Two More Wins Move Miami to 4-3. Hope at the U. Go Canes!

Cane's D Managed the Game

Most of the talk about the Miami Hurricanes, looking at the Nation’s #2 rushing offense in Georgia Tech, was about the banged up defensive line. Off their win against North Carolina it was unclear what chance the Canes had against a top 20 team.

My viewing experience is limited to “GameTracker”, a limited  graphical animation of the play-by-play, when I can get it to work. That happened over halftime, but It does have a replay button, so I could see the first two quarters unfold.

Would the Cane offense save the day? Would they at least stay in the game the and keep it close?

Defense performed well the entire game.

Neither happened, and fortunately it did not need to. The defense managed the game, limiting Georgia Tech to 134 yards rushing, and 211 total yards. The defense created a fumble and an interception, and special teams put seven points on the board after a muffed punt.

Georgia Tech’s first offensive play of the game was an interception. Three games previously their first offensive play was a score.

A 14 – 0 first quarter was followed by a 21 – 7 halftime score. Only Miami scored in the second half. That was a field goal. Final score: 24 – 7.

According to the Miami Herald, while Tech was #2 in rushing offense with a 347 yard-per-game average, the Canes were 94thin stopping the run. Not a good combination. “Since 2009 the Yellow Jackets have been held to under 200 yards rushing just three times

Jacory Harris

— two of those games were against Miami,” wrote the Herald.

The Canes did struggle on offense with dropped balls, one interception, and many short or negative yardage running plays. Lamar Smith did accumulate 93 yards rushing including a 14 yard TD run. Jacory Harris completed 8 of 23 passes for 140 yards. Tommy Streeter had a career-high 96 yards receiving.

Next up, the Canes play Virginia (4-3) on Thursday night at home.