Coming in to this afternoon’s contest Vs UVA in Charlottesville, Miami was expected to win, and win big.
Well it wasn’t always easy today.
But UM’s defense was mostly air tight in the final 30 minutes, and their offense (especially the running game) did enough to secure their second straight win, 34-14 over a bad Hoos team.
Can the ‘Canes run the table to conclude the season?
They are halfway there.
The particulars below.
- The kid can play. Mark Walton just keeps getting better and better. His 4th Q score put this one away.
TOUCHDOWN HURRICANES! WALTON TO THE HOUSE!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 12, 2016
- This is always good to see!
Pylon Cam: Here come the Canes! pic.twitter.com/EhqtsDBcek— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 12, 2016
- What a great job by Walton breaking tackles on a screen on UM’s second possession. Grown ass man stuff that led to Miami’s first score a play later by Joe Yearby.
Mark Walton said it's time to eat pic.twitter.com/AQopZOGdxD— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) November 12, 2016
- The D was very active yet again up front. It continued all day long.
#Canes with a sack and 3 TFL and 5 pressures in 1Q.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 12, 2016
- Great adjustment by Malcolm Lewis on his first half 44 yard reception.
- Enough said....
Kaaya now ranks second all-time in career passing yards at Miami, moving past Jacory Harris on that last throw— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 12, 2016
- Huge play on the corner blitz by Corn Elder to force a second half turnover.
Elder forces the fumble and Jackson recovers! #Canes take over!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 12, 2016
@AIR_CORN23 is having the best season by a Miami corner in a decade.— CanesInSight (@CanesInSight) November 12, 2016
- Ladies and Gentleman, Ahmmon Richards. The freshman WR continues to show his superstar potential, week in and week out.
Today marks Ahmmon Richards' third career 100-yard game.— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 12, 2016
HE. IS. A. TRUE. FRESHMAN. pic.twitter.com/J9d8ytaLSA
- Solid win, against a team the Hurricanes were supposed to beat. They played with effort and passion, even if this wasn’t a masterpiece.
- Yeah, this is not how you want to start.....
Bad bounce for UM - Kaaya's pass is nearly hauled in by Herndon, goes off fingertips, intercepted - UVA takes over deep in Miami territory— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 12, 2016
- Brad Kaaya had a wide open Stacy Coley in the second Q, but tossed to a double teamed David Njoku instead. Bad read, missed chance at 6. He also missed a wide open Coley on an overthrow in the 3rd Q.
- Too many coverage breakdowns on UVA’s second scoring drive. Miami’s DB’s did not do a good job of sticking to their men either.
- Two costly second quarter penalties on Tyler Gauthier cost the Hurricanes points.
Offense - Alex Gall looked pretty good at C, filling in for Nick Linder. Gauthier also had some nice moments along the O line, despite the above. It was good to see Gus Edwards get involved as well. Kaaya was a little off today, but effective nonetheless. Walton and Richards bring it every week.
Defense - The ‘Canes defense hit hard, but there were some coverage mistakes. They also over pursued on some running plays that could or should have resulted in TFL’s. Joe Jackson showed his motor on the strip sack he produced in the 4th Q. Great second half effort overall for this group, in which they forced 4 turnovers.
Special Teams - Michael Badgley nailed a 40 yard FG in the 1st half. He added a third quarter 44 yard bomb. However he missed from 50 in the second half as well. The kick off team also gave up one long second half return.
Coaching - Love the 1st quarter 4th down gamble. Nice second half adjustments by the entire staff. They did what they had to do today.