UM 41, Texas A&M 23

The Hurricanes pushed their record to 2-1 this afternoon by defeating Texas A&M by the score of 41-23. Below are some post-game notes from the game.

?? TODAY'S CAPTAINS… Today's captains for Miami were Jason Fox, Glenn Cook and Chavez Grant.

?? COOP… Sophomore running back Graig Cooper ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter, which was a career-high. Cooper's 51-yard touchdown run also was a career-long rushing touchdown. It was Miami's longest rushing touchdown since Tyrone Moss had a 50-yard TD run against Virginia Tech on Nov. 4, 2006. Cooper also collected his third career 100-yard rushing game (128 yards on 16 carries) and Miami's first since Javarris James ran for 103 yards on 13 carries against NC State last season (Nov. 3, 2007).

?? MORE COOP… Graig Cooper's 128 yards on the ground set a new personal career-high for singlegame rushing yards. His previous career-high of 116 was set against Marshall on Sept. 1, 2007 in his first collegiate game.

?? FOR STARTERS… A few Hurricanes made their first starts of the season: senior Tyrone Byrd (right tackle), senior Chris Rutledge (right guard) and freshman Laron Byrd (wide receiver). It was Tyrone Byrd's and Laron Byrd's first career starts and Rutledge's first career start at guard.

?? BIG PLAYS… Miami had five explosive plays in the first half and eight for the game against Texas A&M. An "explosive play" is a run of 18-plus yards or a pass of 20-plus yards, and that is a key factor in the team's success. In 2007, Miami only had four or more explosive plays in a game four times – the high of five coming against Duke and FIU. Here were the ‘Canes' big plays:

Kayne Farquharson – 29-yard completion (1st quarter)
Graig Cooper – 19-yard rushing TD (1st quarter)
Graig Cooper – 51-yard rushing TD (1st quarter)
Kayne Farquharson – 21 yard completion (2nd quarter)
Derron Thomas – 34-yard run (2nd quarter)
Thearon Collier – 26-yard touchdown reception (2nd quarter)
Dedrick Epps – 36 yard reception (3rd quarter)
Thearon Collier – 25-yard reception (3rd quarter)

?? FIRST TIME SCORERS… Redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve threw his first career touchdown with 27 seconds to go in the second quarter to freshman Thearon Collier. It was also Collier's first career touchdown reception. He almost had a second one, but he had a 66-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter called back due to a penalty. Marve's second touchdown pass went to Kayne Farquharson with 6:36 left in the third quarter.

?? ON THE ROAD… Graig Cooper's 19-yard rushing touchdown with 12:56 in the first quarter was the first time Miami scored on its opening possession on the road since a Jon Peattie 38-yard field goal at Georgia Tech on Oct. 28, 2006. UM actually scored first in the game on Glenn Cook's 19-yard fumble return with 14:34 on the clock.

- The 24 first-half points by the Hurricanes were the most since UM put up 30 points at Wake Forest on Nov. 6, 2005.

- The last time Miami scored at least 40 points was in a 47-17 win at Wake Forest on Nov. 6, 2005.

?? PICKING IT OFF… Senior defensive end Eric Moncur picked up Miami's first defensive turnover and his first career interception. Miami had a fumble recovery on a muffed punt against Charleston Southern for the Hurricanes only turnover before today's game.

?? A LITTLE DEJA VU… Senior linebacker Glenn Cook forced a fumble, recovered it and returned it for a two-yard touchdown with 5:43 left in the third quarter. Cook also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown back on Oct. 28, 2006 at Georgia Tech, which also was the last time Miami scored on its opening offensive drive.

?? HIGH RECEIVING MARKS… Four different UM players set a new career-high in receptions today. Senior Kayne Farquharson (5 receptions), freshman Thearon Collier (4), junior Dedrick Epps (3), freshman Aldarius Johnson (3) all set new career highs for receptions in a game.

?? COOK COMES UP BIG… Senior linebacker Glenn Cook recorded nine total tackles (three solo, six assists), which is the highest tackle total of any Miami defender this season. Cook's nine total tackles fell just one short of his career-high of 10 set against Duke on Oct. 21, 2006.

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