two scores, to go along with 43 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Does all this mean Miami is in the mix for the College Football Playoff now? Beat Florida State next week, and then it’ll be time to talk.
But for now, against a dangerous Blue Devil team that had been playing well at home, it was the game the defense had to have, it was the day Rosier needed to come up with on the road, and it was the easy win that a good team is supposed to assume is a given if it’s going to be a special season.