Let’s take a quick look at the Miami Hurricanes, and the way they defeated Boston College 41-32 on Saturday.
Miami started the season with a conference road game and came away with a solid result. It didn’t look like things were going to go perfectly at the start of the game when Boston College jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Miami didn’t panic and took control from there.
Miami scored two touchdowns to tie the game at 14-14, and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around the Hurricanes were ahead 41-23.
Freshman running back Duke Johnson led the comeback. He broke free for two long runs and finished with 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
“He is a very dynamic young player, quite obviously,” K-State football coach Bill Snyder said. “The two long touchdown runs that he had demonstrate a variety of different things: that he has good movement, good vision, and, beyond all, he can run faster than most people in the world. I was very impressed.”
Quarterback Stephen Morris also threw for 207 yards. This is a very different team than K-State faced last season. Miami is relying on youth in several key positions, but that might not be a bad thing based on the season-opener.
One area where Miami didn’t look good: Pass defense. The Hurricanes allowed 441 passing yards against Boston College and 537 total. If Collin Klein wants to have a breakout day throwing the ball against a name opponent, this could be his chance.
K-State enters the game favored by a touchdown. But Snyder has said he thinks Miami is better today than it was last year when the Wildcats beat the Hurricanes in Florida.
VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Here’s a pretty good assortment of highlights from K-State’s 51-9 victory over Missouri State.
And here is the encore video from the masked K-State fan, who offers his own take on the Missouri State game.
– Tysyn Hartman credited his time at K-State as the main reason why he made the Chiefs’ opening day roster.
“I had great coaches that taught me a lot about the game,” he said. “I feel that gave me a leg up. I just had to work hard from then on.”
– Here is my latest Big 12 report, complete with a look at West Virginia’s big debut, who’s hot and who’s not in the conference and some power rankings.
– The Big 12 went 9-0 on opening weekend. The nine teams in action played all sorts of different opponents. So what’s the best scheduling strategy?
– Daniel Thomas says he was embarrassed about getting chewed out by a Miami Dolphins coach on national TV for showing up late twice for two team gatherings.
– Former K-State receiver Brandon Banks says he has grown as a route-runner and is ready to contribute more to Washington’s offense this year. He also recalls catching nothing but “bubble screens” as a senior with the Wildcats.
– This has got to be the strangest Top 25 poll from an AP voter this week. Jon Wilner voted Michigan 10th last week and keeps it there after a blowout loss to Alabama, but drops Oklahoma 15 spots for winning on the road. He also moves Boise State from unranked to 16th … after a loss to Michigan State. Wilner is certainly entitled to his opinions, and I give him props for explaining his votes. But I don’t agree with that logic at all.