Offensive Breakdown

They were held off the scoreboard for the three quarters, but came alive when it counted—the fourth quarter. Down 10-0 in the fourth the Hurricanes tied the game with 30 seconds left in the game on a touchdown by Sinorice Moss. In the fourth quarter the offense recorded 185 yards after having 179 total yards heading into the third quarter.

QUARTERBACK
Starter
QB Brock Berlin - 20-of-36 (56%) for 255 yards, 1 td, 1 int

Top Reserves
QB Derrick Crudup - Did Not Play
QB Kyle Wright - Did Not Play

Once again Berlin led the Hurricanes to a fourth quarterback comeback victory. In the fourth quarter he was 6-for-11 for 154 yards. He has always been known to be calm under pressure and in the game against Florida State; the pressure could not have been greater. Miami needed a touchdown to tie the game and Berlin marched them down the field and found Sinorice Moss in the flat for the game-tying touchdown as Moss darted 30 yards for a score. Berlin often found receivers in the flat all night long and would have had better numbers had it not been for a few drops. Overall, it was a very solid performance from the senior signal-caller. Confidence is a valuable asset and right now, Berlin is playing with a lot of it.

RUNNING BACKS

Starters
TB Frank Gore - 18 carries – 89 yards – 1 touchdown
FB Kyle Cobia - 0 carries

Top Reserves
TB Tyrone Moss - 6 carries – 5 yards
TB Quadtrine Hill - 2 catches – 3 yards
FB Talib Humphrey - 0 carries

Frank Gore returned to the field after his second ACL injury in two years and rushed for 89 yards. He started off the game with a 13-yard run followed by a 6-yard run. His vision has not left him and although he was not able to break off big runs, he avoided the big negative plays. There were a lot of times when Florida State would pack eight in the box to stop the run thus closing a lot of holes for the backs to run through. Moss came in on the third offensive series, but never got it going. There were a number of defenders at the line ready for him—much like the 2003 Orange Bowl. Hill was the third-down back and did a good job in pass protection.

TIGHT ENDS

Starter
TE Kevin Everett - 3 catches – 42 yards

Top Reserves
TE Greg Olsen - 2 catches – 39 yards
TE Buck Ortega - 0 catches

Not only did the tight ends come up with five catches, but also they made some big catches. They have been strength throughout fall practices and tonight they showed why. Everett and Olsen played a lot at the same time during numerous two tight end sets. It is very valuable they both can catch the ball out of those sets when called upon. Everett was poked in the eye late in the game and the trainers came out to tend to him, but it is nothing serious.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Starters
WR Ryan Moore - 1 catch – 12 yards
WR Roscoe Parrish - 4 catches – 45 yards

Top Reserves
WR Sinorice Moss - 4 catches – 112 yards – 1 touchdown
WR Darnell Jenkins - 2 catches – 6 yards

Sinorice Moss was big-time. Not only did he have the game-tying touchdown with 30 seconds remaining, but he also had a 63-yard catch to set up the field goal to put the ‘Canes on the board. Before the game-tying touchdown he was pacing the sideline—something he always does to clear his mind—and watching him you can sense he was about to do something big, however it is hard to distinguish the difference between ‘sensing' and ‘hoping'. Nonetheless he got it done. Jenkins suffered a leg injury that kept him out for quite some time. Moore and Parrish both would have liked to have a better game, but there are plenty of games left and both players will tell you they are just glad they won.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Starters
LT Eric Winston
LG Tony Tella
C Joel Rodriguez
RG Tyler McMeans
RT Chris Myers

Top Reserves
OL Derrick Morse
OL Brandon Sebald
OL Brad Kunz

They won the game up front although at times it appeared Florida State always met the Miami running backs at the line. Florida State was unable to record a sack and Berlin, when he wanted to throw deep, did have some time to get the ball downfield allowing his receivers to run their routes. One thing that was extremely encouraging with the linemen was the lack of penalties. Early in the season sometimes mentals are made, but for the most part they did a good job of alimenting the big mentals. This unit will improve with the return of Rashad Butler from injury hopefully next week.

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