Hurricanes Prevail Over Rival Gators
The Hurricanes were faced with an early test as they had to take on one of the toughest teams in the SEC, The Florida Gators. While the Hurricanes were viewed as a three point underdogs, they were able to come out victorious. This was a very impressive win for the Canes as in the past two seasons under Golden, they have yet to come away with a monumental win. This could possible be a win the can put The U back on the national map in college football.
The biggest strength coming into the season for the Hurricanes was their offense. Morris looked good early on completing a 7 yard pass to Herb Waters for a touchdown and later with Phillip Dorsett for a 52 yard bomb. After those two plays in the first quarter, the offense was completely stagnant as they were only able to muster up 7 points the rest of the game. Duke Johnson was only able to rush for 59 yards and found the end zone once with a 2 yard run. The Gators defensive line was dominating at the line of scrimmage and Johnson had no room to run.
The biggest strength for the Gators defense is the secondary and they showed it against the Canes. The Hurricanes were only able to muster up 162 yards in the air as the receivers struggled to get open. Despite the struggle of the passing game , Morris was able to find two receivers for touchdowns and he seem to make big plays when necessary. Many expected Morris to really have a big game in the biggest game of his UM career, but he was average at best making some big throws, but also some big mistakes.
Without a doubt the most impressive part of the Hurricanes victory, was their ability to force the Gator offense into 5 turnovers. The front seven was able to slow down Matt Jones and the Gators rushing attack as they held them to just a 2.8 yards per rush average. The most impressive player on the field without a doubt was Junior Linebacker Denzel Perryman. Perryman was flying all over the field making huge tackles and keeping the rest of the defense in line.
The defensive line was also impressive, especially Junior Defensive End Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo played every single position on the defensive line and was able to record a sack against the Gators. The biggest thing that stuck out about the defense was its ability to convert on opportunities for turnovers. The Hurricanes were able to get two interceptions and recover three fumbles. The lack of forcing turnovers has always been a major issue for this defense so it was good to see them step up in this area in such a big game.
The epic rivalry that has developed between these two teams has defiantly gone out with a boom. This game could potentially be a game changer when it comes to the Hurricanes program as it has proved that the Canes can win a close game against an elite opponent. Hopefully this game can help the Hurricanes get over the hurdle and compete for an ACC title and potentially a BCS bowl game. The Hurricanes have a bye week coming up and then will face Savannah State September 21.