In almost every game, good things will happen and bad things will happen. This post will be a recurring feature after each game, an easy way to break down some specifics. We'll address offense first, defense second, and special teams when necessary.
- The passing game far exceeded expectations. Stephen Morris was poised at quarterback, finding open receivers over the middle and making strong, accurate throws. It's hard to believe that he could lose his job after his performance Monday night. Allen Hurns and Tommy Streeter— both of whom were tapped as the breakout stars of off season practices— turned in solid and encouraging games.
- For as much as we were lead to believe that Jedd Fisch's offense would be grounded in a conservative, protective scheme, Miami consistently picked up big chunks of yards through the air. Hurns averaged a hair over 17 yards a catch, with Streeter clocking a solid average of almost 14 yards a reception. The passing game was also supposed to rely heavily on the running backs and tight ends, but that turned out not to be the case, at least against the Terps: the Canes backs and tight ends had seven catches for only 34 yards.
- Lamar Miller obviously lived up to his billing. His 41-yard touchdown was the most electrifying play of the night, and if anything his 18 carries was probably too low.
- The offensive line wasn't perfect, but Joel Figueroa at least showed that he may actually be worthy of starting at left tackle this season.