Noth­ing works

No mat­ter what Richt tries, Hur­ri­canes can’t es­cape ig­nominy of los­ing to Duke

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

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

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Mi­ami de­fen­sive line­man Scott Patchan (19) at­tempts to tackle Duke run­ning back Mataeo Du­rant (21) dur­ing the first half Satur­day.

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Mi­ami quar­ter­back Ma­lik Rosier (12) car­ries the ball in the first quar­ter of Satur­day night’s loss to Duke at Hard Rock Sta­dium.

Dave Hyde

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