No matter what Richt tries, Hurricanes can’t escape ignominy of losing to Duke
MIAMI GARDENS — Well, there are no illusions now. No doubts. No excuses. Until Saturday night, you could make the case Miami went through a couple of bad weeks, on the road, against a couple of fired-up conference rivals. But now words fail me.
Miami lost to Duke at home on Saturday night, 20-12.
That’s Duke, as previously 1-3 in the ACC Duke.
That’s Duke, as in basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke.
That’s Duke, as in Duke, a program Miami should never, ever, not-in-your-lifetime lose to at home. It never had, either. Not as The U, anyhow. Its only home loss to Duke came in 1976, which was before Miami was a program of any renown.
Get the idea? Mark Richt is out of answers this year, too. Saturday showed that. He dug deep in his bag of desperation from the start. He went for it on fourth-and-2 from his 49-yard line on his offense’s second series.
The play call, a deep pass, sailed out of bounds. On the next series, N’Kosi Perry replaced Rosier at quarterback.
And then Rosier soon replaced Perry.
And in the fourth quarter Perry replaced Rosier.
Nothing really changed in the quarterback shuffle, least of all the scoreboard. So a desperate night became an ugly one. When coach Mark Richt appeared on
Miami defensive lineman Scott Patchan (19) attempts to tackle Duke running back Mataeo Durant (21) during the first half Saturday.
Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) carries the ball in the first quarter of Saturday night’s loss to Duke at Hard Rock Stadium.