Well here we are guys. The Miami Hurricanes are officially a .500 football team and riding a four-game losing streak. It started with a despicable offensive performance at Virginia and has snowballed into an unforgivably bad season. The problem has become much larger than play-calling. Deejay Dallas has become a liability with the ball in his hands. The defense has become overwhelmed by the offenses lack of efficiency to the point where they simply cannot be expected to do more than they already are.
It can’t get much worse than this, but it likely will.
Here are the Three Stars of the game by Matt Washington
The Game Recap by Dylan Sherry
And now here is the Good, the Bad, and The Ugly.
- N’Kosi Perry was 14/23 for 165 yards and no interceptions. He made a couple of big plays on the ground as well.
- Perry and the Hurricanes offense got off to a hot start. Perry and Jeff Thomas connected twice on the first drive for 46 yards. Thomas finished the game with 6 catches for 84 yards.
- Deejay Dallas scored from a yard out in the wildcat
- Despite the offensive struggles putting them in tough positions, the Hurricanes defense has responded extremely well throughout the first half.
- A Jack Spicer line drive punt hit a Georgia Tech player and it was recovered by Shaq Quarterman which led to Cam’Ron Davis’ first career touchdown run, a 22-yarder.
- Davis finished the game as Miami’s leading rusher with a staggering 48 yards and averaged eight yards per carry.
- Perry didn't see a WIDE OPEN Brevin Jordan on 3rd and 8 for what have been a walk-in touchdown. Instead, he threw into tight coverage and Jeff Thomas and Miami was forced to punt.
- Miami corner Trajan Bandy looked like he needed a map when TaQuon Marshall dropped back to pass and hit Tech WR Brad Stewart for a 31-yard touchdown.
- Georgia Tech ran for 231 yards. They only run, so it could have been much worse.
- TaQuon Marshall, a 47.4% passer on the year, was 3 of 4 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown.
- Apart from Jeff Thomas, only two Hurricanes receivers had more than 10 receiving yards (Dee Wiggins and Lawrence Cager). Four of our seven pass catchers on the day only had one catch.
- Not one sack for this Miami Hurricanes defense. Zero.
- There is just so, so many terrible things that happened tonight. Miami needs to learn how to win again.
- On 4th and 7 in the first quarter, Miami was looking to force Georgia Tech to punt. On a hard count, Miami DT Gerald Willis III jumped offsides giving the Yellow Jackets enough room to go for a first. The seniors penalty eventually led to a fourth down conversion and then a 28-yard touchdown run by quarterback TaQuon Marshall.
- Deejay Dallas’ troubles continued as he fumbled the ensuing kick off giving Tech excellent field position. Marshall scored his second touchdown of the day on the third play of the drive.
- The quarterbacks first job is to actually receive the snap. Perry seemed to get over-eager on 3rd and 1 in the second quarter and botched the snap. Georgia Tech recovered and scored three points to make it a 17-7 game.
- Jeff Thomas muffed a punt that gave Georgia Tech excellent field position. Just bad. I don't know what else to say. It was such a terrible mistake.
- Miami’s offensive line is terrible. If this same exact backfield played for Clemson, Alabama, or Ohio State, they would be considered one of the best units in the country. It is disgraceful how much talent is being wasted.
- Miami’s special teams. Not much more needs to be said.
Offense: C —
N’Kosi Perry looked really good early and flashed some potential, but the offensive line simply could not hang. They made it almost impossible to create any consistent flow. Apart from Jeff Thomas, only one player had over 20 receiving yards. It was another poor performance from this offense as a unit.
Considering the fact that Georgia Tech was averaging over 50+ points and Miami held them to 27 with little to no help is worth noting. Miami was able to create some pressure and had about four tackles for loss and some with no gain. Bandy looked lost on a touchdown pass by Tech QB TaQuon Marshall.
Special Teams: F
Deejay Dallas fumble. Jeff Thomas muffed punt. Both were deep in GT territory and cost Miami. The Canes should get a bump for Jack Spicers punt that touched a Tech player and gave Miami great field position and eventually led to a Cam Davis TD, but I won't do it. I expect more from two of the Canes most talented players.
Manny Diaz is the only person keeping this from being an F. It’s like the Hurricanes staff is doing a group project and Diaz is the only one who actually cares about the class. He picked up the slack. He isn't perfect, but his unit battles on every play. People have talked about Jon and Mark Richt getting canned, but Stacy Searles deserves to be on the burning hot seat. This offensive line is painful to watch.
Next week, the Hurricanes travel the Blacksburg to take on the Hokies, who may be just as bad as us. It is like the Toilet Bowl of the ACC. Enjoy.