Game notes: Miami beats FAU 38-10

Game notes: Miami beats FAU 38-10

Peter Ariz
Peter Ariz
**Miami’s passing offense did not look sharp in this game. The offensive line left QB Brad Kaaya susceptible to pressure all night long and his accuracy was not there. On the other hand, the running game wore down the Owls and for the second straight week. Some offensive notables, both good and bad:

-Mark Walton was the first Hurricanes player since Tyrone Moss to rush for four touchdowns in a game since October 2005 against UNC in the Orange Bowl. Walton is also the first Canes player to score four touchdowns in a game since Mike James at Georgia Tech in 2012.

-The carries count between Miami’s two running backs was split pretty evenly, as Walton had 17 and Yearby had 20.

-Yearby and Walton both went over 100 yards for the second straight week.

-Gus Edwards did not receive a carry in the game for Miami.

-Solid performance from Canes freshman WR Ahmmon Richards, including a couple of 3rd down conversions. His second reception was a 13-yarder that set up Miami’s first score (Mark Walton TD rush)

-WR Stacy Coley was targeted 7 times by Brad Kaaya, but only had 4 catches for 38 yards. Similarly, David Njoku was targeted 6 times and only caught 2 passes.

-WR Dayall Harris recorded his first reception as a Hurricane.

**The Hurricanes’ defense carried over much of their performance from last week against FAMU. Notable performers:

LB Michael Pinckney – He was all over the field on Saturday night and probably had the best performance of any defensive player. 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks

DE Chad Thomas – Thomas had 3 tackles including a sack on Saturday night. He seems much more active this season, regardless of Miami’s opponents, as compared to his first two

DE Joseph Jackson – The freshman pass rusher recorded his first sack as a Hurricane. He had two sacks total.

S JaQuan Johnson – Johnson was on the field A LOT for Miami. His versatility for this defense is vital considering his ability to play in the box and the injury concerns at linebacker.

S Rayshawn Jenkins – Active night for Jenkins with 5 tackles, an interception, and .5 sack. He had a violent hit in the third quarter as well.

DT R.J. McIntosh – McIntosh blocked a punt in the first quarter (Miami’s second of the season

**Gerald Willis made his Miami debut today after being suspended for the first game. He recorded a sack in the fourth quarter.

**Linebacker Darrion Owens saw his first game action since suffering a severe knee injury against FAU last season. He recorded one tackle in the first quarter.

**Sophomore CB Mike Jackson made the first meaningful play of his Canes career tonight in the third quarter against FAU, deflecting a pass that led to a Rayshawn Jenkins interception. Jackson was lined up in the slot on the play. FAU running back Greg Howell ran Jackson over on the Owls’ next possession on his way to a long TD run.

**Miami kicker Michael Badgley had his first attempt of the game blocked (24-yards) and then knocked in a 27-yarder early in the third quarter.

**The Canes were sloppier with penalties this week than last. Against FAMU, Miami conceded 6 penalties for 54 yards. This week vs. FAU – 9 for 90 yards.

**Miami punter Justin Vogel had a big night for the Canes, averaging 47.4 yards per attempt on 5 punts.

**Braxton Berrios had 3 punt returns for a total of 17 yards.

**Sophomore offensive lineman Tyree St. Louis saw some time at left tackle tonight.

**Miami moves to 2-0 and will face Appalachian State next week in Boone, N.C. Kickoff set for noon.

Comments (40)

Looks like Gus the Bus is turning into Gus the Hot Wheel

Did I **** you off Vern??
Ugly win is still a win.

Richt called a conservative running game when it became obvious that Kaaya didn't have it, tonight.
Kaaya gone bounce back next week. Walton is definitely more explosive this year. Ready to see the defense vs a legit opponent.
Defensive line showed up tonight. Our offensive line needs to protect Kayaa better in order for us to have a chance. Kayaa looked he did opening night vs Louisville couple seasons ago. He'll bounce back tho.
Good to see Owens out there....
this a four five loss squad not because of coaching but depth and ol
Offense = C-
Kaaya = D-
O-Line = D
Walton = A
Yearby = B

Defense = B+
Michael Jackson = F

Some really bad penalties tonight too.

Not sure why Malcolm Lewis is a starter. We have better kids available.
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If kaaya is gonna have his worst game as a cane let's be **** glad it's against fau.. He'll brush it off
My biggest concern is WR. We don't have the go to guy. Cooley and Richards are playmakers but they don't seem to be high reception guys. Last few years we had guys like Burns and Scott. Those are the guys you know will catch the ball on third down when you need a play.
We got some thumpers on D-- wood layers

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People won't admit it, but Kaaya has regressed. I don't want to hear that we are purposely running a vanilla offense. He couldn't throw to save his life. He needs to step up big time