Miami: News & Notes (10/31)

Coming off its 28-21 loss to Virginia in its only Thursday night appearance of the season, Miami gets a couple of extra days to get ready for the final month of the regular season, and the Hurricanes can use them.

Quarterback Jacory Harris took a big hit on his passing arm in the final seconds of the defeat, putting him on the sidelines for the Hurricanes' final two plays.
"He's been banged up," coach Al Golden said of the senior. "He's been banged up for a couple weeks.
"He needs a break."
Harris completed 21 of 30 passes for 311 yards in the defeat, Miami's fourth against four wins and third setback in five ACC outings.
He didn't have an interception but did lose a fumble on a sack that stopped a potential Miami touchdown drive at Virginia's 15-yard line in the second quarter. That eventually led to a Virginia score and 17-0 deficit for the Hurricanes.
Though Miami managed to cut that three-score deficit down to one score twice, the Hurricanes couldn't get over the hump.
In their last realistic shot, they were stopped on fourth-and-one at Virginia's 15 with just over two minutes left. A final, desperate drive ended with running back Eduardo Clements being tackled at the nine after catching a pass from backup quarterback Stephen Morris as time ran out.
"Very disappointing," Harris said. "Like I told them, I'm tired of doing this. I'm tired of always having to do a comeback victory.
"Always trying to come back. We always put ourselves in bad situations. We've got to come out and do better."
The Hurricanes will begin November by hosting Duke on Nov. 5 with two road games against in-state foes to follow. They are at Florida State on Nov. 12 and at South Florida on Nov. 19.
They finish the regular season by hosting Boston College the Friday after Thanksgiving.

--Miami never really got its running game in gear against Virginia. The Hurricanes had only 85 net yards rushing when 17 yards in sacks were deducted.
"We have to examine the whole thing," coach Al Golden said. "I'm not going to sit up here and say it's 'one game.' We have to examine the whole thing. We just aren't running the ball as effectively as we need to."
--The Hurricanes seemed to have solved their penalty problems after being penalized only three times total in the previous two games. But they were penalized five times for 51 yards against Virginia. One of four penalties in the second quarter was a roughing-the-passer personal foul against DE Olivier Vernon on a third-down incompletion and extended Virginia's second touchdown drive.
--Miami was only 2-of-9 on third-down conversions against Virginia. One of the failures was a fumble by QB Jacory Harris on a sack deep in Virginia territory that denied the Hurricanes a shot at a field goal that would have cut a 10-0 deficit down to a touchdown.

KEEP AN EYE ON: LB Denzel Perryman -- The true freshman has become a consistent performer for the Hurricanes. His seven tackles against Virginia marked the fifth straight game he has had at least five stops.

LOOKING GOOD: Miami's passing game remains effective. The combination QB Jacory Harris and Tommy Streeter, old teammates from Miami's Northwestern High, has become the main threat. Of Harris' 21 completions and 311 yards passing against Virginia, seven of the completions and 176 of the yards went to Streeter.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The running game, so good at the start of the year, is struggling. The Hurricanes averaged only 3.0 yards per attempt on their way to 85 for the night and had no run longer than 19 yards against the Cavaliers. Sophomore RB Lamar Miller, who had five triple-digit rushing games to start the year with a 135.4 per-game average, ran for only 70 against Virginia and is averaging only 60.7 yards over his last three games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm cool. No matter what you'll still see me on the field. Broken leg, whatever it is, I'll be there. I'm telling you the truth. I've been doing it my whole career." -- Senior QB Jacory Harris, on the impact of the arm injury that sidelined him for Miami's final two plays against Virginia.

--Junior WR Tommy Streeter took over the ninth spot among Miami's top all-time receiving games with his 176 yards (seven catches) against Virginia. The all-time single-game mark is 220 by Eddie Brown in a loss to Boston College in 1984. Streeter had five catches for 112 yards in the first half alone against the Cavaliers. For the season, he has 12 receptions that have covered 25 yards or more.
--Senior QB Jacory Harris moved into second place on Miami's all-time passing yardage list with his 311 yards against Virginia. That gives him 7,895 yards for his career. The all-time leader is Ken Dorsey with 9,565 yards.
--Senior WR/KR Travis Benjamin passed the 100-yard mark in kickoff returns for the second time in his career. He had 130 yards on four returns. As a freshman against Florida State in 2008, he had 165 yards on six returns.

--Redshirt freshman RT Malcolm Bunche got the start over sophomore RT Seantrel Henderson with redshirt freshman and usual starter Jon Feliciano out with an undisclosed injury.
--Junior DT Darius Smith, who held off senior Micanor Regis for a starting spot, had three tackles, including one for a loss, against Virginia. Regis, suspended for the Georgia Tech game a week earlier, had two tackles in his return.
--Junior DB Davon Johnson recorded his first kickoff return, running back a kick 24 yards.
--Sophomore P Dalton Botts, who lost his job at North Carolina, had his second consecutive solid game, booting a career-long 58-yarder and averaging 43 yards on three punts. He downed two inside Virginia's 20-yard line.
--Junior QB Jacory Harris, who had to leave the game in the final seconds after taking a hard hit on his passing arm, will be ready for the upcoming game against Duke.

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