Orange Bowl – Miami, Florida
September 18 – 1:00 PM Eastern (no TV)
In the 2003 meeting the Hurricane got on the scoreboard first on a 24-yard touchdown reception by Ryan Moore. Miami scored three touchdowns on returns by Antrel Rolle (punt and interception) and D.J. Williams (fumble). Miami was 12-for-16 on third-down conversions compared to Louisiana Tech's 0-for-10 performance.
HURRICANES PROJECTED STARTERS
Offense Defense QB Brock Berlin LE Baraka Atkins TB Frank Gore LT Orien Harris FB Kyle Cobia RT Santonio Thomas TE Kevin Everett RE Javon Nanton WR Ryan Moore SLB Roger McIntosh WR Roscoe Parrish MLB Jon Beason LT Eric Winston WLB Tavares Gooden LG Tony Tella CB Antrel Rolle C Joel Rodriguez CB Kelly Jennings RG Tyler McMeans FS Brandon Meriweather RT Chris Myers SS Greg Threat PK Jon Peattie P Brian MonroeHURRICANE INJURY STATUS
PK Jon Peattie Hamstring Probable LB Leon Williams Hand Doubtful OL Rashad Butler Foot Out CB Terrell Walden ACL OutNOTABLE PLAYERS
QB #7 Brock Berlin (255 yards 56% 1 TD 1 Int)
RB #3 Frank Gore (89 yards 4.9 avg 1 TD)
WR #83 Sinorice Moss (4 receptions 112 yards 1 TD)
WR #1 Roscoe Parrish (4 receptions 45 yards)
CB #6 Antrel Rolle (6 tackles)
SS #5 Greg Threat (10 tackles, 1 interception)
PK #13 Jon Peattie (1-3 FG, 1-1 XP)
QB #17 Donald Allen (294 yards 61% 1 TD 1 Int)
RB #20 Ryan Moats (514 yards 7.7 avg 4 TD)
WR #22 Julius Cosby (6 reception 57 yards)
WR #82 Eric Newman (4 reception 83 yards)
LB #8 Jeremy Hamilton (18 tackles, 1.5 sacks)
DE #99 Jemelle Cage (11 tackles, 4 sacks)
PK #81 Brad Oestriecher (2-4 FG, 8-8 XP)
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS
Louisiana Tech – Rushing Offense (295.5)
Miami – Rushing Defense (57.0)
Louisiana Tech – Rushing Defense (45.0)
Miami – Rushing Offense (109.0)
2 KEY MATCHUPS
When Louisiana Tech has the ball…
RB Ryan Moats vs. LB Roger McIntosh
Moats (5-9, 210) is the leading rusher in the country and has the ability to give the Hurricanes trouble particularly running outside. Last week the Hurricanes had some holes in their defense on the outside opening up nice gains for the Seminoles. McIntosh (6-3, 235) is the leading tackler amongst ‘Cane linebackers and is the leader of the group. He has shown the ability to go sideline to sideline on any particular play and might need to track down the speedy Moats on the backside.
When Miami has the ball…
OL Chris Myers vs. DE Jemelle Cage
Louisiana Tech made the switch to the 3-4 defensive front after using a 4-3 look the past two years. Cage (6-1, 290) has recorded four sacks in the first two games at the end position. Myers (6-5, 300) has been used at center and tackle the last two games respectively after spending the majority of his career at the guard position. His skills and attributes are better suited for the inside so it could be a test for Myers this week.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON
Louisiana Tech WR Erick Franklin – Last year against Miami, Franklin led the Bulldogs in receiving yards with 56 on two receptions. Although he only has two catches on the season, one went for a touchdown—the only receiving touchdown by the Bulldogs this season.
Miami FS Brandon Meriweather – Meriweather has great ball skills and if Louisiana Tech gets forced into a number of third and longs, look for him to be around the ball for an interception especially if the Hurricanes defensive line can sustain pressure on the quarterback.
COKER'S FINAL WORD
On Louisiana Tech's offense and RB Ryan Moats… "I don't know if there are any sophisticated schemes. We just have to make sure we don't have too many people isolated one-on-one with him, because he is a good player."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Offense lineman Chris Myers on Louisiana Tech running back Ryan Moats:
"Our defense won't let him have a big game."
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com