Miami: News & Notes (11/15)

Every other week, it seems, Miami coach Al Golden is going over a litany of mistakes -- many of them repeated -- that his team has made the day before, which accounts for the Hurricanes' mediocre 5-5 overall and 3-4 ACC record.

"Again, we're not a consistent football team," Golden said the day after Miami's 23-19 loss at Florida State. "I think that's evident in our record. I don't think there's any question about that.
"We have some bad habits that surface during pressure situations that we have to fix certainly. But it is frustrating.
"At the same time, it's part of the process. We've just got to stay with it and the kids have gotta continue to be willing to make the changes necessary."
Key mistakes like a punt return given up for a touchdown and an interception in the end zone that cost them at least a shot at a field goal marred what was close to a dominating performance for the Hurricanes against their rivals.
They held the Seminoles to only 259 yards in total offense -- only Oklahoma with 246 given up was stingier -- while compiling 383 yards themselves. Only Clemson with 443 and Wake Forest with 391 gained more against what is considered a solid FSU defense.
The game was the first of two in a row on the road for the Hurricanes, who now head to Tampa to take on South Florida. They finish the regular season at home against Boston College the day after Thanksgiving.
They need at least a split of those last two to reach the six-win level for bowl eligibility.

NOTES, QUOTES
--Miami's 140 yards rushing were a season-high against Florida State this year. Only two other teams -- Wake Forest 1ith 128 and Oklahoma with 111 -- have rushed for more yards against the Seminoles.
--The Hurricanes had nine penalties for 55 yards, hardly good numbers, but their impact was mitigated somewhat by FSU's own foibles. The Seminoles were penalized 10 times for 76 yards.
--Miami's loss snapped a streak in the Florida State series that saw the visiting team win five in a row.

KEEP AN EYE ON: QB Stephen Morris -- Morris was in on seven plays in relief of starter Jacory Harris. Certain packages have been installed for him to take advantage of his mobility, though he lost six yards on two rushes. He was 2-of-3 passing for 18 yards.

LOOKING GOOD: Miami held Florida State to just 63 yards rushing and only 259 yards in total offense for the day. DT Micanor Regis and LB Marcus Robinson recorded solo sacks and DEs Olivier Vernon and Anthony Chickillo shared a third sack.

STILL NEEDS WORK: Miami made several mistakes on special teams, starting with PR Travis Benjamin trying to field a rolling punt in the first quarter that Florida State recovered and turned into a field goal. The Hurricanes also gave up an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime and later P Dalton Botts kicked the wrong direction on a directional kick.
Benjamin later had a long kickoff return wiped out for a holding penalty, and the Hurricanes botched the extra point after their final touchdown, which turned out not to have an impact because they failed to recover the ensuing onsides kick attempt. The Hurricanes had three turnovers -- one on an interception and two lost fumbles.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Between special teams and turnovers, it was just too much to overcome." -- Coach Al Golden, on the mistakes the Hurricanes made in the loss at Florida State.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PLAYER NOTES:
--Sophomore RB Lamar Miller missed the 100-yard mark he has reached in seven games, but his 92 yards on 22 carries moved him to fifth place in the Miami record book for single-season rushing. He has 1,108 yards. Just ahead is No. 4 Clinton Portis with 1,200 in 2001. Willis McGahee holds Miami's record with 1,753 in 2002.
--Senior WR Travis Benjamin became just the sixth Miami receiver to have more than 2,000 yards in receptions after catching two passes for 29 yards in the loss to Florida State. He has 2,024 receiving yards in his career. The all-time leader is Santana Moss with 2,546 followed by Reggie Wayne (2,510), Michael Irvin (2,423), Lamar Thomas (2,271), and Leonard Hankerson (1,160)
--Senior QB Jacory Harris was 20-of-31 passing for 225 yards against the Seminoles, but he did have one interception (in the end zone). His one touchdown pass was the 69th of his career, putting him fourth all-time among ACC quarterbacks behind Phillip Rivers of North Carolina State (95), Chris Weinke of Florida State (79), and Russell Wilson of N.C. State (76).

ROSTER REPORT
--Junior SS Ray-Ray Armstrong was suspended for the Florida State game for a tweet he made concerning his dinner with the owner of a PR firm that lists some athletes among its clients. His status is still undetermined for the rest of the season.
--Senior LB Jordan Futch missed the game because of a shoulder injury. Coach Al Golden said he hopes to have Futch back for South Florida coming up.
--Junior WR Tommy Streeter injured his foot but is expected to be ready for South Florida.
--Senior WR LaRon Byrd was cause for concern on the part of his teammates and others after taking a hard hit and it was first feared he may have a head injury. But as it turned out, Golden said, it was more a matter of Byrd getting the breath knocked out of him.
--Senior LB Sean Spence moved back to the middle with the injury to LB Jordan Futch, and freshman Denzel Perryman and senior Marcus Robinson started at outside spots. Spence also started in the middle against Georgia Tech but was back at his usual outside spot against Virginia and Duke.
--Redshirt freshman RT Jon Feliciano got the start, but shared much of his time on the field with sophomore RT Seantrel Henderson.


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