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September 27, 2013
ON THE DEFENSIVE
Miami's defense has allowed only three touchdowns and held opponents to just three field goals through three games this season - a span of 177 minutes.
Miami also ranks fourth nationally in pass
efficiency defense (83.63), the
* Miami leads the national in turnover margin, an average of 2.7 per game. Miami has 10 takeaways, while turning the ball over just two times in three games.
CLIVE IS CLUTCH
How clutch has junior TE Clive Walford been for the Miami Hurricanes offense? 17 of Walford's last 18 touches has resulted in either a Miami first down or touchdown. Walford has 7 catches through the first 3 games of 2013. Five have resulted in a first down, and the other was an eight-yard gain.
MIAMI-DADE UNDER CENTER
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 first 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 first African-American quarterback.
Seven current players have Miami Hurricanes family ties:
Michael Welch (dad Bill was OL from 1981-82), Kevin Olsen (brother Greg Olsen was TE from 2004-06), Ray Lewis III (dad Ray Lewis was LB from 1993-95), AJ Highsmith (dad Alonzo Highsmith was RB from 1983-86), Anthony Chickillo (dad Tony played from 1979-82, grandfather Nick Chickillo was All-America guard in 1951-52), Wyatt Chickillo (cousin Anthony, uncle Tony, grandfather Nick), Greg Golden (uncle Al Golden, UM head coach)
MORRIS MOVING UP
Senior QB Stephen Morris surpassed Pro Football
Hall of Famer Jim Kelly for 10th on Miami's career passing list. He's now 99
yards behind Steve Walsh for ninth on the UM career list.
DUKE UP THE CHARTS
Sophomore RB Duke Johnson is the 39th 1,000-yard rusher in program history. He has 1,250 yards through 15 games and is closing in on the Top 20.
20. Tom Sullivan (1969-71) 1,541
LESS IS MORE
Miami has scored 30+ points in 14 of its first 27 games of the Al Golden era, posting a 12-2 record in those contests. In those 14 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.
Miami's record when scoring 40+ points in the Al Golden era? 8-1