Miami: News & Notes (11/8)

Like a baseball slugger in a home-run slump, Miami running back Lamar Miller took some old advice to get his game going again.

"The last couple of weeks, I've been running hard, but I was trying to make too many big runs," Miller said after rushing for 147 yards in Miami's 49-14 rout of Duke. "Today, I just tried to hit singles, not home runs."
It was the sixth time Miller had topped the 100-yard mark rushing this season, but the first time the sophomore had done it since the fifth game of the season. He had run for 70, 93, and 29 yards in his last three outings.
"I thought he ran really hard," coach Al Golden said. "Clearly, he finished his runs better than he had been the last few weeks.
"He was trusting and not really pittering his feet in the holes. I think he made a lot of progress with that."
Miller's performance put him over 1,000 yards for the season.
"That means a lot," quarterback Jacory Harris said. "He's a great individual. He's a great back.
"But he owes it all to his offensive line, and everybody around him. And he understands that and that's why he got his 1,000 yards."
Miller had plenty of support in Miami's biggest scoring outburst since the Hurricanes pounded out a 52-17 victory over Virginia in 2009.
Backup Mike James rushed for 58 yards in just seven carries scoring twice, and had 43 more yards on just two catches. Harris threw for 202 yards on a very efficient, 14-of-20 passing. He had three touchdown passes and no interceptions.
The victory got Miami back over the .500 mark for the season at 5-4. The Hurricanes are 3-3 in ACC play going into their next game at Florida State.
After the trip to Tallahassee, the Hurricanes have a non-conference game at South Florida and a home against against Boston College.
They need one more win to become bowl eligible.

--Miami scored touchdowns on its first four possessions against Duke, the first time this season that the Hurricanes have done that. The Hurricanes' first five touchdowns all were recorded by different players -- TE Chase Ford, RB Mike James, WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Tommy Streeter, and RB Lamar Miller. Miller and James then added their second TDs of the game in the fourth quarter.
--Miami ran a special "wildcat" formation play with TB Mike James taking a direct snap. QB Jacory Harris noted wryly he got a "crackback" block on it. "It's pretty fun, especially when it's working," he said.
--The Hurricanes started the Duke game with a five-play, 78-yard touchdown march, its longest opening drive of the season.

KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Stephen Morris -- Morris had been relegated to the bench and mop-up roles since starting the opener when Jacory Harris was suspended, but he was in for several plays early on against Duke in special option packages to take advantage of his running skills. He had four yards on two carries and threw incomplete on his only pass attempt when WR Travis Benjamin dropped a pass in the end zone.

LOOKING GOOD: Miami had 467 yards in total offense, nicely split between rushing (265) and passing (202). RBs Lamar Miller and Mike James combined for 205 yards of the rushing total with Miller averaging 7.3 a carry and James 8.3. QB Jacory Harris was 14-of-20 for all the passing yards.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The Hurricanes had one interception (S Ray-Ray Armstrong) against Duke, but didn't record a sack. In fact, the defense didn't get so much as a "quarterback hurry" in the final statistics.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Coach is right. Training camp is over for me." -- OT Seantrel Henderson, who is working his way into more time on the field each week after missing the first three games following back surgery in August.

--Sophomore RB Lamar Miller is the first Miami player to top 1,000 yards rushing since Willis McGahee did it back in 2002. McGahee had 1,753 yards, a Miami record. Miller already is in seventh place on the school single-season rushing list with 1,016 yards. Next up is No. 6 Danyell Ferguson, who had 1,069 in 1995 and No. 5 Edgerrin James. James had 1,098 in 1997 and followed that with 1,416 the next year.
--Senior QB Jacory Harris moved into a fourth-place tie for touchdown passes in the ACC record book with his three against Duke giving him 68 for his career. Darian Durant of North Carolina finished his career with 68. Ahead of them are North Carolina State's Phillip Rivers with 95, Florida State's Chris Weinke with 79, and N.C. State's Russell Wilson with 76.
--Junior WR Tommy Streeter had a 27-yard reception among his four receptions against Duke, giving him 13 plays of 25-plus yards for the season.

--Junior WR Tommy Streeter played against Duke, catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, but still has been in a a walking boot when not playing.
--Freshman LB Denzel Perryman got his first start and was credited with seven tackles, second on the team to senior LB Sean Spence's eight stops.
--Junior S Ray-Ray Armstrong, suspended for the first four games, made his first start after coming off the bench for the last three outings and came up with an interception in addition to getting in on seven tackles.
--Senior TE Chase Ford caught a one-yard pass for his first career touchdown.
--Freshman WR Phillip Dorsett caught his first career touchdown pass.

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