Steven Mitchell, USA Today

Game Notes: Miami 31, West Virginia 14

Here are game notes from Miami's 17-point win.

MIAMI (9-4) 31, WEST VIRGINIA (10-3) 14 



•  Miami’s victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl hands the Hurricanes their first bowl win since the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl. 

•  Miami head coach Mark Richt collected his 10th career bowl win. 

•  Quarterback Brad Kaaya was named the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl Most Valuable Player. 

•  Miami’s matchup with West Virginia marked the 20th all-time meeting between the two teams. Miami leads the all-time series by a 17-3 count. Miami posted its seventh straight win over West Virginia. The Hurricanes’ last loss to WVU came back in 1997. 

•  Miami held West Virginia to a season-low 229 yards of total offense. The Mountaineers lowest offensive output coming into their final game of the year was 383 yards against Texas. 

•   The Hurricanes trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl marked Miami’s 40th bowl game appearance. Miami owns a 20-20 record in the bowl games all-time. 

•   Miami’s nine wins are the program’s most since 2013. 

•   Miami’s win over West Virginia handed the Hurricanes their fifth straight win. Miami had not won five straight games to close out a season since its 2001 National Championship campaign.

•   The Hurricanes victory over West Virginia marks Miami’s first win over a ranked opponent this season. 

•   Prior to today’s game, University of Miami Athletics, in partnership with Miami native and the star of CNBC show “The Profit”, Marcus Lemonis, announced the ‘Match Marcus’ fundraising campaign for Student-Athlete Excellence. The ‘Match Marcus’ campaign challenges the University of Miami community and Canes fans to raise a total of $2 million to support UM student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence. For every donation to the campaign, Lemonis will match half of the total - resulting in up to a $1 million gift from Lemonis.

•  Following the Hurricanes’ win over West Virginia, redshirt sophomore tight end David Njoku announced his intention to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. 


•  Miami Starters:  

Offense: QB #15 Brad Kaaya, RB #1 Mark Walton, TE #23 Christopher Herndon IV, TE #86 David Njoku, WR #9 Malcolm Lewis, WR #82 Ahmmon Richards, LT #52 Kc McDermott, LG #74 Tyler Gauthier, C #67 Alex Gall, RG #63 Danny Isidora, RT #78 Tyree St. Louis.

Defense: DL #9 Chad Thomas, DL #7 Kendrick Norton, DL #80 RJ McIntosh, DL #99 Joe Jackson, LB #55 Shaquille Quarterman, LB #56 Michael Pinckney, DB #4 Jaquan Johnson, DB #6 Jamal Carter, Sr., DB #26 Rayshawn Jenkins, DB #29 Corn Elder, DB #12 Malek Young

• Corn Elder, Danny Isidora, Brad Kaaya and Justin Vogel served as captains during the coin toss. 

• The Hurricanes trailed 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but responded in the second quarter by outscoring West Virginia 21-0 and outgained the Mountaineers, 196-17.

• Miami gained 31 yards on its first six drives with six punts. The Hurricanes responded on their final three drives of the first half with three touchdowns, which spanned 180 yards. 

• Miami’s defense limited West Virginia to just -4 yards over its final six drives of the first half. 

•  The Hurricanes finished the first half with five tackles for loss and in the process surpassed 100 tackles for loss for the year. Miami finished the game with nine tackles for loss and closed out the year with 108 tackles for loss. 

•  Miami’s 108 tackles for loss are tied for sixth-most since 1990. 


Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya finished the first half by going 14-of-22 for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the game 24-of-34 for 282 yards and four touchdown passes. Kaaya’s four touchdown passes tied Craig Erickson’s bowl record, which he set back in the 1991 Cotton Bowl. 

• With his 186 yards passing in the first half, Kaaya moved passed 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. 

• In the final five games of the 2016 season, Kaaya threw 14 touchdowns and had just one interception. 

• With his 22 attempts and 14 completions in the first half, Kaaya became the program’s all-time career leader in both categories. 

• Kaaya opened the game 5-of-13 for 29 yards. He then finished the first half by going 9-of-9 for 157 yards. 

• Ahmmon Richards’ 51-yard receiving touchdown from Brad Kaaya was his third receiving touchdown of the year and was his 10th reception of over 30 yards or more. 

• Senior wide receiver Stacy Coley increased his consecutive catch streak to 22 games. Coley led the Hurricanes with four first half receptions. He finished the game with five receptions for 51 yards. 

• Junior wide receiver Braxton Berrios hauled in his second receiving touchdown of the year. He finished the game with a single game career-high of 64 yards receiving.  

• Senior wide receiver Malcolm Lewis caught his first touchdown pass of the 2016 season in the second quarter. Lewis also appeared in his 50th game as a Miami Hurricane.

• Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora got the start at right guard to increase his consecutive start streak to a team-best 39 games. 


•  Senior Corn Elder led the team with seven total tackles (six solo).

•  Senior Jamal Carter, Sr. led the Hurricanes with five tackles (four solo) in the first half. He finished the game with six stops. 

•  Freshman Joe Jackson recorded a sack in the second quarter.

•  Senior Rayshawn Jenkins recorded his 34th career start on defense. His 34 career starts are the most on the defensive side of the ball. 

•  Junior defensive lineman Chad Thomas recorded his second forced fumble of his career and the first of the season. 

•  Sophomore defensive lineman Kendrick Norton’s fumble recovery was his first career fumble recovery. 

•  Senior defensive back Adrian Colbert made his first appearance in a game since Miami’s matchup against Notre Dame (Oct. 29).


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