The Weekly Miami Football Statroll:


Filed Sunday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.

A regular-season-wrapup look at Miami football, with a full blowout edition planned before the bowl game:

HURNS' NUMBERS
Allen Hurns had a monster year for Miami: 60 catches for 1,138 yards so far, with one game remaining.
Nationally, he's in some pretty elite company.
Hurns is averaging 19.0 yards per catch, 12th-best in the nation. And he's one of only three players this season to rack up at least 1,138 yards while averaging at least 19 yards per grab.
To put in some perspective, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks leads the country with 1,670 receiving yards. Cooks has 120 catches, exactly twice as many as Hurns, but averages more than 5 yards per catch less than the Miami star.
Hurns needs only 19 receiving yards in Miami's bowl game to pass Leonard Hankerson (1,156) for the most by a Hurricane in a single season. With 1,867 yards in his career so far, he's passed Andre Johnson for No. 7 on Miami's all-time list.


COLEY STANDS ALONE

No one has been more of a four-way, big-play threat than Miami's Stacy Coley in a long, long time.
Coley is the first FBS player in at least 20 years to have a single season that included a rush of at least 73 yards, a reception of at least 81 yards, a punt return of at least 79 yards and a kickoff return of at least 88 yards.
Several players (79, to be exact, in the last 20 years) have reached those minimums during their full careers. Until now, no one had done it in the same season.
Coley has gotten 57 touches this season, piling up 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns. Only two other true freshmen in the nation (Troy's Jordan Chunn, 14; and Bowling Green's William Houston, 11) have more touchdowns this year than Coley.
Coley is one of two true freshmen with touchdowns three ways _ receiving, rushing and returning this season. He has seven receiving TDs, one rush TD and two return TDs; Boston College's Myles Willis has two rushing, one receiving and one return score in 2013.


DEEP THREATS
Miami is one of only four teams this season with two players who have caught passes longer than 80 yards, with Allen Hurns and Stacy Coley doing the honors for the Hurricanes.
Here's a breakdown:
Georgia -- Reggie Davis (98) and Justin Scott-Wesley (85)
Baylor -- Tevin Reese (93) and Antawn Goodley (83)
New Mexico State -- Austin Franklin (85) and Jerrel Brown (81)
Miami -- Allen Hurns (84) and Stacy Coley (81)

MOVING THE BALL
Miami has 5,362 yards of offense this season, good for fourth-most on the Hurricanes' all-time list. Barring total disaster in the bowl game, this year's Hurricanes will finish with the second-most yards in school history.
The breakdown:
2002 -- 6,074
2010 -- 5,493
1984 -- 5,367
2013 -- 5,362
1990 -- 5,312
2012 -- 5,282
(Miami's current clip of 446.8 yards per game would rank ninth-best in school history.)

SMASHING
Miami is averaging 46.3 yards per punt this season, which is the best average for a single-season in school history (by a wide margin, easily topping the 44.0 clip in 2010).
Additionally, Pat O'Donnell's 47.3-yard-per-punt average will smash Matt Bosher's school record of 44.0 in that same 2010 season.
O'Donnell is so far ahead that he could have three punts for zero yards, each, and still have the best single-season average in school history.


SACKMASTERS
While Miami's defense struggled mightily at times this season in terms of yardage and points allowed, say this for the Hurricanes: They got to quarterbacks in 2013.
Miami registered 28 sacks in this regular season, more than double (13) what the Hurricanes totaled in 2012. It's the most Miami registered in a season since 2010, when the Hurricanes had 37 sacks.

WATCH THE TREND
At 9-3, Miami is tied for the 22nd-best record in the nation so far this season, which matches the Hurricanes' best showing _ by a wide margin _ in several years.
The last time Miami was better than 22nd nationally was 2005. A win in the bowl game would assure Miami of finishing better than 22nd.
Here's a breakdown, based on winning percentage:
2013: 9-3, .750, T-22 nationally (one game remaining)
2012: 7-5, .583, 55th
2011: 6-6, .500, T-65
2010: 7-6, .538, T-50
2009: 9-4, .692, T-22
2008: 7-6, .538, T-52
2007: 5-7, .417, T-74
2006: 7-6, .538, T-50
2005: 9-3, .750, T-14
2004: 9-3, .750, T-14
2003: 11-2, .846, T-6
2002: 12-1, .923, T-3
2001: 12-0, 1.000, 1st
2000: 11-1, .917, T-2
1999: 9-4, .692, T-19
1998: 9-3, .750, T-17
1997: 5-6, .455, T-59
1996: 9-3, .750, T-16



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Filed Sunday, Nov. 24, 8:05 a.m.

THE SCENARIO
_ The only way Miami wins the ACC's Coastal Division title is this: Miami beats Pittsburgh, North Carolina beats Duke, Virginia beats Virginia Tech.
Duke controls its destiny; win and the Blue Devils are going to the ACC title game. Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Miami can all win the Coastal with help. North Carolina cannot win the division title, regardless of outcomes this coming weekend.

EXPLOSIVE
_ Miami had 45 points on Saturday against Virginia. The Hurricanes are now 103-1 all-time when scoring that many (Only loss: Hail Flutie, 1984. Miami is 79-0 when scoring 45 points or more since.)
_ Miami has scored at least 45 points four times this season. That matches the Hurricanes' total from 2010, 2011 and 2012 combined. It's also the first season where Miami has four different 45-or-more outings since 2002.

DEEP BALL
_ Stephen Morris has connected on a completion of at least 50 yards in eight different games this season. Morris is one of only three FBS quarterbacks this season who can say that; SMU's Garrett Gilbert and Troy's Corey Robinson also have eight games with at least one 50-yard hookup.
_ In his last eight November games, Morris has at least two touchdown passes in every one. His current four-game streak of having at least two touchdown passes matches his career-best in that department.
_ With 159 more yards, Morris would move ahead of Gino Torretta for No. 3 on Miami's all-time total offense list.
_ If Morris gets 177 yards of additional total offense before season's end, he would have two of the Top 10 Miami total-offense seasons in history. The only other Hurricane to do that would be Gino Torretta (Morris would bump Ken Dorsey out of the No. 10 spot with 177 more yards. Dorsey also has the No. 4-ranked total offense season in Miami history.)

OPPORTUNISTIC
_ Miami had 45 points with only 11 first downs on Saturday. The last time that happened at the FBS level was Sept. 13, 1997, when Minnesota - with 11 first downs - beat Iowa State 53-29.
_ Miami had only 304 yards and scored 45 points on Saturday. That's the second-lowest yardage total for any team when scoring 45 or more this season. The only other team to have fewer yards and that many points in 2013 was Florida State, which had 296 yards in its 59-3 win over turnover-happy Wake Forest on Nov. 9.
_ Miami is now 37-2 since the start of 1996 when creating at least four turnovers.

PICKED OFF
_ Ladarius Gunter's 81-yard interception return on Saturday was Miami's longest since Willie Cooper had an 85-yarder against Duke on Oct. 21, 2006. (Like Gunter's, that didn't go for a touchdown either.)
_ Miami's 17 interceptions this season (with at least two games remaining) ties the program's fourth-most since 1999.

FIRST DOWNS
_ Miami did not have fewer than 13 first downs in any game during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. It's happened already three times in 2013, yet somehow, the 'Canes are 2-1 in those games.
They beat Florida with 10 first downs.
They lost to Virginia Tech with 12 first downs.
On Saturday, they beat Virginia with only 11 first downs. To put that in some perspective, Virginia had 11 third-down conversions alone.
And file this under 'Go figure': Miami is now 10-4 in its last 14 games when giving up at least 28 first downs, which is the total Virginia had on Saturday.

RANKINGS WATCH
An update on where Miami is at in some statistical rankings:
_ Pat O'Donnell is 2nd nationally in punting, 47.6 yards per kick (His 71-yard punt on Saturday was the longest by a Miami punter since Matt Bosher uncorked a 76-yarder on Oct. 18, 2008).
_ Kickoff returns, 5th nationally, 25.87
_ Additionally, Stacy Coley ranks second in the ACC in kickoff returns (26.6) and sixth in all-purpose yards (108.6). Stephen Morris ranks third in the ACC in passer rating (145.5), Tracy Howard is tied for fourth in interceptions (four) and Allen Hurns ranks seventh in the ACC in receptions per game (4.6).



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Filed Sunday, Nov. 17, 9:45 a.m.

THE UGLY
Let's just get it all over with, shall we?
_ First time in Miami history that the Hurricanes have given up at least 40 points in three straight games.
_ Miami will be unranked later today. It's the first time a Miami team went from the Top 10 to unranked in the same season since 1968. It had never happened to any Miami team that was ranked No. 7 (as this team was) or higher.
_ It's the first time since 1999 that a ranked Miami team lost three straight games.
_ Miami has allowed 500 or more yards eight times since the start of the 2012 season. It happened on just six occasions from 1996 through 2011.
_ Miami has now had at least a three-game losing streak in six of its last eight seasons. Miami had two three-game slides, total, from 1985 through 2005.
_ Miami scored 30 points against Duke. The 'Canes had won 158 of their previous 162 games when scoring that many.
_ Miami had 28 first downs against Duke. The 'Canes had won 33 of their last 36 games with 25 first downs or more.
_ Miami lost for just the seventh time in the last 36 games when throwing for at least 300 yards.
_ Miami is now 3-13 when trailing at the half since the start of the 2011 season. (17-1 when winning or tied.)

NOVEMBER TO (NOT) REMEMBER
November to remember? Forget that.
As usual.
The Hurricanes are 0-3 so far this month, which continues a recent trend of how Novembers have been where Miami seasons go awry. Since 2006 (thank you, @Le_Steez, for catching that), Miami is just 13-18 in games played during the month of November.
And this year has been particularly dreadful.
_ Miami has allowed 131 points in November, ninth-most in the country.
_ Miami is one of only two teams to allow 40 points in three games so far this month. The other? Texas Tech. (Insert 'Blame Kirby Hocutt' joke here, I guess.)
_ Miami has given up 13 rushing touchdowns this month. That's as many as Florida State, Iowa and Alabama have given up _ combined _ all season. In all, 34 teams have given up fewer rushing touchdowns so far in 2013 than the Hurricanes have since the calendar flipped to November.
_ 52 teams have allowed less than four rushing touchdowns so far in November. Miami has allowed two different players to run for four TDs in each of the last two weeks alone, first Virginia Tech's Trey Edmunds and then Duke's Brandon Connette on Saturday.

MORRIS MOVES UP
Miami's Stephen Morris threw for a season-best 379 yards in the loss to Duke on Saturday, giving him 7,226 yards in his career. He's 24th among active quarterbacks in passing yards.
By coincidence, the guy Morris happens to be chasing in many of these categories is Hurricanes great Gino Torretta.
Here's an updated look at where Morris sits on Miami's all-time lists:
_ He's 464 yards shy of matching Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta (7,690) for third on Miami's career passing yards list.
_ He's 52 completions away from matching Torretta (555) for third on the career list.
_ He's 117 attempts away from matching Torretta (991) for third on that career list as well.
_ He now has eight 300-yard games, two shy of matching Torretta's school record. (Ken Dorsey had nine 300-yard games as a Hurricane, plus a 299-yarder.)
_ At his current rate, Morris would finish with Miami's seventh-best completion percentage (58.2).

COLEY'S NUMBERS
Only five players have more returning touchdowns this season than Miami freshman Stacy Coley, who got his second return TD of the year on Saturday at Duke.
Additionally, Coley is one of only five players this season with a receiving touchdown (he has four), a kick-return TD (one) and a punt-return TD (one). The others:
_ Jamarcus Nelson, UAB, 6 rec TD, 1 KOR TD, 1 PR TD
_ Brelan Chancellor, North Texas, 4 rec TD, 1 KOR TD, 1 PR TD.
_ Darrell Surgent, Louisiana, 4 rec TD, 1 KOR TD, 1 PR TD.
_ Christon Jones, Alabama, 2 rec TD, 1 KOR TD, 1 PR TD.

HERE'S TO HURNS
Very quietly, Allen Hurns is going to leave Miami as one of its most prolific wide receivers.
Hurns matched a career-best with eight catches in Saturday's loss to Duke, giving him 104 grabs in his Miami career. He's now just two catches away from matching Glenn Dennison (106) for 10th on Miami's all-time list.
With 839 yards so far in 2013, Hurns also has a shot to become the fourth Hurricane receiver with 1,000 yards in a single season.
The only names on that list to date: Leonard Hankerson (1,156 in 2010), Eddie Brown (1,114 in 1984) and Andre Johnson (1,092 in 2002).
Through only 10 games, Hurns' yardage this season already is more than any Miami receiver has managed in 20 of the previous 22 seasons.

LUCK OF THE DRAW
Or in Miami's case, unluck of the draw this season.
In the ACC's scheduling formula for 2013, teams played their six divisional opponents, along with two crossovers. One of those crossovers rotates, the other is permanently assigned, and in the Hurricanes' case that means an annual date with Florida State.
Of the five teams that could still finish 5-3 or better in the ACC's Coastal Division, Miami was the only one that had to play the Seminoles, who have steamrolled everyone on their schedule so far.
Here's a look at who the five Coastal contenders played from the Atlantic side, and those teams' combined record in league and overall play so far:
_ Georgia Tech played Clemson and Syracuse (10-4, 14-6).
_ Miami played Florida State and Wake Forest (10-5, 14-6).
_ Virginia Tech played Maryland and Boston College (5-7, 12-8).
_ North Carolina played North Carolina State and Boston College (3-10, 9-11).
_ Duke played Wake Forest and North Carolina State (2-12, 7-13).
And the unbalanced ACC schedule might not play out in Miami's favor anytime soon, either. The Hurricanes play Florida State and Louisville in 2014, then face the Seminoles and Clemson in 2015.






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Filed Sunday, Nov. 10, 10:15 a.m. (Updated at noon with AP poll data)

THE BASICS
_ Miami is 8-0 against Duke since joining the ACC (33-36 against everyone else in conference play).
_ Miami has allowed 500 or more yards in its last two ACC games. It's the first time since joining the league that the Hurricanes allowed at least 500 in consecutive league matchups.
_ Going back to last season, Miami has allowed at least 300 yards passing in six of its last seven ACC games.
_ Virginia Tech was the first team to not turn the ball over at least once against Miami this season.
_ Miami has had only four penalties for 15 yards in the last two weeks. The 'Canes are 0-2 in those games. Go figure.
_ For the second straight week, Miami set a season-low in time of possession. The Hurricanes had the ball for 20 minutes, 30 seconds against Virginia Tech, 57 seconds fewer than they had it against Florida State.
_ The last time Miami had the ball less in a game was Nov. 1, 1997 in a 42-10 win over Arkansas State (20:17). (Bonus fun fact about that Arkansas State game: Eventual Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon was the Indians' starter that day.)
_ Miami is now 9-29 when scoring no more than 24 points in ACC games. The 'Canes are 32-7 when scoring more than 24 in league games.


RANKINGS WATCH
Miami was ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25 two weeks ago. No Miami team since 1967 has been ranked No. 7 or higher and then fallen out of the rankings entirely later that season.
Here's Miami's biggest two-week drops (including with them falling to No. 24 today) in the last 30 years of AP polling:
_ 19 (from 6 to 25), 1996.
_ 17 (from 7 to 24,) 2013.
_ 14 (from 4 to 18), 2004.
_ 12 (from 2 to 14), 2003.
_ 11 (from 5 to 16), 1984.
_ 10 (from 8 to 18), 1999.
_ 10 (from 9 to 19), 1999.
_ 10 (from 12 to 22), 1996.
_ 10 (from 4 to 14), 1984.

MORRIS MOVES UP
Even though they came in a loss, Miami QB Stephen Morris had the two longest passes of his career against ACC opponents on Saturday night, with the 81-yarder to Stacy Coley followed by the 84-yarder to Allen Hurns.
Morris became the first quarterback from an FBS school with two completions of 80 yards or more in the same game since Ryan Mallett did it for Arkansas against LSU in 2010.
He's also the first ACC quarterback since at least 1995 to have two completions of 80 yards in the same game. And he now has three of the five longest completions by any Miami quarterback in an ACC game.
Here's the Top 10 completions by Miami quarterbacks in ACC games:
97 yards -- Kyle Wright to Darnell Jenkins, Oct. 7, 2007
84 yards -- Kirby Freeman to Darnell Jenkins, Nov. 3, 2007
84 yards -- Stephen Morris to Allen Hurns, Nov. 9, 2013
81 yards -- Stephen Morris to Stacy Coley, Nov. 9, 2013
79 yards -- Stephen Morris to Leonard Hankerson,  Nov. 13, 2010
77 yards -- Kirby Freeman to Lance Leggett, Nov. 18, 2006
77 yards -- Jacory Harris to Travis Benjamin, Oct. 8, 2011
76 yards -- Kyle Wright to Lance Leggett, Nov. 12, 2005
76 yards -- Stephen Morris to Rashawn Scott, Sept. 29, 2012
72 yards -- Stephen Morris to Mike James, Nov. 24, 2012

And for Morris to hit the big play against Virginia Tech ... well, that just doesn't happen.
The Hokies hadn't allowed a pass of more than 48 yards this season before last night.
And as far as an 80-yard pass play against the Hokies? Forget it.
No one had done it in a decade.
Until Miami did it twice last night, that is.
The Hokies played 136 games, defending 3,979 passes, between Oct. 23, 2003 and Nov. 8, 2013 -- never giving up a passing play of longer than 79 yards. That ended last night, when Morris connected on passes of 84 and 81 yards.


DEFENSE LEAKING
After seven games, Miami ranked 18th nationally in yards allowed per game (342.3). The last two weeks have changed that mightily; The 'Canes rank 111th in yardage defense in that span, and that has naturally sent Miami plummeting in the national rankings.
The Hurricanes are now 54th nationally in yards per game, 384.7.
And third downs have been a major issue in the last three weeks.
27 for 45 -- that's the success rate that Wake Forest, Florida State and Virginia Tech have had on third downs against Miami.
26 for 92 -- that's the success rate of the Hurricanes' first six opponents, combined.

THIRD AND LONG, ER, WRONG
Not only are the Hurricanes not getting off the field on third down, they gave up two home runs against Virginia Tech in that situation.
Last year, opponents had third-and-11-or-longer 27 times against Miami. They got no touchdowns on those plays.
Last night, Virginia Tech had third-and-11-or-longer three times against Miami. The Hokies got two touchdowns on those plays.

SHIFTING OF POWER
For a team that started 7-0, it would stand to reason that Miami would have been leading games more often than not this season.
That's not quite the case.
Miami has run 246 plays when leading this season. That's compared to 258 plays now when trailing.

HURNS NUMBERS
Miami WR Allen Hurns never had a 100-yard game coming into this season. He now has three in 2013, including a career-high 142-yard effort in the loss to Virginia Tech.
Hurns faced Virginia Tech three times in his college career. He had a touchdown catch in all three of those games.
Hurns is nearing some milestones. He's four catches shy of 100 as a Hurricane, and 39 yards shy of reaching the 1,500 mark in that department.

TOUGH NIGHT
Miami RB Dallas Crawford had a career-long 35-yard carry against Virginia Tech.
His other 9 carries on the night? They netted two yards.
Here's a look at how many yards his carries got, in order, against the Hokies: 1, -3, 2, -4, 2, -5, 3, 35, 3, 3.
He did get his 10th rushing TD of the season, making him the 7th Miami RB in the last 20 years to reach that plateau.


HALF BAD
Whatever went on in the first half usually tells the story in Miami games, at least since Al Golden took over as coach before the 2011 season.
When Miami is winning or tied at the break, it has won 17 of 18 games under Golden.
When Miami is losing at the break, as it was against Virginia Tech, it has lost 12 of 15 times.


STILL THE BOSS
Here's the average AP ranking of teams since 1983:
1- Miami (7.5)
2- Florida State (8.0)
3- Nebraska (8.2)
4- Florida (8.5)
5- Oklahoma (8.6)
6- Alabama (9.6)
7- Ohio State (9.8)
8- Texas (9.9)
9- Notre Dame (10.2)
10- USC (10.5)
10t- LSU (10.5)
10t- Tennessee (10.5)





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Filed Sunday, Nov. 3, 8:50 a.m.

THE BASICS
_ At 7-1, Miami has matched its best eight-game start since 2005. The last time Miami started a season better was 2002 (12-0).
_ Miami is now No. 5 nationally this season in kickoff return average (26.93).
_ Miami still controls the ACC Coastal Division race.
_ The 27-point loss to Florida State was the worst by a Miami team that was ranked in the Top 10 since 1984 (regular-season games only).

EL DUQUE
Duke Johnson's season ended Saturday night when he broke his right ankle late in the third quarter of the 41-14 loss at Florida State.
A look at his accomplishments:
_ Johnson finished this season with 920 yards. He becomes the second player in Miami history with consecutive seasons of 900 yards rushing or more, joining only Edgerrin James (who had 1,098 in 1997, then followed that with 1,416 in 1998). Johnson rushed for 947 yards last season.
_ At 174.13 all-purpose yards per game, he ranks No. 4 nationally this season.
_ He ranked 10th nationally in kickoff return average (28.3).
_ His 1,867 rushing yards since the start of last season is the highest total by any ACC player.
_ He is now No. 15 on Miami's all-time rushing list.
_ With 3,453 all-purpose running yards, he's now No. 7 on Miami's all-time list in that category.
_ Miami is 11-0 when he rushes for a touchdown, 3-6 when he does not.

THIRD AND WRONG
Florida State converted 11 of 15 third-down chances against Miami on Saturday night. The numbers are as bad as they look:
_ The Seminoles' conversion rate of 73.3 percent is the best showing by a Miami opponent since at least 1995. (Previous best: Kansas State, 72.7, 2012.)
_ The 11 third-down conversions match the most allowed by Miami since at least 1995.
_ Miami has allowed 10 or more third-down conversions six times since 1995. Four of those are against Florida State.
_ The inability to get off the field led to Miami having the ball for only 21:27, a season-low in that category.

STRANGE BUT TRUE
Miami is currently the only team in the country that leads its conference (or division) and has been outscored in league play. The Hurricanes have been outscored 115-110 so far in ACC games.
The last time a team finished a season with the best record in its conference or division and was outscored was 2011, when Penn State was outscored 138-137 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions finished that season 6-2 in Big Ten Leaders Division, tied for the best record in their half of the league.

LOOKING AHEAD
_ Miami hosts Virginia Tech next weekend. The Hurricanes won 30-12 last year and have not won consecutive games in the series since 2001 and 2002.





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Filed Sunday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.

(UPDATED MONDAY, OCT. 28 WITH DUKE JOHNSON STAT CORRECTION. See explainer below.)


THE BASICS
_ Miami is one of eight unbeaten teams left in major college football, joining Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, Fresno State, Northern Illinois, Ohio State and Oregon.
_ Miami's current nine-game winning streak going back to last season is the program's longest since a 10-game streak between Nov. 15, 2003 and Oct. 23, 2004.
_ This will be the 12th time Miami and Florida State meet with both ranked in the AP Top 10. Miami has won eight of the previous 11 such meetings.
_ With seven wins, Miami has already either matched or exceeded the program's win total from six of the most recent seven seasons. Miami has a minimum of six games remaining; a 3-3 record in those games would give the Hurricanes their first 10-win season since 2003.
_ Duke Johnson has now carried the football for 1.01 miles in his Miami career. (More on Duke below.)
_ Miami has won its past two games by a total of seven points. The last time Miami won games in consecutive weeks by seven points or less was 1992, beating Florida State 17-16 and Penn State 17-14. (It happened in consecutive games in 2006, albeit five weeks apart, when the Hurricanes beat Boston College in the regular-season finale and then Nevada in a bowl game by a combined four points.)
_ Miami trailed for 48:59 against Wake Forest. Florida State has trailed for 37:58 all season.


THE COACHES
_ Miami coach Al Golden started 11-11 in his career with the Hurricanes. He's 9-0 since.
_ FSU coach Jimbo Fisher started 12-7 in his career with the Seminoles. He's 26-3 since.


EL DUQUE
_ Duke Johnson now has 1,770 rushing yards in his Miami career, 16th on the Hurricanes' all-time list. (Monday morning update: STATS LLC recognizes him for 1,780 yards. A review of game-by-game stats by Miami and the AP revealed a 10-yard statkeeping error in the Notre Dame game in 2012. Hence, he has 1,770, not 1,780 as originally reported this week.)
_ Even though he missed roughly the equivalent of three games, Johnson continues to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards (182.86 per game). He's third nationally in that category.
_ In Johnson's two seasons, Miami is 11-0 when he rushes for a touchdown, 3-5 when he does not.
_ Johnson now has 3,340 all-purpose yards in his Miami career, eighth-best in school history. At his current pace, if he plays in all remaining Hurricanes games, he would become just the third Miami player with 4,000 career all-purpose yards (Santana Moss, Ottis Anderson) by the end of the season.
_ Thanks largely to his efforts, Miami is No. 1 nationally in kickoff returns this season, averaging 29.62 yards per runback.


PERFECT RIVALRY
Excluding season-openers, Saturday will mark the ninth time that Florida State and Miami will meet with unbeaten, untied records.
Both teams are 7-0 this season. They've only met as unbeatens this deep into a season once before _ 1991, when they were a combined 18-0 to start the season before Miami won a classic in Tallahassee on the way to a national championship.
Here's a breakdown of the years in which it's happened before, the teams' records going into the game, and the final result and site.
2003: FSU 5-0, Miami 5-0, Miami won 22-14 in Tallahassee
1996: FSU 4-0, Miami 4-0, FSU won 34-16 in Miami
1993: FSU 5-0, Miami 4-0, FSU won 28-10 in Tallahassee
1992: FSU 4-0, Miami 3-0, Miami won 19-16 in Miami
1991: FSU 10-0, Miami 8-0, Miami won 17-16 in Tallahassee
1987: FSU 4-0, Miami 2-0, Miami won 26-25 in Tallahassee
1980: FSU 3-0, Miami 3-0, Miami won 10-9 in Miami
1979: FSU 2-0, Miami 1-0, FSU won 40-23 in Tallahassee


CLOSER THAN CLOSE
Think Florida State-Miami is a good rivalry? You might not even understand how good it is.
Check out how ridiculously close some of the stats have been from the last 16 games between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes:
Wins: Florida State 8, Miami 8.
Average score: Florida State 25, Miami 24.
Average yards: Florida State 359, Miami 356.
Average first downs: Florida State 19, Miami 18.
Touchdown passes: Miami 22, Florida State 18.
Interceptions thrown: Miami 24, Florida State 20.
Yards per play: Florida State 5.147, Miami 5.134.
Total plays: Florida State 1,116, Miami 1,109.
Total turnovers: Florida State 42, Miami 42.
Penalty yards: Miami 1,131, Florida State 1,126.


SEVENTH HEAVEN
Miami is 7-0 for the ninth time in program history. Here's a breakdown of the other times it has happened, with every year (except for 1926, the program's inaugural season) resulting in either a trip to the national championship game or one of the bowls now considered part of the Bowl Championship Series:
2003: Finished 11-2, won Orange Bowl
2002: Finished 12-1, lost BCS championship game (allegedly, right, 'Canes fans?)
2001: Finished 12-0, won national title
1992: Finished 11-1, lost Sugar Bowl
1991: Finished 12-0, won national title
1987: Finished 12-0, won national title
1986: Finished 11-1, lost Fiesta Bowl
1926: Finished 8-0.
(Note: Miami started 6-0-1 in 1950, finishing 9-1-1 and losing to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.)


CARDIAC CANES
The win over Wake Forest was the fifth time under Al Golden that Miami needed a score in the final minute (or overtime) to win a game. The breakdown:
_ Nov. 19, 2011: Jake Wieclaw field goal with no time remaining gives Miami 6-3 win over South Florida.
_ Sept. 22, 2012: Mike James rushing TD in overtime gives Miami 42-36 win over Georgia Tech.
_ Sept. 29, 2012: Stephen Morris hits Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds left, Miami beats North Carolina State 44-37.
_ Oct. 17, 2013: Dallas Crawford runs in from 3 yards out with 16 seconds remaining, Miami beats North Carolina 27-23.
_ Oct. 26, 2013: Duke Johnson runs in from 1 yard out with 51 seconds remaining, Miami beats Wake Forest 24-21.


MORRIS MOVES UP
_ Miami QB Stephen Morris now has 447 career completions, four more than Ryan Clement for sixth on Miami's all-time list. He's 16 shy of No. 5 Bernie Kosar and 31 shy of No. 4 Kyle Wright.
_ Morris started the Wake Forest game No. 9 on Miami's all-time pass attempts list. He's now No. 5 with 768 attempts, after passing Kosar, George Mira, Ryan Clement and Craig Erickson, all in the same game. Morris is 39 passing attempts away from matching Wright for No. 4 on that list.
_ Morris is seventh nationally in yards per completion (15.56). FSU's Jameis Winston is No. 2 on that list (17.01).

MIAMI IN THE ACC
_ Miami has won four straight ACC games. The Hurricanes have never won more than five consecutive ACC games (which they did once, from Sept. 17-Nov. 12, 2005).
_ Miami is 3-0 in ACC play for the third time (joining 2004 and 2012). Miami has never started 4-0 in ACC play.
_ Miami scored only 24 points against Wake Forest and won _ an ACC rarity for the Hurricanes, who had lost 27 of their last 34 conference games (since November 2004) when scoring 24 or less.



STRENGTH VS STRENGTH
_ Florida State and Miami both excel at passing _ and defending the pass.
The Seminoles are No. 2 nationally in passing efficiency; Miami is No. 10 nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Conversely, Miami is No. 14 nationally in pass efficiency; Florida State is No. 5 nationally in pass efficiency defense.


KEEPS GETTING TOUGHER
_ Miami's seven opponents so far have a combined 20-34 record. Miami's final five foes of the regular season have a combined 25-13 record.
Here's the list: Florida State (7-0), Virginia Tech (6-2), Duke (6-2), Virginia (2-6), Pittsburgh (4-3).


DALLAS' TD'S
_ Even without a touchdown against Wake Forest, Dallas Crawford is still among the nation's rushing TD leaders. He has nine this season, tied for 19th nationally.


VEGAS SAYS
For all interested, here's the closing line on the last 29 Miami-FSU games:

2013: FSU by 21.5
2012: FSU by 21
2011: FSU by 11
2010: Miami by 5.5
2009: FSU by 6
2008: Miami by 1
2007: FSU by 5.5
2006: Miami by 4
2005: Miami by 3.5
2004: Pick
2003 (bowl): FSU by 2
2003: FSU by 6.5
2002: Miami by 13.5
2001: Miami by 8
2000: FSU by 6.5
1999: FSU by 14
1998: FSU by 9.5
1997: FSU by 19.5
1996: FSU by 5
1995: FSU by 18
1994: FSU by 3.5
1993: FSU by 12.5
1992: Miami by 3
1991: FSU by 3
1990: Miami by 5.5
1989: FSU by 1
1988: FSU by 4
1987: Miami by 2.5
1986: Miami by 13.5
1985: Pick