The Kevin Steele led defense did everything in its power to cannibalize itself. On the rare occurrence Miami managed to do something well on offense, the defense simply didn’t let the the Hurricanes get back into the game. MTSU had four pass plays that totaled 327 yards and all of them were collective back breakers.
Coach Mario Cristobal had this to say about getting beat on explosive plays.
Man coverage. You can check the film, there’s no sugar coating it. We’ve got to scheme better and analyze our matchups better. We need to help our players to be the as successful they can be. They got behind us. Good throw, good catch, but they got behind us.”
The Hurricanes were cooked in coverage and the communication breakdowns were abundant. Here you will see an example of how the Blue Raiders were in an empty set look and a receiver standing still in the flats bewildered the Canes. Someone has to go with the vertical threat. This kind of blown coverage was inexcusable and again led to some MTSU points.