Miami Hurricanes’ Duke Johnson extends touchdown streak

Miami's Duke Johnson runs for long yardage in the first quarter during the University of Miami vs Savannah State football game at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Miami's Duke Johnson runs for long yardage in the first quarter during the University of Miami vs Savannah State football game at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff
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Duke Johnson didn’t have the best of times against the Florida Gators two weeks ago.

He had no problem getting going Saturday night against Savannah State.

On the opening kickoff, the talented sophomore zigzagged his way down field, matching a career-high with a 95-yard kick return to set up UM’s first touchdown on the very next play.

Before his night was done, Johnson had eight carries for 59 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter. Johnson has scored a touchdown in seven consecutive games dating back to last year’s 30-12 win over Virginia Tech.

Against Florida, Johnson enjoyed a good first quarter, but the Gators put the clamps on him, holding him to 59 yards rushing and 12 receiving total.

Despite that rough game, Johnson came into Saturday night’s game ranked 14th in the nation with 351 all-purpose yards. He finished with 154 all-purpose yards against Savannah State.

Johnson was shaken up on his final carry of the game on the final play of the first quarter but was seen smiling on the sideline.

“I’m fine,” Johnson said after the game as he was leaving Sun Life Stadium. “Nothing really happened there.”

First sacks

Hurricanes freshman defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad said before the season started that it might be pretty cool to take down Daniel Stubbs’ career sack record at UM of 39.5.

So far, he has gotten off to a good start. Muhammad made the first two tackles of his college career sacks. He yanked down Savannah State quarterback Antonio Bostick on the team’s third play. He then brought Bostick again on third down on the ensuing series.

“It was nice seeing Quan step up and contribute to the defense,” freshman linebacker Alex Figueroa said. “I was proud of him. I went up to him and congratulated him. I know he was happy, too.”

This and that

• Quarterback Stephen Morris has a passing touchdown in each of his past eight games for a total of 16 during that stretch. His 80-yard bomb to Allen Hurns was the second-longest completion of his career, 7 yards shy of the 87-yard pass he threw against USF last year. The catch was the longest for Hurns, besting his previous 41-yarder in 2011 against Virginia Tech.

• UM extended its winning streak to five games — the first such streak since the 2008 season. UM has not won six consecutive games since the 2005 season.

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