Duke's trip to Miami ended in disappointment as the Blue Devils lost in the rain, 22-10.
The rain probably had something to do with it, but it was a miserable offensive performance by Duke, with the Blue Devils converting just 2-16 on third downs.
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You won't win many games like that, nor with three turnovers, two of which Miami turned into 14 points.
It's too easy to say that those points wouldn't have been scored - who knows? - but Miami only scored nine points on offense, and 10-9 wouldn't have been pretty but it would have been a win.
Still though, defense was solid for the Blue Devils, and as you may recall, coming into this one, both offenses were praised while the defenses had each proven weak against the run.
Not so much in this one. Miami did gain 203 yards rushing, but still had a hard time getting the ball in the end zone.
After the loss, teams will do what teams always do: the coaches will go over film, try to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. Players will talk amongst themselves and either rally or slip further. Our money is on cohesion.
Look, it was a loss, but consider Duke's last three losses: Florida State (eventual national champs), Texas A&M (with Johnny Football) and Miami (in the rain).
FSU owned that game, but Duke has been competitive in the others.
It's a far cry from losing to Richmond. Next play.
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