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September 5, 2013
WHITE OUT THE GATORS
Saturday's in-state showdown between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators has been declared "White Out the Gators". All Canes fans are encouraged to wear white. Category 5, the student-run organization, led the charge for 6,000 white shirts to be distributed to UM students for Saturday's game. The shirts feature an Al Golden tie and a pair of Sebastian the Ibis sunglasses. Students can receive their white out shirts at Friday's 6 p.m. pep rally at the University of Miami's new Student Activities Center.
PLENTY OF `O'
Miami has posted 500+ yards of total offense in three consecutive games, dating back to its final two contests of the 2012 season.
In those three games, Miami has:
? scored 126 points
BY THE NUMBERS
0: Touchdowns allowed in last 160:39 at home
LESS IS MORE
Miami has scored 30+ points in 13 of its first 24 games of the Al Golden era, posting an 11-2 record in those contests.
In those 13 games, Miami has trailed in time of
possession 11 times. Miami is 8-1 in its last nine games when scoring 30+ points
and trailing in time of possession.
Senior QB Stephen Morris is the third Miami-Dade
County product since 1974 to start the season under center for the Miami
Hurricanes. Before Morris it was Miami's Jacory Harris, who was the fi rst
Miami-Dade QB to start the season under center since Miami's Kary Baker in 1974.
Baker, from Miami-Edison High School, was UM's starter in 1974 and also was
Miami's fi rst African-American quarterback.
The Miami Hurricanes will play nine of their 12
games in the state of Florida
1,000 TIMES 2
During Miami's 34-6 season-opening win over Florida Atlantic, sophomore RB Duke Johnson (left) and junior WR Phillip Dorsett (right) eclipsed the career 1,000-yard rushing and receiving marks, respectively. Johnson now has 1,133 rushing yards in 13 career games, while Dorsett has 1,000 receiving yards in 25 career games. Dorsett needs 696 receiving yards to crack Miami's career Top 10, while Johnson is 408 shy of Miami's Top 20 rushing list.
HOME AT SUN LIFE
The Miami Hurricanes are in their sixth season at Sun Life Stadium, posting a 21-11 mark (.656). Miami is 10-2 at Sun Life Stadium against nonconference opponents, winning its last four nonconference home games by an average margin of 29.8 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Stop the run - Florida's downfield passing game is a mess, and the Gators rely heavily on the run. If Miami can have some success holding the point of attack that would go a long way toward a Cane victory.
2. Improve pass efficiency - The passing game never really was in sync against FAU in the opener, and for UM to put up a lot of points on a solid UF defense QB Stephen Morris & Co. must be clicking.
3. Ignore the hype - The Cane are preaching to treat this like any other game, and that's what Miami must do in order to play solid, fundamental football. UM players can't try to do to much and freelance against the Gators. Playing assignment football and using the correct technique coaches have taught them is of the utmost importance.
4. Duke, Duke and more Duke - Duke Johnson is such a unique talent, and UF will be geared up to try and slow him down. But the Canes need the ball in this electric playmaker's hands as much as possible. Screens, wheel routes, whatever it takes - Duke has to get the ball at least 25 times, as he can make something happen every time he touches it.
5. No letup - This game will be a war every single snap, and the Canes must fight through every ebb and flow of the game right up until the final whistle. No plays off. No half efforts on any snap. The team that wins this game will be the one that wants it more.