Miami-Florida (1-0) at (21) Kansas State (1-0)|
Saturday, September 8, 12:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Nicholas DeLorenzo, Associate College Football Editor
GAME NOTES: The 21st-ranked Kansas State Wildcats will attempt to defend their
home field against the Miami-Florida Hurricanes, as each team tries to move to
2-0 on the young season.
Miami opened their season on the road last week against fellow ACC member
Boston College, and came away victorious, 41-32. It marked the first time the
Hurricanes started a season with an away win since beating Florida State,
38-34, in 2009, and they haven't begun a year with back-to-back road wins
Kansas State had an unexpected scare last Saturday when it took on FCS foe
Missouri State. The offense sputtered in the early going, and well into the
third quarter the score was tied up at 9-9. From there, however, the Wildcats
caught fire, scoring six touchdowns in the final quarter and a half to win by
a score of 51-9.
These two teams met last season for the first time ever, with K-State coming
out on top, 28-24. This game marks Miami's first-ever trip to Manhattan.
The Miami offense was able to move the ball up and down the field with ease
against the Boston College defense last week, compiling a nearly-even split
between rushing offense (208) and passing yards (207).
Making his sixth career start, quarterback Stephen Morris recorded career
highs in both completions (28) and attempts (45). He finished with 207 passing
yards, which included an 18-yard touchdown strike to freshman receiver Malcolm
Another freshman had a huge day for the 'Canes, as Duke Johnson rushed for 135
yards on just seven carries -- the most by a Miami true freshman since
Javarris James tallied 148 yards on Sept. 30, 2006. Johnson also scored his
first two career touchdowns on a pair of 50-plus yard runs. Head coach Al
Golden could not be more thrilled with the young back's performance.
"His play was a huge momentum boost," Golden said. "Without those two big runs
who knows what would have happened to the outcome of the game. He has shown
flashes like that out in practice every day so we knew he was going to have a
Allen Hurns also had a career day, setting new highs in both receptions
(eight) and receiving yards (81).
For the most part, the Hurricanes defense did not hold up its end of the
bargain in the opener, allowing BC to accrue a whopping 542 yards. The unit
did however come up with some big plays when it needed to most.
Denzel Perryman's interception return for a touchdown late in the first
quarter was one of the turning points of the game as it tied the score at
14-14. The defense also recovered two Eagles' fumbles. Kacy Rodgers II led the
team with eight tackles.
Although it took the Kansas State offense a little time to get rolling, it
ended up performing very well by game's end. The unit racked up 493 yards and
scored on all six of its red-zone possessions.
After accounting for 40 touchdowns a season ago, quarterback Collin Klein had
very high expectations coming into this season, which got off to a modest
start. He threw for 169 yards on 19-of-28 passing with two touchdowns and
added another 54 yards rushing. Head coach Bill Snyder knows that it's
important not to restrict his quarterback too much, knowing he isn't the
typical playmaker at the position.
"Collin is Collin, and he needs to play the way he is supposed to," Snyder
said. "He made some good decisions and we let him have the offense for a while
during the game. We were not as good at playing to our strengths in the first
half, but we did a better job of that in the second half."
Klein was just a small part of the huge rushing day for the Wildcats. John
Hubert gained 152 yards on the afternoon, which included a 95-yard touchdown
run in the fourth quarter. Daniel Sams also contributed a long touchdown run
(46 yards) late in the game.
The K-State defense knows it will need to get better in coming weeks. Allowing
418 yards to any offense will not be acceptable, especially not to an FCS
program. The performance was salvaged thanks to the unit's bend-but-don't-
break mentality as they kept MSU out of the end zone.
Jarard Milo led the way with 10 tackles, and Nigel Malone added four tackles,
a forced fumble and an interception.
Being a ranked team playing at home, Kansas State is the rightful favorite in
this matchup, but Miami presents a very intriguing opponent for the Wildcats.
The Hurricanes showcased superb speed on offense in their opener and they
should be able to exploit the K-State defense for a few big plays. However,
the same could be said for the Wildcat offense against the Miami defense.
Expect a high-scoring affair with the Wildcats finishing on the favorable side
of the scoreboard,
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas State 38, Miami-Florida 34
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