The Miami Hurricanes finally got to play some football on Saturday afternoon after a three week layoff. The Canes took on the Toledo Rockets at Hard Rock Stadium. Despite the rust, the Miami offense was able to move the football, their defense on the other hand didn’t look particularly sharp. Either way Miami was able to move to 2-0 with a 52-30 victory over Toledo.
Mark Walton came out the gates smoking hot, rushing for 139 yards off 5 carries, which included a 44 yard TD run in the first quarter to take the 7-0 lead. Miami would tack on a 15 yard Michael Badgley field goal to close out the first quarter with a 10-0 lead. It looked as if the game would be a runaway, however, Miami’s defense would give up 16 unanswered in the second quarter, which included a 37 yard TD pass from Toledo QB Logan Woodside. The Rockets would take a 16-10 shocking lead into halftime.
The third quarter would belong to the Canes who took a 17-16 lead with 5:36 left in the frame off a Travis Homer 12 yard TD run. Then Malik Rosier would connect with Dayall Harris for a ten yard run, Canes take the 24-16 lead.
In the fourth quarter the Miami offense would impose their will on Toledo. Rosier would find Braxton Berios for 19 yards, then he would find TE Cris Herndon IV for a two yard pass. Canes now with a commanding 38-16 lead. It seemed to be a runaway but Logan Woodside would connect on two short TD passes and all of a sudden it was 38-30 with 7:44 left in the game.
From there Miami just stepped on Toledo’s throat with Rosier rushing for a 23 yard TD and then Travis Homer scoring for the second time in the afternoon from 15 out. Miami would take the 52-30 lead and that’s how the game would conclude.
Back to Miami’s defense would be the story of this game for their inability to close out Toledo. The Rockets would make 23 first downs and 442 yards of offense. Logan Woodside had himself a game throwing 28/48 for 3452 yards and three TDs. Canes only forced two fumbles and one turnover.
It was the offense which took control. With Malik Rosier going 27/36 for 33 yards and 3 TDs 1 INT by spreading the ball to ten different receivers. Mark Walton would rush for 204 yards off 11 carries and a TD. Travis Homer would rush for 32 yards off 8 carries and two red zone TDs.