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Rapid Recap: Miami Hurricanes Get Back on Track

Ari Russell

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After an absolute miserable four game skid, the Miami Hurricanes finally got back on track on Saturday, knocking off the Pitt Panthers in a decisive 51-28 victory. The offensive line for Miami, finally didn’t look like swiss cheese, giving up zero sacks. QB Brad Kaaya was the beneficiary of the better protection, going 32/47 for 356 yards and four TDs. You see what happens when he gets protection?

The Canes led at the half 17-7, but Pitt brought it to 17-14, and ultimately took a 21-20 lead halfway through the third quarter. This is where the Canes fans got real nervous. We have seen this play before. However the Canes drove down the field on the next possession capped by a 1 yard Brad Kaaya TD run.  In fact the Canes would run up 21 unanswered points to take a 41-21 lead early in the fourth quarter and would never looks back. Mark Walton would put the exclamation point on with a 55 yard TD run, to put the canes up 51-28.

Finally the Canes offense decided to awaken. The offensive line did it’s job and what a surprise, Brad Kaaya was able to have himself one of his better games in his career. Obviously there are still some glaring issues with this team. But a decisive win like this after a terrible four game stretch was exactly what this program needed.  

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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