The Miami Hurricanes put together a dominating 34-3 win over Temple Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, but it had a rather bitter taste as all the points came in the first half against a team that gives up almost 50 a game.
Jumping out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter, it looked like Miami might be able to put together a blowout so impressive that the ‘Canes might put up 70 points, but that didn't happen as Larry Coker clearly called off the dogs as back up quarterback Kirby Freeman was in the game before the end of the first half.
Entering the major core of the schedule with games against Georgia Tech next week and North Carolina before traveling for the game of the year in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech, there are still questions that really haven't been answered.
The main one being, when will Miami's offense put together a complete four-quarter game.
With that said, here are our Top 5 performers today on offense and defense.
Top 5 on Offense
1. QB Kyle Wright – Wright was incredible when he wasn't taking a sack and fumbling the ball as he did twice against Temple being stripped from behind, something he cannot allow to happen against good teams. It's one thing to get sacked, but he can't keep fumbling the ball when that happens. However, Wright had an incredible game numbers wise in less than a half of play. Wright finished 9 for 10 for 196 yards and four touchdowns, one short of tying the ‘Canes all-time record. He also included the second longest touchdown completion in history when he connected with Sinorice Moss on a 92-yard touchdown reception. However, the pass only went two yards forward with Moss sprinting the next 90.
2. WR Sinorice Moss – Speaking of Moss, he finished with three grabs for 122 yards and a touchdown. His 92-yard touchdown reception was good for second best in ‘Canes history. Moss showed his speed when he blew by the entire Temple defense tip toeing down the sideline.
3. TE Greg Olsen – It was a great homecoming for Olsen who got a chance to play in front of his parents, former high school coaches and friends catching three passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown gave the ‘Canes a 14-0 lead when he caught a 21-yard touchdown down the seam. His second touchdown was on a crossing route from eight yards out to give Miami a 27-0 lead at the end of the first.
4. QB Kirby Freeman – Freeman did very good job overall off the bench as he saw the most playing time of his career actually getting more action than Wright. Freeman came in with the score 34-3 just before the end of the half. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 122 yards. He didn't throw an interception or a touchdown, but he really didn't get too many opportunities because the ‘Canes clearly shut it down in the second half.
5. WR Ryan Moore – Moore only caught one pass, but it was money as he snatched a 20-yard touchdown pass out of the hands of a Temple defender giving Miami a 34-0 lead in the second quarter. Moore didn't play much as a lot of back ups saw action in the second half.
Top 5 on Defense
1. DB/KR Devin Hester – Can we stop talking about Devin Hester? Well, no because he keeps on making plays. His 48-yard punt return for touchdown that gave Miami a 20-0 lead in the first quarter was nothing short of spectacular as he made the Owls kick coverage look silly on the return. His presence alone made Temple punters shank numerous kicks in the first half that gave Miami prime field position. He also recorded four tackles and had a sack off a corner blitz and had a pass defense.
2. DT Orien Harris – The senior tackle dominated the line of the scrimmage as he recorded seven tackles and a sack to lead the ‘Canes defense that limited Temple to 185 yards of offense. The quiet warrior continues to impact games, as he owns most center-guard combinations.
3. DT Kareem Brown – The Dream, Kareem, as I'll now call him caused havoc in the Temple backfield. Although he only recorded three tackles, he alongside Harris, dominated the Temple offensive line. Brown also had a sack.
4. DE Eric Moncur – The redshirt freshman continues to be incredibly impressive as he threw blockers off him like nothing and recorded five tackles providing great containment around the edges.
5. CB Marcus Maxey – Maxey led the team in tackles with six as he swallowed up the receivers put in front of him. Maxey and his defensive back mates limited Temple to 88 yards passing.
Honorable Mention – It was only one play, but the hit Rashaun Jones put on Temple's Georg Coleman on a kickoff return in the first half was just flat out sick. For whatever reason he was flagged for excessive celebration even though it appeared he only was excited and didn't dance or anything.
Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat is a Staff Writer with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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