DURHAM — D’Eriq King threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help No. 9 Miami beat Duke 48-0 on Saturday night in the Hurricanes’ return from a two-week pause amid coronavirus issues.
King hit Mike Harley for an 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Hurricanes (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 10 CFP), while Cam’Ron Harris ran for 96 yards and two scores.
Miami’s defense was dominant the entire game, holding the Blue Devils (2-8, 1-8) to 177 total yards and forcing five turnovers.
Miami earned its first road shutout in 20 years, while Duke was shut out for the first time in a dozen years.
Miami was playing for the first time since beating Virginia Tech on Nov. 14, and had spent the weeks since dealing with positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines. That included having two games postponed. The trip to face the Blue Devils was a late replacement for a rescheduled visit to Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons faced their own coronavirus issues.
The Hurricanes had 15 players unavailable, but had no trouble.
King hit Brevin Jordan for a 24-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, followed by Harris blowing through a gaping hole on the left side, untouched, for a 34-yard score. King followed with an 11-yard keeper, punctuated by a collision with Duke’s Jeremiah Lewis at the right pylon, that gave Miami a 21-0 halftime lead.
That lead only grew, as King hit Harley with a perfect pass deep down the middle for Miami’s longest offensive play of the year.
Chase Brice completed 20 of 25 passes for 94 yards for Duke, which had just 81 yards by halftime and finished with 56 yards rushing.
Roughly a week ago, the Blue Devils were expecting to host Florida State. Instead, they ended up with a matchup against the Hurricanes with a chance for a third straight series win. But they merely added to a national-worst 30 turnovers coming into Saturday while struggling defensively again after giving up 56 points in each of their last two games. It resulted in their first shutout loss since dropping a 27-0 decision at Georgia Tech in October 2008.
Duke visits Florida State next Saturday in a matchup bumped to make room for the Miami game.