The Canes beat their first FBS opponent since Virginia last November, and capped off a 25-point road win.
Malik Rosier had his best performance all season, as he was responsible for 3 touchdowns in the first half. Rushing for 2, and connecting with Jeff Thomas on a 38-yard dime. Malik would continue his solid performance, as he connected with Lawrence Cager on an end-zone fade, and dashed for 38-yards to the endzone on a read-option.
By halftime, the ‘Canes defense had amounted 9 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Although Toledo scored their lone first half touchdown on a tipped ball, the Canes took a proficient 21-7 lead to the break. Miami’s defense started out ferociously, but the 3rd quarter was a different story.
Their first touchdown gave them momentum, as the Toledo offense came out of halftime on fire, while the ‘Canes went 3-and-out to start the 3rd quarter. The offense would sputter, but responded greatly with another amazing catch by Jeff Thomas, capped off by a DeeJay Dallas touchdown run to make the lead 14 again.
The defense bent, but didn’t break, as the lead never got lower than 7. Holes began to open in the secondary though, and Toledo moved the ball with ease for some time. The offense kept scoring though, and was relied upon in order to seal the victory.
Unfortunately, Miami’s defense caught the injury bug. Gerald Willis III, Trajan Bandy, and Romeo Finley went down in the 3rd quarter in addition to Jaquan Johnson, who missed the majority of the contest. Bandy and Willis would thankfully return, but the Canes’ secondary became depleted, forcing them to rely on players such as Robert Knowles.
Ultimately, it was a great success for the Canes as they were tested, but remained in front and in control. Richt was able to give some underclassmen playing time, and Malik was able to gain back some confidence after having a rough beginning to the season. If Malik can replicate this performance for more games going forward, the Canes will continue winning.