It didn't take long for the Hurricanes to get on the board. Brock Berlin found Roscoe Parrish in the end zone for 39 yards in their first drive of the game. The drive lasted only three plays for 77 yards. It was evident the Hurricanes wanted to go deep this game setting the tone on the first play of the game was a play-action pass from Brock Berlin to Sinorice Moss for 42 yards.
"We came into this week knowing we could make big plays and we came out and made those plays," Berlin said. "We knew their defense was set up to allow us to go long and our receivers took it personally."
Moss scored Miami's second touchdown of the game on a corner post route with less than five minutes into the game. He finished the game with three catches for 82 yards.
Parrish registered his first 100-yard receiving game of his career as he caught five passes for 141 yards. He leads the team in receiving with 36 catches for 615 yards and eight touchdown receptions.
The first quarter was phenomenal for the Hurricanes. They recorded 253 total yards and scored 21 points—the most in the first quarter since they scored 21 against Boston College in 1998. Berlin had 201 yards passing in the quarter on 8-of-11 passing. Parrish led the receivers with 84 yards in the quarter, while Moss added 82.
"We talked all week about starting fast and finishing strong," Parrish said. "We did both today."
Freshman wide receiver Lance Leggett scored 56-yard touchdown on a pass from Berlin in the second quarter. It was Leggett's fourth touchdown reception of the season and has shown the knack for making the big catch.
Wake Forest closed out the scoring in the first half with a 14-yard touchdown run by Chris Barclay capping off a 13-play, 80-yard drive spanning 7:12 with 44 seconds remaining in the half. Miami led 28-7 at halftime and out gained Wake Forest in total yards, 389-122.
Barclay came into the game leading the ACC in rushing averaging 94 yards per game and had 850 yards rushing. He was held in check for the majority of the game only rushing for 57 yards on 18 carries.
Things didn't get better for Wake Forest in the second half. On the opening drive Ray Guy Award (given to nation's top punter) candidate Ryan Plackemeier had his punt blocked by Sinorice Moss and it was recovered in the end zone by Rashaun Jones for a touchdown. It was Miami's eighth non-offensive touchdown of the season.
Coming off of a career day in which running back Frank Gore rushed for 195 yards against Virginia, he had another strong performance rushing for 83 yards on 13 carries. He is only 181 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards for the season with two games remaining. He needs to average 92 yards per game to reach his goal.
Safety Greg Threat continued his great season by recovering a fumble in the first quarter and recording a team-high nine tackles. On the season he is tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and leads the team in tackles with 115. He is quietly having one of the best seasons for a safety in school history. In the last 20 years there has not been a safety to lead the Hurricanes in tackles.
In the fourth quarter a number of reserves saw time for the Hurricanes including freshman running back Andrew Johnson. Johnson rushed seven times for 17 yards and scored his first touchdown of his career. Another true freshman running back Charlie Jones got his first carry of the season and finished with 16 yards on five carries. Derrick Crudup relieved Berlin in the third quarter and was 6-of-8 for 63 yards.
"We needed a win like this," Coker said. "We were able to get a lot of players into the game. The scout players who worked all week were able to get into the game."
NOTES: WR Roscoe Parrish has scored a touchdown in six of the last of seven games…WR Ryan Moore returned to action after missing the last six games due to an ankle injury and responded with a touchdown…LB Tavares Gooden returned to the starting lineup after playing solely on special teams last game due to a shoulder injury…LB Roger McIntosh did not play due to a shoulder injury, but did suit up…P Brian Monroe had a punt of 67 yards.
NEXT: December 4 vs. Virginia Tech in Miami, Florida.
Virginia Tech 5-1 vs. Virginia, at Miami Florida State 6-2 Finished Miami 5-2 vs. Virginia Tech Virginia 5-2 at Virginia Tech Georgia Tech 4-4 Finished North Carolina 4-4 Finished Clemson 4-4 Finished N.C. State 3-5 Finished Maryland 2-5 vs. Wake Forest Wake Forest 1-6 at Maryland Duke 1-7 FinishedChristopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com