Post-Game Thread: A Win is a Win is a Win is a Win

 

Or so they say.

This is either a good thing or a bad thing:

Miami's 448 total yards of offense today were the most for the `Canes this season and the most since recording 496 yards against Duke last year in Miami.

via HurricaneSports

So is this:

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More after the jump.

The big story of yesterday's game is arguably the play of true freshman MLB (and Rivals two-star recruit) Kelvin Cain. From the Herald:

True freshman Kelvin Cain (6-3 and 226 pounds) started at middle linebacker because senior captain Colin McCarthy unexpectedly stayed home with an unspecified illness.

Cain, from Clovis, Calif., made his first real performance as a linebacker an impressive one. Until Saturday, Cain predominantly had played on special teams.

He finished with nine tackles -- third best on the team -- and forced a fumble that was recovered by Duke in the first quarter.

But that wasn't all. Cain also recovered a fumble, had one sack and two quarterback hurries.

Cain had no tackles going into the game, and McCarthy, who started every game until Saturday, was second on the team in tackles with 35.

``He's from California, [so] I expected a top-notch performance from him,'' said fellow Californian Vaughn Telemaque, who had two interceptions Saturday. ``He filled in great.''

Spence adds on:

"He did a great job. I knew all week when he was getting his reps in practice behind Colin that he was going to be prepared," LB Sean Spence said of Cain, who wasn’t made available for comment after the game. "He stepped in and filled some big shoes."

Spence said Cain wasn’t nervous at all and looked "calm" on the field.

"He felt like one of the guys. He was out there slapping me around," Spence said. "I wasn’t expecting that."

It was also the first game since the opening game against FAMU in which Jacory didn't throw an interception. Whether he actually played well is another question, one that Manny tried to answer by charting every single one of his passes. His results:

> Attempts: 34 (thrown away 1)
> Completions: 17
> Passes defended: 6 (4 could have been intercepted)
> Passes dropped: 5 (Hankerson 3, Benjamin, Hurns)
> Poorly thrown passes: Underthrown 1, Overthrown 2
> Deep (20 yards or more): 3-11-93 yards
> Midrange (11 to 19 yards): 3-8-47 yards
> Short passes (10-under): 11-14-84 yards
> Shotgun: 9-18-114, 0 TDs
> Under center: 8-16-110, 1 TD
> Play-action passes: 2-4-42

The defense played one of the best games of the season, at the very least from a turnover standpoint:

The Hurricanes recorded five interceptions today, bringing their season total to 12 through six games. Last year the `Canes finished with nine in 13 games. A week after recording his first career interception against Florida State, sophomore safety Vaughn Telemaque picked off two more passes in the first half today's game. DeMarcus Van Dyke tallied his second of the season while defensive tackle Micanor Regis hauled in his third career interception and returned it for 22 yards for a score in the third quarter. Late in the third quarter, Ryan Hill pulled in his third INT of the season.

The last time Miami recorded four interceptions in a game was on Sept. 1, 2007 in a 31-3 win over Marshall.

Here's the gregarious Micanor Regis discussing his interception-turned-touchdown:

And lastly, the injury report, courtesy of The Herald:

Leonard Hankerson was injured at 10:46 of the second quarter on a play in which tailback Damien Berry fumbled and Duke recovered at the UM 12.

Hankerson, who took a knee to his right hip, later returned. Fellow receiver LaRon Byrd was shaken up at 9:44 of the second quarter but returned soon afterward. Tailback Lamar Miller (shoulder) did not play.

UM tackle Jermaine Johnson stayed home along with McCarthy with an unspecified illness.


Game recaps:

The Miami Herald

The Sun-Sentinel

The Palm Beach Post

Various post-game player interviews (Spence, Telemaque, etc.)

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