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Is “The U” back?
It’s entirely too early to say. What we at Fifth Quarter are saying is that Miami was college football’s most impressive team in Week 3.
In what was considered their first true test of the season, the Hurricanes passed with flying colors. In what was the first match-up of ranked teams this season, No. 17 Miami went into Louisville and handled the 18th-ranked Cardinals, 47-34.
It’s Been a While
Entering Saturday’s contest, Miami had not defeated a ranked team on the road since topping Duke in 2015. The 47 points was the most for the Hurricanes in an ACC road game since beating Duke 52-45 to close the 2012 season.
Offensively, Miami did little wrong and a lot right. The Hurricanes finished with 485 yards of offense on an uber-efficient 8.1 yards per play.
Transfer quarterback D’Eriq King shined with 325 yards passing and three touchdowns. Cam’Ron Harris paced Miami on the ground with 134 yards rushing and a score on just nine carries. Tight end Brevin Jordan caught seven passes for a game-high 120 yards and a score.
The defense yielded 516 yards to Louisville, but managed 10 tackles for loss and forced three turnovers. Defensive end Quincy Roche, a transfer from Temple, tallied 2.5 tackles for loss. Cornerback Al Blades Jr., a Miami legacy, recorded his first interception of the season.
Kicker Jose Borregales also had a night to remember. The Florida International transfer went 4-for-4 on field goals with three makes of 40 yards or more. That included a career-long 57-yard field goal in the first half.
Always an Answer
Miami built a 20-6 halftime lead, but Louisville twice pulled to within a touchdown in the second half. Each time, Miami needed just one play to answer.
After the Cardinals cut the lead to 20-13 in the third quarter, Harris went 75 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive. Louisville responded to make it 27-20, but King found an uncovered Jaylan Knighton on the very next play for another 75-yard score.
Following Saturday’s victory, Miami rose five spots in the AP Poll to No. 12. Head coach Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes will now prepare for a rivalry contest at home against Florida State.
Miami has won the last three meetings with its rivals. FSU is off to an 0-1 start and will be without head coach Mike Norvell on Saturday night. The first-year head coach contracted COVID-19 and won’t be with his team. The contest begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on ABC.