Stephen Morris started out hot, and Ryan Williams followed suit and was sharp and efficient. Duke Johnson did his thing with 14 carries 84 yards and a score. The D harassed and mauled USF QB Steven Bench all day long. This was total domination, with the score making the game seem closer then it was. Trust me folks this one was over early. Lots of young players got valuable experience. Miami outgained USF 540-288 despite essentially calling off the dogs early in the second half, in the 49-21 thrashing.
For the second consecutive week, Morris appeared to hurt his right ankle. Johnson was also shaken up and although he returned to the game looked a little off, losing two fumbles. Not too much else of significance to complain about. The third string offensive line really struggled. Too bad for USF's defense they did not face them all day. 3rd string QB Gray Crow also was ineffective. The Bulls implemented more shifts the Joe Madden's Tampa Bay Rays.
The two yard punt by Bulls punter Mattias Ciabatti appeared to hit a water boy on its way to the ground and out of bounds. It was something so comically bad, it was reminiscent of the movie "Unnecessary Roughness."
Game Ball goes to:
Stephen Morris. Though he left the game in the second quarter, his early strikes set the tone. The play of the game his NFL quality toss to Stacy Coley off his back foot with Bulls defenders closing in fast. It was a perfect pass. Unfortunately it also appeared to be the play he re-injured his ankle.
Offense: B+ The offense did turn the ball over twice inside the 10 and 4 times overall, nonetheless this was a terrific performance albeit against an over-matched squad. UM basically moved the ball at will. Morris (11-16 222 yards 2 TDs) looked fantastic before aggravating that balky ankle. Dallas Crawford is the real deal, and continued to run hard and break lots of tackles. Gus Edwards is going to be a special back as well. Coley had 4 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs, including a leaping highlight reel grab for pay dirt in the third quarter.
Defense: A- Marcus Shaw found some running room early against the UM front, but for the most part they did a great job pursuing the ball and making sound form tackles. Tyriq McCord is having a fantastic sophomore campaign, and added an INT to his impressive start. Rock solid Shayon Green stayed at home on Bulls QB Steven Bench and forced a fumble resulting in a TD for Jimmy Gaines. S Rayshawn Jenkins was all over the field in coverage and run support. Ditto LB Raphael Kirby. The back-ups gave up a late meaningless drive hat Coach Al Golden and staff can use as a motivational tool.
Special Teams: B- Two long returns (including a kick off return for TD by Duke) were called back by penalties. Pat O'Donnell continues to boom kick offs and punts (when called upon) out of the stratosphere. Matt Goudis finally missed one.
Did you know??
Miami already has more sacks (16 unofficially) then all of last year (13).
The 'Canes have yet to trail in a game this season.
UM is 4-0 for first time since 2004, has won six straight games dating back to 2012.