Hurricanes Extend Winning Streak to Three
One month ago the Miami Hurricanes suffered a bad loss to Georgia Tech and there were talks that maybe the coaching staff just wasn’t working out with the talent that the school had. The schemes, especially on the defensive side of the ball were under heavy scrutiny. Banners were being flown over Sun Life Stadium calling for Head Coach Al Golden’s head and many prominent alumni were echoing the same sentiments for him as well as defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio. The program seemed to be spiraling out of control in the wrong direction.
That was one month ago and boy how things have changed. In that time the Hurricanes have ripped off three straight wins headlined by Miami’s beat down of North Carolina on Saturday 47-20.
In the past three games, Miami has outscored their opponents 132-60. That discrepancy could have been even higher if you factor in that most of Miami’s starters did not play much in the fourth quarter Saturday and Miami’s defense held the Tar Heels to just three points through the first three quarters.
It was another dominant performance on offense for the Hurricanes, led by now Heisman contending running back Duke Johnson who added another 177 rushing yards and three total touchdowns to both his season and career totals. At 3,080 total rushing yards for his Hurricanes career, Johnson passed Edgerrin James Saturday for second on the all time Hurricanes rushing list and is just 252 rushing yards away from being the leading rusher in Hurricanes history.
It wasn’t all just Johnson on the offensive side of the ball though. Brad Kaaya had another impressive start on Saturday, completing 11 of 17 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Kaaya connected with six different receivers, lead by Tight End Clive Walford who had six catches for 89 yards and two of Kaaya’s three touchdown passes.
The offense has been there all season though. More importantly, the defense had a solid performance for the third straight game. Through the first three quarters, the Hurricanes defense allowed just six points to the Tar Heels and appeared to dominate, especially at the line of scrimmage.
The big question is will the Hurricanes be able to continue to click on both sides of the ball as they welcome the #1 ranked Florida State Hurricanes into town on November 15th. The game will be played in prime time at 8pm and will be aired nationally on ABC.
About Dan Hauser
Golf and Sports enthusiast, Hurricanes supporter, Reds fan, UCF alum & writer for Country Clubs in Florida specializing on golf in South East Florida for Waterfront Properties.