Sep 21, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Allen Hurns (1) catches a touchdown pass against the Savannah State Tigers in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Hurricanes: Taking a look at stats

After a 77-7 drubbing of Savannah State, the Miami Hurricanes (3-0) find themselves ranked at No. 15 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

Sep 21, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Ryan Williams (11) passes the ball as Savannah State Tigers linebacker Denzel Carter (53) rushes in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Miami Hurricanes Team Statistics, courtesy of cfbstats.com:

Miami (Florida) Opponents
Scoring: Points/Game 44.0 9.7
Scoring: Games – Points 3 – 132 3 – 29
First Downs: Total 57 48
First Downs: Rushing – Passing – By Penalty 28 – 26 – 3 25 – 19 – 4
Rushing: Yards / Attempt 6.04 3.49
Rushing: Attempts – Yards – TD 112 – 677 – 10 113 – 394 – 2
Passing: Rating 159.24 83.63
Passing: Yards 675 452
Passing: Attempts – Completions – Interceptions – TD 79 – 50 – 2 – 7 90 – 46 – 6 – 1
Total Offense: Yards / Play 7.08 4.17
Total Offense: Plays – Yards 191 – 1352 203 – 846
Punt Returns: Yards / Return 7.58 9.75
Punt Returns: Returns – Yards – TD 12 – 91 – 0 4 – 39 – 0
Kickoff Returns: Yards / Return 41.67 17.67
Kickoff Returns: Returns – Yards – TD 6 – 250 – 1 12 – 212 – 0
Punting: Yards / Punt 43.92 40.57
Punting: Punts – Yards 13 – 571 21 – 852
Interceptions: Returns – Yards – TD 6 – 92 – 0 2 – 28 – 0
Fumbles: Number – Lost 0 – 0 5 – 4
Penalties: Number – Yards 23 – 200 15 – 102
Time of Possession / Game 27:13.67 32:46.33
3rd Down Conversions: Conversion % 32.35% 29.79%
3rd Down Conversions: Attempts – Conversions 34 – 11 47 – 14
4th Down Conversions: Conversion % 50% 40%
4th Down Conversions: Attempts – Conversions 6 – 3 5 – 2
Red Zone: Success % 81.25% 50%
Red Zone: Attempts – Scores 16 – 13 8 – 4
Field Goals: Success % 100% 100%
Field Goals: Attempts – Made 2 – 2 3 – 3
PAT Kicking: Success % 100% 100%
PAT Kicking: Attempts – Made 18 – 18 2 – 2
2-Point Conversions: Success % - 0%
2-Point Conversions: Attempts – Made 0 – 0 1 – 0

 

Against Savannah State, the Hurricanes had 27 first downs and went 6-9 on third down and 2-3 on fourth down. While Miami fared well on conversions, penalties still continue to plague Al Golden and company.  Miami was flagged ten times for 75 yards against the Tigers.

The Hurricanes continued to dominate in the rushing game and the Tigers gave up 324 yards on the ground. Freshman RB Gus Edwards headlined the Miami running back corps amassing 113 yards and 3 touchdowns on 12 carries.  The 6-2, 225-pound running back is making a strong case for backing up Duke Johnson.

Stephen Morris caused quite the scare on Saturday night when he exited the game in the first quarter with a lower leg injury. While the X-rays came back negative, Golden expects Morris to “absolutely” be ready for Miami’s game this weekend against a winless South Florida team.  In the absence of Morris, backup QB Ryan Williams showed poise as he led the Hurricanes offense, throwing for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Seeing most of the action in the second half, freshman Gray Crow made his Miami debut throwing for 55 yards and one touchdown.

The Miami passing game appeared sluggish in their first two games, that was not the case on Saturday.  The Hurricanes threw for 313 yards against the Tigers. WR Allen Hurns led the Miami receivers with two receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown and junior transfer TE Beau Sandland caught six balls for 76 yards with one touchdown.

Freshman WR Stacy Coley saw action on offense as well as on special teams and had three receptions for 16 yards and one touchdown. Where Coley really impressed was on special teams. Coley showed off his speed and elusiveness taking a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. RB Duke Johnson also played special teams taking the opening kickoff 95 yards before being tripped up inside the Tigers’ four-yard line.

According to CaneInsider, 81 different players saw the field against Savannah State.

Sophomore DB Deon Bush made his highly anticipated return, however, he still needs to shake off the rust. The hard-hitting safety played with caution and didn’t resemble the player from a year ago, understandably. Bush will likely see action against South Florida, and for Miami’s sake,  he will hopefully be back to 100% come conference play.

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