UPDATED 9/21/2014, 9:45 a.m.
Duke Johnson ran for a touchdown and averaged more than 5 yards per carry on Saturday night against Nebraska.
That’s usually good enough for Miami to win.
Saturday marked the first time that Miami lost a game in which Johnson had a rushing touchdown (was 13-0 previously when that happens). The Hurricanes also fell to 14-2 all-time when Johnson nets more than 5 yards per rush (5.2 on Saturday).
Here’s more Duke notes:
_ Saturday marked the sixth straight game in which he rushed for at least 90 yards, going back to last season. He’s finished with between 90 and 97 yards in each of his last five contests.
_ Johnson set career-bests in receptions (5) and receiving yards (84) in the Nebraska game.
_ He’s now No. 6 on the Miami all-time rushing list with 2,237 yards. He trails only Ottis Anderson (3,331), Edgerrin James (2,960), James Jackson (2,953), Clinton Portis (2,523) and Graig Cooper (2,383) in that department.
_ He’s now No. 9 on Miami’s career rushing touchdown list (19). Next up: No. 8 Clinton Portis (21).
_ Johnson is now 68 yards away from reaching 4,000 all-purpose yards for his Miami career. He would be the third Miami player to reach that milestone, joining Santana Moss (4,394) and Ottis Anderson (4,265).
_ Johnson continues to lead major college football’s active players in career all purpose yards per game (163.8). He’s also fifth among active players in rushing yards per game for his career (93.2).
KAAYA ON FAAYA
(I apologize for that headline, first of all. Now the notes:)
Brad Kaaya’s numbers keep getting better.
The true freshman quarterback threw for 359 yards in Saturday’s loss to Nebraska. His yardage total has risen in each of his four starts (174, to 177, to 342, to 359).
Over the last two weekends, only five other quarterbacks have thrown for more yards than Kaaya’s 701. And each of those five quarterbacks needed at least 90 pass attempts to do so; Kaaya has been called upon to throw 66 times in his last two games.
Kaaya has thrown for seven touchdowns in the last two weeks; only Connor Halliday of Washington State (10), Gunner Kiel of Cincinnati (10) and Anu Solomon of Arizona (8) have passed for more TDs during that span.
And it’s way early to think about this, but with 10 TD passes so far this season, Kaaya is on pace to top Miami’s single-season record of 29, set by Steve Walsh in 1988. (Again, it’s WAY early to think about such things.)
_ Kaaya leads the ACC in passing touchdowns, passing yards and passing yards per game. He’s also second in the ACC in the “points responsible for” stat.
RUN DEFENSE WOES
The Hurricanes allowed 343 yards on the ground in Saturday’s loss to Nebraska, and even with all due respect to Cornhuskers RB Ameer Abdullah _ who was fantastic _ winning the battle at the point of attack is a major problem for Miami.
Consider: From November 1998 through October 2008, a Miami team allowed 300 yards of rushing exactly once, that being in a span of 118 games.
It’s now happened three times in less than 12 months.
The others along with Saturday night: Georgia Tech ran for 335 on Miami last Oct. 5, Duke rumbled for 358 yards on Nov. 16.
Here’s the most damning stat: From 1999 through 2010, Miami allowed opponents to average more than 6 yards per carry only five times in 151 games.
From 2011 through 2014, it’s happened six times in 41 games. The list:
_ Sept. 24, 2011 vs. Kansas State, 6.0 yards per carry.
_ Oct. 6, 2012 vs. Notre Dame, 7.4 yards per carry.
_ Oct. 13, 2012 vs. North Carolina, 6.2 yards per carry.
_ Nov. 16, 2013 vs. Duke, 6.9 yards per carry.
_ Nov. 29, 2013 vs. Pitt, 6.7 yards per carry.
_ Sept. 20, 2014 vs. Nebraska, 6.4 yards per carry.
And this is why people shouldn’t read too much into early season rankings _ since one game can change everything in a big way.
Miami went from No. 4 nationally in rushing average (2.0 per carry) last week to 39th nationally this week (3.3 per carry). Also, the Hurricanes went from 15th nationally in rushing yards allowed per game (82.7) to 65th (147.8).
It should also be pointed out that even after Saturday’s struggles, Miami ranks No. 22 nationally in total defense, with an average of 308.8 yards allowed per contest.
Senior DL Anthony Chickillo now has two fumbles recovered in the season’s first four games, putting him in some elite company.
Chickillo is tied for third nationally in that department this season. North Carolina’s Dominquie Green and Wyoming’s Patrick Mertens have recovered three fumbles in 2014; Chickillo is one of 19 other players with two recoveries.
Chickillo also recovered a fumble in the win over Florida A&M on Sept. 6.
BACK TO LEAGUE
The Hurricanes return to ACC play this weekend, when they host Duke on Saturday night.
Even with three straight nonconference games, Miami still has done something that more than half of the teams in major college football have not yet done this season _ that being, play a league game.
Of the 121 teams in major college football (that doesn’t include the four independents), 64 still have not played any league contests.
Miami opened its ACC schedule in Week 1, the loss at Louisville.
RANK VERSUS RANKED TEAMS
Miami is now 8-23 in its last 31 games against ranked teams, starting with the 40-3 loss to LSU at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in 2005.
In that span, Miami is 7-6 in home games against ranked foes, 1-13 on the road (including Saturday’s loss to Nebraska) and 0-4 in neutral-site games.
The average score of the eight Miami wins in that span: 27-16.
The average score of the 23 Miami losses in that span: 34-14.
THE DUKE SERIES
Miami is 9-2 all-time against Duke, this week’s opponent (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sun Life Stadium).
The Hurricanes lost in 1976, 20-7 _ then won nine straight in the series, seven of those wins coming by double digits.
Duke won last year’s meeting, 48-30. (UPDATE: Thanks to many astute readers for noting that I got this score wrong earlier, used the 2012 score. Refunds will be issued, if you paid for this, which none of you do.)
31 IS NOT ENOUGH
Saturday was a rarity for Miami. It marked just the fifth time in a span of 185 games that the Hurricanes scored at least 31 points and lost.
-- Oct. 4, 2008: Florida State 41, Miami 39.
-- Oct. 24, 2009: Clemson 40, Miami 37.
-- Oct. 8, 2011: Virginia Tech 38, Miami 35.
-- Nov. 12, 2012: Virginia 41, Miami 40.
-- Sept. 20, 2014: Nebraska 41, Miami 31.
Additionally, Miami has now lost 13 of its last 14 games when allowing 41 points or more. The lone win in that span was a 52-45 victory in 2012 over Duke, this weekend's opponent.
_ Stacy Coley leads the ACC, averaging 14.0 yards per punt return.
_ Miami has three receivers (Phillip Dorsett, ranked 1st, 4 TDs), Clive Walford (5th, 3) and Braxton Berrios (11th, 2) ranked among the ACC’s leaders in TD passes caught.
_ Denzel Perryman is No. 2 in the ACC, averaging 5.3 solo tackles per game. (An additional note: Former Miami player Gionni Paul is the national leader in this stat, averaging 10 solo tackles per game so far this season for Utah.)
_ Miami is second in the ACC and No. 9 nationally
in net punting, with 43.5 yards per kick.
180-5 -- Miami's record since 1985 when scoring at least 31 points. (See note.)
2-2 -- Miami's record under Golden this
season when recording at least two takeaways.
16-6 -- Miami's
home record under Golden.
UPDATE FOR 9/14/2014, 9:15 a.m.
It's National Championship Game Rematch Week.
And he's the first receiver in the nation this season with three catches of at least 50 yards in the same game.
9/13/2014 UPDATE, 7:40 a.m.
This is what happens when you wake up at 6 a.m. on a football Saturday. You get to work.
Here's a special bonus gameday edition of The Stat Roll, with much more of what you need to know about Arkansas State before today's 3:30 p.m. kickoff against Miami at Sun Life Stadium:
ARKANSAS STATE FIRST DRIVES
ARKANSAS STATE LEADS
THE MAGIC NUMBERS
MIAMI THIRD DOWNS
RUSH FOR TDs, AND WIN
OK, that's a few gameday notes. Enjoy your tailgates.
WEEK 3 STAT ROLL
UPDATED 9/7/2014, 11 a.m.
Miami's 41-7 win over Florida A&M wasn't a shutout (duh, given the other team had seven points).
But it should have been.
Saturday night marked the first time since Miami's 2010 meeting against Florida A&M that the Hurricanes defense gave up zero points. FAMU's lone TD on Saturday came on a botched punt snap.
Miami's 25 rushing yards allowed in Week 2 were the Hurricanes' fewest since Cent. Fla. got only four yards against them in 2008.
The Hurricanes have held opponents under 100 yards in both passing and rushing in the same game only twice since 2008, and both times, it was against FAMU.
179-4 -- Miami's record since 1985 when scoring at least 31 points.
50-50 -- Al Golden's career record.
18-3 -- Miami's record under Golden when recording at least two takeaways. (5-13 when not.)
15-6 -- Miami's home record under Golden.
HISTORIC 1-2 PUNCH
Duke Johnson rushed for 97 yards in Saturday's win over Florida A&M, and freshman Joseph Yearby added 95 yards for the Hurricanes.
Nights like those don't happen often for Miami.
It was the first time since Sept. 1, 2007 that Miami had two 95-yard rushers in the same game _ a span of 89 contests since Graig Cooper (116) and Javarris James (99) did it against Marshall.
Here's a list of the other recent dual 95-yard outputs for Miami in the same game:
Sept. 6, 2014: Duke Johnson (97), Joseph Yearby (95) vs. Florida A&M.
Sept. 1, 2007: Graig Cooper (116), Javarris James (99) vs. Marshall.
Nov. 29, 2003: Jarrett Payton (131), Tyrone Moss (115) vs. Pittsburgh.
Oct. 18, 2003: Tyrone Moss (135), Jarrett Payton (115) vs. Temple.
Nov. 17, 2001: Frank Gore (153), Clinton Portis (132) vs. Syracuse.
Jan. 1, 2000: Clinton Portis (117), James Jackson (107) vs. Georgia Tech.
Dec. 29, 1998: Edgerrin James (156), James Jackson (99) vs. North Carolina State.
Nov. 1, 1997: Edgerrin James (151), James Jackson (115) vs. Arkansas State.
Nov. 23, 1996: Dyral McMillan (143), Edgerrin James (123) vs. Boston College.
THE NEXT OPPONENT
Miami meets Arkansas State on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.
Miami is 1-0 all-time against Arkansas State, winning 42-10 in 1997 behind 340 rushing yards (see above note). Arkansas State's quarterback that day: A future Miami Dolphin named Cleo Lemon.
MIAMI IN THE RANKINGS
Here's a look at where Miami players stack up in some individual and team rankings:
Defense -- No. 8 nationally, 225 yards allowed per game.
Net punting -- No. 7 nationally, 45.4 yards per kick.
Duke Johnson -- 42nd nationally in yards (187), one of 34 players in the nation so far with a run of at least 55 yards.
Phillip Dorsett -- Tied for 17th nationally with two receiving touchdowns; 44th nationally in yards per catch (20.8).
Thurston Armbrister -- Tied for 122th nationally in sacks.
Denzel Perryman -- Tied for 16th nationally in tackles for loss.
He's No. 1. And No. 5. And No. 9.
Duke Johnson _ even though he's not returning kicks (for now) this season _ remains No. 1 among active players in all-purpose-yards per game.
He gets 165.7 yards per game through rushing, receiving and returning in his Miami career. (No. 2 on that list is Maryland's Stefon Diggs, at 151.8).
Incidentally, Johnson is hardly the only dynamic Miami talent, statistically. Stacy Coley is No. 9 among all active major college players in the APY department, with 113.6 yards per game so far in his young career.
Here's more Duke, by the numbers:
No. 2 -- His rank nationally among active players in gain per rush in his career (6.6).
No. 3 -- His rank nationally among active players in rushing yards per game.
No. 5 -- His rank on Miami's all-time all-purpose-yards list.
No. 9 -- His rank on Miami's all-time rushing list.
And Even More Duke numbers:
12-0 – Miami’s record when he rushes for a TD. (3-7 when he doesn’t.)
13-1 – Miami’s record when he averages 5 yards or more per carry. (2-6 when he doesn’t.)
19 – Games in which he has at least one 10-yard carry. (Out of 22 career appearances.)
TIME OF POSSESSION WIN
By 56 seconds.
But it counts.
Miami held the ball for 30:28 in its win over FAMU in Week 2. That's only the 12th time in the last 39 Miami games that the Hurricanes have won the time of possession battle.
ACC OFF TO A FAST START
The Atlantic Coast Conference went 12-1 this weekend _ with the one defeat coming in a league game.
So far, the ACC's resume stacks up extremely well against the rest of the nation. The ACC is the only conference where every team has already enjoyed at least one victory.
A look at conferences, by record:
AAC: 7-12, 7 of 11 teams with a win
ACC: 22-5, 14 of 14 teams with a win
Big 12: 13-5, 9 of 10 teams with a win
Big Ten: 20-7, 13 of 14 teams with a win
Conference USA: 12-13, 11 of 13 teams with a win
Mid-American: 11-14, 9 of 13 teams with a win
Mountain West: 11-13, 9 of 12 teams with a win
Pac-12: 20-4, 11 of 12 teams with a win
SEC: 22-4, 13 of 14 teams with a win
Sun Belt: 11-8, 9 of 11 teams with a win
(Independents are 6-1).
WEEK 2 STAT ROLL
UPDATED 9/2/2014, 2:45 a.m.
The Miami Hurricanes football stat roll, updated for Week 2 against Florida A&M:
After his 90-yard game in the loss to Louisville, Duke Johnson is now No. 10 on Miami’s all-time rushing list – having passed five former Hurricanes in Week 1 alone.
Johnson has 1,957 career rushing yards, and is 43 yards away from becoming the ninth Hurricane with at least 2,000 in his career.
He also moved past Eddie Dunn for No. 6 on Miami’s all-time all-purpose yards list, entering Saturday 32 yards shy of matching Edgerrin James for No. 5 in that category.
More Duke numbers:
11-0 – Miami’s record when he rushes for a TD. (3-7 when he doesn’t.)
12-1 – Miami’s record when he averages 5 yards or more per carry. (2-6 when he doesn’t.)
73 – Johnson’s carry total in his last three games, going back to last season.
56 – Johnson’s previous three-game high in total carries.
18 – Games in which he has at least one 10-yard carry. (Out of 21 career appearances.)
Miami is a big favorite this weekend, to no surprise.
Then again, 0-2 doesn’t happen to the Hurricanes very often.
The last eight Miami teams to start the season with a loss all bounced back with a win in Week 2. Only seven teams in Miami history (1931, 1964, 1967, 1972, 1975, 1977 and 1978) started 0-2.
The other 21 Miami teams to start a season with a loss are 20-0-1 in Week 2, the tie coming in 1947.
Brad Kaaya completed 17 of 29 passes for 174 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his collegiate debut at Louisville on Monday night.
No true freshman quarterback in major college football had more completions, attempts or yards in Week 1.
On first- and second-downs, Kaaya was 14 for 17. That’s very good.
On third- and fourth-downs, Kaaya was 3 for 12. That’s not very good.
All in all, the numbers from his first taste of college football were nothing to complain about. Here’s how other Miami quarterbacks in recent memory have fared in their debuts:
Ken Dorsey, 1999: 4 for 12, 44 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, home game vs. Florida A&M.
Kyle Wright, 2004: 1 for 3, 6 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, home game vs. Louisiana Tech
Jacory Harris, 2008: 16 for 26, 190 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, home game vs. Charleston Southern.
Robert Marve, 2008: 10 for 18, 69 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT at Florida
Stephen Morris, 2010: 9 for 22, 162 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, road game at Virginia.
The squeamish should look away.
Converting on third downs was a problem for Miami last season. The Hurricanes converted 35 percent of their chances, marking the team’s worst success rate in that department since 2008.
The Hurricanes failed to convert any of their last 14 third-down tries in 2013. And in Week 1 against Louisville, they were 1 for 13.
That’s a 1 for 27 clip going back to last season, heading into the Florida A&M game on Saturday night.
Running the ball on third down was not an option in the opener. Miami had four third-down rushes against Louisville. Those four plays generated three yards.
Miami’s third-down percentage in Week 1 was the second-worst in the country. It was also the second-worst in Miami-Dade County, with only FIU (1 for 16) struggling more in that department.
One note to watch against Florida A&M will be how Miami defends first- and second-down passes, an area that was a struggle in Week 1. Louisville was 7 for 10 on first-down passes, and 8 for 9 on second-down throws.
Miami had four sacks in Week 1, matching its total from the last four games of 2013.
Usually, four sacks is enough for Miami to prevail: Since 1996, the Hurricanes are 49-11 (including Monday’s loss) when getting to the opposing quarterback four times.
Also, going back to last season, Miami has not allowed a pass play to exceed 35 yards in any of its last four games – the Hurricanes’ longest such streak since late in the 2011 season.
Miami kicker Matt Goudis has now made his last nine field-goal tries going back to last season. With seven points in the loss to Louisville, he hit the triple-digit scoring milestone, now with 103 points in his Miami career.
Goudis is also 58 for 58 all-time on extra-point tries, the sixth-most consecutive makes on those in Miami history.
THE OTHER KICKER
Miami punter Justin Vogel had a strong debut, averaging 46.8 yards per kick. That’s 13th-best nationally after one week of the season (among those with four punts or more).
Pat O’Donnell set the Miami single-season record a year ago, averaging 47.1 yards per punt.
Miami did not win the time of possession battle against Louisville, with its defense on the field spending over six minutes more on the field than the offense.
This is nothing new. Miami’s opponent has won time of possession in 22 of the Hurricanes’ last 27 games.
This will be the 10th meeting between the Rattlers and Hurricanes, with Miami leading the series 8-1.
FAMU prevailed in 1979, 16-13 at Tallahassee.
All eight games since have been played at Miami, all Hurricanes wins, Miami outscoring FAMU 413-49.
And we’re back.
The Highly Popular Miami Football Stat Roll returns for a new season, with all sorts of stuff that you either already knew, or not.
First, some predictions.
National championship game: Alabama over Florida State (even though Alabama has no QB, which doesn’t make this pick seem that smart).
Other two in the playoff: UCLA and Oklahoma.
Miami’s season: L at Louisville, win the next two, lose at Nebraska, beat Duke, beat GTech, beat Cincinnati, lose to VTech, beat NCarolina, lose to FSU, win the last two. 8-4 regular season, 5-3 ACC.
(Disclaimer: Most of those picks will be so very wrong. Except the Florida A&M win. That’s totally going to happen.)
Does Duke Johnson go pro after the season?: Yes.
Does Al Golden leave after the season?: No.
Why wouldn’t Al Golden leave?: Because this team very easily will be better in 2015, even without Duke, who should have a statue built for him regardless.
Thoughts on freshman starting QB Brad Kaaya?: If anyone can handle the hype that Twitter fans and fan media put on the QB here every year, it’s this kid. He’ll struggle at times. He’s a true freshman. And yeah, every time I say he’ll struggle at times, I get 50 tweets from numbskulls saying I’m a hater. Sigh.
Duke Johnson has a resume entering the season unlike very many in college football. By the numbers:
0 – Number of Hurricanes (with at least 400 attempts) with a higher career rushing average than Johnson.
6.6 – Johnson’s yards-per-carry average through his first two seasons.
8 – Number of Hurricanes who have run for 2,000 yards in college.
11-0 – Miami’s record when he rushes for a touchdown.
133 – Yards shy of 2,000 for his career.
942 – All-purpose yards Johnson needs to become Miami’s all-time leader. (Santana Moss, 4,394 currently leads)
The Miami-Louisville game is one of four openers this weekend that also are conference games. The others: Tulsa beat Tulane (AAC), Texas A&M beat South Carolina (SEC), Arkansas vs. Auburn (SEC).
It’s the third time in Al Golden’s four years at Miami that the Hurricanes have opened with an ACC game.
BACK TO BACK
Miami ended the 2013 season against Louisville, and opens the 2014 season against Louisville. It’s not common, but has happened three times before in Hurricanes history (with the Hurricanes winning the ‘rematch’ all three times).
Here’s a breakdown:
2011-2012 – Miami ends 2011 with a loss to Boston College, beats Eagles in opening game of 2012.
2003-2004 – Miami beats Florida State (Orange Bowl) to end the 2003 season, beats the Seminoles to open 2004.
1928-1929 – Miami tied Florida Southern to end 1928, beat Florida Southern to open 1929.
Converting on third downs was a problem for Miami last season. The Hurricanes converted 35 percent of their chances, marking the team’s worst success rate in that department since 2008.
The Hurricanes failed to convert any of their last 14 third-down tries in 2013.
HOLD THE BALL
Louisville and Miami are a clash of styles in many ways, time of possession among them.
Over the last two seasons, the Cardinals have had the ball on average for 33 minutes, 24 seconds per game – the best average in major college football.
Miami has had the ball for 26:02 per game in that span – the second-lowest rate nationally.
Nowhere was that on more display than in Louisville’s easy win over Miami in last season’s Russell Athletic Bowl. Louisville had the ball for 38:32; Miami for just 21:28.
Senior defensive end Anthony Chickillo enters the season with (in our estimation, which we'll explain later) 31 consecutive starts. The last time he wasn’t on the field for the first play was against North Carolina in 2011.
It’s not easy to be that prolific. Only three Hurricane position players have started more than 40 straight games in their careers, which Chickillo is on pace to do at this point.
(Disclaimer on this one: Miami says Chickillo has made 34 straight starts, but their stat book does not list him as a starter in the 2011 Carolina game, which would explain the discrepancy. We’ll investigate further.)
DOUBLE (DIGIT) TROUBLE
Miami hasn't had a double-digit win total in any of its last 10 seasons. The Hurricanes had 14 double-digit win totals in their previous 21 seasons before joining the ACC.
Miami enters this season five wins shy of 600 as a program.