The numbers sound superb. Miami gave up a mere 22 yards rushing in its opening game of the season, scored 10 touchdowns, set a school record with 42 points in a quarter, picked off two passes, blocked a punt and allowed only three points.
So how should they react when watching the film?
“Horrified,” Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said.
He was serious. Even with many things going right, Miami still has plenty of work to do.
What Miami dealt with after beating Florida A&M 70-3 likely wasn’t any different than what Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan and Oklahoma State faced after they won openers by an average score of 68-9. Great-looking Week 1 scoreboards aren’t a cause for massive celebration, and not even the third-largest margin of victory in program history could dupe the Hurricanes into believing otherwise.
“I think most of our guys, the more mature guys anyway, understand when they make a mistake,” Miami coach Mark Richt said Sunday, a day after his debut coaching his alma mater. “They know we can get better.”
There was much to like. Miami had three running backs all eclipse 100 yards, Brad Kaaya passed for four touchdowns while barely breaking a sweat, the team’s 13 pass completions went to nine receivers, nine players scored touchdowns and 29 Hurricanes found their way onto the defensive stat sheet.