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.’ ’’
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.