If you’ve been reading the Miami articles and message boards recently, you’re well aware of the swollen Cane egos that resulted from their season opening win over FSU.
To listen to Jacory Harris, you’d think he was predicting that they can’t be stopped.incarnated…
So what really happened against FSU to make Harris so confident?
Well…he threw for 386 yards, which is no small feat as he averaged over 10 yards per completion. But the truth of the matter is that some of his receivers were catching balls with no FSU defender within 10 yards of them. They routinely beat the FSU defensive secondary for big plays because the Noles couldn’t develop any pressure or rattle Harris at all. This is where Derrick Morgan will figure into the Tech defensive plans . FSU doesn’t have anyone on their defensive line remotely as good as Morgan and he’ll be a difference maker.
Along with the 386 yards, Harris connected on two TDs. But he also connected on two INTs, one of which was returned for a pick six in the fourth quarter. People aren’t talking about the INTs though…they’re all pointing at 386 yards…oooooh aaaaahhh…
So in reality, Harris connected on some long passes that puffed up the total yardage and generated a few scores. And FSU is to blame for a good portion of that production as they couldn’t cover or tackle.
The most revealing offensive stat from that game would probably be the fact that the Hurricanes rushed for a measely 90 yards on 30 attempts and lost the time of possession battle against an FSU team that only ran the ball marginally well themselves.
In the end, FSU would have won that game if they could manage a clock. The Noles burned about 27 seconds down around the Miami 5 yard line and followed that up with some of the worst redzone play calling I’ve seen since Tech lost that heartbreaker to NCSU a few years ago. (I still get a twitch thinking about that one…)
was calm and collected at the end of that game, because he knows what I know…that win wasn’t anything to puff his his chest and brag about. They escaped with a win that should have gone the other way.
So what does this all mean about their impending matchup with the Jackets?
Well…a few things…
1. Miami doesn’t have near the athletes that Clemson had in Spiller and Ford.
2. Harris will have to keep his head on a swivel to avoid getting molested repeatedly by Derrick Morgan.
3. Tech has better defensive backs than FSU does and the big plays won’t come as easily.
4. Miami doesn’t seem to be willing to run the ball or have the discipline to exploit the biggest weakness in the GT defense.
5. The Miami defense didn’t look tough enough or disciplined enough to handle Tech’s offensive pressure for four quarters.
There is no number 6…
7. The Jackets weren’t “stopped” by Clemson…418 yards (301 on the ground) isn’t “stopped”.
8. Jerrard Tarrant is a weapon that Miami will have to be concerned about. You can’t give Paul Johnson greaton big kick returns and win the game.
9. Tech will learn from the Clemson comeback and will maintain focus and intensity on the road, away from the friendly fans and confines of Bobby Dodd Stadium.
10. The Tech defense made plays when they had to against Clemson…which is a better team than Miami.
In closing…with sincere apologies to Jacory Harris…the “U” isn’t back based on the merit of a win against a sub-standard FSU team that struggled to put away Jacksonville State at home. Miami may not have any starters on their roster at this point who were around the last time the Canes beat the Jackets…and that won’t have changed come.
Miami’s still not in Tech’s league.