MIAMI (5-5, 4-3 ACC) 40 vs. USF (3-6, 1-4 BIG EAST) 9
SUN LIFE STADIUM • MIAMI GARDENS, FLA.
NOV. 17, 2012 • ATTENDANCE: 38,869
• Prior to the game, Miami honored its 2012 senior class: P Dalton Botts, LB Ramon Buchanan, P Cameron Dean, DL Chris Dunckel, RB Mike James, WR Davon Johnson, OL Ben Jones, LS Paul Kelly, OL Jeremy Lewis, OL Eduardo Lopez, DB Brandon McGee, WR Shawn O’Dare, DL Darius Smith, DB Andrew Swasey, S Vaughn Telemaque, WR Kendal Thompkins and PK Jake Wieclaw.
• Today’s Captains: Mike James and Brandon McGee.
• Weather at Kickoff: 79 degrees. Wind: ENE 12, partly cloudy.
• Head coach Al Golden is now 39-45 overall (7th season), 12-11 at UM (2nd season), 5-3 in nonconference play and 2-0 vs. USF.
• For two straight seasons, the win over USF makes Miami bowl-eligible. UM is bowl-eligible for the fifth consecutive season and for the eighth time since joining the ACC prior to the 2004 season.
• Miami is now 4-1 against USF, 2-2 in nonconference games and 4-2 at home, the fourth winning home mark in five seasons at Sun Life Stadium.
• In three-of-four non-conference games this year, Miami special teams pinned its opponent inside the 15 yard line on the opponent’s opening drive. The other three games were Bethune-Cookman (10 yard line), Notre Dame (12) and USF (15).
• In the Miami-USF all-time series, scoring in four of the five games began with a field goal: UM in 2012, 2011 and 2005, and USF in 2010. In 2009, the first score was a TD by Miami.
• In the first quarter, Miami blocked a USF field goal attempt, the second blocked FG of the season for the Canes. The last time Miami blocked a FG was against Virginia Tech this season.
• Miami defeated USF 40-9, the first time the Canes have won a game by 30 points since the 49-14 victory over Duke in 2011.
• 21 of Miami’s 53 scoring drives this season have needed less than two minutes, including 10 that needed 60 seconds or fewer.
• In each of its six wins this season, Miami has scored at least 30 points, including four wins when scoring 40+ points.
• Today’s Offensive Starters: LT Malcolm Bunche, LG Jon Feliciano, C Shane McDermott, RG Brandon Linder, RT Seantrel Henderson, TE Asante Cleveland, TE Clive Walford, QB Stephen Morris, RB Mike James, WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Herb Waters.
• Today’s Defensive Starters: DE Anthony Chickillo, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Curtis Porter, DE Shayon Green, OLB Thurston Armbrister, MLB Jimmy Gaines, OLB Gionni Paul, CB Ladarius Gunter, S Rayshawn Jenkins, S Kacy Rodgers II, CB Brandon McGee.
• With 413 passing yards against USF, Stephen Morris is just the second UM quarterback to record a trio of 400-yard games in his career. Gino Torretta had 400-yard games, in 1989, 1991 and 1992. Morris becomes the first quarterback in Miami history to record multiple 400-yard passing games in a season. His other two were against NC State and Georgia Tech earlier this season. Morris has recorded three of Miami’s 11 (.273) all-time 400-yard games.
• Three Canes recorded 100-yard receiving games: Clive Walford (135), Herb Waters (130) and Phillip Dorsett (111). This is the first time Miami had three 100-yard receivers in a game since at least 1981.
• Phillip Dorsett totaled 111 yards on 12 receptions for his fourth 100-yard receiving game. It’s also the second time this season he’s had back-to-back 100-yard games. The first time was against Georgia Tech and NC State, the second against Virginia and USF.
• Three times this season Miami has had two 100-yard receivers in a game: vs. Georgia Tech, NC State and USF. Dorsett has been one of the 100-yard receivers in each of the games.
• Dorsett’s 12 receptions tie for the most in school history. Willie Smith also had 12 catches for 128 yards vs. Maryland in 1984.
• Clive Walford is the seventh Cane to record 20 catches this season, joining Philip Dorsett, Rashawn Scott, Allen Hurns, Mike James, Duke Johnson and Davon Johnson. Last season only three Canes had 20 catches, while Walford had 18.
• Against USF, Clive Walford reeled in three catches for 135 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown catch. His previous bests were 61 yards on three catches, and a 56-yard long, at Kansas State.
• Herb Waters reeled in an 87-yard TD catch in the third quarter, the sixth-longest reception in UM history. His previous career-long catch was eight yards at Virginia and his most yards were 14 against NC State. The completion was the longest since Kyle Wright hit Darnell Jenkins for a 97-yard completion against UNC in 2007.
• Herb Waters’ 130 receiving yards is the most by a Miami freshman since Reggie Wayne had 137 on 9/18/97.
• Duke Johnson entered the game with 705 rushing yards, looking in on the UM freshman record of 839 set by Clinton Portis in 1999. Johnson rumbled for 66 yards against USF.
• With an 8-yard rushing TD in the third quarter, Duke Johnson now has 11 touchdowns in his young career at Miami, including seven rushing, one receiving, two returns and one passing. He is responsible for 66 points, which leads all ACC freshmen in scoring.
• With his all-purpose total of 1,783 this season, Johnson now ranks second on Miami’s single-season all-purpose yards list, passing Ottis Anderson (1,703) with 95 yards against USF. He trails only Willis McGahee (2,108).
• With four FG in the game, Jake Wieclaw has hit 10-straight FGs dating back to the game against Florida State. The last time he missed a FG was in the second quarter at Notre Dame.
• Kendal Thompkins scored Miami’s first TD of the game and the first TD against USF since Storm Johnson on Nov. 27, 2010. The receiving TD was Thompkins’ first of the season and second of his career. Thompkins had three catches for 80 yards, including a 37-yard catch and a TD in the game. Entering the game, Thompkins had three receiving yards from two receptions.
• In the second quarter, freshman Rayshawn Jenkins recorded his first-career interception. Jenkins led all Canes with seven tackles, including four solo.
• Anthony Chickillo had a blocked field goal in the first half against USF. He also had three tackles.
• James Gaines had an INT in the first half and three total tackles against USF.
• Garrett Kidd recorded a two-yard reception in the fourth quarter, the first catch of his career.