Duke hosted the No. 1 player in the country for an official visit two weekends ago, and RJ Barrett looks like he's ready to make a decision soon. The Hurricanes likely expected this because it is a common response to the run-pass option game (RPO) that Miami heavily utilizes.
If Duke wins its first two regular season games (Elon on November 10 and Utah Valley on November 11), Coach K will become the first NCAA Div.
Duke's defense will be important here. The Blue Devils will be a tough out tonight for Miami.
Miami's passing offense has been solid, but their bread and butter comes from the running game. The Blue Devils started bringing a lot of pressure, which seemed to catch Miami off guard, forcing a quick punt.
Canes redshirt junior quarterback Malik Rosier returned to the place where he started his first game back in 2015, and once again, delivered a strong performance using his arm and his legs to lead his team in its first ACC matchup of the season. It took a Duke bounce near the line of scrimmage and went out of bounds at the 42, for a loss of a yard.
Miami is the first team Duke has faced with multiple athletic big men on defense, and the Blue Devils are not handling it well. I just hustled to the ball like we say every week, just being all over the field.
Friday, the Blue Devils were shut down offensively.
Pinckney had 10 tackles and also had a second-quarter interception to lead a defensive effort that included five sacks of Jones. It took three consecutive stops by the Blue Devil defense and a pick-six by Bryon Fields Jr.to secure the victory for Duke. However, they started to take over in the second half, helping UM allow 2.8 yards per play in the final 30 minutes. Duke ended Miami's drive by bluffing a blitz and then sagging into coverage, which was the right call for Miami's blitz-counter call of a tunnel screen. QB Daniel Jones had his moments, but was under pressure all night and managed just 166 yards on 21 completions while also tossing an interception. Punter Zach Feagles made the highlight reel in a way no specialist wants to by booting a negative one-yard punt (that wasn't blocked) in the third quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Duke finally hit a deep shot down the sideline against cover-2, with Jones beautifully fitting the ball over the corner and in front of the safety.
While it was a good night for the quarterback, star running back Mark Walton didn't quite have it so easy.
After the interception - intended for All-American receiver Ahmmon Richards, making his first appearance this season - Duke went for a fourth down on fourth-and-3 from the UM 43.
It's time for ACC play, and he's healthy.
But after coming in nursing an ankle injury, Walton was hurt when he was taken down on a carry with 7:39 left in the game. Led by an enthusiastic Michael Pinckney, the Hurricanes showed exactly why they received so much preseason hype. If the Hurricanes are allowed to play that way, this Miami defense can be nasty.