N’Kosi Perry got his second start of the season at home against Georgia Tech today, but as has been the case all season, the game didn’t start the way Miami wanted as Perry was sacked on a blitz by freshman Demetrius Knight II from GT, and Perry lost the ball in the endzone. Ja’Quon Griffin recovered the ball for a Georgia Tech TD that put Miami in the hole 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Miami was clumsy on special teams with a penalty on Al Blades Jr. that was (thankfully) negated by Tech not having enough players on the line of scrimmage. Later in the second quarter, Georgia Tech took advantage of yet another Miami special teams mistake when they threw a touchdown on 4th and 7 out of a punt formation. With Miami in punt safe coverage, DJ Ivey released Nathan Cottrell down the sideline and he caught a wide open 41-yard pass for a TD from the Georgia Tech punter, Pressley Harvin III, bringing the teams into a tie at 14-14 the end of the 1st quarter.
With flashes of brilliance on offense, and repeated lapses on special teams, Miami continues to only deliver partial success in game having yet to win on offense, defense, and special teams in the same game. Add to that the fact DeeJay Dallas was injured early on, N’kosi was knocked from the game for a short period, and Michael Pinckney left the game with an injury as well, and you can agree with me that Miami appears to have hit rock bottom… literally and figuratively as the team sits in last place in the Coastal.
Here are the 3 Stars of the Game
Osborn was big with a couple of clutch catches on offense early and then he had a huge return of 44yds to the GT 13 yard line. He took a step left, made the first man miss, and then was able to utilize the wall of blockers to come all the way back across the field. He followed that up with a great 13yd catch for a touchdown and Miami was up 14-7 in the span of under two minutes. Osborn finished the day with 4 catches for 39 yards and 1 touchdown. On special teams, he tallied 2 punt returns for 68 yards
Harris did what Harris does as he rushed for 136 yards on 18 attempts and had a long 42 yard run at a critical point in the game to position Miami for a score. He added 3 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. I would like to see Enos stick with the guy that got you to the red zone and reward them with shots at the end zone. Too often our RB core gets going and Enos goes away from the hot hand.
Hedley had 3 punts for 130 yards with all 3 punts pinning the opponent behind their own twenty yard line. He averaged 43.3 yards per kick, and had a long of 67 yards. As a result of his consistency, he was my number 1 star today.
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