Preview: #3 Miami vs. N.C. State

The Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 2-0) visit the North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-2, 3-1) on Saturday, October 23 in front of a national television audience and is the host to ESPN Gameday. Kickoff is slated for 7:45 p.m. eastern.

#3 Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 2-0) vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-2, 3-1)
Carter-Finley Stadium – Raleigh, North Carolina
October 23 – 7:45 PM Eastern on ESPN

In their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in search of their sixth national championship, the Hurricanes have continued their presence as one of the top collegiate teams in the country. Against Louisville, the Hurricanes fell behind 24-7 at the half and 31-14 in the third quarter but rallied for a 17-point come-from-behind win at the Orange Bowl. Brock Berlin answered his critics with an excellent day throwing the football, going 25-for-37 for 308 yards and tying his career high with three touchdown passes. Berlin led his fourth comeback win in his two years at Miami, while Frank Gore rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown. Eight Hurricanes' receivers caught passes against the Cardinals, with Roscoe Parrish, Greg Olsen and Akieem Jolla hauling in touchdown passes.

Twenty-eight players on the Wolfpack's current roster hail from the state of Florida, including 22 who have seen action this season and 12 who have started. Of those 28 players, 16 are from South Florida and eight of the 11 who have started are from the Miami area. Chuck Amato recruited in South Florida during his 18 years as an assistant coach, while Associate head coach Doc Holliday recruited the same region during his 18 years at West Virginia.

The game will be 11th in the series, with Miami holding a 6-3-1 all-time advantage. The two teams last met in the 1998 Micron PC Bowl at Pro Player Stadium, a 46-23 Miami win. Miami won its only trip to Raleigh to play N.C. State on Nov. 21, 1981, a 14-6 victory. However, Miami did lose to East Carolina 27-23 in 1999 in Carter-Finley Stadium, a game moved because of Hurricane Floyd. The Wolfpack's last win over Miami was 13-7 on Nov. 5, 1971 at the Orange Bowl.

PROJECTED STARTERS
Offense			        Defense
QB	Brock Berlin		LE 	Baraka Atkins
TB	Frank Gore		LT	Orien Harris
FB	Talib Humphrey	        RT 	Santonio Thomas
TE	Kevin Everett		RE	Thomas Carroll
WR	Roscoe Parrish	        SLB	Roger McIntosh
WR	Darnell Jenkins	        MLB	Glenn Cook		
LT	Rashad Butler		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 Monroe
KEY INJURIES
OL	Joel Rodriguez	        Hamstring	Probable
LB	Leon Williams		Hand		Probable
WR	Sinorice Moss		Hamstring	Probable
OL	Eric Winston		ACL		Out
WR	Ryan Moore		Ankle		Out
FB	Kyle Cobia		Shoulder	Out
CB	Glenn Sharpe		Knee		Out
NOTABLE PLAYERS
Miami (5-0)
QB #7 Brock Berlin		984 yards 60% 8 TD 3 Int
RB #3 Frank Gore		349 yards 5.0 avg 4 TD
RB #30 Tyrone Moss		282 yards 5.6 avg 4 TD
WR #1 Roscoe Parrish 	        14 receptions 185 yards 3 TD	
CB #6 Antrel Rolle		28 tackles, 1 interception
LB #50 Roger McIntosh	        44 tackles, 5 for loss
PK #13 Jon Peattie		8-13 FG, 18-18 XP


North Carolina State (4-2) QB #10 Jay Davis 1056 yards 62% 4 TD 5 Int RB #44 T.A McClendon 452 yards 5.1 avg 5 TD WR #6 Richard Washington 20 receptions 219 yards WR #21 Tramain Hall 19 receptions 198 yards 1 TD LB #22 Oliver Hoyte 40 tackles, 2 sacks DE #91 Manny Lawson 20 tackles, 6 sacks PK #12 John Deraney 8-14 FG, 13-13 XP
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS

North Carolina State – 107th in Turnover Margin (-1.3)
Miami – 5th in Turnover Margin (+1.6)

North Carolina State – 1st in Total Defense (203.7)
Miami – 70th in Total Offense (356.2)

KEY MATCHUPS

When North Carolina State has the ball…
RB T.A. McClendon vs. DT Orien Harris

McClendon (5-11, 215) is battling a hamstring injury, but is listed as probable. Prior to last week's one-carry performance, he was averaging 110 yards per game. In his three-year career he has recorded nine 100-yard games and is currently ninth on the school's all-time career rushing list. Harris (6-4, 300) recorded a season-high seven tackles last week. He is the key to stop the initial runs and needs to have a strong game to slow down the Wolfpack ground attack.

When Miami has the ball…
QB Brock Berlin vs. FS Marcus Hudson

In the past two games Berlin (6-1, 215) has thrown for 508 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception. Last week he recorded his fourth career fourth-quarter comeback win. This week he goes up against the number one ranked defense in the country. Hudson (6-2, 185) has good range and a knack for being around the ball. He has recorded one interception this season and has five in his career. Hudson, a close friend to Miami's Antrel Rolle, is third on the team in tackles with 34.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

North Carolina State RB Bobby Washington
Washington originally signed with the Hurricanes in February out of Killian High School in Miami, but was not accepted by admissions. In July, Washington opted for North Carolina State. On the season he has 133 yards rushing averaging 2.9 yards per carry with two touchdowns. He has a little extra incentive against Miami and has the potential to make a big play.

Miami CB Devin Hester
Hester had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Louisville last week and has scored three on the season in nine attempts. He currently leads the nation in punt returns averaging 32.3 yards per return. In his career he has also returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

COKER'S FINAL WORD

On the North Carolina State defense:

"Their defense has been a big turnaround for them from last year, because statistically a year ago they were not very good on defense. This year they have a lot of players back who are playing very well."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Defensive lineman Baraka Atkins on the potential big plays by the defense:

"We expect to score at any time. We expect to score every time we touch the ball."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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