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Gameday blog: Canes vs. Ohio State

SUN LIFE STADIUM -- The Miami Hurricanes will attempt to give Coach Al Golden his first win at UM -- and avoid their first 0-2 start since Lou Saban was coaching the team back in 1978 -- when they take on the 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Plenty of storylines, which we've pretty much covered all week in the paper. But a few more interesting stats before we get into a quick look at the game.

UM has lost four games in a row and is in danger of losing five in a row for the first time since that aforementioned 0-2 start in 1978. The Canes actually lost six straight to end the 1977 season and then those first two, falling to Florida State 31-21 at home, before winning at Kansas 38-6 the following week to end the losing streak.

Of course the big story in this one is who is back for UM and Ohio State after serving suspensions.

Back for UM: quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, receiver/punt returner Travis Benjamin and defensive end Adewale Ojomo.

Back for Ohio State: starting running back Jordan Hall, top junior cornerback Travis Howard, a Miamian out of Krop High, and backup safety Corey Brown.

> UM lost 36-24 in Columbus last season thanks to four Jacory Harris interceptions. Harris is making his first start since he threw three interceptions in seven pass attempts before being pulled for Stephen Morris in the Sun Bowl loss to Notre Dame. But he's supposed to be a different guy in Jedd Fisch's offense. We'll see.

> With Terrelle Pryor now with the Oakland Raiders, the Buckeyes have two new quarterbacks themselves. Fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman, an efficient pocket passer who has yet to throw a pick in two games, and freshman phenom Braxton Miller, who reminds many of Pryor and will be the wildcard on offense for Ohio State in this game.

> Defensively, there are some doubts about the Buckeyes' young defensive line, especially in light of the injury to veteran defensive end Nathan Williams and the close call last week in a 27-22 win over Toledo. But Ohio State's track record on D is still one of the best in college football.

> OSU is 10th nationally in overall defense (allowing 214 yards a game) and 16th in scoring defense (allowing 11 points). The Buckeyes rank seventh in both sacks and tackles for loss. Their No. 4 ranking in rushing defense (an average of 40.5 rushing yards allowed) will be challenged by UM tailback Lamar Miller, who gained 119 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and had 222 all-purpose yards in UM’s opener at Maryland.

> MY PICK: UM 27, Ohio State 23. Oddsmakers somehow have the Canes as a two-point favorite in this one. Common sense tells you otherwise. Ohio State is 2-0, ranked 17th in the country and UM is 0-1 and still has the questionable Harris under center. But Vegas always makes a lot of money for a reason. And I'm agreeing with them here. UM will find a way to win even with a few Jacory INTs.

FYI, there will be no CoverItLive broadcast today. Follow me on Twitter at Manny_Navarro. Feel free to comment below as you follow the game on ESPN.

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Huge turnover, great D again.

THERE IS THE TURNOVER WE NEEDED!!!!!

Clicking between games
Lots of helmet to helmet hits by oklahoma

Cmon U offense

almost a pick 6...man I'm nervous

Where is MORRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??!?!??!

Nice decision to run Jacory

Eat the clock, eat the clock...tick tick tick

he's gonna gimme a HA!!

JACORY STOP THROWING THE BALL!!!!!!

I love jacket but I think if we had any other starting qb in the acc we'd be division favorites

OSU coach has conceded the game.

jacory didnt show anything tonite as to why he shoould start he got really lucky on a few of his throws tonite

Thank you Al Golden!!!!!

TD!!!! Game over!!!! No picks in 2nd half!! Good Job Jacory!!

Defense is solid, ST is solid, Running game is solid, QB...not so much.

Get rid of harris

Last drive 14 plays 69 yds, almost 9 minutes. Way to manage the drive JH. Way to the haters as u walk to the locker room.

You are right kevin

If Jacory can just be consistent and LIMIT mistakes and not throw multiple INTs at critical points, he will be ok. This is a very good team, Golden has to harness it and continue.

jacory made more mistakes tonite they morris did last week the only difference is that it didnt cost us the game but with jacory we all know its just a matter of time before it does

Neither of morris's interceptions were his fault. Noodle arm had two and two more if is had not been so tired and one would have been a td.

The U pulls it out!

Thanks to Lamar Miller and a GREAT Defense!

Good coaching!

One thing nobody's mentioned...WE FINALLY HAVE A STAFF THAT KNOWS HOW TO MANAGE THE CLOCK.

jacorry almost singlehandedly lost the game.

we are up 14-0 and driving, First down. he has excellent protection on a play action and bam! he throws his first uneccessary pick. RU kidding me? Should have been at least 17-0 atthat point.

This is somethingI have said before- Newsflash to cool cat aka jacorry lover:

jacorry harris will never ever ever ever ever be an NFL QB. Did you hear me? Ever.

Ever.

I dont know if I should be happy or not about FSU getting whooped by Oklahoma. Oklahoma looked real good. Same team we beat in 2009.

Its justthat I cant stand that FSU chant and FSU fans. Ok fans are alright.

A real sweet victory! Congratulations Canes. Loved the TD with 35 second left, baby! No more Mr. Nice Guy!

Work to be done but encouraging signs tonight and a great win. Yah!

Always the trials with J12. Two great grabs by Streeter.But, friends, how about that last drive! It was beautiful and Jacory made some good plays and kept his head! Yah! Keep getting better, guys!

dont get me wrong...always happy about a win... but how can anyone say our defense played great? we got gashed on the ground, and had osu receivers been able to catch a pass, they would converted some key 3rd downs. that was an anemic offense if there ever was one, and we still gave up big runs, and got lucky in the passing game.

manny, worst UM fan/writer like always. how are you even a writer

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