Saturday, November 5, 2011

'Canes Demolish Duke, 49-14

What a day for junior running back Lamar Miller.  Miller finished the day with 147 yards and two touchdowns, making him the first Miami running back to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark since Willis McGahee back in 2002.  Mike James also had two touchdowns of his own.

Jacory Harris played a nearly perfect game allotting for three first-half touchdowns alone.  Harris completed 14 of 20 passes for 202 yards and 0 interceptions.  The 'Canes laid 467 total yards on Duke, 265 of them coming on the ground.

Miami scored on their first five possessions.  49 points is the most that the 'Canes have scored all year.

As far as the Miami defense is concerned, they are going to have to make some adjustments if they plan on coming out of Tallahassee with a win.  They have been known to make the most average of quarterbacks look like superstars, however EJ Manuel appears to be the real deal.  This defense has struggled with mobile quarterbacks in the past, well aside from Georgia Tech (and Braxton Miller--yet Miami was his first true "test"), so it will be interesting to see if we can keep Manuel flustered. 

Safety Ray Ray Armstrong recorded his first interception of the year and Olivier Vernon recovered his first fumble.  

This was a good bounce-back win for the 'Canes.  We were hoping that they would not overlook Duke, as they did Virginia.  Golden needs no reminder of the challenge that his team will face a week from now.

The 'Canes (5-4) will face Florida State (6-3) next Saturday.  Kickoff is scheduled at 3:30 p.m.