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Miller carries Hurricanes to rout over Duke

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 05:59 AM
MIAMI -

Lamar Miller ran for two touchdowns and became Miami's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002, Jacory Harris passed for three first-half scores and the Hurricanes scored on their first five possessions to roll past Duke 49-14 on Saturday.

Miller finished with 147 yards, giving him 1,016 for the season — the first Hurricane since Willis McGahee to reach that mark. Mike James also ran for two touchdowns for Miami (5-4, 3-3 ACC), which got scoring catches from Tommy Streeter, Phillip Dorsett and Chase Ford.

Sean Renfree completed 19 of 25 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, plus rushed for another score for Duke (3-6, 1-4). The Blue Devils lost for the 44th time in their past 48 ACC road games.

"I thought we played all four quarters and in all three phases," Miami coach Al Golden said. "Real pleased with the effort."

Miller — who predicted during the week he would reach the mark Saturday — topped the 1,000-yard barrier in style.

Only 6 yards from the plateau, he took off on a 22-yard touchdown run with 8:56 left, a score that gave Miami its highest point total against a major-college opponent since beating Virginia 52-17 on Nov. 7, 2009. He had a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter as UM went to 7-0 against Duke since joining the ACC.

Harris completed 14 of 20 passes for 202 yards for Miami, which rolled up 467 yards. Miami ran for 265 yards on 39 tries.

"Everybody's been working hard this whole week," Harris said. "We've been putting in the work to get better."

The Hurricanes visit rival Florida State next Saturday. And if there was any concern that Miami was looking ahead, it was debunked quickly.

Miami needed only five plays to march 78 yards for the game's first score, a 1-yard Harris pass to Ford — capping a drive that got done faster than the officials' review of the scoring play. Duke had a pair of false-starts on its ensuing drive and had to punt away, and Miami broke out a slew of offensive surprises to take a 14-0 lead.

Three different players — Stephen Morris, James and then Harris — took snaps on three successive Miami plays on the Hurricanes' second drive, a march sealed by James' 1-yard run on fourth down. A 2-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Dorsett early in the second quarter made it 21-0, and the Hurricanes were rolling.

Renfree got Duke within 14 points twice, first after engineering a 13-play, 64-yard drive that ended with his 4-yard touchdown pass to Conner Vernon, then again in the third quarter when he went up the middle for a 6-yard score that cut Miami's lead to 28-14.

It was all UM from there.

And it's on to Florida State — a game that Golden alluded to in his on-field interview just after the final whistle Saturday, saying the Hurricanes need no reminder of the challenge ahead.

"We've got to be focused," Golden said, "adhere to the process and get better every day."

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