Miami rolls over Duke behind Rosier’s strong night

DURHAM, N.C. – Malik Rosier threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 14 Miami's defense shut down Duke in a 31-6 victory Friday night.

Rosier threw for 270 yards, including a 49-yard catch-and-run score by Ahmmon Richards early in the fourth quarter.

Richards’ score broke it open, giving the Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-6 lead with 11:02 left.

Mark Walton – averaging a conference-best 176 yards rushing through two games – managed only 51 yards on 17 carries against the nation’s No. 2-ranked run defense. But he added 79 yards receiving before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injury.

Linebacker Michael Pinckney had 10 tackles, a fourth-down sack on Duke’s opening drive and a second-quarter interception to lead the effort that kept the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1) out of the end zone.

Duke finished with 349 yards, but converted just 5 of 19 third downs.

THE TAKEAWAY

Miami: Two years ago, the Hurricanes escaped Durham with a win on an eight-lateral kickoff return for a final-play touchdown. The Hurricanes needed no such theatrics this time, getting off to a fast start behind Rosier (who completed his first nine passes) and then leaning on a defense that stiffened just about any time Duke pushed across midfield in a matchup of unbeaten Coastal Division teams.

Duke: The Blue Devils simply have to get better in the red zone. They twice settled for field goals of 36 yards or closer after drives stalled and also took Pinckney’s sack on a fourth-and-1 from the Miami 13 to open the game. Duke came into the game ranked in the bottom third nationally nationally in red-zone efficiency, and now has scored nine touchdowns and nine field goals in 23 trips.

UP NEXT

Miami: The Hurricanes visit preseason ACC favorite Florida State on Oct. 7 in a game rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.

Duke: The Blue Devils travel to Virginia on Oct. 7.

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Former KKK Leader David Duke Says The White Supremacist March In Virginia "Fulfills The Promises Of Donald Trump"

Prominent white supremeacist David Duke is marching in Donald Trump’s name at the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. “This represents a turning point for the people of this country,”. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump,”. the former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said at the rally. Posted By Persist

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Duke extends David Cutcliffe through 2020 season

David Cutcliffe will remain at Duke for the foreseeable future, as the school has inked the head coach to a contract extension through June 2021.

“Simply put, Duke University is terribly honored and very proud to have one of the truly pinnacle football coaches in the country leading the Blue Devil program into the next decade,” athletic director Kevin White said in a statement. “To be sure, what Coach Cutcliffe has accomplished over nine seasons at Duke is nothing short of extraordinary!”

Cutcliffe was hired as the Duke frontman in 2007, and has led the program to 52 wins over his nine seasons, 42 more than the Blue Devils totaled in the eight years before his appointment.

The extension keeps Cutcliffe at the school two years past the June 2019 end of his previous contract, which was signed in 2012.

Duke opens the 2017 campaign on Sept. 2 against North Carolina Central.

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Jones gains comfort, confidence entering 2nd year as Duke QB

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke's Daniel Jones isn't looking over his shoulder at anyone.

Former starter Thomas Sirk’s decision to transfer leaves Jones as the Blue Devils’ unquestioned starter.

That move, along with a flurry of early NFL draft declarations across the division, leaves Jones with an odd designation as the dean of starting quarterbacks in the ACC’s Coastal Division – as a rising redshirt sophomore.

”I’ve kind of focused on being the most experienced guy here” on the Duke team, Jones said Saturday. ”I’m trying to make sure I’ve got all my business handled here. … I guess that’s a true fact, but I haven’t thought about it a whole lot.”

Jones and Virginia’s Kurt Benkert are the only returning starting QBs in the Coastal. North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Miami’s Brad Kaaya and Virginia Tech’s Jerod Evans declared early for the draft and Pittsburgh’s Nate Peterman and Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas were seniors in 2016.

Jones started 12 games for the Blue Devils last year, two more than Benkert.

Jones had a solid first season as Duke’s starter, throwing for 2,836 yards and 16 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. He also was the team’s second-leading rusher with 486 yards and four more scores for an injury-ravaged team that finished 4-8 and missed the postseason for the first time since 2011.

Coach David Cutcliffe calls him ”much more of a leader, of a guy in command of his offense.”

And now that Jones has wrapped up a set of spring practices spent working on his deep touch and his ball security, he says he’s understandably more comfortable than he was last August.

”You recognize things quicker, having seen them before. That helps,” Jones said. ”With more experience, you need to process more information faster, and that’s expected of me.”

The biggest indication of his on-the-job growth came in how he took care of the ball: After throwing eight interceptions in his first five starts – including five in a loss to Virginia – he was picked off only once in the next seven games.

”We’re doing very little on offense” during the spring, Cutcliffe said. ”One of the things that’s been a challenge for him is, when you’re doing that, you have got to take care of the football. You can’t create things. We’re not trying to fool our defense. … I think he’s grown in that area.”

The job went to Jones after Sirk – the only Duke quarterback to win a bowl game since 1961 when he beat Indiana in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl – suffered two injuries to his Achilles tendon in a seven-month span.

He ruptured the tendon in February 2016, then reinjured it last August during preseason camp.

Before spring practice started, Cutcliffe said he considered Jones to be the starter, and Sirk – who received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA – last month announced plans to transfer.

”I was sad he’s not going to be around next year,” Jones said. ”As a friend, and such a great leader for our team, you hate to see him go. He’s been a big part of my first few years here.”

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Duke dismisses starting DL Marquies Price

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke has kicked sophomore defensive linemen Brandon Boyce and Marquies Price off the Blue Devils' football team.

Coach David Cutcliffe said Tuesday that they were dismissed for failing to meet program standards, but did not provide any details.

Price started 11 games last season and had 23 tackles and two sacks. Boyce played in eight games as a backup and had seven tackles and a sack.

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Chris Evans AKA Captain America Slams David Duke On Twitter

Chris Evans, the actor best known for playing the live-action version of Captain America, became a bit of a superhero online to some after taking on former KKK leader, David Duke. Evans took  Duke to task on Twitter over the support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions being confirmed this, with the pair engaging in a war of words.

Evans responded to a November 2016 tweet of Duke’s that praised President Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Sessions, former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon and National Security adviser Michael Flynn to posts within the administration.

Duke didn’t take the jab lightly and responded with an attack on Evans’ intelligence.

“Typical dumb actor – if everything I say is wrong, then when I say I oppose these Zionists wars, you must be for them, Captain America!?” tweeted Duke.

Evans had time today and responded back twice before moving on for the day.

Is it just us or does “nuggets of bigotry” sound like an out-of-touch indie rock band? Peep Chris Evans ripping peacefully into David Duke in the tweet below.

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