Crowder has 203 receiving yards, two TDs against Miami
His team ended up on the wrong side of a shootout, but Duke University sophomore receiver Jamison Crowder had a career day in his team’s 52-45 home loss to the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.
A local legend for his success as a football and basketball standout at Monroe High, Crowder is now making a name for himself on a bigger stage.
The 5-9, 175-pound Crowder tied an NCAA record with a 99-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter Saturday, and finished the game with eight receptions for 203 yards and two scores. He had a 23-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, and four of his eight receptions went for more than 20 yards.
In 12 games this season, Crowder now has 70 catches for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns. He ranks among the top five in the ACC in all three of those categories.
Crowder, who has five 100-yard receiving games this season, made the biggest catch of his career on a fourth-and-goal against archrival North Carolina on Oct. 20.
Crowder’s 5-yard TD catch against the Tar Heels gave Duke a 33-30 win, and made the Blue Devils bowl eligible for the first time in 18 years.
Duke (6-6 overall, 3-5 in ACC) is expected to play in either the Music City Bowl or the Independence Bowl.
Crowder helped Blue Devils QB Sean Renfree have a career day of his own against Miami. Renfree threw 59 times without an interception, completing 36 for 432 yards and four scores on his senior day.
Duke sophomore tight end Issac Blakeney, also a Monroe High graduate, had four catches for 35 yards against the Hurricanes. Blakeney (6-6, 235 pounds) will enter the bowl game with 29 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown in 2012.