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Posted Oct 1, 2011


Week 5 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Bethune-Cookman at Miami


2011 Predictions & Game Story 

Week 5 - Bethune-Cookman at Miami

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Oct. 1 at Miami 45 … Bethune-Cookman 14
CFN Analysis: Miami came up with big play strikes to make up for a lazy effort from a defense that gave up 422 yards to a team that shouldn’t have moved the ball a lick. Jacory Harris threw for 175 yards and two scores and Lamar Miller blazed away for two scores and 102 yards, but it took too long for the Canes to show up and try. The Kansas State loss might have taken some of the wind out of the sails, but something is missing. The run defense hasn’t been nearly as good as it should be, and the offense isn’t consistent. Maybe the team was looking ahead to Virginia Tech, but soon, it has to show that it really can play at a high level for a full sixty minutes. The game was far, far worse than the 45-14 score might indicate.

(AP) MIAMI -- Lamar Miller ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Tommy Streeter caught two scoring passes and Miami used a series of quick scores to shake off a dreadful early start and beat Bethune-Cookman 45-14 on Saturday.

All five of Miami's offensive touchdown drives took under 2 minutes -- two of them checking in at 10 seconds or less. Jacory Harris completed 12 of 17 passes for 175 yards for Miami (2-2).

Bethune-Cookman (2-2) was facing a major-college opponent for the first time in its 86-year history, and took an early 7-0 lead when Jackie Wilson found Eddie Poole with a 1-yard touchdown pass.

The Wildcats kept that edge until midway through the second quarter, when Miami got touchdowns from Streeter and Miller to take the lead for good.

The final score said blowout.

In actuality, it was anything but. For 22 minutes, Bethune-Cookman seemed like too much for Miami to handle.

Bethune-Cookman quarterback Jackie Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes for 180 yards. The Wildcats held nearly a 2-to-1 edge in time of possession and outgained Miami 422-335.

The Hurricanes, who return to Atlantic Coast Conference play at Virginia Tech next week, didn't grab full control until early in the fourth quarter, when Streeter and Harris connected on a 27-yard touchdown for a 31-14 lead. Eduardo Clements added a 1-yard run later in the period, and Kelvin Cain's 59-yard interception return with 2 minutes left completed the scoring.

By then, the Bethune-Cookman sideline was largely silent. A couple hours earlier, it was a decidedly different scene from the Football Championship Subdivision school, which accepted a $400,000 payday to make the bus trip from Daytona Beach to Miami.

For a little while, it seemed like the Wildcats would be leaving with more than a big check.

Helped by two penalties, including one when Miami had 12 players on the field while lining up to receive a punt, the Wildcats went 70 yards in 12 plays to start the game. On 1st-and-goal from the Miami 6, Bethune-Cookman running back Rodney Scott burst through the line, but inches from the end zone, he lost two things.

One, his helmet.

Two, the football.

Sean Spence and JoJo Nicholas were part of a scrum that caught Scott just in time, and the Hurricanes took over. But Bethune's hopes of scoring first weren't denied, just delayed. Wilson and Eddie Poole connected for a 1-yard touchdown with 4:05 left in the opening quarter, a drive helped nicely by Anthony Jordan bowling his way through safety Vaughn Telemaque for a 27-yard gain on a 1st-and-23 call.

Not only were the Wildcats winning early, but they were downright dominant in the process. Miami running back Mike James, stopped twice around the goal line in the final moments of last week's loss to Kansas State, was stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Bethune-Cookman 29 late in the first quarter, a play that had Wildcats coach Brian Jenkins leaping and pumping his arms.

With good reason, too. After 15 minutes, Bethune-Cookman held a 7-0 edge in first downs, a 137-39 edge in yards -- and a 7-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Eventually, Miami found a way to breathe some life into a largely empty, highly concerned stadium.

Streeter hauled in a 56-yard catch from Harris -- a one-play touchdown drive -- with 7:16 left in the half, tying the game. Travis Benjamin's 44-yard punt return less than 2 minutes later, followed by a pass interference penalty, set up what technically was another one-play touchdown drive, a 3-yard run by Miller to give the Hurricanes the lead.

Combined, those drives took 19 seconds. By comparison, Miami's next scoring drive was a marathon, a three-play series that went 59 yards, the last 43 of them on Miller's run 1:13 into the third quarter, putting the Hurricanes up 21-7.

Even then, the Wildcats weren't finished.

Wilson's 3-yard touchdown run midway through the third cut the Miami lead to 21-14. Jake Wieclaw's 30-yard field goal pushed the Hurricanes' edge back to double digits entering the fourth, and when Harris and Streeter connected on their second touchdown play of the game, Miami was up 31-14 with 13:13 left and many fans began leaving.

Miami may have endured a key loss late in the first quarter, when linebacker Ramon Buchanan left with an injured right knee and did not return.

Bethune-Cookman (2-1) at Miami (1-2) Oct. 1, 3:30, ESPNU

Here’s The Deal … Miami is in trouble. And not just for allegations of off-field wrongdoings that have raised the hackles of the NCAA since the summer. The Hurricanes unexpectedly slipped below the .500 mark with a heartbreaking home loss to Kansas State, 28-24, when a Jacory Harris game-winning scamper in the waning seconds was properly overturned by game officials. It was a painful step in reverse for a program that just a week earlier appeared to be building a little head of steam with an easy win over Ohio State.

For Bethune-Cookman, this short trip from Daytona to Sun Life Stadium will mark its first-ever game against a team from the FBS. The Wildcats have begun their quest for back-to-back playoff appearances by winning two of the first three games. They averted a troubling 0-2 start in MEAC play with a second-half rally to beat Hampton last Thursday night.

Why Bethune-Cookman Might Win: The Wildcats boast a pair of quality quarterbacks that they’ll use against the Miami defense. Former Maryland recruit Jamarr Robinson is a good all-around athlete who accounted for three touchdowns in the comeback win over Hampton. Jackie Wilson, another playmaker from behind center, came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes on just six attempts, and run for 55 yards. Add in RB Rodney Scott, and Bethune-Cookman possesses the ground troops to frustrate a Hurricanes D that failed to contain Kansas State’s running attack last Saturday.

Why Miami Might Win: The Hurricanes will stick to the basics in order to jump all over the Wildcats and build an early lead. They’ll leverage their edge in the trenches, running speedster Lamar Miller behind a solid line that’s led by next-level LT Brandon Washington. Assuming it’s properly motivated, the Miami defensive front seven ought to easily shove Bethune-Cookman off the ball. Now that the rotation has gotten key players back from injury and suspension, remaining fresh will not be a problem. There’s no one on the Wildcats roster who can contain the strength and athleticism of linemen, like DT Marcus Forston and DE Adewale Ojomo, or linebackers Sean Spence and Ramon Buchanan.

What To Watch Out For: The career-long trials and tribulations continue for Harris, who was just inches away from being the hero last Saturday afternoon. While he should bounce back, there are no sure-things against the Bethune-Cookman secondary. Cornerbacks Daniel Rhodes and Dion Hanks have been instrumental in getting five picks, while holding each opponent to less than a 50% completion percentage. Harris has been just average through the air since returning in the second game, and needs to make better use of the playmakers surrounding him.

What Will Happen: While Miami may have a hard time staying focused, with a trip to Blacksburg waiting in the on-deck circle, it’ll be able to soar past Bethune-Cookman on overall talent superiority alone. The Wildcats will come out swinging before realizing that few of its punches are landing. The Hurricanes will get a big first half on the ground from Miller before inserting the backups, and getting a head start on preparations for the showdown with Virginia Tech.

CFN Prediction: Miami 42 … Bethune-Cookman 10
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