Miami Uses 8-Lateral Kickoff Return to Upset #22 Duke 30-27 to Win the Academy’s Game of the Week

By November 2, 2015News & Events
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DAPHNE, Ala. – The University of Miami kickoff return team somehow kept the ball alive, managed to stay upright, and threaded the defense long enough to make something magical happen. Corn Elder took the Hurricanes’ eighth lateral of a wild final kickoff return back for a touchdown to give Miami an unbelievable 30-27 victory over #22 Duke on Saturday night. As a result the Hurricanes will forever celebrate one of the most memorable endings in the program’s storied history.

For their impressive performance against Duke, the University of Miami has been voted the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week with #9 Notre Dame’s 24-20 win over #21 Temple tallying second and #15 Michigan’s 29-26, victory over Minnesota coming in third.

An eminent national panel of 17 former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award by ballot.

Each weekly winner is entered into a pool for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners of these memorable games have included stunning upsets, conference championship and BCS National Championship games.

Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit