However, the eventual four touchdown margin of victory turned out to be maybe the most ironic or misleading stat of the evening.
For the highly favored Hurricanes the 28 point win was much more workman-like than it was impressive. UM struggled to get anything going offensively in the first half and meandered to a 20-6 halftime score. And even though the 'Canes broke off at least two or three big plays in the second half they managed only 14 points against the over-matched Owls.
Fans at they game walked away only mildly impressed with the outcome and wondered out loud about how it was that the much maligned Miami defense could clearly out-perform the highly touted UM offense. The 'Canes gave up only 6 points, substituted players on a regular basis and looked markedly better on the defensive side of the ball as compared to last season.
Senior QB Stephen Morris had an evening that could easily be summed up in one word: meh. As usual and as expected RB Duke Johnson did his thing but it may have been WR Herb Waters who had the best play of the evening. The Herb took the ball from The Duke on a reverse and sauntered his waY left and right through the Owls' swiss cheese defense for a much needed score.
The special teams were very solid with Matt Goudis handling the FG and point after duties and highly experienced newcomer Pat O'Donnell kicking the stuffing out of the ball all night on punts and kickoffs. The return game did nothing special but at least there were no turnovers and consistent play all around.
But do not be fooled by this workman-like win over FAU Canes fans. Much, much more will be required of the Hurricanes on both sides of the ball next week when the hated Florida Gators come to town. It will be time to put on your big boy pants and get ready to rumble when the dreaded SEC reptiles show up at Sun Life Stadium on September 7.
So I have just one question for you: "Are U ready?"