Good morning, Canes! 3 wins in a row for Mark Richt’s team, and life is good. It’s cold in SoFLA this morning, but the Canes are HOT! Let’s get to the News and Notes:
Miami runs the win streak to 3, defeat North Carolina State 27-13
Miami closed the road portion of their season with a 14 point win over a sneakily-tough North Carolina State team. The Wolfpack are one of the best run defenses in America, but Miami was able to move the ball on the ground and secure the win. I did a bit of quick research on Sunday morning and here’s what I found:
Lamar Jacskon, Gallman or Cook didn't get 100. Might be first time all year someone did.— Kev Run (@561_Kev) November 20, 2016
Nope. You're right. While NCST had given up 100+ rush yards to a team previously (5x on year), no individual rusher had 100+ until Walton https://t.co/ZdCORSSctZ— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) November 20, 2016
Highest rush yards allowed to an individual prior to yesterday for NCST?— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) November 20, 2016
Jeremy Cox from Old Dominion. 9 carries for 91 yards.
Lamar Jackson had 17 for 104 on NCST. If you don't count sack yardage (-28), then he hit NCST for 100 too.— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) November 20, 2016
So, Mark Walton hit NC State for the most yards of any player this year — including Lama Jackson and Dalvin Cook — with 120 and 3 TDs to boot.
Pretty good, you guys.
Miami has now won their last 3 games, and look to push the winning streak to 4 on Saturday afternoon for Senior Day. Before we look ahead to that game, let’s look back on last week’s win.
I had your Game Recap.
I also wrote about WR Ahmmon Richards breaking Michael Irvin’s freshman receiving yardage record in the NC State game.
Devin Tucker pinch hit with a solid edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
I had your 3 stars from the NC State game.
Justin Dottavio aka Ironman Football broke down the X’s and O’s from the 14 point win at NC State.
UM Athletics had this wonderful gallery of photos from the 27-13 win at NC State.
And the ACC Digital Network had game highlights
Yeah, NC State has a stout rushing defense, but, just like last week at Virginia, this is what Miami should have done in this game. Go out, play tough, don’t turn the ball over or otherwise hurt yourself, and beat a team you’re better than by 2 TDs.
Up next: Senior Day vs Duke (4-7, 1-6 ACC)
Ah yes, Duke.
A decidedly average team, the Duke Blue Devils have delusions of grandeur after David Cutcliffe has brought them from the depth of FBS programs. In 2015, it took an ACC record 23 penalties, and several HORRIBLE CALLS — like the fact that their QB never actually broke the goal line on the potential game-winning TD — to go their way to even be in the game with Miami.
That was all for naught when Corn Elder, well....you know.....
I don’t see that, or similar, happening this year. Anyway, as far as the point spread, here you go:
And, if you’re wondering how to watch the game, we’ve got you covered there too:
We’ll talk about this game more throughout the week, and I’m sure plenty of people will get mad all over again that Miami won last year’s game, but whatever. Fuck them. The refs tried to steal it from us, on multiple occasions, but BALL DON’T LIE!
Let’s send the Seniors out with a W, and keep Duke from even the chance of a bowl game with a win on Saturday.
(insert witty comment here)
SBNation Analytics guru Bill Connelly’s new S&P+ ratings have the Canes 19th. They rose slightly from 20th last week.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had this update, which included a couple Canes notes.
Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote about Miami’s improved defense, and the room for future growth.
Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote about Mark Richt’s transition to the ACC from Georgia.
Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post had his usual 5 things post after the win at NC State. Learn what he learned.
Linda Robertson of the Miami Herald wrote about Miami’s resurgent running game.
That’s it for today, friends.
Have a great and short work week!