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Miami vs West Virginia: Game Notes

Here are some game notes for Miami's upcoming matchup against West Virginia.

CANES RETURN TO ORLANDO FOR THE RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL

-For the fourth consecutive season and the 40th time in program history, the University of Miami football team will play in a bowl game. The Hurricanes will take on West Virginia on Dec. 28 in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.and will air on ESPN.

-Miami’s trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl marks the third time the Hurricanes have played in Orlando for a bowl. Miami played Wisconsin in the Champ Sports Bowl in 2009 and faced Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl in 2013.

-Miami will face West Virginia for the 20th time in program history. The Hurricanes are 16-3 all-time against the Mountaineers. The Hurricanes have won nine of the last 10 matchups against the Mountaineers.

-The series opened in 1942 with the Hurricanes earning a 21-13 win in Miami. The Hurricanes and Mountaineers played one another every season from 1991 to 2003 when both institutions were members of the BIG EAST Conference. 

-Miami defeated West Virginia 22-20 in its last meeting with the Mountaineers thanks to a game-winning field goal from Jon Peattie.

-Miami’s matchup against West Virginia will mark the final college football game for Gage Batten, Kevin Carroll, Jamal Carter, Sr., Wyatt Chickillo, Adrian Colbert, Stacy Coley, Standish Dobard, Corn Elder, Frank Gabriel, Alex Gall, Danny Isidora, Rayshawn Jenkins, Malcolm Lewis, Austin Pfenninger, Justin Vogel, Michael Welch and Marquez Williams.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

-A win over West Virginia would hand Miami its fifth straight win. Miami has not won five straight games to close out a season since its 2001 National Championship campaign.

-Miami will look to earn its 20th bowl victory in program history. The Hurricanes’ last bowl win came back in 2006 as they defeated Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl.

-Miami will be in search of its seventh straight win over West Virginia. The Hurricanes’ last loss to WVU came back in 1997.

-Kaaya will look to throw for 200-or-more yards for the 30th time his career. In 29 of his 37 career games, Kaaya has thrown for over 200 yards. He also has at least one touchdown in 32 career outings.

-Kaaya is 393 passing yards shy of moving past Bernie Kosar (3,642, 1984) for first all-time on the Miami single season passing yards list.

-Kaaya is 314 passing yards shy of 10,000 for his career. Phillip Rivers (NC State, 13,484), Tajh Boyd (Clemson, 11,904) and Thaddeus Lewis (Duke, 10,065) are the only other quarterbacks in ACC history to pass for over 10,000 yards during their careers.

-Kaaya needs just 154 yards to move past Riley Skinner (Wake Forest, 2006-09) and Chris Weinke (Florida State, 1997-00) for fifth and fourth, respectively on the ACC’s all-time career passing yards list.

-Sophomore running back Mark Walton needs just 33 yards rushing to pass Edgerrin James (1997) for seventh all-time in a single season. 

-The Hurricanes’ defense needs just one tackle for loss to record 100 for the year. Miami has not totaled 100 tackles for loss in a single season since 2010. Miami has only surpassed 100 tackles for loss in a single season seven times since 1990.

-Junior Michael Badgley stands just 11 points shy of becoming the all-time single season leader in points scored by a kicker.

-Senior wide receiver Stacy Coley needs just one receiving touchdown to move into a five-way tie for third on Miami’s all-time single season touchdown receiving list.

-If running back Joe Yearby surpasses 100 yards rushing, it would mark the eighth time in his career in which he has passed the century mark and would tie him for eighth all-time at Miami with Frank Gore. 

-Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora will look to make his 39th consecutive start. Isidora’s current consecutive start streak of 38 games is the team’s longest.


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