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Rapid Recap: Miami Hurricanes Close Out Strong, Kaaya Breaks Record

Ari Russell



(Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

The Miami Hurricanes came into their final regular season game winners of three straight. The Duke Blue Devils has had a tough go this season, despite beating North Carolina and Notre Same they came in 4-7. This game was more of a track meet in the first half, with the Blue Devils taking a 14-10 lead causing all sorts of problems with the Canes. However that lead would be short lived as the Canes took a 16-14 lead at half time. Canes would win 40-21.

If you have paid attention to the way Miami has played since their snapped their four game skid, you would notice an anemic start in the first halves, and just an explosion in the second half. The game against Duke on Saturday, followed that trend almost exactly to script.

When Brad Kaaya connected with TE David Njoku for a 76 yard TD, it was clear that the Canes were going to take control of this game. On the defensive side of the ball, Canes pretty much shut down the Duke offense. Other than a late fourth quarter when Duke tacked on during garbage time, the Blue Devils couldn’t get much done.

Meanwhile Kaaya had his way, connecting with Stacey Coley and Njoku again, going 22-35 396 yards and 4 TDs. His performance placed Kaaya as the all time leading passer in Miami’s history, surpassing the great Ken Dorsey.

So there are a few questions remaining. The Canes end the regular season 8-4 on a four game win streak. We have to find out which bowl game they will go to. It should end being a decent one, considering how they finished the season. Some other questions, which will start swirling will be whether Brad Kaaya comes back and now if David NJoku, who’s a red shirt sophomore comes back. But we have plenty of time to discuss that. Right now Canes fans are happy. The program looks like it’s moving in the right direction. They have a lot of youth on the defensive side of the ball. They showed tremendous resolve and focus this season, and things are certainly looking up.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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