Coker...The Day After

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami head coach Larry Coker addressed the media the day after a 36-30 triple overtime win at #20 Clemson.

"There is a lot more happiness around the team compared to a week ago," Coker said.

The triple overtime game lasted 4 hours and 10 minutes, which could result in a number of fatigued players.

"Winning is not as exhausting as losing," Coker said. "Winning cures a lot of things."

Following the season opening loss at Florida State Coker saw many areas that needed to be improved especially on special teams after failing to convert on three field goal opportunities, troubles in the return game, and having a punt blocked.

"I liked our special teams play yesterday," Coker said. "We put a lot of effort into improving in that area in the last two weeks. We also worked hard to correct our field goal mistakes and did a good job there. We reached all of our goals on special teams except we had a penalty."

With the win, Miami improves to 1-1 keeping their national title hopes alive.

"There is no doubt about it," Coker replied if the team still has aspirations of a national title this year. "A lot of teams will lose throughout the year and we have a chance to be a good team."

Moving forward, the Hurricanes play five of their next six games at home including the home opener on Saturday against Colorado with a start time of 12:00 noon.

"After the game the guys really felt this win was something to build on," Coker said. "Now we have to build momentum in these upcoming home games."

Running back Tyrone Moss rushed for 139 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 carries in the game. He now has 241 rushing yards in the first two games and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

"He was very impressive," Coker said. "What a special day he had yesterday."

Quarterback Kyle Wright did not have spectacular performance, but did put the team in position to win the game. Wright finished 16-of-26 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Following the Florida State game, Coker wanted to get some of the young players more involved including running backs Derron Thomas, Charlie Jones, and James Bryant. On defense, Kenny Phillips, Randy Phillips, and Willie Williams saw more action.

"We will continue to use the young players and they will continue to improve," Coker said.

Another player Coker would like to get more involved is wide receiver Lance Leggett. After two games Leggett has one catch for minus eight yards.

"We have to get him the ball," Coker said. "He has tremendous speed and ability. If he has lost confidence, then we need to make sure we get his confidence level back up."

The victory over Clemson was important the morale of the team, which would have been devasting after they lost a 10-point lead with under three minutes remaining in regulation.

Late in the game Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst got into a good rhythm and marched his team down the field and put points on the board. With 20 seconds left in the game Whitehurst overthrew a wide open receiver in the endzone that would have gave Clemson a three-point lead.

"That was the only bad pass he threw all day," Coker said. "I had a good view of the play and I didn't feel real good about it, my heart sank."

At 1-1, Coker and his Hurricanes begin preparation on Tuesday for the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) who are led by quarterback Joel Klatt who has 469 passing yards while completing 69 percent of his passes. Sophomore running back Hugh Charles (5-8/185) has rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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