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September 27, 2013

Game Day Information: UM vs. USF

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ON THE DEFENSIVE

UM VS. South Florida
The Opponent

Who: USF
Location: Tampa, FL
Record: 0-3
National Ranking: NR
Head Coach: Willie Taggart
Record at UF: 0-3 (1st year)
Total Record: 16-23

The Game

When: Sept. 28, Noon EST
The series: UM leads 4-1
Venue: Raymond James Stadium

TV: ESPNU
Radio:
560 WQAM
CARACOL 1260 AM
WVUM 90.5 FM
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 191

Quick hits
1 Miami ranks fourth nationally in both pass efficiency defense and red zone defense.

2 Miami's offensive line has allowed only two sacks through 3 games - tied for the ACC lead and tied for 5th among FBS schools.

3 Miami's defense has allowed only 3 touchdowns through 3 games this season.

4 Duke Johnson is tied for 11th nationally in all-purpose yards per game (168.33) - second-most in the ACC.

5 Duke Johnson is the only player in Miami history with at least 3 kickoff returns of 95+ yards in his career.

The Quote

"They're back ... they're doing the things you have to do to win ballgames. ... The U is back."

-
USF coach Willie Taggart talking about the Hurricanes

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
second-best in the ACC (Virginia, 80.18).

Through 3 games, Miami is tied for fourth nationally in red zone defense - and tops among ACC schools. Hurricanes opponents have made 8 trips to the red zone, resulting in 1 TD, 3 FG and 4 stops.

* 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.

FAMILY TIES

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.

CAREER PASSING YARDS
1. Ken Dorsey 1999-2002 9,565
2. Jacory Harris 2008-11 8,826
3. Gino Torretta 1989-92 7,690
4. Vinny Testaverde 1982, 1984-86 6,058
5. Craig Erickson 1987-90 6,056
6. Ryan Clement 1994-97 6,004
7. Bernie Kosar 1983-84 5,971
8. Kyle Wright 2004-07 5,805
9. Steve Walsh 1986-88 5,369
10. STEPHEN MORRIS 2010-13 5,270

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
21. Damien Berry (2009-10) 1,515
22. Vincent Opalsky (1967-69) 1,451
23. Mike James (2009-12) 1,386
24. Melvin Bratton (1984-87) 1,371
DUKE JOHNSON (2012 - ) 1,250

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.

POINTS MATTER

Miami's record when scoring 40+ points in the Al Golden era? 8-1



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