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BOYS and BOOS: Georgia Tech Edition

Well now, here’s a rarity! Writing a Boys and Boos after a Canes victory! Feels good, doesn’t it? Your Miami Hurricanes roll into Bobby Dodd Stadium and stomp on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 35-7. Let’s get into it…

Boys

The WHOLE Team – Let’s give it up for the team today. They came out and played, arguably, their most complete game of the season. Echoing what Coach Mario Cristobal said after the game “…everybody in there is proud of our team for bouncing back the way they did and just being resilient, showing up to work and putting together a really good game, almost a complete game…” the boys came out today and put on a dominating performance on both sides of the ball.

Jacurri Brown – First career start; first career win. Ended the day completing 14-19 passes for a total of 136 and 3 TDs, the first three of his career. He also added 87 yards on the ground, constantly punishing Georgia Tech defenders. The numbers may not look impressive but they don’t tell the whole story. He looked in command of the offense and in control of the game on the road. Hats off to you, young man.

Jaylan Knighton – Look at Rooster getting in the Boys for the second week in row! He had himself his best game of the season, by far. 16 rushes for 118 yard and a TD. A long of 25 and an average of 7.4 yards per rush. Looked like Rooster from last season with his decisiveness and his explosiveness through the holes. Well done.

Kamren Kinchens – We’ve been waiting for this Kam Kinchens game all season long. Much maligned at the beginning of the year for being too aggressive and blowing assignments, he has been much improved as of late. Kinchens is letting his coaching take over and is becoming who many of us thought he could be. Today he was the defensive star of the show. 8 tackles (4 solos) and three interceptions, including a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. First Miami defender with three interceptions in a game since 2006. Attaboy, kid.

Boos

I don’t want to be negative after a win, so this week’s Boos section won’t be a list. It will just a couple of glaring things that need to be fixed: Out First-Down’d 23-22. Out gained on offense 363-353. Nine penalties for 79 yards, including a drive extending roughing the passer on 4th down and 8, albeit in garbage time. Allowing 9.8 yards per completion. The offense amassed only 14 points through the first three quarters. Defense still allowed 11 chunk plays (5 passing and 6 runs).

The Hurricanes handled business today and dominated a team they should have. It was great to see. It was great to see the team happy. Great to see Mario happy. Great team win. Let’s soak it in and remember this feeling, as we turn the calendar in to Clemson week.

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About the Author: Tony Valdes

Tony Valdes was born and raised in A-Rod’s hood of Kendall, FL.  As a life-long, die-hard Canes, Dolphins and Marlins fan, his fandom has been tested on many occasions but his passion is always strong – thank God for the Heat.  Other passions include his family, his friends, music, good food and good drinking.  He is one of the Co-Hosts of the “Canes Call In” podcast.

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