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(BLACK PR WIRE) "" Duke's senior quarterback Sean Renfree had a career day, passing for an impressive 432 yards and tossing four touchdowns. But it still wasn't enough to outpace the Hurricanes' tandem of Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson, both of whom used Saturday's season finale to write their names on top of some of Miami's most storied records.
Morris and Johnson led Miami's offensive attack that gained a total of 646 yards, marking the third time this season that Miami has surpassed the 600 yard mark.
On a day when there were no turnovers committed by either team, the stage was set for an offensive showcase. As both teams marched up and down the field, generating an incredible 1,229 yards of total offense and scoring a total of 97 points and 13 touchdowns, the 26,895 fans in attendance certainly got their money's worth on a beautiful sun-drenched day at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC.
Miami freshman RB Duke Johnson churned out a game-high 277 yards of total offense. He scored three touchdowns on electrifying runs of 18, 6 and 65 yards. Johnson carried the ball only 16 times but still gained a total of 177 yards. His efforts secured his fifth ACC rookie of the week honor and he will most certainly be named ACC Rookie of the Year. Johnson finished his record-setting season with 947 total rushing yards, eclipsing the previous freshman rushing record of 838 yards, set by Clinton Portis in 1999.
Johnson also set a new Miami season record for total kick return yards, tallying up 892 yards, shattering Travis Benjamin's previous record of 592 yards, set in 2011.
Not to be outdone by Johnson, Miami's Morris set a number of his own records this year. His 369 passing yards against Duke helped him reach 3,415 yards of total offense which surpassed Bernie Kosar's season record of 3,412, set way back in 1984. In addition, with Morris completing 15 passes on 25 attempts against Duke, he set a new season record for passing attempts (421) and is now second on the all time list for passing completion in a season with 245.
Even with the many distractions that occurred off the football field, Miami's season must be considered a considerable success as they won a share of the ACC Coastal Division crown for the first time since joining the ACC in 2004 "" this, after being picked to end up no better than fifth in the division by the preseason prognosticators.
In what head coach Al Golden called a "survive and advance year," the Canes (7-5, 5-3) won't be in the conference championship game in Charlotte on Saturday because the university imposed a second straight bowl ban in an attempt to try and lessen the severity of future NCAA penalties for compliance violations.
This year began with an off season that was marked with a number of seniors deciding to depart early and make themselves available for the NFL draft. The resulting lack of roster depth that ensued was even more evident when a number of defensive and offensive starters became injured or were suspended for multiple games. For instance, in the critical Virginia game, Miami, already the youngest team in the FBS, was without three defensive starters and their second leading receiver due to suspensions and injury. They ended up losing to Virginia in a heartbreaker, 41-40 on a last second touchdown pass.
Now, with Miami returning 20 of its 22 starters for the 2013 season, the future looks quite bright for these young, but battle-ready and tested Miami Hurricanes.