Mike's Thoughts: VT Game (defense)

The Hurricanes (5-4) defeated Virginia Tech today by the score of 30-12. Read on to get CanesTime's Mike Bakas' take on Miami's defensive performance in the game.

* Unlike the offense, this defense continues playing better every week. I know some of you may not want to hear it but that's a sign of being well coached. They're young so game experience is helping but so is the design of it and giving the kids a chance to understand it.

* Losing Denzel Perryman and Deon Bush looked ugly in the first half. Perryman is probably Miami's best defensive player, while Bush has been the team's best safety lately. Led by a hobbled Eddie Johnson, the defense really did a nice job of stepping up and replacing those guys.

* The return of Curtis Porter was nice to see. He was on the field early and often. UM really missed him early in the season. Hopefully he'll be able to play more snaps every week. He's a force inside and I think he and Olsen Pierre make a very good starting tandem inside looking ahead to 2013. Speaking of Pierre, he was very good tonight.

* UVA now becomes a huge game for the Canes. The Cavs are 1-6 against Division 1 opponents this season and the extra day to prepare for them should help a banged up Miami team.

* The special teams has been solid all season and they were outstanding tonight. Terry blocked a punt, Johnson had the long return, Jake Wieclaw connected on all three field goals, and Dalton Botts (one of the five best players on the team right now) averaged almost 45 yards on his seven punts and put three of them inside the 20. I think a lot of people have underestimated how important Botts has been to this team over the last two years. What a great find for Golden and his staff. He was a one-time high school quarterback, and a one-time LSU commitment. To get him out of a California Juco a few weeks after getting the job was huge for Golden. Mark it down, the Canes will have a very hard time replacing him next season, and it'll be especially tough since it'll likely be a walkon freshman doing it.


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