Who was pumped up on Saturday for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats?! I can you tell exactly who wasn’t pumped up for them, the entire Miami Hurricanes football team. I really can’t blame them. I was more excited for round two of Schwartz vs Harbaugh on Sunday afternoon, which turned out to be a dud, but there is no excuse for what happened against B-C U.
If the new era Canes are to be taken seriously, they must be able to dismantle FCS teams like this with very little effort. Allowing Bethune’s offense to move the ball the way they did was thoroughly discouraging, and while the ESPN3 crew that was announcing the game seemed determined to remind us of B-C’s FCS status, I don’t think there was a single Hurricane watching the game that could have forgotten that incredibly embarrassing fact.
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So what happened on Saturday that made dominating this game more difficult than not crying while watching the Notebook? (Come on guys, tell me you didn’t and I’ll…..ok so I’m probably alone here).
Stephen Morris. I hate to say it, but he didn’t cope well with the semi-windy conditions and while he did settle down a bit in the second half, his consistent inability to make accurate throws downfield looms large with Georgia Tech up next. Morris threw a number of passes over the heads of open receivers, which halted some early drives and took the wind out of the offense, but he did play better in the second half.
Truthfully, it wasn’t entirely his fault. The defense once again allowed big plays and huge chunks of yardage to pile up. Much like Morris, they did eventually find their groove in the second half, but it’s still cause for concern just a week removed from an utter beat down at the hands of Kansas State.
On a less abusive note, Duke Johnson bailed everyone out on Saturday and exploded for another big afternoon filled with highlight reel quality plays. He is also leading the ACC in all-purpose yards, but the cold hard truth is the Hurricanes are very close to being labeled a one man show, and if the defense doesn’t get turned around quickly, even Duke won’t be able to save us.
The Cold Hard Truth