Miami Hurricanes need to eliminate slow starts

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Christopher Herndon IV
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Christopher Herndon IV /
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The Hurricanes have mostly shut the run down in the final three quarters. Miami’s opponents are averaging just 3.36 yards per carry in the second through fourth quarters.

Aside from the touchdown to interception rate, the passing offense has been far more effective after halftime than it has in the first half. Malik Rosier has had 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in the first half, 13 and seven in the second.

The higher rate of interceptions can potentially be attributed to Rosier having to take more risks after halftime with the game outcome more pressing later in the game. All the rest of his second half stats are significantly better in the second half.

In the first half, the Hurricanes have thrown 1,194 yards, a 129.82 passer rating and completed 54.7 percent of their passes. In the second half, Malik Rosier has thrown for 1,459 yards, a 149.98 passer rating and completed 57.1 percent of his passes.

The Hurricanes have also been able to connect on more big plays in the passing game after halftime. Miami has 30 completions of 15 yards or more in the first half, 36 in the second half.

The Miami running game is harder to decipher by half. They are averaging 5.83 yards per carry for 816 rushing yards with five touchdowns in the first half. In the second half, the Canes average 4.95 yards per attempt for 951 yards and 12 touchdowns.