Unbeaten Duke set to welcome No. 14 Hurricanes

Annette Crawford
September 30, 2017

He was 8-8 in the quarter, for 155 yards, with a passing and rushing touchdown. He did return and managed to eclipse the 200 yard mark in that game. The team only had two practices this week to prepare for a key conference matchup, and is focused on making sure players stay healthy and rested.

And so is receiver Ahmmon Richards. The Blue Devils are also looking to start a season 5-0 for the first time since 1994. Miami lost the same week it became the state's top-ranked team after the polls of October 3, 2010, November 14, 2010 and October 2, 2016.

The Miami Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils meet Friday in college football action at Wallace Wade Stadium on ESPN. Duke has gotten off to a surprising 4-0 start, thanks in large part to the play of Jones. Duke doesn't have a breakthrough victory yet, but wins over Northwestern, Baylor and a recent road win over North Carolina are nothing to sneeze at.

Duke's run game has been fueled by running backs Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown. Their run defense is holding opponents to 65.3 yards per game. (The biggest obstacle may be Boise State on October 14.) If the Huskies are able to silence San Diego State's running game and keep the Aztecs guessing on offense-they present a balanced attack and spread the ball to tons of targets-this could end in an upset. Miami Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said Jones has a propensity to take a hit and avoid sliding. In a change from your typical David Cutcliffe-coached Duke team, they've relied on a powerful run game on offense and a punishing run defense. They look for consistency from fifth year senior grad transfer Dee Delaney, who has been picked on at times in the passing game.


"He loves to throw the football..." He was the first to wear the "turnover chain" after an interception against Bethune-Cookman in week one.

"He takes hits", Young said. "But when it got in the red zone, we found ways to force field goals". With eight more tries to get two wins, the most likely chances are next weekend against Virginia, Oct. 21 versus Pittsburgh, on Nov. 11 at Army and in any of the last two games of the year (home on Nov. 18 against Georgia Tech or at Wake Forest on Nov. 25).

While some may misinterpret this line of thought as malicious, Young is talking about aggression. Miami had a nice win last week, but the pros will let you know if that win was misleading or not. Miami has only lost twice all time at Durham with the latest of those coming back in 2013.

In three trips to the red zone, Duke (4-1, 1-1 in the ACC) finished with just six points and never found the end zone despite only being outgained 409-349. He might wanna burn the game tape on this one. He caught five passes for 105 and a touchdown against Toledo. You can listen to the game on 560 WQAM.

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