Offensive Breakdown

Whenever the Miami Hurricanes play the Florida State Seminoles, the game is expected to be a close, low-scoring game that comes down to defense and special teams. Historically, Miami has always won the special teams battle, but Monday night it was Miami who could not capitalize on special teams.

On special teams UM missed two field goals, fumbled a field goal attempt, a blocked punt, muffed two punt returns, and committed a kick catching interference penalty.

Quarterback Kyle Wright, making his first career start for UM finished 16-of-28 for 232-yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Tight end Greg Olsen finished the game with eight receptions for 137-yards.

Receiver Ryan Moore, who scored the only touchdown for the ‘Canes, caught three passes for 69-yards. Tyrone Moss led the team in rushing with 102-yards on 23 carries.

Wright largely lived up to the hype Monday, as he showed poise in the pocket, a strong arm, accuracy, and leadership qualities. A porous offensive line never allowed Wright to find a consistent rhythm. Wright was sacked for a Hurricane record nine times.

Running back Tyrone Moss led the offense in the first half with 94-yards on 17 carries in. Moss opened the game with runs of 11-yards and 21-yards. Miami kicker Jon Peattie missed a 47-yard field goal to end the opening drive. Peattie also missed a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter.

On Miami's second drive, Wright was hit while throwing the ball to Darnell Jenkins. The throw floated just over Jenkins into Seminole defensive back Kyler Hall. The ensuing Seminole drive resulted in a touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, Florida State led 10-0.

Miami opened up their offense in the second quarter and scored their only touchdown in the quarter. The scoring drive featured an end around to Sinorice Moss, a 26-yard pass to Olsen, a 12 yard run by Wright and a 34-yard touchdown reception by Moore.

The score going into halftime: Miami 7, FSU 10. At the end of the first half, Miami totaled 189-yards, racked up 12 first downs, and controlled the time-of-possession: 17:58.

Both offenses sputtered in the second half. Miami's best opportunity to score came on their final drive of the game.

UM started on their own 3-yardline and conducted a drive lasting 9:45, but had nothing to show for it. Olsen was clutch on the drive with receptions of 15, 18, and 26 yards to keep the drive alive. A 17-yard pass to Ryan Moore pushed the ‘Canes down to FSU's 2. Miami then went three-and-out and could not make the 26-yard field goal.

David Lake is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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