After fast start, Canes lose by 10

The Hurricanes started fast and scored a touchdown on their opening drive. A back and forth battle ended in a 10-point Nebraska win at the end of the night.

Miami fans could not have drawn up a better start to the game. With a mixture of runs and passes, the Canes marched all the way down the field on its opening drive and finished it with a Duke Johnson touchdown run. The score was 7-0 Miami and the large crowd was very silent.

Then Miami's defense took the field and it was a tough night for them. The Huskers marched right back down the field and a Tommy Armstrong pass to Kenny Bell from 40 yards out tied the score at 7. Armstrong threw for 113 yards on the night and Bell caught 70 of those.

A 6-yard touchdown pass from Kaaya to Clive Walford gave Miami a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter but the Canes were simply unable to slow down Nebraska's running game. Ameer Abdullah finished the game with 229 yards and two scores. Kaaya finished the game with 359 yards and three scores. Walford caught seven of those passes for 80 yards.

Nebraska added a touchdown and a field goal before halftime to make it 17-14 heading into the break.

The team traded third quarter touchdown drives before Nebraska's defense came up with a big play that changed the course of the game. Josh Mitchell picked up a Miami fumble and returned it 57 yards for the score. That gave the Huskers a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter and it never looked back.

A Michael Badgley field goal early in the fourth, the first of his career, cut the lead to seven but the Huskers continued to dominate the line of scrimmage. A late Braxton Berrios touchdown cut the lead to 10 with just seconds left.

Duke Johnson was Miami's best offensive weapon on the night, finishing with 93 yards rushing and 84 receiving. The Hurricanes did improve on its third down conversions, going 4-of-10 but the Huskers converted 7-of-10.

The Canes dropped to 2-2 on the season, and is now 1-16 in their last 17 road games against ranked opponents. Next up is a home game against Duke next Saturday.


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