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The Miami Hurricanes are right where they want to be, starting its season off at 1-0 after defeating Bethune-Cookman.
The Canes defeated the Wildcats 41-13 for its season opener at Hard Rock Stadium. The victory wasn’t much of a surprise, but there are a few takeaways from this match up as Miami prepares for Arkansas State next week.
Bethune-Cookman had possession of the ball for 34:29 minutes, which is way too much time for an inferior opponent to have control of the ball, but that still did not help the Wildcats be victorious
This was the first game under the Malik Rosier era and he showed that he is not only a threat in the pocket, but also can tantalize a defense with his legs. His first play as the fulltime starting quarterback for Miami was a 23-yard carry for a first down. Some of his throws were questionable and considered overthrown, but according to Coach Richt, Rosier never put the ball in harm’s way.
Despite a couple of close picks and a fumble, Rosier finished with zero interceptions, and passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
University of Miami had its way on the ground totaling 322 rushing yards.
Running back Mark Walton made his presence known. Despite appreciable effort, Bethune-Cookman’s defense could not stop the junior as he rushed for 148 yards and racked in two touchdowns. Sophomore RB Travis Homer contributed by rushing for 108 yard on 11 carries.
The receiving unit held its own without 19-year old Ahmmon Richards. Richards was sidelined due to a hamstring injury he sustained during preseason camp. Without the top receiver, the workload fell on the shoulders of Darrell Langham, Lawrence Cager and Braxton Berrios.
Of course with Richards in the mix, the Hurricanes’ offense would have looked better than what it did, but without him the receiving core still managed to combine for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Langham led with 65 yards and a touchdown. Right behind him was Cager with 47 yards and a touchdown reception of his own, Berrios finished with 35 yards and a touchdown reception.
On the other side of the ball, many were left underwhelmed by Miami’s defense.
The eight penalties for 86 yards alone were enough to make the average Miami fan cringe. UM’s defense did not look like the glorified top defense it considered to be. The Canes’ energy was questionable. BCU was able to convert on both fourth downs. Plays like those will need to be cleaned up before facing an opponent like Florida State.
Maybe UM’s defense took it easy on the opponent and did not want to reveal too much too soon. However moving forward the defense has to play better when it faces Arkansas State next week, the Red Wolves are no pushovers and despite falling to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 36-43 in its season opener.
Arkansas will be a tougher competitor and the Hurricanes schedule will only get tougher, as they will face in state rival Florida State the following week.