Canes Cruise In Home Opener As Bigger Tests Loom

Curtis Stevenson
September 14, 2018 - 5:03 pm

After a tough opening game loss to LSU, the Miami Hurricanes got exactly what they needed. A get well game.

77-0 was the final and you could say it was not even that close. As expected they dominated in all phases of the game, and feasted on the cupcake that was Savannah State. In games like these, after a loss, you want to get the good momentum flowing throughout the team. Mission accomplished. Also coach Mark Richt was able to empty the bench and get everyone that was eligible into the game. This really gets the backups quality reps and when everyone plays it helps the lockeroom. It was our first opportunity to see N'kosi Perry who was the second quarterback in replacing Malik Rosier.

Judging off of that, I presume he is the backup if Rosier is injured or if a change down the road is needed. So lets evaluate the young man. I got what I expected from Perry against the Tigers. Mostly good with three touchdown tosses and a little bad with a telegraphed throw that was intercepted. You certainly can see the athleticism and skill, but is he ready for high level football at this point? I don't think so. Coach Richt agrees, as Rosier will remain the starter tomorrow on the road against the Toledo Rockets. That is not to say that this discussion is over. Malik needs to pick up his game and continue to avoid costly turnovers. He has enough talent around him that it's about not necessarily trying to make the spectacular play, but don't make the big mistake that can put your team in a rough spot. All and all it was a laugher in their first win of the season. Nine different players scored for Miami in the largest margin of victory in school history.

Now it's back to work and back on the road against a Toledo team that gave Miami trouble last season at Hard Rock Stadium. It was back and forth into the third quarter before the Canes pulled away. Miami won 52-30 last September, but trailed by a touchdown at halftime. Rosier had one of his better outings in his career, throwing the football for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had a running touchdown in the comeback.

Hopefully he can lean on last year’s performance on Saturday, as he will have the opportunities to hit on some big plays downfield. The Rockets have an experienced secondary and will play alot of man to man coverage. If Miami's receivers can win one on one matchups, which I think they can, Malik will have plenty of opportunities if he can hit his target. Also, I would like to see them run the ball with more authority, specifically Travis Homer. They’ve got to get him into a groove. He hasn't had that burst like he had last year. Keep an eye on the offensive line, which should have an advantage aginst an undersized Rockets front. The Canes need to get some good push in the run game. Defensively it's simple. Keep breaking out the new and improved "Turnover Chain". Force Toledo into obvious passing situations and rush the passer and you should get a couple of turnovers. This could be a little bit tricky against the Rockets, but if Miami does those things they should get a win. It is never easy on the road, and that stadium known as the Glass Bowl should be rocking. It is always an event when Miami comes to your town.

We shall see if they can leave Toledo with a win. Go Canes!

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