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Miami Football: Winners and Losers from Week 13 Game vs. Duke

David MayerCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

Miami Football: Winners and Losers from Week 13 Game vs. Duke

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    The Miami Hurricanes clinched at least a share of the ACC Coastal with a 52-45 victory over the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday.

    Led by quarterback Stephen Morris, who threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, the Hurricanes racked up 646 yards of total offense.

    Freshman running back Duke Johnson led all rushers with 176 yards and three touchdowns for the Hurricanes.

    Although the Hurricanes technically won the Coastal Division, they self-imposed a bowl ban and will be unable to play in the ACC championship against the Seminoles this Saturday.

    Read on to see Saturday's winners and losers for Miami.

Winner: Duke Johnson, RB

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    What more can you say about freshman Duke Johnson that hasn't already been said? Duke continued to shine, rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries.

    Duke continues to prove that he is not only one of the best freshmen in the ACC, but in the entire country. Earlier this week, the University of Miami started pushing for All-American status for the freshman.

    After this week, how can you deny him?

    If you don't get excited every time Duke touches the ball, you need to start following a different sport.

Loser: Defense

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    Anyone else tired of me talking about how bad the defense is at Miami? I could sit and tell you the same thing over and over again and nothing will change.

    For the 12th straight game, the Hurricanes' defensive line got pushed around, the cornerbacks got burned all day long and the entire team forgot how to tackle.

    I know it's not only the players' fault, but the defensive coordinator's as well (see slide No. 4).

    I will just leave this slide saying that it's a good thing that the Hurricanes have a potent offense.

Winner: Stephen Morris, QB

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    Although Duke Johnson stole the show with three touchdowns and 176 yards rushing, Stephen Morris was right behind him for my player of the game.

    Morris finished the night completing 15 of 25 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns. It was Morris' third-straight game in which he threw three touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Morris was able to spread his passes to seven different players with none of them having more than four receptions.

    It's too bad it was the Hurricanes' last game of the season because it has been fun watching Morris play the last few games.

Loser: Mark D'Onofrio, DC

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    Disgusting. That is all I can really say about defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio's defensive schemes. For the 12th straight game, the Hurricanes' defense got out-coached and out-played.

    Statistically, D'Onofrio's defense gave up 583 yards of total offense, including a career-high 432 yards to Duke quarterback Sean Renfree.

    Renfree was able to throw the ball anywhere he wanted to on Saturday because D'Onofrio chose not to change his defensive scheme.

    Head coach Al Golden needs to seriously think about cutting D'Onofrio during the offseason.

    Yes, it's that bad.

Winner: Clive Walford, TE

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    If there is one person I have been thoroughly excited to see play lately, it's tight end Clive Walford. Walford finished the game with four catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

    Over the last two games, Walford has caught seven passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

    The sophomore has become a huge part of the Hurricanes' offense lately and has shown me that he could certainly be a Jeremy Shockey-type player as soon as next season.

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