A fast start helped the Miami Hurricanes in their Friday night ACC opener at Duke, and then in a close game, a big play by WR Ahmmon Richards was the knockout punch, as the Canes won easily 31-6.
QB Malik Rosier helped the Hurricanes fast start with a TD pass in the air to Braxton Berrios of 27 yards and a 7-0 lead in the first. Then, he and the offense quickly put together 68 yard TD drive that Rosier capped himself with a QB sneak and a two TD advantage.
Duke played the Canes tough from there on and kicking two field goals, trailed only 17-6 at the half.
Both teams played strong defense in the third quarter, which went scoreless.
Then, in the fourth quarter Rosier hit Richards, who Miami was just getting back from injury in this game, and Richards did the rest:
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The 49 yard TD put Richards over the 100 yard mark in receiving and basically sealed the deal for Miami.
Duke played tough, but could muster no real offense in the second half. Credit the Canes who held them twice on downs and also recorded a sack fumble with four minutes remaining to stymie the Blue Devils one last time.
Travis Homer raced 40 yards for a TD on the next play for Miami to pad the final score.
The victory gives Miami and coach Mark Richt an opening ACC road win and sets the stage for their showdown next Saturday at FSU.