The Weekly Miami Football Statroll:

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).



(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.



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.




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.



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.



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.)



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.

The list:

-- 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. 



   _ Deon Bush averages one forced fumble every four games of his career. That’s the fourth-best rate in the nation among active players. He now has six FF’s in his career.

   _ 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.
   100-15 -- Miami's record since 1996 when rushing for at least two touchdowns.

   180-5 -- Miami's record since 1985 when scoring at least 31 points. (See note.)
   51-51 -- Al Golden's career record.
   17-2 -- Miami's record under Golden from 2011 through 2013 when recording at least two takeaways.

   2-2 -- Miami's record under Golden this season when recording at least two takeaways.

   16-6 -- Miami's home record under Golden.
   13-1 -- Miami's record when Duke Johnson rushes for a touchdown. (Saturday night was the first time the Hurricanes lost when Johnson ran for a score.)
   14-2 -- Miami's record when Duke Johnson averages 5 yards or more per carry. (2-6 when he doesn't.)
   21 -- Games in which Duke Johnson has at least one 10-yard carry. (Out of 24 career appearances.)




UPDATE FOR 9/14/2014, 9:15 a.m.

   It's National Championship Game Rematch Week.
   Clinton Portis once famously said that he didn't even bother practicing for Nebraska and the 2001 national title game because he knew Miami was that much better.
   Miami 37, Nebraska 14 later, he was right.
   It was 34-0 Miami at the half. It was over early.
   This week's test for the Hurricanes of today might be a little bit tougher.
   So let's get into some breakdowns, stats, lots of notes and all that good stuff as we enter Week 4 of the season:

   Think of all the great receivers that have played at Miami in the last 20 years: Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss, Andre Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Jeremy Shockey ... you know the list.
   Now think of this: None of them have been on a roll for The U like Phillip Dorsett has.
   Since 1996 _ when game-by-game stats started being archived online _ no Miami player has had at least two touchdown catches in back-to-back contests.
   That is, until now.

   Dorsett had two against Florida A&M, and two more Saturday in the big win over Arkansas State.
   Against the Red Wolves in the 41-20 win at Sun Life Stadium, Dorsett became the second receiver in the nation this season with two touchdown catches of at least 60 yards in the same game. The list:
   _ Phillip Dorsett, Miami: 63 and 63, 9/13/2014 vs. Arkansas State
   _ Tony Lippett, Michigan State: 64 and 71, 8/29/2014 vs. Jacksonville State

   Additionally, Dorsett became the first ACC player with two TD catches of at least 60 yards in the same game since Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech (82, 77) against Western Carolina on Sept. 1, 2011.

   And he's the first receiver in the nation this season with three catches of at least 50 yards in the same game.
Miami is now No. 8 nationally in defense, allowing just 259.7 yards per game so far. A year ago, they were 89th in this category, giving up 426.4 yards per contest.
   _ Miami's defense is No. 4 nationally in rushing average allowed (2.0 per carry).
   _ Miami's defense is 13th nationally in sacks.
   _ Miami's defense is 15th nationally against the run, in terms of total yards per game (82.7).
   _ Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio preached about having a group of ballhawkers, and it's obviously getting through to his team. Miami is one of seven teams in the nation so far to have at least five different players recover a fumble.
_ Miami was 5 for 12 on third downs Saturday, its best showing in that department in its last nine games. The Hurricanes were 6 for 13 against Wake Forest last October. They're no longer worst in the country in third-down conversion percentage; they're now tied for third-worst. (Progress!)
   _ Miami is tops in the ACC and No. 6 nationally in net punting, with 45.3 yards per kick.
   100-15 -- Miami's record since 1996 when rushing for at least two touchdowns. Duke Johnson and Gus Edwards had rushing TDs in the win over Arkansas State on Saturday.
   180-4 -- Miami's record since 1985 when scoring at least 31 points.
   51-50 -- Al Golden's career record. (It's also the name of the album when Van Halen basically became Van Hagar.)
   19-3 -- Miami's record under Golden when recording at least two takeaways. (5-13 when not.)
   16-6 -- Miami's home record under Golden.
   13-0 -- Miami's record when Duke Johnson rushes for a touchdown.
   14-1 -- Miami's record when Duke Johnson averages 5 yards or more per carry. (2-6 when he doesn't.)
   20 -- Games in which Duke Johnson has at least one 10-yard carry. (Out of 23 career appearances.)
   157 -- Miami's consecutive extra-point streak going back to Nov. 6, 2010, before the Hurricanes missed one in the first quarter against Arkansas State.
Freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya had an enormous day in Saturday's win over Arkansas State. Some notes on his day and season to date:
   _ His passer rating of 233.0 was the best by any Miami quarterback in at least 20 years.
   _ He got an average of 14.25 yards per pass attempt. Only Ken Dorsey (once) and Stephen Morris (twice) eclipsed that since 1996.
   _ Kaaya is tied for 20th nationally with seven touchdown passes.
   _ Kaaya is ranked 15th nationally in yards per completion (15.40).
No. 8 is now No. 8.
   Duke Johnson's 90 rushing yards on Saturday raised his career total to 2,144 yards, now putting him No. 8 in Miami history and passing Willis McGahee for that spot.
   Next up? That would be No. 7 Javarris James, with 2,162. Johnson is now with reach of Danyell Ferguson as well, just 70 yards shy of matching his 2,214 yards for No. 6 on the Miami career list.
   Fun fact: Johnson's last four rushing totals, in order, going back to last season: 97, 90, 97 and 90 yards.
   _ He remains No. 1 among all active FBS players with 163.2 all-purpose yards per game in his career.
   _ He's No. 3 among all active FBS players in rushing yards per game (93.2) for his career.
Miami was hit with 93 penalty yards on Saturday, the most the Hurricanes have had under Al Golden. The last time the Hurricanes gave up so many penalty yards was the 2010 Sun Bowl loss to Notre Dame, when they had 106.
   The 11 penalties against Arkansas State also matched a high for the Golden era, coming most recently in the 2013 loss to Duke.
   The last time a Miami team was penalized more than 11 times was Oct. 30, 2010, at Virginia. The Hurricanes were flagged 12 times that day.
   (For whatever it's worth, the last time Miami had at least 11 penalties in a home game was Oct. 24, 2009 against Clemson.)
Two more on Saturday by the Hurricanes give them eight turnovers in three games so far this season. Only three teams in major college football have more: Louisiana, Tulsa and Vanderbilt all have nine.
   It's clearly a disturbing trend.
   The last time Miami had more turnovers in a three-game span to start the season was 2002, when it had nine giveaways in that stretch.
   (A note for comparison sake: Ball protection had been much better as the Golden era at Miami went along. The Hurricanes had a total of eight turnovers in their last seven games last season.)
_ Tied, 5-5.
   _ Last meeting: Rose Bowl in the 2001 national title game, Miami 37-14.
   _ Last five meetings all occurred in bowl games (4 Orange, 1 Rose), with Miami winning four of them.
   _ No Miami team has ever won in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Hurricanes lost there in 1953 (20-16), 1975 (31-16) and 1976 (17-9).
   _ Miami beat Nebraska 31-30 in the 1984 Orange Bowl, for the Hurricanes' first national title (1983 season).
   _ Miami beat Nebraska 22-0 in the 1992 Orange Bowl, for the Hurricanes' fourth national title (1991 season).
   _ Miami beat Nebraska 37-14 in the 2002 Rose Bowl, for the Hurricanes' fifth national title (2001 season).
   _ Six of the 10 meetings between the schools have come in bowl games.
   _ Teams have combined for 10 national championships, five apiece.
Most people call the Miami-Nebraska meeting in the Orange Bowl that capped the 1983 season that year's "national championship game."
   It really wasn't. It was one part in a very big recipe for Hurricane lore.
   Well, it could have been "the game," if Nebraska had won, or maybe even if Tom Osborne had gone for the tie on a extra-point and not opted to try the 2-point conversion that failed and sealed what became Miami's 31-30 win.
   In reality, Miami needed many things to happen to win that title ... and got them all, capped by the voters in The Associated Press poll crowning the Hurricanes as No. 1.
   Here's how that title happened for Miami:
   Orange Bowl _ No. 1 Nebraska lost to No. 5 Miami 31-30.
   Cotton Bowl _ No. 2 Texas lost to No. 7 Georgia 10-9.
   Sugar Bowl _ No. 3 Auburn beat No. 8 Michigan 9-7.
   Rose Bowl _ No. 4 Illinois lost to UCLA 45-9.
   National Champion _ Miami.
Brad Kaaya was 6 when Miami last played Nebraska.
   He remembers the game, somehow.
   He watched on TV _ hey, he was a California kid, it wasn't late for him _ and got hooked on Hurricanes football. Now he's the quarterback at the school that was long called Quarterback U.
   "I actually watched the Rose Bowl when I was 6 when they played Nebraska," Kaaya said. "And ever since then, for me growing up, I watched Miami a lot. It was Miami and USC growing up for me. I've always loved Miami."
Another note on Brad Kaaya this week ... he'll be rooting against his former running back.
   Terrell Newby was Kaaya's teammate at Chaminade in West Hills, California, graduating from there a year earlier than Miami's freshman quarterback did. Newby is an I-back for the Cornhuskers.
   Newby has 25 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns so far for Nebraska this season.




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.

So ...

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:

   Watch out when Arkansas State gets the ball for the first time.
   The Red Wolves are 2-for-2 on getting TDs in their opening drives this season, needing a total of 9 plays to go 115 yards. Miami's defensive line better not think the game starts at 3:45, or the Hurricanes could trail early.
   And speaking of trailing ...

   Odds are, Miami will trail at some point today.
   Arkansas State has held the lead at some point in 37 of its last 42 games. For a program that not many people know much about, this stat surprised me a little bit.

   Miami's offense might need to show up today.
   In Arkansas State's last 55 games, the Red Wolves are 28-1 when holding opponents to 24 points or less. They're 24-0 in that span when holding teams to 22 points or less.
   As I've stated on plenty of game days before, 30 is probably the magic scoring number for Miami.
   Arkansas State is 32-3 since late 2009 when holding teams under 30 points. But the Red Wolves are just 3-17 in that same span when allowing teams to score 30 or more.

   The Arkansas State quarterback has seen significant throwing action in only five previous career games, but he's accurate _ completing two-thirds of his attempts entering today.
   He threw an interception on his first collegiate throw. He's thrown only one more interception in 115 attempts since, none in his last 66 throws.
   The deep ball hasn't been in his arsenal; only four of his completions at Arkansas State have netted more than 25 yards. And he's never thrown a touchdown pass longer than 15 yards.

   They've been awful, as you probably know. It's early, but they're really at a historically awful pace.
   Miami is 3 for 23 on third downs this season, the worst success rate (13 percent) in the nation. (From the 'Go Figure' department: The Canes are 3 for 5 on fourth downs.)
   No team in the last 20 years of college football has finished under 20 percent on third downs for an entire season.
   No Miami team in the last 20 years has finished under 30 percent.

   Another area for Miami to clean up this week is on giveaways.
   Miami had six turnovers in the season's first two games. The only teams with more in the opening two contests of the season were Houston, SMU, Vanderbilt, Georgia State, Maryland, Miami-Ohio.

   The deep ball has not been seen much from the Hurricanes this season.
   The longest Miami completion of the year has been 39 yards, and the three lengths of Brad Kaaya's TD passes to date are 2, 4 and 32 yards.
   It wouldn't be a surprise if Miami tries to air it out a couple times today, if for no other reason than to see if the Hurricanes can pull a big play off and give upcoming opponents something to think about.

   Miami is 99-15 since 1996 when rushing for at least two touchdowns.

OK, that's a few gameday notes. Enjoy your tailgates.




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.



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.


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.


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.

We'll explain.

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.)


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.


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).




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.



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.

Wasn’t this supposed to be numbers and not made-up questions?: Good point.

(PS, before we begin. As veteran readers know, we start breaking down numbers once the games start getting played. Not much to break down yet. Oh, give us time.)

Here we go.




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.



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.



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.)


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.