Canes close out regular season with win

The University of Miami closed out its regular season on Saturday night in Tampa by defeating the USF Bulls by the score of 31-10.

One of the most common statements among the Miami players going into Saturday's game against USF was the importance of getting to nine wins. Getting nine wins meant beating a 7-4 USF team on the road. It meant giving Miami an even better possible bowl game scenario. And perhaps most importantly, it kept alive Miami's chances of a 10-win season -- something that hasn't happened in several years.

In getting their ninth win, the Canes were impressive. From the opening drive, which resulted in a long touchdown drive, the Canes were in complete control of this game. They finished the game with over 400 yards of offense and limited USF to just 220.

Damien Berry again led the charge for Miami, helping the Canes establish a dominant running game. He finished the game with 114 of Miami's 240 rushing yards. That rushing performance for Miami came in a game where they were playing without their starting left tackle, Jason Fox, who is considered by many to be Miami's top lineman. Orlando Franklin played left tackle for most of the game and true freshman Brandon Washington did an excellent job filling in at guard.

Jacory Harris threw for 161 yards but perhaps the most important stat of the day, aside from getting the win, was zero interceptions. Harris has struggled in recent weeks in that regard and he did a much better job of taking care of the football today.

Tight end Dedrick Epps led all pass catchers with 40 yards and a touchdown on two receptions. In all, eight different Hurricanes caught passes from Harris.

Darryl Sharpton continued his late season run of good games with 12 tackles and a caused fumble. He's been around the ball a lot in recent weeks and Miami's defensive play has improved a lot because of it.

Colin McCarthy, Steven Wesley, and Sean Spence each had sacks of USF quarterback B.J. Daniels whiie Brandon Harris picked off the young signal-caller.

The win for Miami sends the Canes to 9-3 on the season as they now wait to see who and when they'll be playing in a bowl game. The win will likely put Miami back in the Top 15 of the national rankings. USF is now 7-5.

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