Miami football 2023 defense improved significantly

The Miami football team improved significantly on defense in 2023.

Dec 28, 2023; Bronx, NY, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Rueben Bain Jr. (44) and linebacker
Dec 28, 2023; Bronx, NY, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Rueben Bain Jr. (44) and linebacker / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Miami allowed 276.8 YPG versus non-conference opponents and 276.8 versus ACC teams. The Hurricanes were consistent, allowing 336.0 YPG versus teams with winning records and 328.0 versus non-winning opponents in 2023. Miami held seven opponents under 300 yards in 2023.

Pass Defense

Miami finished 79th nationally in 2022, allowing 233.1 passing yards per game. The Hurricanes allowed 255.3 passing YPG versus winning teams and 190.3 against non-winning teams in 2022. The biggest issue for Miami defensively in 2022 was allowing 10 pass plays of 50 yards or more. That was last nationally.

Miami finished 55th in 2023, allowing 216.0 passing YPG. The Hurricanes allowed about 30 more yards across the board versus winning teams and ACC opponents. Miami significantly reduced allowing big completions in 2023. Opponents had five completions of 50 or more yards in 2023.

Run Defense

Miami was 52nd nationally in 2022, allowing 142.08 rushing YPG. The Hurricanes allowed 170.63 rushing YPG versus ACC opponents compared to 85.0 in non-conference games in 2022. Miami allowed 166.0 rushing YPG in 2022 to winning teams and 112.5 to non-winning teams.