Rosier, ’Canes ease past Duke

Boston Herald - - BASEBALL SCOREBOARD - By AARON BEARD

DURHAM, N.C. — Ma­lik Rosier threw two touch­down passes and ran for an­other score and No. 14 Mi­ami’s de­fense shut down Duke in a 31-6 vic­tory last night.

Rosier com­pleted 15-of-26 passes for 270 yards, in­clud­ing a 49yard catch-and-run score by Ah­m­mon Richards early in the fourth quar­ter.

Richards’ score broke it open, giv­ing the Hur­ri­canes (3-0, 1-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) a 24-6 lead with 11:02 left.

Mark Wal­ton — av­er­ag­ing a con­fer­ence-best 176 yards rush­ing through two games — man­aged only 51 yards on 17 car­ries against the na­tion’s No. 2-ranked run de­fense. But he added 79 yards re­ceiv­ing be­fore leav­ing in the fourth quar­ter with an in­jury.

Line­backer Michael Pinck­ney had 10 tack­les, a fourth-down sack on Duke’s open­ing drive and a sec­ond-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion to lead the ef­fort that kept the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1) out of the end zone.

“Our de­fense gave up some yards and grass be­tween the 20s,” Mi­ami coach Mark Richt said. “But when it got in the red zone, we found ways to force field goals . ... I thought our de­fense fin­ished ex­tremely well.”

Duke fin­ished with 349 yards, but con­verted just 5-of-19 third downs.

“Just went south,” Duke coach David Cut­cliffe said. “That’s got to be on me. I’ve got to help our play­ers. I’ve got to find out what the cir­cum­stances are. We’re go­ing to take a long hard look at that and we will be bet­ter.”

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STORM­ING TO VIC­TORY: Travis Homer cel­e­brates his touch­down dur­ing No. 14 Mi­ami’s 31-6 rout of Duke last night in Durham, N.C.

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