Preview: Miami at Georgia Tech
Courtesy of The ACC
When Miami visits Georgia Tech in a key ACC clash on Saturday, starting QB's Jacory Harris and Joshua Nesbitt will be sidelined with injuries. Harris suffered a concussion in the 'Canes loss at Virginia and is expected back for the Virginia Tech game next week. Nesbitt broke his arm in the Virginia Tech loss last Thursday as is likely out for the season.
Their absence may not be as big a deal as it seems.
One week after true freshman QB Stephen Morris made his first career appearance as a Hurricane and threw for two TDs and ran for another in just one half of football, he returned for a 286 yard, 18-for-30 effort. He led a Miami offense that outgained Maryland 504-254 en route to a 26-20 victory.
With the win, the Canes became bowl-eligible.
With a season-high 504 yards of total offense (295 in the first half), Miami has surpassed 400 yards of total offense for the 5th straight game and for the 6th time this season.
The game marked the most offensive yards for the Canes since ‘09, when Miami had 515 yards vs. UVa.
Also making his first career start, Lamar Miller rushed for a career-high 125 yards on 22 carries - the most rushing yards by a UM RB this season. The last time a freshman rushed for as many yards was in ‘06, when Javarris James ran for 148 yards vs. Houston to set a freshman record.
Miller is the second RB to run for 100 or more yards in a game this season, joining Damien Berry.
With four catches for 66 yards, Leonard Hankerson extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 22. Hankerson is having one of the most productive seasons as a receiver in UM history. Through nine games,
Hankerson has 48 catches for 747 yards and an ACC-best 10 TDs. He has scored at least one TD in seven of UM’s nine games and needs just one more receiving TD to tie Michael Irvin’s single-season school record of 11 in ‘86.
Hankerson is also looking to become just third player in school history to record back-to-back 800-yard receiving seasons.
Travis Benjamin registered a 127 receiving yards (just one shy of his career-high) on five catches for his first 100-yard game of the season and second of his career.
Georgia Tech, 5-4 overall and an even 3-3 in the ACC, is coming off a tough 28-21 loss at Virginia Tech, despite holding a 14-0 first-quarter lead. he game marks the first back-to-back losses for the Jackets in three seasons under head coach Paul Johnson.
QB Joshua Nesbitt entered the game needing just 42 rushing yards to become the most prolific rushing QB in ACC history -- a record held by former Clemson standout Woodrow Dantzler (2,761 yards from ‘98-01). And he did just that in the first half with 86 rushing yards on six attempts. Nesbitt, though, suffered a broken bone in his forearm just before halftime and missed the entire second half.
Backup QB Tevin Washington led the Jackets on a pair of fourth quarter scoring drives which twice tied the game, before throwing an interception in the Virginia Tech end zone in the final seconds of play.
Nesbitt has more rushing TDs (35) than any QB in ACC history and topped the 6,000-yard mark in his career for total offense..The Jackets remain just one win shy of becoming bowl-eligible for the 14th consecutive season, while Georgia Tech is also only one ACC victory shy of finishing .500 or better in league play for the 16th-consecutive season.
C Sean Bedford, a former walk-on, who served on the scout team for two years before becoming a 2009 All-ACC first team selection, was named a Lowe’s senior CLASS award finalist in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
.B-Back Anthony Allen topped the 100-yard mark in rushing against Virginia Tech, with 125 yards on 23 carries.
The game will be broadcast on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. eastern.