Happy Sunday ‘Canes fans.
For a second straight weekend, Miami got a much needed victory.
With two games remaining, UM has a very good shot at running the table, and finishing the regular season 8-4.
They are also now bowl eligible.
Things are looking up, and young players like Ahmmon Richards and Mark Walton continue to impress, while veterans like Corn Elder and Rayshawn Jenkins looks to finish their Hurricanes careers strong.
Miami’s defensive coordinator seems to think the best is yet to come:
Great team victory! Proud of the havoc the guys created on defense, especially in the second half! Still have our best game in us!— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) November 13, 2016
Here’s a closer statistical look at the game:
A look at today's win. pic.twitter.com/1EZ2YDqZFW— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 12, 2016
Also, ICYMI our very own Cam Underwood tells you which ‘Canes deserve special recognition in the 34-14 win.
Miami Hurricanes Football: 3 stars from the Virginia Game. Richards, Edwards star. #Canes https://t.co/2XCu4XmETZ pic.twitter.com/N09c4ytVGD— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 12, 2016
Want some highlights? ACCDN has you covered:
Biggest play of the game... easily Richards run and catch.
Finally on the video front, here is Coach Richt talking about the win:
Additional Game Notes (Courtesy UM):
• Miami’s matchup with Virginia marks the Hurricanes’ 14th all-time matchup with the Cavaliers.
• Miami improves to and 8-6 all-time series record against Virginia.
• The victory is Miami’s first win at Virginia since 2008.
• With the victory, Miami is bowl eligible. The Hurricanes have played in 39 bowls all-time.
• Miami Starters:
Offense: QB #15 Brad Kaaya, RB #1 Mark Walton, FB #36 Marquez Williams, WR #9 Malcolm Lewis, WR #82 Ahmmon Richards, TE #23 Christopher Herndon IV, LT #52 Kc McDermott, LG #74 Tyler Gauthier, C #67 Alex Gall, RG #63 Danny Isidora, RT #78 Tyree St. Louis.
Defense: DL #33 Trent Harris, DL #80 RJ McIntosh, DL #7 Kendrick Norton, DL #9 Chad Thomas, LB #53 Zach McCloud, LB #55 Shaquille Quarterman, LB #56 Michael Pinckney, DB #29 Corn Elder, DB #12 Malek Young, DB #6 Jamal Carter, DB #26 Raysahwn Jenkins.
• Junior kicker Michael Badgley, junior defensive lineman Trent Harris, junior quarterback Brad Kaaya and sophomore running back Mark Walton represented the Hurricanes during the coin toss against Virginia.
• Miami moved to 18-1 since 2011 when forcing three-or-more turnovers.
• Miami’s 222 rushing yards are a season-high in ACC play.
• Miami outgained Virginia 450-289 in total yards, including 244-170 in total yards during the first half.
• Miami and Virginia were tied 7-7 in the first quarter. The Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 72-44 in the first quarter this season.
• The Hurricanes did not allow a sack in the first half.
• The Hurricanes forced four turnovers in the second half and finished the game with five saves and nine tackles for loss.
• Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya finished the first half by going 8-of-19 with 123 yards and one touchdown. He finished the game with 228 yards passing and two touchdowns.
• Kaaya has thrown for 200-or-more yards for the 27th time in his career.
• With his 44-yard pass to Malcolm Lewis in the second quarter, Kaaya passed Jacory Harris for second on the Miami career passing yards list.
• Kaaya’s second-quarter touchdown pass to David Njoku marked the 31st time in which he has thrown at least one touchdown pass in a game.
• Kaaya currently has 61 career touchdown passes.
• Njoku has now caught a touchdown pass in three straight games.
• Njoku led the Hurricanes in the first half with two receptions and finished the game with three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown.
• Sophomore wide receiver Ahmmon Richards led the Canes with three catches for 100 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown. Richards reached 100 yards receiving for the second straight game and third time this season.
• Richards now has 12 receptions of 20 or more yards during the 2016 season.
• Senior wide receiver Stacy Coley has caught a pass in 19 straight games , finishing with two catches for 39 yards.
• Sophomore running back Mark Walton led the Hurricanes with 111 yards rushing and touchdown on 16 carries, surpassing 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this season.
• Junior running back Joe Yearby rushed for his seventh TD of the season. He had 53 yards on nine carries.
• Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora got the start at right guard to increase his consecutive start streak to a team-best 36 games.
• Fellow offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Nick Linder both had their consecutive start streak snapped at 27 and 22 games, respectively.
• Sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier made his first career start.
• Freshman Joe Jackson forced his first career fumble.
• Senior Corn Elder tallied his first career forced fumble in the third quarter.
• Jackson, Elder, junior Trent Harris and sophomore Darrion Owens each recovered a fumble.
• Senior Jamal Carter Sr. led the Hurricanes with nine tackles (five solo).
• Freshman Malek Young made his first career start at cornerback.
• Senior Rayshawn Jenkins logged his 31st career start. His 31 career starts are the most on the Miami defensive unit.
• Jenkins finished with six tackles (five solo), 1.5 TFL and collected his first career solo sack in the first quarter.
• Junior kicker Michael Badgley connected on 40-yard field goal in the first half and hit a 44-yard attempt in the second half.
• Badgley a is a perfect 19-of-19 in field goal attempts from in-between 40-49 yards during his UM career.
• Senior punter Justin Vogel had just two punts for 68 yards.
That’s it for now Miami fans.
Enjoy your Sunday, and keep it classy.