MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 15:Duke Johnson #8 of the Miami Hurricanes runs with the ball for a first half touchdown against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 15, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
After a sloppy start, Duke Johnson and Miami turned on the afterburners. The sensational Miami freshman took the ball to the house 4 times on two TD runs, a kick off return, and a spectacular catch and run.
In the 1st quarter UM had success running the ball, but multiple false starts by the offensive line were costly. The 2nd series ended on an incomplete pass deep in Bethune Cookman territory by Stephen Morris, after 4th and 1 became 4th and 6 following false start # 3 of the quarter. The mistakes continued to pile up when Phillip Dorsett fumbled away what had been a nice punt return. After starting out at the Miami 20, BCC capitalized 6 plays later (all runs) with a one yard TD run by Isidore Jackson for the 7-0 lead.
That's when lightning struck!!
Duke Johnson took the ensuing kick off 95 yards to even things up. At about the 40 yard line Duke made an electrifying cut that nearly broke the kicker's ankles. The teams exchanged punts following some sloppy play until Miami finally got the offense going late in the 2nd quarter. Following some strong runs by Mike James, Johnson scored again this time with a pretty run on a toss play from one yard out. Just before the half UM tacked on a FG by Jake Wieclaw for 17-7 lead. The drive was sparked by a one-handed catch and run by Rayshawn Scott.
After a slow start to the third quarter, Johnson got the scoring going again. Taking a screen pass from Morris at midfield, Duke perfectly set up several nice blocks, made a terrific cut, and scampered the distance for his 3rd TD of the day. The game was never in doubt from that point forward.
Just for an encore, Duke sauntered in from 28 yards in the 4th quarter after another jaw dropping cut, putting Miami ahead 31-10.
Eduardo Clements capped the scoring with an 8 yard TD run, but there was little doubt who the best player on the field was today.
The Hurricanes (2-1) travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech, next Saturday.
Johnson finished with 14 carries for 94 yards, had 3 catches for 57 yards, and 95 yards on his lone return. James added 77 yards rushing on just 9 carries. Darius Smith had his 1st sack of the season on Bethune's opening series. Anthony Chickillo made a nice play on a fumble recovery when the ball slipped from BCC QB Jackie Wilson's hands. Brandon McGee had a very good all-around game.
Freshman (not named Duke Johnson) Notes:
DE Jelani Hamilton had a tackle for loss. Fellow DE Tyriq McCord had 2 sacks and a batted pass. S Deon Bush started in place of Vaughn Telemaque and had several nice open field tackles as well as a pass defensed. Ereck Flowers saw limited action, as Seantrel Henderson appeared to take the majority of snaps at RT. Malcolm Lewis had a nice kick return and finished with 2 catches for 9 yards. Dallas Crawford has an INT off a fake punt.
Back-up long snapper Paul Kelly replaced Sean McNally following an undisclosed injury. Duke Johnson was temporarily shaken up after turning a 3 yard loss into a spectacular 8 yard gain on a swing pass in the 2nd quarter. LB Tyrone Cornelius left with an apparent shoulder injury, but also returned to the game. Denzel Perryman appeared to need his ankle re-taped on more then one occasion and missed most of the 2nd half. C Shane McDermott also left the game in the 4th quarter with a leg injury. S Deon Bush cramped up a few times in the second half. LB Thurston Armbrister was also banged up late in the game.