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Miami follows Kaaya to big second half in beating Duke

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The Miami Hurricanes broke open a close game in the second half and went on to finish Mark Richt’s first season at 8-4.

Quarterback Brad Kaaya threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns, and the Hurricanes outscored Duke 24-7 in the second half.

Kaaya found receivers David Njoku for 134 yards and two touchdowns and Stacy Coley for 118 yards and another score to lead Miami to its win.

At one stretch in the third quarter, Kaaya hit five straight for 192 yards. He completed  passes of 76 yards for a touchdown to Njoku, 33 yards to Coley, 38 yards to Braxton Berrios, 3 yards for a touchdown to Coley and 42 yards to Coley.

“He audibled the first one,” Richt said of the 5-for-5 stretch, “and I laughed when I saw him on the sidelines. ‘You got tired of all of this dink-and-dunk, high-percentage stuff? You just want to launch it?’

“He’s like, ‘Yeah, I wanted to launch it.’

“It got contagious with me. I said, ‘Alright, let’s launch a few more and see what happens.’ ’’

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For Duke, quarterback Daniel Jones threw for 316 yards. Receiver T.J. Rahming caught 10 passes for 117 yards.

The Hurricanes finished their season with a four-game winning streak.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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