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.
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 MonroeKEY 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 seasonNOTABLE 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 XPNOTABLE 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org