Canes Win 45-31

For the second straight week the Miami Hurricanes (6-0, 3-0) scored over 40 points as they defeated North Carolina State (4-3, 3-2) 45-31 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Quarterback Brock Berlin tied the school record with five touchdown passes as he completed 15-of-30 passes for 265 yards.

Brock Berlin made a variety of throws and did a good job of stretching the North Carolina State defense. Throughout the game Berlin had good velocity on his passes and threw the ball with confidence. His confidence paid off as he led the Miami offense to 416 yards in total offense. All five of Miami's wide receivers caught passes in the first half and three caught touchdown passes.

Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Officially it went for 100 yards, but he was seven yards deep in the end zone when he fielded the kick. There was a lot of talk all week whether or not North Carolina State and future opponents would kick to Hester. Last week he scored his third punt return for a touchdown and heading into the game he led the nation in punt return average. In his career the sophomore has returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Berlin's first touchdown pass went to Roscoe Parrish on a screen pass from three yards out. Quadtrine Hill set a block and Parrish found a seam to give the Hurricanes a 14-10 lead. North Carolina State would not stay down for long. Early in the second quarter, Jay Davis found Tramain Hall for an 18-yard touchdown to give the Wolfpack a 21-10 lead.

Davis finished the game with 260 yards on 20-for-38 passes with four touchdowns and one interception. His favorite receiver, Richard Washington, finished the game with six receptions, 111 yards, and two touchdowns. Washington utilized his speed all game long and gave the Miami secondary fits.

The Hurricanes led 28-17 at halftime despite allowing over 300 yards. North Carolina State put themselves in position to score more points had it not been for two big defensive plays by the Hurricanes. While the Wolfpack inside the red zone Anthony Reddick had a diving interception along the sideline and Brandon Meriweather stripped T.A. McClendon forcing the ball to bounce out of the end zone for a touchback.

In the second half it was all Miami. North Carolina State managed less than 150 yards in total offense and scored 14 points after the game had already been decided. McClendon rushed for 145 yards on 22 carries, but was repeatedly stopped in the second half on crucial carries.

Parrish led the Miami receivers with four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 24-yard run. Lance Leggett, two catches for 39 yards, scored a touchdown in the corner of the end zone on a great throw from Berlin. Sinorice Moss returned to the lineup after missing the last game with a hamstring injury scored a touchdown on his only catch as he fought through defenders to gain a few more yards before falling in the end zone.

On the ground Frank Gore led the team in rushing with 60 yards on 20 carries. Tyrone Moss added 42 yards on 16 carries. Quadtrine Hill added 27 yards on the ground on a fake punt as he took the snap up the middle and rushed for the first down. Hill also scored on a 10-yard touchdown reception.

Next game: October 30th at North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Notes: DT Santonio Thomas suffered a knee injury in the first half and did not return….DT Kareem Brown filled in for Thomas and at the end of the second quarter he sacked the quarterback forcing a fumble and recovered the fumble setting up a field goal attempt...OL Tyler McMeans suffered a sprained knee and Derrick Morse filled in at right guard…K Jon Peattie is 9-for-15 in field goals for the season.

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

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