Hoping to Make a Point

Finding some offense wasn't much of a problem for Miami the last time they met up with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The Hurricanes racked up 467 yards and 26 first downs in a no-sweat victory to open the 2003 season.

Starting quarterback Brock Berlin, making his first start at UM and playing in his hometown, turned in one of his most efficient performances of the season with 203 passing yards on 14-of-28 attempts.

Anything close to that from the offense against the Bulldogs (2-0) this afternoon in the Orange Bowl would be welcomed with open arms. Despite a thrilling 16-10 victory over the Seminoles last week, the Hurricanes left plenty to be desired on offense.

Before their final offensive drive of regulation, which ended in a Berlin to Sinorice Moss touchdown pass to send the game into overtime, the Hurricanes had just 12 first downs and 259 yards. Miami was held scoreless in the first half despite reaching Florida State territory five times and totaling 136 yards.

"Beating Florida State was great, but we need to get a lot better on offense," said UM offensive tackle Eric Winston. "We need to find a way to get in the endzone with more consistency if we're going to be the kind of team we think we can be."

Trying to solve the Seminoles' defense wasn't easy, but the Hurricanes also squandered plenty of chances thanks to dropped passes, overthrows and untimely penalties. Miami averaged just 3.4 yards on the ground.

"You know it's going to happen for us. There's just too much talent (on offense) for this team not to be able to the move the ball and score some points," said Berlin, who was 20-of-36 for 255 yards against Florida State. "We have to go out and execute our plays better - get everybody on the same page."

After struggling for most of the night against FSU the Hurricanes did manage to put together the game-tying drive with under a minute remaining in regulation as Berlin completed three passes, including the short slant to Moss, that resulted in a touchdown. Running back Frank Gore added an 18-yard touchdown run in overtime for the win.

The level of difficulty for the offense could change today as the Bulldogs arrive with a pass defense ranked 100th in the country.

"You still have to go out there and make things happen. Hopefully, we can get it done," said Winston.

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