Miami, FLA. 9/23/2017- The 14th ranked Miami Hurricanes defeated the Toledo Rockets 52-30 at Hard Rock Stadium after a 21-day break, caused by Hurricane Irma, the longest UM had since the 1987 championship season.
This game felt like a boxing match. Miami threw the first jab by defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh sacking Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside on the opening drive of the game. However, Toledo took a 16-10 lead heading into the half-time.
During halftime, the Canes didn’t panic. They knew they were going to win this game and they were reminded of that in the locker room. The message on the board was: we will win this game.
Miami went on to score 28 straight points and outscoring Toledo 44-14 in the second half.
Running back Mark Walton, suffered an injury in the second quarter. A player rolled over Walton’s left ankle midway through the second quarter, causing a pain Walton never felt before. He shed a few tears, worrying if that had been the last play of his career.
But it wasn’t.
He went on to have a career-high 204-yard rushing performance and scored one touchdown. When Walton looked up and saw he recorded 199 yards, he wanted to become the seventh player in Miami history to rush for 200+ yards. Head coach Mark Richt granted his wish, on only one condition. Walton must not get hurt again.
Quarterback Malik Rosier played a more poised game in the second half. In the first half, his decision making was fine, but he was rushing the plays. He finished the day completing 27 of 36 passes for 333 yards, three touchdowns and the interception.
“This game is a big psychological game,” Rosier said. “It’s hard to stop a team that believes in itself. It’s all about confidence.”
- Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios had career-high 105 receiving yards
- Miami Safety Sheldrick Redwine received the Hurricanes newest addition “Turnover Chain.” The gold chain is given to the player that records the first turnover of the game.
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- No one really cares about your questions, they just want to hear the answers
- Keep the questions short and quick, the coaches don’t want to talk to you
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