The second game of the season at Hard Rock Stadium did not go the way the Miami Hurricanes faithful wanted. From the Michigan State Spartans’ running back Kenneth Walker III dealing out cutback after cutback to key drops from Will Mallory and others, the game was a complete disaster. The Canes, thanks to poor execution, turnovers, and penalties, never got control of the game. Ultimately, the biggest stars of the game were our eyes once we were able to turn the channel to something else. Maybe we should’ve known the game would trend this way after the Canes performances during the previous two weeks, D’Eriq King’s fumble on the opening drive, and the high number of missed tackles during the game. However, Miami squeezing the game to a 3-point deficit with 6 mins left gave us some hope. The game ended in the massive blowout after a surging 4th quarter for the Spartans.
Her are three players who’s play attempted to stop the onslaught today.
Third Star: D’Eriq King
This is bizarre because usually a player with 4 turnovers in a game should never sniff the stars list, especially when those turnovers lead to points. But a 38-17 blowout doesn’t leave you with too many options. The defense couldn't set and maintain the edge or tackle, the offensive line played horribly, several pass-catchers like Will Mallory had monumental drop, and their were blown coverages in the secondary in the 4th. Essentially, everyone else played so poorly that King’s turnovers and liability plays were just some one of the many subpar performances this afternoon. King was 38 for 59, for 391 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, and 2 fumbles.
Second Star: Chantz Williams
Chantz Williams may be Miami’s best defensive end. He definitely needs to start during the rest of the season. He had several tackles for loss in this game, a sack, and forced a key incompletion on 3rd down heading into he fourth quarter. The play came on batted pass as Williams showed off his play recognition and instincts. On the next possession, Miami cut the lead down to three thanks to Williams’ heady play.
First Star: Charleston Rambo
Charleston Rambo was the offensive star of the game. On one drive in the second quarter, he had 5 catches, for 70 yards, and a TD. The touchdown even came on a 4th down play. Rambo went into half-time with 10 catches for 117 yards. His second touchdown in the game was physical thing of beauty with 3:53 left in the third quarter. He showed off his amazingly strong hands while taking a big hit. Rambo finished with 12 catches for 156 yards and 2 TDs.
Miami is now 1-2 on the year and looking for answers. It’s time to stop lying to ourselves about what this team really is. There’s no identity, continuity, and everyone down to the coaching is mediocre right now.