Scores

Final

Miami (FL) 41

(1-0, 1-0 ACC)

Boston College 32

(0-1, 0-1 ACC)

Coverage: ABC/ESPN2

3:30 PM ET, September 1, 2012

Alumni Stadium, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 14 7 10 1041
BC 14 6 3 932

Top Performers

Passing: C. Rettig (BC) - 441 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Johnson (MIA) - 7 CAR, 135 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Kimble (BC) - 8 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Duke Johnson runs for 2 TDs as Miami opens with win over BC

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Freshman Duke Johnson broke two long touchdown runs, rushing for 135 yards to lead Miami to a 41-32 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Johnson scored from 54 and 56 yards out for the Hurricanes, and Stephen Morris threw for 207 yards and a touchdown in the season opener for both teams. The schools also played each other in the 2011 finale, when BC beat the Hurricanes in Miami for the first time since Doug Flutie's famous desperation pass in 1984.

Chase Rettig completed 32 of 51 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns for BC, which led 14-0 after its first two possessions. But Johnson's second score made it 31-23, and then the Eagles fumbled the ball away on consecutive drives to start the fourth quarter. That set up a field goal and touchdown to give Miami a 41-23 lead.

BC cut the deficit on Rettig's 17-yard touchdown pass to Tahj Kimble, but it wasn't enough. Late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles came up just short of the goal line on a third-down pass to Spiffy Evans. With the clock below 2:30, Rettig quickly lined up and tried to sneak it in but was stopped for no gain. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Miami took an intentional safety with 4 seconds left rather than punt from deep in its own end zone.

The Hurricanes improved to 24-5 all-time against BC, which had won two straight in the series, including the 24-17 victory last season that left Hurricanes coach Al Golden with the end to a tumultuous first season and a 6-6 record. The school did not go to a bowl because of a self-imposed ban in response to an improper benefits scandal.

Boston College went 4-8 last season, missing a bowl for the first time since 1998, and coach Frank Spaziani's job is likely on the line unless the Eagles improve.

It looked good -- at the start.

Rettig led BC on two quick touchdown drives to open the game, scoring on Andre Williams' 4-yard run on the first drive of the game and then a 15-yard pass to Jake Sinkovec. But Miami tied it before the quarter was over, scoring on Eduardo Clements' 1-yard run and then, on the final play of the first, Denzel Perryman's 41-yard interception return.

After Nate Freese kicked a 26-yard field goal to give BC the lead again, Johnson broke loose from 54 yards out and scored to make it 21-17. BC took the lead with two more field goals, but Miami's Jake Wieclaw answered with one and then Johnson broke another long one.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
BC
1st Downs2229
Total Yards415537
Passing207441
Rushing20896
Penalties9-783-30
3rd Down Conversions11-216-14
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers13
Possession26:2133:39

Passing Leaders

Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morris28/452074.611
Boston CollegeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rettig32/514418.621

Rushing Leaders

Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson713519.3256
James14543.9011
Boston CollegeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams18492.7111
Kimble10454.5010

Receiving Leaders

Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Hurns88110.1021
Lewis44210.5118
Boston CollegeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Amidon1014914.9032
Kimble813016.3131

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIABC
TD12:26Andre Williams 4 Yd Run (Nate Freese Kick) 07
TD07:54Jake Sinkovec 15 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 014
TD00:53Eduardo Clements 1 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 714
TD00:00Denzel Perryman 41 Yd Interception Return (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 1414
SECOND QUARTERMIABC
FG10:53Nate Freese 26 Yd 1417
TD09:02Duke Johnson 54 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 2117
FG03:32Nate Freese 37 Yd 2120
THIRD QUARTERMIABC
FG09:52Nate Freese 30 Yd 2123
FG05:06Jake Wieclaw 22 Yd 2423
TD01:18Duke Johnson 56 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 3123
FOURTH QUARTERMIABC
FG13:35Jake Wieclaw 24 Yd 3423
TD09:49Malcolm Lewis 18 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 4123
TD06:48Tahj Kimble 17 Yd Pass From Chase Rettig (Nate Freese Kick) 4130
SF00:04- Team Tackled By Tahj Kimble In End Zone 4132

Research Notes

Chase Rettig threw for 441 yards against Miami, the sixth-highest single-game total in school history and most since Glenn Foley threw for 448 yards in 1993.

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