We talked a bit in yesterday's matchup article about Miami's short scoring drives. The Canes average touchdown drive this year is 1:47. Eleven TDs have been scored on drives of less than a minute. Whoa.
WVU has to figure out a way to make Miami drive the ball down the field, and not give up the big play. That's easier said than done, though. The Canes average a play of ten yard per more once every 3.9 plays. Think about that for a minute! On average, every series of plays they run, they can figure on gaining a first down based on the results of just one play. Double whoa.
IT'S ALL RELATIVE
Miami has six players on its roster whose father or brother played in the NFL. The players, and their relations (in parentheses) include:
WVU 2-0, 5-2
UM 3-0, 6-0
Sat. 10/26 Noon
Series: UM 14-3-0
Rank: WVU-52 - UM -2
Line: UM -21
Stats & Trends
Jarrett Payton (Walter - father) Bears
Quadtrine Hill (Eddie - father) Dolphins
Buck Ortega (Ralph - father) Dolphins & Falcons
Kellen Winslow, Jr. (Kellen - father) Chargers
Jerome McDougle (Stockar - brother) Lions
BEHIND THE STAT LINES
With all the attention focused on Avon Coubourne's record book assault, another player chasing a career mark is getting overlooked a bit.
Linebacker James Davis is only four tackles away from tying the career mark for tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Davis, with 35, trails only linebacker Kyle Kayden, who racked up 39 stops in the backfield during his career.
PROTECTING A LEAD
Since 1985, Miami has won 156 of 158 regular season games in which it entered the fourth quarter with a lead. Guess who hung one of the two losses on the Canes? That's right -- WVU. In 1997, Amos Zeroeue led a fourth quarter comeback.
BIG EAST RIFF OF THE WEEK
After last week's officiating debacle in the WVU-Syracuse game, a reader of the Big East web site wrote to the Conference's "Ask the Official" feature to inquire the following:
The answer, from coordinatory of officials John Soffey, described the process whereby coaches send in tapes of calls, which are then reviewed by the conference and ultimately with the officials.
All that's fine, but the disturbing part of the answer is that "The Supervisor's video critique is used exclusively for training and developmental purposes..." Does that mean that officials aren't in danger of being dumped even if they continue to perform poorly?
A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
WVU has lost to the two very good teams they've played, and beaten the average and poor teams that they've played. That fact has drawn a lot of concern, and even some cheap shots from certain media outlets.
On the other hand, Pitt, which has wins comparable to WVU and losses to Notre Dame and Texas A&M, is suddenly everyone's darling.
I'm not knocking Pitt (although given half a chance, I would.) It just seems like they're getting more credit for wins over comparable foes than WVU is.