Miami Hurricanes victory sealed by another big third quarter

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Farter for the second week in a row in a 47-34 victory over Louisville.

A week after producing 24 plays for 212 yards and 17 points in the third quarter, the Miami Hurricanes used a pair of explosive plays in the first 15 minutes after halftime to win 47-34 at Louisville Saturday night. Like last week, the Miami offense had an answer after having a halftime lead cut to seven.

Miami only needed 10 plays to accumulate 187 yards in the third quarter. Much like they did against UAB, Miami came out strong and confident in the third quarter. After UAB cut the Miami lead to seven in the opener last week, the Hurricanes went on two TD drives to extend the lead to 31-14 after three quarters.

Louisville cut the Miami lead to 20-13 on their first drive of the third quarter. Miami answered with a 75-yard TD run by Cam Harris on the first play of the drive following the Cardinals TD. Louisville went 74-yards in 11 plays to answer Harris’ run and get back within seven at 27-20. Miami answered again.

Miami duplicated the 75-yard Harris TD run when D’Eriq King connected with a wide-open Jaylan Knighton in the flat to extend the Miami lead to 34-20. That was the second TD of the night for Knighton. Miami outgained Louisville 187-148 in the third quarter and outscored them 17-14.

Unlike the game against UAB, Miami finished strong. Taking a 37-20 into the third quarter, the Hurricanes scored 10 and Louisville scored what turned out to be meaningless TDs to earn the road victory. Three touchdowns of at least 47 yards on the road in an ACC game were big and ceased momentum at key moments.

A 47-yard TD pass from King to tight end Brevin Jordan in the fourth quarter put Miami in front 47-27 with 5:20 to play. Tutu Atwell scored his second TD of the night with 2:06 remaining to cap the scoring. Through two games Miami has one of the most explosive offenses in college football.

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Miami is the only team in college football with three or more plays of 60 plus yards and multiple 70 yard plays. Beginining with plays of 10 yards or more and going in increments of 10, Miami is in the top 10 at each level producing big plays. Expect the explosiveness to continue in the new Rhett Lashlee offense.