Scores

Final

Duke 14

(1-4, 0-2 ACC)

Miami (FL) 24

(4-1, 1-0 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
DUKE 0 0 7 714
MIA 10 0 0 1424

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 241 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: G. Cooper (MIA) - 12 CAR, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Farquharson (MIA) - 6 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD

Miami 24, Duke 14

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Kyle Wright returned from an injury to throw a game-sealing touchdown pass to DajLeon Farr with 2:15 left, and Miami escaped an upset bid by Duke for the second straight year by beating the Blue Devils 24-14 on Saturday.

Wright was 19-of-23 for 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-1, 1-0), who won their Atlantic Coast Conference opener for the first time in three years.

Thad Lewis completed 18 of 27 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns for Duke, which dropped a 20-15 decision to the Hurricanes last year -- and gave Miami fits again, all the way to the final minutes.

Lewis' 31-yard pass to Eron Riley got Duke (1-4, 0-2) within 17-14 with 9:46 left, and Duke was driving deep in Miami territory later in the final quarter. But Eric Moncur's sack -- one of nine by Miami -- ended a drive with 3 minutes left, and two plays later, the Hurricanes' offense sealed the win.

Graig Cooper, who had a 2-yard TD run earlier in the fourth after a contested pass interference call, opened the drive with a 27-yard run. Wright -- who left at the start of the fourth quarter with a cut inside his mouth -- then found Farr with a 33-yard scoring pass on the next play.

Cooper had 101 yards on 12 carries for Miami, which lost to Florida State each of the past two years to open league play but hardly found things easy against Duke.

Leon Wright had two interceptions and Ronnie Drummond caught a screen pass and ran 40 yards for a touchdown for Duke, which is now 1-24 in its last 25 games -- and has dropped 19 straight against ACC foes.

Miami outgained Duke 430-302.

The Hurricanes led 10-0 at halftime. Miami hasn't allowed a first-half point in four home games this season.

Antonio Dixon sacked Lewis for a 12-yard loss on the game's first play, setting up a three-and-out, and Miami got the ball for the first time at the Duke 46. The Hurricanes needed eight plays to score from there, with Wright finding Kayne Farquharson for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 8:34 left in the opening quarter.

It was only the second catch of the season for Farquharson, and it was a good one: He found a seam near the back of the end zone and stretched his 6-foot-2 frame high to grab Wright's hard-thrown pass.

Francesco Zampogna's 47-yard field goal 5 minutes later made it 10-0, but the Hurricanes didn't score again in the half, even though Wright was 10-for-11 in the opening two quarters and Miami held a 200-112 lead in total offense.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DUKE
MIA
1st Downs1721
Total Yards302430
Passing241245
Rushing61185
Penalties7-547-74
3rd Down Conversions8-153-9
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers22
Possession31:5928:01

Passing Leaders

DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis18/272418.920
Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wright19/2323010.022

Rushing Leaders

DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Boyette14715.1017
Drummer5193.8010
Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper121018.4130
James16573.6016

Receiving Leaders

DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Drummer45313.3141
Harris34816.0031
Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Jenkins37224.0046
Farquharson6467.7112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDUKEMIA
TD08:34Kayne Farquharson 5 Yd Pass From Kyle Wright (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 46 yds, 3:45
07
FG03:35Francesco Zampogna 47 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 32 yds, 1:56
010
THIRD QUARTERDUKEMIA
TD04:35Ronnie Drummer 41 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:09
710
FOURTH QUARTERDUKEMIA
TD12:06Graig Cooper 2 Yd Run (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 21 yds, 2:01
717
TD09:46Eron Riley 31 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:10
1417
TD02:15Dajleon Farr 33 Yd Pass From Kyle Wright (Francesco Zampogna Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 60 yds, :45
1424