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Game Thread: Miami Football Faces VT with Backs Against the Wall

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Can the Hurricanes get off the mat, and pick up a big win Vs VT?

Game Notes (courtesy UM)


-After back-to-back games on the road, Miami returns to Sun Life Stadium on Oct. 17 to play its ACC Coastal Division opener against Virginia Tech (3:30 p.m., ESPNU).

-Saturday’s game against the Hokies will be Miami’s first game at Sun Life Stadium in 28 days; the Hurricanes last played at home on Sept. 19, capturing a 36-33 win over Nebraska in overtime.

-Miami topped Virginia Tech 30-6 in Blacksburg in 2014, its first win against the Hokies on the road since 2005. UM holds a 19-13 all-time lead in the series, including an 11-6 mark at home.

-The Hurricanes are 21-8 at home in Al Golden’s four-plus seasons as head coach, and have won 15 of their last 18 games at Sun Life Stadium dating back to Nov. 2012.


-Heading into the seventh week of the college football season, the Hurricanes rank among the top 10 in five national statistical categories. The Canes are also second in the NCAA in fewest tackles for loss allowed and fewest fumbles lost.


-After a dominant outing last time out at Florida State, sophomore QB Brad Kaaya moved to the top of the ACC in a number of individual categories, including passing yards (1,499), passing yards per game (299.8) and total offense (1,462).

-Kaaya set personal bests in completions (29), attempts (49) and pass yards (405) against the Seminoles, tossing three touchdowns with no interceptions. His passer efficiency rating was 148.8.

-Kaaya’s 405 yards were the most by a Miami quarterback vs. Florida State in the modern era of Miami football (since 1980), and represent the most by an ACC quarterback in any game this year.

-Kaaya has thrown just four interceptions in his last 391 attempts. He has thrown for more than 200 yards in 13 of his 18 career games and has five 300-yard performances.

-He also was 9-of-15 for 97 yards and two touchdowns on third down against Florida State.

-Kaaya’s career numbers at home stand out: 2,381 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, five interceptions.

-The California native was one of only 15 quarterbacks in the country to throw for more than 3,000 yards, 26-or-more touchdowns and 12-or-fewer interceptions in 2014; he was the only true freshman quarterback in the country to accomplish this feat.

-As a freshman in 2014, Kaaya was named the ACC Offensive and ACC Overall Rookie of the Year after a stellar first campaign with the Hurricanes.

-Kaaya ranked second in the ACC in passing yards (3,198), and led the ACC in passing touchdowns (26), passing efficiency (145.9) and passing yards per completion (14.5) during his freshman year.


-UM entered the season with one of the youngest offensive lines in the ACC, totaling 23 starts.

-Through five games this season, Miami’s youthful offensive line, which consists of three sophomores and two juniors, has allowed the Hurricanes to average 453.6 yards per game in total offense (second in the ACC and 32nd nationally).

-Miami’s offensive line has allowed just six sacks, which is tied for the second-fewest in the ACC.

-In addition, the Hurricanes are second in the nation in tackles for loss allowed (2.8).


-After missing the entire 2014 campaign with an injury, redshirt senior wide receiver Rashawn Scott has made a strong return to Miami’s wide receiver corps in 2015.

-Scott leads the ACC in receiving yards per game heading into the seventh week of the season, averaging 83.0 yards. The redshirt senior has started all five games in 2015 and leads the team in receptions (29) and yards (415). He is on pace to catch 69 passes for a total of 996 yards.

-Scott is tied for second in the ACC in receptions per game (5.8) and third in total receptions (29).

-The Melbourne, Fla., native set a career mark with a nine-catch performance in his start vs. Nebraska, totaling 151 yards - the second-highest of his career and most since 2012


-Miami’s defensive unit has made a habit this season of dominating the third quarter.

-In five games this season, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 41-10 count and has allowed just one touchdown.

-Hurricane opponents have averaged just 51 yards of total offense in the third quarter and are averaging just 2.69 yards per carry on the ground.


-Miami’s defense this season has recorded eight interceptions on 156 pass attempts.

-Miami’s +9 turnover margin is tied for fifth in the NCAA; its two turnovers lost are third-best.

-Miami’s defensive unit held Bethune-Cookman to just 79 yards in its 2015 season opener and tallied its first shutout since 2010; BCU’s 79 yards of total offense marked the first time in the Al Golden era that an opponent was held to fewer than 100 yards.

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