Preview vs. Clemson

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Miami Hurricanes will attempt to get back to their winning ways when they host the Clemson Tigers on Saturday night at the Orange Bowl for the school's annual Homecoming. Kickoff for the nationally televised game on ESPN is 7:45 p.m.

#11 Miami Hurricanes (6-1, 3-1) vs. Clemson Tigers (4-4, 3-3)
Orange Bowl – Miami, Florida
November 6 – 7:45 PM Eastern on ESPN

The Hurricanes lost their first game of the year last Saturday, snapping a 10-game winning streak that dated back to last season, when North Carolina's Connor Barth kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give the Tar Heels a shocking 31-28 victory over Miami in Chapel Hill, N.C. The loss dropped the Hurricanes out of the top five in the polls for the first time this season.

Clemson enters the contest with a three-game winning streak and is 4-4 this season. The Tigers started off 1-4 but have defeated Utah State, Maryland and North Carolina State at home in the last three weeks to even their record.. Clemson ranks 10th in the conference in total offense and eighth in total defense.

The two teams have met only five times, with every game having been played between 1945 and 1956. Miami has won four of the five games and has outscored the Tigers 95-28. Two of the meetings were in bowl games.

PROJECTED STARTERS
Offense  	                Defense
QB	Brock Berlin		LE 	Thomas Carroll
RB	Frank Gore		LT	Baraka Atkins
FB	Quadtrine Hill		RT 	Orien Harris
TE	Kevin Everett		RE	Bryan Pata
WR	Roscoe Parrish	        SLB	Jon Beason
WR	Lance Leggett		MLB	Roger McIntosh		
LT	Rashad Butler		WLB 	Tavares Gooden
LG	Tony Tella		CB	Antrel Rolle
C	Joel Rodriguez	        CB	Kelly Jennings
RG	Derrick Morse		FS	Brandon Meriweather
RT	Chris Myers		SS	Greg Threat	
PK	Jon Peattie		P	Brian Monroe
KEY INJURIES
WR	Ryan Moore		Foot		Probable
TE	Greg Olsen		Wrist		Probable
QB	Kyle Wright		Ankle		Doubtful
OL	Tyler McMeans	        Knee		Out
DT	Santonio Thomas	        Knee		Out
FB	Kyle Cobia		Shoulder	Out 
OL	Eric Winston		ACL		Out for season
CB	Glenn Sharpe		Knee		Out for season
NOTABLE PLAYERS
Miami: 34.7 ppg – 18.0 pag
QB #7 Brock Berlin		1587 yards 58% 15 TD 4 Int
RB #3 Frank Gore		436 yards 4.4 avg 4 TD
WR #1 Roscoe Parrish 	        21 receptions 331 yards 6 TD	
WR #9 Lance Leggett		13 receptions 246 yards 3 TD
CB #6 Antrel Rolle		45 tackles, 1 interception
SS #5 Greg Threat		90 tackles, 3 interceptions
PK #13 Jon Peattie		9-16 FG, long 49, 28-28 XP

Clemson: 21.3 ppg - 23.6 pag
QB #6 Charlie Whitehurst	1541 yards 50% 7 TD 13 Int
RB #37 Reggie Meriweather	355 yards 5.1 avg 4 TD
WR #1 Airese Currie		47 receptions 649 yards 2 TD
WR #88 Kelvin Grant		21 receptions 249 yards
LB #43 Leroy Hill	 	78 tackles, 8 sacks
CB #9 Justin Miller		42 tackles, 3 interceptions
PK #7 Jad Dean		        6-6 FG, long 47, 11-11 XP
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS

Miami – 66th in Rushing Defense (153.7)
Clemson – 108th in Rushing Offense (96.9)

Miami – 4th in Turnover Margin (+11)
Clemson – 93rd in Turnover Margin (-6)

KEY MATCHUPS

When Miami has the ball…
RB Frank Gore vs. LB Leroy Hill

Gore (5-10, 220) has rushed for 87 yards in the last two games and has not averaged four yards per carry in three straight games. In order for the passing game to continue to click Gore and the Miami running backs need to have a strong game against a Clemson team that is giving up 163 yards per game. Hill (6-1, 225) recorded 145 tackles last season and was a first-team all-ACC selection. He is good against the run and constantly makes big makes.

When Clemson has the ball…
WR Airese Currie vs. CB Antrel Rolle

This is one of the best one-on-one matchups in the ACC this season. Currie (5-11, 185) is a speed receiver who leads the conference in receptions and yards by a considerable margin. If Rolle (6-1, 205) can shut down Currie the Clemson passing game could stall. However, Rolle and his teammates have struggled with stopping the pass in the past few weeks. Look for Currie to utilize his speed on crossing routes.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

Miami CB Devin Hester - Hester is tied for second on the team with five touchdowns (3 punt, 1 kickoff, 1 rushing). He is currently 3rd in the nation in punt returns (26.2) and 3rd in kickoff returns (31.7). Primarily a reserve defensive player he will play some on offense.

Clemson CB Justin Miller – Miller is also a standout returner. He is currently 16th in the nation in punt returns (14.7) and 2nd in kickoff returns (33.9). He has two returns for touchdowns, both were kickoffs against Florida State in which he set an NCAA record for kickoff yardage in a game with 282. He also is tied for the team-lead in interceptions with three.

COKER'S FINAL WORD

On the team's attitude:

"I think our attitude is a little different than last week. Anytime you get beat, your attitude is a little different."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Quarterback Brock Berlin on playing through pain:

"The biggest thing is I try to be the toughest guy out there. I feel like being the leader of the offense that I don't want to come out of the game. Unless I cant walk I wont come out of the game."

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

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