When Duke Johnson grew up around Hard Rock Stadium, he probably dreamt of playing for the Miami Dolphins every single day. And the moment he did, he rushed for 107 yards and had a career-best two touchdowns.
DeVante Parker on his part caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa with around 3 minutes left, which left the team from Miami extending their winning streak to six consecutive games as they got past the New York Jets 31-24 on Sunday.
After the game, the emotion in Johnson’s voice was palpable. He stated that the game meant a lot, as he had grown up around the same area, and to be playing football before his people meant even more.
Miami Dolphins Extend Their Lead At The Top
What makes Johnson’s story even more poignant is that he was the go-to back for the Dolphins as a last resort due to virus-related issues that had plagued the team throughout the week- and he helped the team from Miami rally from an early 10-0 deficit. It was the first 100-yard game for a rusher from Miami in the current college football season.
His output, interestingly, wasn’t the only positive that the team got out. Christian Wilkins, the defensive lineman, also caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the team, juggling the ball before he finally had it in control before he let loose with a wild roar.
Tua Tagovailoa, one of the known faces for the Dolphins, stated that it was quite awesome seeing the lineman score. Tua himself ran over Michael Carter II on a second-half rumble, which ultimately led to another touchdown. He was at a loss for words- stating that it was actually pretty cool that Wilkins got to score.
Although the New York Jets had a lead at halftime for the first time all season, they couldn’t end things the way they wanted to with the Miami Dolphins being too strong for them.