Hey! I’m new at this, pinch hitting for Jerry, who had a previously standing commitment this evening. But, no excuses. Canes 11 on the field to start the game on defense, and I can type, so it’s about even.
For the game, Miami just made too many mistakes, and didn’t have enough depth, as they fell to 4-3 with a 37-16 loss to VT.
Here’s the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly report:
KAAYA KEPT THE BALL ON THE READ OPTION!!!
David Njoku hurdled a guy in the open field. And earned a new nickname with that play:
Air Njoku— J.T. Wilcox (@JTWilcoxSports) October 20, 2016
The depleated D stood tall early in the game
Miami's beat-up defense through 1Q: 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 3 QB hits.— Matt Porter (@mattyports) October 20, 2016
Starting four true freshmen, missing 3 starters
Manny Diaz’s defense continued to wreak havoc in opposing backfields
R.J. McIntosh takes on the double team and gets the sack. pic.twitter.com/ybNqzcmlor— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) October 20, 2016
Canes got a TD late in the first half, on a BEAUTIFUL throw from Kaaya to Berrios. SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE O-LINE GIVES BRAD TIME!!!!!
Brad Kaaya to Braxton Berrios. Touchdown. pic.twitter.com/D0rlMtsZuX— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) October 21, 2016
Kaaya. Herndon. Wheel Route. TD.
Kaaya to Herndon. Keep using the tight ends pic.twitter.com/pBRBsxu8az— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) October 21, 2016
Defense stepped up and had 8 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Less than our average of 10.3 TFLs per game, but still a good showing, ESPECIALLY considering the number of starters missing tonight.
Miami’s D held on the first drive of the game, forcing Jerod Evans into an intentional grounding. The bad part? It wasn’t called. I didn’t like that.
Uh.....HE WAS IN THE POCKET!!! GROUNDING!!!!!— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) October 20, 2016
Someone in the press box was none-too-pleased with Brad Kaaya missing an early throw moving to his left
Overheard in the press box: "Kaaya's got to be better than that. That's inexcusable."— Matt Porter (@mattyports) October 20, 2016
Courtel Jenkins’ personal foul to help VT march down the field on their first TD drive of the night.
The tackling on the next play, a pass which went for 52 yards to the VT fullback (like, seriously?)
Njoku. Buddy. Come on. Dropping a wide open bubble screen. Again.
Njoku with his every-game drop. smh— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) October 21, 2016
There were some holds on VT not called, but that happens every game. Just wanted to make sure I mentioned it, tho.
Brad Kaaya’s forced throw into triple coverage, which was tipped and intercepted early in the 2nd quarter. That was just.....no. And, to make matters worse, David Njoku was WIDE OPEN on that play. Woof. Terrible. The ugliest.
Too many personal fouls. Roughing the passer. Unsportsmanlike conduct. Holding. Can’t win when you continue to hurt yourselves, guys.
Badgley shanked the first extra point of the game too the left so far I thought he was listening to a Beyoncé song.
More injuries :-(
Rayshawn Jenkins being helped off, no weight on his right leg— Matt Porter (@mattyports) October 21, 2016
Oh man. Now Coley hurt. My god.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) October 21, 2016
Stacy Coley down. Coley sprained his MCL two weeks ago against FSU. Not sure what happened on that play— Matt Porter (@mattyports) October 21, 2016
When the opposition is talking about all the mental mistakes you’re making....
So many mental miscues by @TheStateOfTheU tonight.— Gobbler Country (@gobblercountry) October 21, 2016
Speaking of which. Tyree St. Louis had a rough time tonight (ignore the typo, you know what I meant in the tweet)
Flase start on St. Louis. His 3rd (4th?) penalty tonight.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) October 21, 2016
Offensive line gave up
7 sacks 8 sacks (VT had one late to up their total). That DOUBLES themost he’s ever been sacked in a game. Yeah, some of them were on Brad running into them, but the vast majority? OL just got whipped. Over and over. This sucks. SUCKS!
Virginia Tech closing in on 500 total yards (491) with three minutes left.— InsideTheU.com (@InsideTheU) October 21, 2016
I feel you, Joaquin
Man this sucks!— Joaquin Gonzalez (@Joaquin_UMOL73) October 21, 2016
Offense - This offensive line is atrocious. It’s LITERALLY the worst I’ve ever seen. Far too many sacks. St. Louis’ penalties. Darling can’t stop a speed rush. Just bad. Brad Kaaya finally came alive and hit some throws, but he ran into a couple sacks at inopportune times, like I said. Njoku had a bad drop, but made a couple plays. Joe Yearby’s 1 cut and go ability showed well all game long. Berrios and Herndon had TD catches, and Richards got loose a bit. Some good, but plenty of bad too.
Grade: D (thought about going in the C range, but the offensive line play and drops were just so bad that I had to drop the grade)
Defense - I know there’s no excuses, but man, missing all those starters, and losing Rayshawn Jenkins during the game, hurt. Badly. Miami’s Defense stood tall for a while, but the inability to get off the field on 3rd downs was the difference. Then, the running game of VT started hitting plays late, and it was a wrap. Youth explains some issues, but still...that’s just not going to be good enough, even if you’re out there for 30+ minutes and 70+ plays.
Special Teams - Great tackle by Travis Homer on punt return. Great individual play by Jaquan Johnson to block a VT FG in the 4th quarter. Justin Vogel continues to be the real MVP with his elite level punting. Badgley made 1 FG. But, he missed an XP BADLY.
Grade: D for the missed kick.
Coaching - Still uneven. Needs to be better. Period.