Coming off back-to-back wins against ACC Coastal opponents, Miami had another road contest vs. NC State. The Canes knocked off the Wolfpack 27-13 for their third straight win.
The end of the season is upon us, and Miami now looks to finish on a high note on senior day vs. Duke.
- Mark Walton is still good at football. After a very sluggish start by both teams, Walton broke free on a huge run to give the Canes a second-half lead.
TOUCHDOWN HURRICANES! MARK WALTON TO THE HOUSE!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 19, 2016
#Canes go 75 yards in 3 (!!!) plays to take a 10-3 lead with 14:05 to go#BeatNCST— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 19, 2016
A great drive by the Canes, most of the work done by the sophomore from Booker T. Washington.
HAD TO COME BACK AN UPDATE, BUT...
WALTON BREAKS LOOSE!!! TOUCHDOWN CANES!!!! WALTON OVER 1,000 YARDS!!! HIS 14TH TD OF THE YEAR!!!!— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) November 19, 2016
Walton finishes the job for Miami pic.twitter.com/qcMKdxvElo— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) November 19, 2016
WALTON PUT THE GAME ON ICE WITH HIS THIRD TOUCHDOWN OF THE GAME! Amazing performance!!!
- David Njoku, THE CHIEF...BEAST!
Time for this again: #TightEndU— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 19, 2016
This is a #dailytweet for the Canes football Twitter...well, weekly tweet. Njoku finished with six catches for 72 yards.
- Ahmmon Richards...freshman PHENOM!
Ahmmon Richards, your new UM freshman receiving leader. Passes Michael Irvin (840 in 1985). Has 849 and counting.— Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 19, 2016
Richards had a fantastic day for the Canes, finishing with nine catches for 117 yards.
- The defense...boy were they flying everywhere.
The stingy D held NC State to 329 yards of total offense and held NC State tailback Matt Dayes to 79 yards on the ground.
MALEK YOUNG! FIRST CAREER PICK!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 19, 2016
Canes win! Canes win!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 19, 2016
Final: NC State 13, Miami 27
GREAT win today in my eyes. After a slow start, the team played a wonderful second half to pull out a win. Gonna be scary once this team puts together a full 60-minute game.
- Brad Kaaya missing a WIDE OPEN Stacy Coley on the sideline...frustrating.
- Kicker Michael Badly missed an easy 23-yard FG before halftime.
- Dayall Harris...oof. The receiver just was off today. Kaaya gave him his chances and he had plenty of opportunity, but didn’t capitalize
- Kc McDermott...yikes. Right gave him another chance at tackle today and he did not play well.
This is not Kc McDermott's day. Just called for a personal foul. Fourth flag of the day for him. (One was declined).— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) November 19, 2016
Offense - Besides McDermott’s poor play, the rest of the offense line played pretty well in opening running lanes for Walton. He put in the effort, but he couldn’t have that game without the O-line. Kaaya also threw for a quiet 286 yards today, so it was good to see consistency out of him.
Defense - GREAT play from the defense. They were swarmuing the football all day today. There was aggression and smarts played on that side of the football. Great overall performance.
Special Teams - Badgley missed an EASY chip shot...those will come back to bite you
Coaching - The defense played a great game and the offense came alive in the second half...good coaching on both ends.