Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 10 games of the ACC college football season?
Duke 20, Miami 12
What Happened: In the rain in Miami, Duke scored on the first play on a Deon Jackson 75-yard touchdown run, but the rest of the half was all about Miami, getting up 12-7 on an 83-yard DeeJay Dallas touchdown dash and with a Travis Homer scoring run. And that was it.
Duke dominated the second half with 13 unanswered points on two Collin Wareham field goals and a two-yard Quentin Harris jump pass to Daniel Helm. But down eight, Miami was still alive with a late drive, but it stalled with a misfired pass in Blue Devil territory.
What Mattered: The Miami quarterback situation is still a mess. Malik Rosier completed 8-of-12 passes for 76 yards, but the passing game didn’t move. N’Kosi Perry completing 5-of-16 passes for just 35 yards, with the running game taking over.
Both Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas ran for well over 100 yards, mostly because of a few big dashes. It wasn’t enough – the O stalled in the second half.
– Duke’s offense wasn’t great, but it was opportunistic. The running game failed outside of the big Jackson run to kick things off, and the passing attack was just okay. Daniel Jones completed 17-of-35 passes for 130 yards with a pick.
– Miami outgained Duke 411 yards to 290, but it made more mistakes going a -1 in turnovers and with six penalties. Again, the offense stalled way too often.
What It All Means: The Blue Devils got back on track after losing three of the last four to get bowl eligible. Now they can enjoy themselves and see what they can do in three interesting battles. First comes the the rivalry fight with North Carolina, then the trip to Clemson, and then Wake Forest.
– On a three-game losing streak with an offense that continues to sputter and cough, Miami is hardly a sure-thing to get bowling with road games at Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech, and Pitt to close things out. the Coastal dreams are now done, but just getting the extra game has to be good enough.