Duke shocks Miami, controls own destiny in ACC Coastal
Duke rallied from deficits three times Saturday and literally ran away from No. 24 Miami 48-30 at Wallace Wade Stadium in one of the biggest wins in decades for the long-beleaguered program.
The win, Duke’s sixth straight, lifts the Blue Devils to 8-2, 4-2 ACC and allows the Blue Devils to control their own postseason destiny.
If the Blue Devils can beat Wake Forest Saturday and UNC Nov. 30 — both games will be played on the road — Duke will win the ACC’s Coastal Division championship and advance to the Dec. 7 ACC Championship game in Charlotte against No. 2 Florida State.
A loss to Miami Saturday would have eliminated Duke from the Coastal title chase.
Meanwhile, North Carolina freshman punt returner Ryan Switzer’s 61-yard punt return for a touchdown — his second of the game and third in two weeks — ended a 24-point Pitt comeback and snapped a 27-27 tie late in the fourth quarter as UNC won its fourth straight 34-27.
With the win, UNC improved to 5-5 overall and moved to within one win of becoming bowl eligible.
In Durham, Andre Clarke rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown as N.C. Central rallied to beat Norfolk State 24-13.
In Boston, Andre Williams rushed for an ACC record 339 yards as Boston College beat visiting N.C. State 38-21.