One game after the Miami Hurricanes defeated the Florida Gators 21-16 in 2013, the Canes— fresh off a bye— curb stomped the Tigers of Savannah State 77-7. It was a school record for points in a game.
Video game stats for Miami tonight. 77-7, 3rd Quarter. pic.twitter.com/gNJtoGJWmC— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) September 22, 2013
The margin was so one sided that both coaches agreed to shorten the final quarter.
Miami Hurricanes and Savannah State agree to a 12-minute fourth quarter http://t.co/oAJJSbLlFm— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) September 22, 2013
Miami outgained Savannah State 637-183 in total yardage. The Hurricanes also had 27 first downs, compared to just 8 for the Tigers. Miami won the turnover battle 4-0.
Gus Edwards rushed for three TDs, Dallas Crawford rushed for two while catching another from backup QB Ryan Williams, and Duke Johnson also scored.
Stephen Morris tossed an 80-yard TD to Allen Hurns in the first quarter to go up 14-0. Soon after, Morris suffered a sprained ankle in what was Miami’s only scare of the game.
Fortunately, the x-ray came back negative, and the backups were able to receive quality experience as well.
Williams was 11-13 with 176 yards and two TD passes, with a touchdown to Stacy Coley— who also had a kick return TD in the third quarter— to go along with his toss to Crawford.
Gray Crow also stepped in during the second half and went 6-6 with 55 yards and a TD pass to Beau Sandland.
The margin could’ve been even more one-sided if the Hurricanes didn’t take their foot off the gas after halftime.
“We went quickly to second and then quickly to third teams. I had a long talk with [Savannah State] coach Earnest Wilson before and a long talk with him after. I’ve been there. I was on the other side of those at Temple. I wanted to make sure he knew we were doing everything in our power not to run up the score, and I know on his end he was trying to teach his team how to keep fighting. I’ve been in his shoes. I just wanted him to know from our standpoint, we were trying to be gracious in victory and not do anything dumb,” Al Golden told the media after the game. (Transcript from miamiherald.typepad.com)
Anyone wanting to relive this game can watch the attached highlight video. Canes fans will look for another complete performance on Saturday to get in the win column for the first time since last season, while making sure plenty of bench contributors are able to get as much valuable experience as possible.