The Miami Hurricanes lost to Duke in embarrassing fashion. The final score read 45-21 and the Hurricanes turned the ball over a mind numbing eight times. And this Student of the Game Duke vs. Miami Hurricanes edition wanted to know why.
The theme of this SOTG is going to center around pressure. The Duke Blue Devils utilized pressure fronts and simulated pressure to confuse the Hurricanes constantly and consistently. In a game of cat and mouse, the Blue Devils repeatedly played the roll of the mouse trap.
Offensive linemen for the Miami Hurricanes were given repeated numbers problems at the line of scrimmage. Who was blitzing? Who is dropping in coverage? The protections were often times set inappropriately and quarterbacks were taking shots. Tyler Van Dyke exited the game with an upper extremity injury.
Here is the play where starting quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is injured. As you can see it is the pressure fronts by Duke that got home early and often in the first half.
The defense had some lapses as well and lost site of who Riley Leonard was. Kevin Steele however did show a propensity to utilize spies and eye candy to entice Leonard into some lanes, but for not. The Duke QB was often times more physical or a Hurricane Defender played himself out of position. The eight turnovers will mask the fact this wasn’t the best game for the defense. Not by a long shot.
Jake Garcia had some flashes and showed off some gunslinger ability. There was highlights such as the beautiful 71 yard touch pass to Colby Young and then one of the most inexcusably perplexing interceptions seen on film. It was a bit of hit or miss for the backup who was also badgered by the Duke defense.
The Student of the Game Duke vs. Miami Hurricanes tape is cued up and on deck. You know what you have to do. Just grab your pencils and you popcorn. (You might need some antacids too) This is part learning and part X/O film junkie enjoyment. Just press play. #BANG!!!!