In what was a scrimmage game for the No. 16 Miami Hurricanes (3-0), many of the younger players saw action Saturday night against Savannah State.
A game in which Hurricanes’ starting QB Stephen Morris left with a leg injury in the first quarter, backup QB Ryan Williams threw for 176 yards while freshman Gray Crow added 55 yards. Williams appeared comfortable at the helm and impressed with his accuracy.
The 77 points put up by Miami is a school record and was just shy of the ACC record of 82 held by Clemson. The Hurricanes had the ball for just over 33 minutes and managed to outgain Savannah state, 637-183.
Hurricanes’ star RB Duke Johnson rushed for 59 yards and opened the night of with a 95 yard kickoff return before being dragged down within the 5 yard-line. Freshman WR Stacy Coley also impressed on special teams returning a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.
Used to seeing the speedy Johnson in the backfield, Miami fans got to see backups Dallas Crawford, Eduardo Clements and freshman Gus Edwards rip through the Savannah State defense. Gus “the bus” eclipsed the 100-yard mark going for 113 yards on the night.
Miami did not punt one time throughout the game, and in a sympathetic turn of events, each of the programs coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 12 minutes. The Hurricanes would not score in the final quarter and it was obvious that they were trying to end the beat down as soon as possible.
On a good note, head coach Al Golden announced that the X-rays that Morris received came back negative and it appears that he should be fine come next Saturday.
Miami went into the game as a 60-point favorite and covered the spread handily.
Up next for the Hurricanes: A winless South Florida (0-3) team.
Individual stats courtesy of CBSSports:
Rushing: Gus Edwards 12-113, Eduardo Clements 11-75, Duke Johnson 8-59, Dallas Crawford 5-48, De’Andre Johnson 5-21
Passing: Ryan Williams 11-13-176-0, Gray Crow 6-6-55-0, Stephen Morris 3-4-82-0
Receiving: Beau Sandland 6-76, Stacy Coley 3-16, Allen Hurns 2-100, Clive Walford 2-50, Herb Waters 2-34, Standish Dobard 1-15, Malcolm Lewis 1-9, Phillip Dorsett 1-3