POSTED SEPT. 8 AT 5:30 P.M.
The Hurricanes traveled to Norman, Okla. and faced the No. 5 Sooners in a disappointing blow-out, which came after offensive woes and numerous penalties.
Miami (1-1), led by Head Coach Randy Shannon, had its first real test of the season and fell short 51-13 at the hands of a seemingly unstoppable Oklahoma (2-0) team.
Starting quarterback Kirby Freeman operated an unsuccessful offense for most of the first half, and struggled to make connections with receivers. The strain on the run game and pressure from the Sooners’ defense forced Miami to settle for a field goal in the first quarter.
After backup Kyle Wright entered the game just before the half, Miami’s passing game seemed somewhat revived as he led the ‘Canes downfield. The Hurricanes looked prepared for a field goal on 4th-and-3 at the Oklahoma 8-yard line when holder David Strimple passed to junior Calais Campbell to secure the first down. At the hands of two Oklahoma penalties, the ‘Canes reached the end zone for their first and only touchdown of the day.
Despite two Oklahoma turnovers, a missed field goal and six penalties, the Sooners easily outmatched the Hurricanes.
Additional game coverage will be available Monday in the print edition of The Miami Hurricane.
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