Miami Hurricanes key to winning Pinstripe Bowl is stop Wisconsin run

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: Jonathan Taylor
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: Jonathan Taylor /
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Dillon returned after missing a few games with an injury and tallied 149 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown rushing and added two receptions for 18 yards. Dillon’s 167 yards from scrimmage were 38.56 percent of Boston College’s 433 total yards. Dillon’s percent of the BC total is similar to Taylor’s for 2018.

The Eagles total yardage against Miami was a season-high against the Hurricanes defense. Boston College gave a perfect blueprint how to beat Miami.

The majority of that yardage came on the Eagles first three drives. Once outgoing Miami Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz was able to make adjustments against the Eagles offense, the Hurricanes defense settled down.

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After scoring 17 points on their first three drives of the game, the Miami defense held the Eagles to ten the remainder of the game. Boston College rolled up 244 yards of offense on their first three drives of the game. On their final eight drives of the game, the Eagles accumulated 189 yards.

The problem was, as it has been for the past 15 Miami Hurricanes games was that the offense remained inept. If the Miami running game can match Wisconsin and control the clock, it will go a long way towards giving the Hurricanes a chance to win.

Only one Wisconsin opponent was able to shut down Taylor this season. Big Ten Western Division Champion Northwestern held the nation’s leading rusher to 46 yards on 11 carries and caused him to fumble twice, recovering both. The Wildcats added a third fumble recovery.

Northwestern forced Wisconsin backup quarterback Jack Coan to try and beat them. Coan attempted 31 passes and the Badgers had 32 rushing attempts. Taylor’s trouble holding on to the football limited him to the 11 carries. Taylor also lost a fumble in the Orange Bowl against Miami last season.