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Gameday blog: UM 52, Charleston So. 7 (F)

The first game for the Canes at Dolphins Stadium has turned out to be exactly what UM fans wanted, a dominating performance by a program in dire need of one. Freshman quarterback Jacory Harris has looked pretty good. UM's defense has looked pretty good. And the Canes have a 28-0 lead at the half against Charleston Southern.

Since many of you haven't been able to watch the game (I know ESPN360 has had its troubles), I've been keeping a highlot log for you. They are below my thoughts and observations.

Jacory_harris> Jacory Harris (9 of 17 for 127 yards and 1 TD) looked sharp early, leading UM to three consecutive scores on its first three possessions. But he's had moments where he's looked like a freshman. In the second quarter, he nearly had his first interception of the season. But he lucked out when officials ruled he stepped out of bounds for a sack. Still, he had a nice 30-yard run and hasn't panicked. I've counted 3 bad decisions in all.

Spencer_adkins > Linebacker Spencer Adkins has two sacks and leads the defense with big plays. Adkins, though, has gotten both of them while lining up at defensive end. I'm not sure if that's because of the shortage of defensive ends. But I talked to someone at halftime, a local radio personality who actually gets to watch practice, that told me that's a special package Adkins is a part of.

> The only injury to be worried about so far is to right tackle Chris Rutledge. He left Chris_rutledgeon UM's second drive of the game clutching what looked to be his upper leg. I didn't see him get back in the game. But he was standing on the sidelines in the second half. Rutledge was starting in place of Reggie Youngblood, who we found out would miss the opener on Tuesday when UM released its injury report. Not good news. He's the only real backup UM has at tackle. Tyrone Byrd has been in since. Left tackle and Jason Fox and Byrd are all UM really has at tackle. Matt Pipho could move in an emergency situation if needed. Pipho hasn't played tackle at all until late in the fall.

> All of us in the press box drew a chuckle in the first half by the way when we found out Kirby Freeman was starting for Baylor tonight. Not sure how he's doing, but it's something fun to keep an eye on. Kirby by the way was 2-of-7 with a pick before reportedly getting pulled.

> CSU's 1st Drive:
3-and-out gets followed up by an electrifying 66-yard punt return for a touchdown by Graig Cooper to make it 35-0 with 13:24 to play. Miami got flagged for excessive celebration. Boo-hoo. UM 35, Charleston Southern 0.
> CSU's 2nd Drive:
After a nice kick return into UM territory, the Bucs are forced to punt when Marcus Forston destorys quarterback Tribble Reese, forcing an incompletion. UM takes over at its own 15 with 12 minutes left in the third quarter.
> UM's 1st Drive: After picking up a first down, Miami was forced to punt. Matt Bosher got off a 35-yarder to the CSU 34.
> CSU's 3rd Drive: CSU finally gets moving down field and into scoring position when running back Antwan Ivey gets open and past the UM defense for a 39-yard gain down to the UM 6-yard line. Ryan Hill had the touchdown-saving tackle. But after a few penalties on both sides, Tribble's fling into the end zone on third and goal fell into the waiting hands of tight end Tyreese Harris for CSU's first score of the game. It took 10 plays, 66 yards and 5:20. UM 35, CSU 7.
> UM's 2nd Drive:
UM starts its drive at the 40. Two plays in, running back Graig Cooper asked out of the game following a short run. On 3rd and 5 from the 44, Thearon Collier made a leaping catch to keep the drive alive at the 22 yard line for a 22-yard gain. On the next play, Derron Thomas rumbles down to the 5-yard line after a 16-yard sweep around end. On the next play, Thomas scored from 5-yards out on a run up the middle with :44 left in the third quarter. It took 6 plays, 60 yards in 2:55. UM 42, CSU 7.
> CSU's 4th Drive: The Bucs go three-and-out after linebacker Sean Spence deflects a pass at the line to end the drive.
> UM's 3rd Drive: Harris is still at quarterback and it doesn't like Cannon Smith will get any real PT. Miami started the drive on their own 48 and moved down field, eating up clock with an array of short passes and runs by redshirt freshman Lee Chambers. Harris threw an incomplete pass intended for Kendall Thompkins in the back of the end zone on third and goal from the 5-yard line. UM settled for a 22-yard field goal from Matt Bosher with 8:48 to play. UM 45, CSU 7.

> UM's 1st Drive:
Jacory Harris leads the Canes on a 7-play, 66-yard scoring drive in 2:37 and caps the game's opening drive with a 30-yard scramble up the middle of the field for a touchdown on fourth down to give the Canes a 7-0 lead. Javarris James started the drive with 2 runs for 23 yards. Harris was 1-of-3 on the opening drive and had two passes batted down at the line. UM 7, Charleston Southern 0.
> Charleston Southern's 1st Drive: The Bucs pick up a first down on the opening drive with runs. Faced with a 4th and inches at the Bucs 42, the drive ends when a deep passes is batted away by the secondary. UM takes over with 8:48 left at the CS 42.
> UM's 2nd Drive: After taking over at the CS 42, the Canes lose a yard on their first carry and then Epps drops a Harris pass at the 37. On third down, Harris rolls out and finds Khalil Jones for a 12-yard gain and a first down. Six plays later, Javarris James scores his first TD of the season on second and goal with a 7-yard run up the middle with 4:29 left. The drive was 9 plays, 43 yards in 4:19 seconds. UM 14, Charleston Southern 0.
> Charleston Southern's 2nd Drive:
The Bucs start at their own 20 and go three and out. UM cornerback Bruce Johnson nearly intercepts the first pass thrown. On third down, defensive end Steven Wesley gets good pressure on the QB and pats the ball down. CS punts and UM takes over at its own 40 with 3:21 left.
> UM's 3rd Drive: Jacory Harris opens the drive by running playaction and flinging the ball deep for Travis Benjamin. But the pass is underthrown and falls incomplete. On 3rd and 7 at the 43, he  scrambles and finds Dedrick Epps for a 35-yard gain down to the CS 23. On the next play, Harris finds Derron Thomas on a screen pass, he rumbles down to the 4. Harris then tosses a touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson that gets nullified by a penalty. One play later, Leonard Hankerson catches a 7-yard TD pass, but is ruled out of bounds. That's when the play gets reviewed and called a touchdown with 1:06 left. The drive takes 5 plays, 60 yards, 2:15. UM 21, CSU 0.
> CSU's 3rd Drive: Following a long kickoff return to the CSU 40, UM freshman linebacker Sean Spence makes his presence known by crushing CSU QB Tribble Reese on an option play. Two plays later, the Bucs punt again and UM takes over at its own 20 with 14:47 left in the second quarter.
> UM's 4th Drive: Graig Cooper makes his first appearance of the game, rushing up the middle for 10 yards on second down. Two plays later, Thearon "Pimp" Collier takes a quick outlet pass for nine yards, setting up a 3rd and 1 at the UM 39. On the next play, Cooper gets hit back at the 35 yard line for a 4-yard loss. Miami is forced to punt, but Ryan Hill makes an amazing play to jump on a fumbled punt at the CSU 14-yard line giving UM possession again.
> UM's 5th Drive: Cooper scores his first TD of the season on the second play after the fumble, running in from 14-yards out untouched with 12:29 left. UM 28, CSU 0. > CSU's 4th Drive: After a bad kickoff return CSU starts on its own 17. After picking up a third down, Spencer Adkins picks up the first sack of the season by smacking quarterback Tribble Reese to the floor. Miami takes over at its own 40 following a punt.
> UM's 6th Drive: Miami moves to the CSU 40 when trouble takes place. First, Jacory Harris is sacked for an 8-yard loss. Then, on the next play, Javarris James fumbles at the CSU 35 and the ball is recovered with 7:46 left in the half.
> CSU's 5th Drive: The Bucs take over at their own 35 following the fumble. After a pass interference penalty on UM moves the ball to the 50, the Canes force the Bucs to punt again. Travis Benjamin fields it at the 15 on the run and gets out to the 31. If he doesn't get nipped by the ankles, he's running back Usain Bolt for gold in Beijing.
> UM's 7th Drive: Harris starts the drive by hitting Sam Shields for a 20-yard gain downfield. The drive fizzles though and UM is forced to punt. CSU takes over at its own 15 with 2:11 left.
> CSU's 6th Drive: Spencer Adkins makes his second sack of the game to end the drive and the half.

> Kickoff return:
Ryan Hill returns the opening kickoff 29 yards to the 34-yard line.
> Play: Javarris James runs up the middle for 13 yards and a first down to the Charleston Southern 47.
> Pass: Jacory Harris completes an out pass to Chris Zellner for a 10-yard gain to the Bucs' 34-yard line.
> Touchdown: Jacory Harris scrambles for a 30-yard touchdown run with 12:23 left to play in the first quarter.
> Touchdown catch: Leonard Hankerson on a 7-yard pass from Jacory Harris in the first quarter.
> Touchdown run: Javarris James on a 7-yard run in the first quarter.
> Tackle: Linebacker Romeo Davis slams down Gerald Stevenson at the Bucs' 21 on a kickoff return.
> Sack: Spencer Adkins hits Charleston Southern's Tribble Reese during the second quarter.
> Helmet lost: Right guard Joel Figueroa right before the half on a running play loses his helmet almost right away.

> The first fumble of the evening, the UM helmet does not inflate for their grand entrance. Instead, they run out of a green inflatable tunnel.
> Team captains selected for the opening coin toss: Glenn Cook, Chavez Grant and Jason Fox.
> I've been here at Dolphin Stadium since 3:30 p.m. I took a tour, saw the fans tailgating before the game, and took some photos for you of what the place looks like dressed for a Canes game (they are posted below).
>  I'll be here to blog throughout the evening, sharing highlights and thoughts as the game goes along. I know many of you don't have ESPN360 or are confused with how it works. I'm no expert. I just know it depends on whether or not your internet provider actually provides it. You have to go to ESPN360 and find out.



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I know I am Big Cane!

What's the first username and password to be entered on the ESPN360 info post? It's blank.

I know I know

why is the 360 so far behind it's like 1 series behind

What's the first username and password to be entered on the ESPN360 info post? It's blank.

Posted by: David (Clearwater, Fl) | August 28, 2008 at 09:43 PM


I am glad to hear the canes are doin well.


even CSU's QB is better than Kirby...

That's so clutch 321! Thanks man!

Here in the Pac NW just got home from work and ESPN360 sucks!

We nned to get that deep ball going, Clearly Jacory needs to work on that but im soo impressed by his poised.

4 a young buck, Harris is doing well,,,,,,,,

That's so clutch 321! Thanks man!

Posted by: David (Clearwater, Fl) | August 28, 2008 at 09:49 PM

U welcome.. Cane Bro, Cane Unity..

kirby seasons my salami...

Manny...thanks for the updates for those of us who couldnt see the game tonight (but for the halftime highlights on ESPN).

Would like your honest opinion on the stadium atmosphere. Looking at your pictures of the field with no MIAMI endzone markings and the dirt infield...makes me a little upset and disappointed that the U doesnt have more "pull" with the Dolphins organization. It seems very mickey mouse for us. Your thoughts?


Have the Tight Ends even been in the mix 2-nite?

Bout' damn time they found a way to use Adkins! Dude has all that speed, and they're just now figuring out a way to use him!


Q: Are you concerned with the lack of turnovers that the Miami D have been able to create?

Such a shame... I have Verizon Fios -one of the fastest internets you can get I think at home- and the video is choppy and about 15 minutes slow. I am better off watching the blog than the game. How did we fall so far as to broadcasts on 360??

Big, Epps has some catches

Kirby is totally pulled...his line for the night was 2/7 with a pick. I am glad he got rid of his U tattoo because he has not been representing.

Hey guys. I'm ready to head down to the field for interviews. Sorry I haven't been able to answer more questions. Busy trying to post updates on the blog. The blow won't be updated until after I get back from doing interviews. Leave me questions. I'll get back to them after it's over.

Kirby's "O" tattoo stands for the # of TDs he's going to throw this season - zero!!

Kirby dips his teabag in the mens' room.

Manny - any truth to the rumor that Kirby has been kicked off the Baylor team for "play unbecoming a Division 1 football QB?"

anybody know what attendance was?


I agree my 360 has 8 minutes left in 3rd quarter. This is stupid.

48,119...hmmm...ironic, that's how much return yardage opponents have off of Kirby's career interceptions.

Manny-Our kick off scares the crap out of me we gave 8 for 133 yrds. Can't do that against Brandon James Uf.

Manny You gotta love the o-line,

Manny- Whats the confidence level going in to Uf?

Manny- Give us a score vs this current team now, compare to last year? Scrimmage 07 vs 08.

Manny - Does coop look faster?
Did anyone look nik up?

Manny is it me , but Marve seem not to be interested in the game on the sidelines? Was he congratulating players. Giving Hi5's?

Was the stadium loud?

What a night to be a Canes fan in Colorado--Obama and UM living up to large expectations!

Regarding attendance, the AP write-up states:

"Other than the orange-and-blue seats and baseball diamond, there was no proof that either the Dolphins or Florida Marlins played at the stadium, which drew 48,119 for the opener -- roughly two-thirds its capacity. In all, 47 busloads of Miami students made the 16 1/2-mile trip north from their Coral Gables campus."

Denver cane Hows Colorado right now? R uguys rockin up there for this history in the making. OBAMA

Absolutely--it's been a great week, lots of positivity, lots of excitement... lots of background cameos on MSNBC.

Much love for the 360 hookup, too--the WVUM stream was alright but I needed to see our man Jacory in action! I know it was a weak opponent, but I think he steals the starting spot before too long. Marve's strutting along the sideline rubs me the wrong way.

great time with 100+ in ATL where we gathered around laptops watching a whole lot of buffering. ESPN sucks!!! Comcast sucks!!! Sports Center with highlights of Stanford and then on to PacMan Jones with no mention of Miami in first 20+mins... Haters!!!! Gators here we come!! Coooooop as on fire, and Spence ----- oh my gawd!! Looking like a beast. Jacory good job, looking forward to seeing Marve and nice to know Jacory will be in the wings.

I'm out!

Go Canes!

Went to the game, love Dolphins Stadium....the intro before the team came out was great. That alumni prez is cute as hell!!!

My observations...

Stadium - Not totally UM-ized as it looks like in the mockups. Nothing outside of the stadium let you know you were at a UM game.

Replays!!!! Love em', like the new stadium. Food is good, drinks are great, both are expensive. We'll have trouble filling that place out. They should let everyone sit in the lower level.

Jacory - Cool as the other side of the pillow. Does this kid get nervous? Needs to improve play fakes. No complaints otherwise, this kid can play....he's everything they said he would be.

Offense - Good scheme, looked nothing like last year. Great balance of run and pass. Lots of quick throws and they spread the ball around. We are throwing screens again!!! Nix has done really well with Jacory Harris and the playcalls. I only noticed one dropped pass. Offensive line looked good, but they need to hold their blocks a little longer. Very few penalties on offense....less than 5 I think. We actually looked organized....its been a while.

Defense - Sean Spence is a beast, he's everywhere!!!! Its like Ed Reed at LB. Kid is a stud. Great enthusiasm from the entire unit. Lots of mixing coverages and showing blitzes...this is not a vanilla scheme, you can tell the are coached to be aggressive. Great closing speed on plays to the outside. Didn't see much from Marcus Forston...does he have a conditioning issue? Secondary looked pretty good, were only beaten on one play and they were in position, its not like they got toasted.

Special Teams - Matt Bosher had a couple of nice punts, he can boom it and pooch kick. Great field position all night. Had lots of extra points and a field goal. We did a great job of covering kicks and blocking on returns. When was the last time we returned a kick for a TD...Devin Hester? Cooper is really elusive.

Overall - We couldn't ask for a better game. I realize our opponent was really weak, but we did everything we were supposed to do tonight. I have a good feeling going into Gainsville next week....I wouldn't be shocked if we won, I don't expect us to get blown out of the stadium.

IMO we can compete for the ACC this year....we can clear some space in the trophy cabinet for next year...were winning that thing for sure.

Hey! I wonder if Randy Shannon is confident enough to sit Marve, and then start him next week,.... what exactly are we missing about Marve. Jacory is as advertised. My first impression, Harris could be a mix between Pat White and Ken Dorsey. That kid is the real deal! And by the way, ESPN360 Really does suck.

Way to Go CANES! Only could listen in Colorado for $9.95. Jacory sounds SOOOO MUUUUUUCH Better than last 2 QBs, Cant wait to see Marve. Sounds like some great recievers. Mostly good Dfence, Next opponent will be a little tougher, need to mix run with deep ball more!

Let's not forget that Greg Cote is an idiot.

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