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Miami routs Duke, with a visit to FSU next week

As Duke did throughout the game, Daniel Jones finds it tough going against Miami's defense. [Getty Images]

As Duke did throughout the game, Daniel Jones finds it tough going against Miami's defense. [Getty Images]

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

Rosier passed for 270 yards, including a 49-yard catch-and-run score by Ahmmon Richards early in the fourth quarter. That gave the Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0 ACC) a 24-6 lead with 11:02 left.

The Hurricanes visit Florida State next Saturday in a rescheduled game due to Hurricane Irma.

Miami's Mark Walton — averaging a conference-best 176 yards rushing through two games — had 51 yards on 17 carries against the nation's No. 2-ranked run defense. He added 79 yards receiving, leaving in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

Linebacker Michael Pinckney had 10 tackles, a fourth-down sack on Duke's opening drive and a second-quarter interception. The Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1) finished with 349 yards but converted only 5 of 19 third downs and didn't get into the end zone.

"Our defense gave up some yards and grass between the 20s," Miami coach Mark Richt said. "But when it got in the red zone, we found ways to force field goals. I thought our defense finished extremely well."

Duke came into the game ranked in the bottom third nationally in red-zone efficiency, and now has nine touchdowns and nine field goals in 23 trips.

"Just went south," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "That's got to be on me. I've got to help our players. I've got to find out what the circumstances are. We're going to take a long hard look at that and we will be better."

PEYTON HONORED TODAY: Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning will have his selection to the College Football Hall of Fame celebrated during halftime today. He invited Tennessee's other living Hall of Famers to join him at today's halftime ceremony. They are former Hills­borough High standout Steve Kiner, Doug Dickey (who grew up in Gainesville, played at UF from 1951-53 and coached the Gators from 1970-78 after getting hired away from the Vols), Frank Emanuel, Phillip Fulmer, Bob Johnson, Chip Kell, Johnny Majors and John Michels.

MEMPHIS: Defensive back Shaun Rupert was dismissed for what the school called violation of team rules. Police said he used a handgun in May to rob a student.

Pitino: I didn't know

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he was unaware of any payments to recruits but takes responsibility for his decisions. Pitino, 65, issued a written statement to the Cardinals' flagship radio station, soon after former player David Padgett was introduced as his interim replacement.

Pitino is on unpaid administrative leave after the school acknowledged its involvement in a nationwide federal investigation into bribery in college basketball. He is not named in the federal documents.

"I had no knowledge of any payments to any recruit or their family. But I was the head coach and I will take ownership of my decisions. The university took the action they thought was necessary, and I will do the same," he said.

Padgett, 32, is coming off his first season as an assistant after two seasons as director of basketball operations.

AUBURN AD OUT? Auburn is laying the groundwork to oust athletic director Jay Jacobs, according to reports, a move that would be motivated in part by the school being part of the nationwide basketball scandal.

Miami routs Duke, with a visit to FSU next week 09/29/17 [Last modified: Friday, September 29, 2017 11:46pm]
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