Sports

No Letdown

The Miami Hurricanes hurdled a major obstacle last week in their come-from-behind victory over Florida State. This week, the ‘Canes will look to avoid a letdown against the undefeated Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

The key to beating the Bulldogs will be to contain Ryan Moats, the nation’s leading rusher. Moats has 67 carries for 514 yards and four touchdowns in only two games this season.

“They have the leading rusher in the nation, but we will play our defensive scheme and just hope to tackle well,” Head Coach Larry Coker said.

Louisiana Tech’s two victories came against Nevada and La.-Lafayette. If the Hurricanes take the Bulldogs lightly, the latter could sneak up on them.

“We are looking at them as if they are the No. 1 team in the nation so they are going to play us hard, just like everyone else,” safety Brandon Meriweather said.

One of the changes for this game is that Sinorice Moss will get an opportunity to play with the first team. Wide receiver Ryan Moore, who struggled mightily against Florida State, will see time in the Hurricanes rotation but at least for now, seems to have been unseated as the starter.

“We are going to give Sinorice an opportunity to work with the first team,” Coker said. “Sinorice played better on Friday, and he deserves a chance. If you don’t do that, why play better?”

The defense was stingy against Florida State, allowing just 165 yards of total offense. However, Miami struggled offensively, putting zero points on the board until its late fourth quarter rally.

“We knew they would pull through, we practice against them everyday,” Meriweather said. “It was just a matter of time before they delivered.”

Part of the offensive struggles against the Seminoles was inconsistency from the receivers. While Coker hopes Moss will continue his superb play, he wants the offense to tighten up and make more plays.

“We have to be more consistent. That means we can’t drop passes and when we have opportunities to make plays, we have to make them,” Coker said.

Brock Berlin was scrutinized against Florida State for his early struggles, but Coker was quick to point out that all the responsibility on offense does not fall solely on Berlin.

” If Brock throws a perfect pass and the guy drops it, it goes against Brock’s statistics but it’s not his fault,” Coker said. “Guys have to catch passes when they are thrown to them.”

If Miami can avoid a letdown, it should beat the Bulldogs. While the Bulldogs are 2-0, they have beaten two weak opponents and play in the Western Athletic Conference. This game will be the first real test for Tech QB Donald Allen.

“We are going to play our game, it is not about La. Tech, it is about UM,” Meriweather said. “No one can beat us but us.”

Although many think the road is now clear to the national title, the Hurricanes are not looking at it that way. They want to play one game at a time.

“The road to the national title is not clear. We still got La. Tech to play,” Meriweather said. “Right now, that’s the best team in the nation.”

Darren Grossman can be contacted at d.grossman@umiami.edu.

September 17, 2004

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

Here is some impressive news for the University of Miami football program: All but one of the remain ...

Lonnie Walker IV stood out on and off the court at the NBA Draft Combine, which ended on Sunday in C ...

University of Miami incoming prep star Will Mallory, the other half of the soon-to-be No. 1 freshman ...

View photos as Miami Hurricanes Coach Jim Morris ends 41-year career on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at M ...

The sullen, charcoal sky opened with a vengeance Saturday afternoon at Mark Light Field in Coral Gab ...

A snapshot guide to the start of summer in and around UM. ...

Former investment banker Charmel Maynard leads UM’s investments and treasury functions. ...

Over his more than two decades at the U, the dean of students from 1976-1989 always put students fir ...

The final Sea Secrets lecture at the Rosenstiel School examines the biofluorescence of marine organi ...

Maintenance mechanic Milton Davis has kept UM housing humming for decades. ...

No. 7 seed Miami opens its run at the 2018 ACC Baseball Championship Tuesday, May 22 against No. 11 ...

After 25 years, head coach Jim Morris had just one request for the pregame festivities for his final ...

The Miami Hurricanes will kick off their 2018 home schedule at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Sept. ...

Check out over 60 of the top pictures from the Miami women's tennis team's matchup with to ...

In honor of Jim Morris' final regular season game as head coach at Miami on Saturday, May 19, t ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.