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Posted Sep 24, 2011


Week 4 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Kansas State at Miami


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Week 4 - Kansas State at Miami

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Sept. 24 Kansas State 28 … at Miami 24
CFN Analysis: Who gave Kansas State a shot against the Canes? Kansas State came in with an attitude and a terrific offensive performance, controlling the game and the clock with third down conversion after third down conversion thanks to Collin Klein making plays with his arm as well as his legs. He completed 12-of-18 passes for 133 yards and two scores, and he ran 22 times for 93 yards and a score, but it was the running of John Hubert, who came up with 166 yards and a touchdown that caught the Canes off-guard. Of course, it all came down to the final stop, and while it might be a game of inches, Kansas State forced Miami to rally in the first place. After a rough start with the near miss against Eastern Kentucky, KSU is 3-0 with a red-hot Baylor coming to Manhattan. With the way the defense is playing, there’s a shot at coming up with another shocker if the team can put together another performance like this.

Oh come on, Miami. The win over Ohio State should’ve been a difference maker and should’ve been the trigger for a huge run, but instead the team came out flat, the defense got shoved around, and the offense had to scramble and rally. It shouldn’t have come down to a last second rushing attempt into the end zone. Sean Spence was terrific, making 15 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble, but the rest of the D fell flat. Beating up Bethune-Cookman next week will help ease the pain, and then its showtime going to Virginia Tech and North Carolina in back-to-back weeks. Miami has to be a whole bunch better, and a whole lot more consistent, to have a shot in either game.

(AP) MIAMI -- Kansas State stopped Miami quarterback Jacory Harris' fourth-down run at the goal line with 49 seconds left, capping a brilliant late stand that sealed the Wildcats' 28-24 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.

John Hubert ran for 166 yards and the go-ahead touchdown for the Wildcats (3-0). Collin Klein passed for two scores and ran for another for Kansas State, which blew an 11-point halftime lead before rallying.

Harris threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (1-2), which got 106 yards and a touchdown from Lamar Miller. Miami had first-and-goal at the Kansas State 2 with 1:52 left, but a first-down pass fell incomplete, two Mike James runs were stopped and then Harris' knee was deemed down by replay officials after the on-field call was that he scored.

Kansas State (2-0) at Miami (1-1) Sept. 24, 3:30, ESPNU

Here’s The Deal … And exhale. Following a tumultuous summer, Miami took its first big steps toward a recovery by beating visiting Ohio State, 24-6. It was an important victory on many levels, from the return of five suspended players to Al Golden’s first triumph as the school’s head coach. If the off-field distractions can be tabled for a while and quarterback play gradually improves, the Hurricanes will have a chance to emerge as a Coastal Division factor as the season unfolds.

Yeah, Kansas State is 2-0, but what do we really know about Bill Snyder’s kids? The Wildcats have defeated Eastern Kentucky in a game they almost lost, and blanked a bad Kent State team. A trip to South Florida to face the ‘Canes for the first time will answer plenty of questions about K-State that neither the Colonels nor the Golden Flashes could. The game also marks the return to Miami of LB Arthur Brown, the former can’t-miss Hurricanes recruit who transferred in an effort to reenergize his career.

Why Kansas State Might Win: Yes, the level of competition must be factored, but the Wildcats D has yielded just one touchdown in eight quarters, and is gaining confidence. Brown is the clear-cut leader with 19 stops, but it’s not as if he isn’t getting help. The junior is getting plenty of support from active and underrated defensive backs David Garrett, Ty Zimmerman and Tysyn Hartman. Plus, JUCO transfer Meshak Williams has infused an instant pass rush from his defensive end spot. Shaky in his return from suspension, Miami QB Jacory Harris will have a difficult time getting on track against an improving Kansas State defense.

Why Miami Might Win: Kansas State fashions a one-dimensional offense, which is no way to solve the speed and tenacity of the Hurricanes defense. Wildcats QB Collin Klein is a shifty runner, who raced for 139 yards and two scores a week ago, but without the threat of a passing attack, he’s going to struggle. Miami, which just got done holding Ohio State to 35 yards passing and two field goals, will fill the box with DT Marcus Forston, LB Sean Spence and S Vaughn Telemaque in order to stop the run. On third-and-long situations, the ‘Cats will be out of their element, and prone to making costly mistakes.

What To Watch Out For: A star was born for Miami in Saturday’s night win over the Buckeyes. Fleet-footed RB Lamar Miller was sensational, ripping through the defense for 184 yards on 26 carries. Running behind G Brandon Washington and the rest of an athletic front wall, he gives the ‘Canes a homerun threat out of the backfield that’s been lacking the past couple of seasons. With more attention now going to No. 6, it should create a few opportunities for Harris to locate receivers Travis Benjamin and Allen Hurns downfield.

What Will Happen: With the crucial game against Ohio State now in the win column, Miami can go about the business of building a winning streak before traveling to Blacksburg on Oct. 8. The offense has a go-to guy, and the D has some bite. While the K-State defense will keep the game close for a while, the Hurricanes’ combination of turnovers and a couple of bursts from Miller will provide them with a little breathing room. Now that the ‘Canes have broken the ice, their confidence under Golden is going to be on a northern trajectory.

CFN Prediction: Miami 30 … Kansas State 13
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