Canes Look To Continue Sharp Play As Cross Town Series Is Renewed

Curtis Stevenson
September 21, 2018 - 2:37 pm

It was billed as the biggest home game in Toledo football history.

It was big alright. A big 25 point win for the Hurricanes, and a big day for quarterback Malik Rosier. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more in a resounding 49-24 road win in the stadium nicknamed the Glass Bowl.

The Hurricanes shattered any idea of an upset with a mistake free and business like win. Miami racked up 473 total yards and moved the ball up and down the field against an over matched Rocket defense. They jumped out to a big lead early and cruised to the win. Toledo scored a couple of touchdowns to make the score look a little bit respectable, but the Canes were never threatened. It was a great game for Rosier to regain his footing as the signal caller. I thought he made good decisions, and made some timely throws. As a runner he was decisive and ran with purpose showing his athleticism. Hopefully this can get him back on track, as conference play starts next week.

Running back Dee Jay Dallas continues to turn heads with with over 100 yards and a touchdown. He will push fellow backfield teammate Travis Homer even more, and it would not surprise me if Dallas is your starter. He has been the better runner through the first three games. Wide receiver Jeff Thomas had another stellar performance with a touchdown and a highlight reel catch, as he, too, went over 100 yards receiving.

Defensively Miami dominated at the line of scrimmage and set the tone from the first snap. Defensive tackle Gerald Willis has been a beast and looks to have an award collecting season. The linebackers were active and swarming to the football and flying around making plays. One concern would be safety Jaquan Johnson, who left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return. It doesn't seem to be serious, however, as those type of injuries can linger, and you don't want it to turn into something he would be dealing with all season. Jonson is on the short list of best and most important players to the success of this team.

This week, it's the final non-conference game on the schedule and this one has some history. FIU and head coach Butch Davis roll into Hard Rock Stadium in a matchup that hasn't been played in eleven years. We all remember the brawl back in 2006 that put this cross town rivalry on hold.

But that was then, and this is now, and former Cane coach Butch Davis has his team off to a 2-1 start and believing. These games are always intriguing as most of the players know each other from their high school playing days or even earlier. The Panther players will be fired up to prove that they can hang with Miami, a program that passed on all of these kids.

Like the Toledo game, Miami should dominate the line of scrimmage and score points. It would be to the Canes advantage to build a big lead and be able to rest some key players, as they have a quick turn around playing North Carolina five days later to open conference play. But expect Butch to have his team ready and maybe a few tricks up his experienced sleeve.

Miami just needs to play their game and take care of the football, and they should coast. If not, then it could be a lot tighter than most anticipate. I am glad this series is back on the schedule. I think it's good for the community and provides a little local excitement on both sides.

Here's to a good clean game all around. Go Canes!  

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