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Gameday blog: UM at USF

TAMPA -- The Miami Hurricanes (5-5) and South Florida Bulls (5-4) are both looking to become bowl eligible when they face off at Raymond James Stadium this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The Bulls beat UM 23-20 in overtime last year at Sun Life Stadium, and trail the all-time series 2-1.

BJ Daniels> ABOUT USF: The Bulls lost four Big East games in a row -- 44-17 at Pittsburgh, 16-10 at Connecticut, Cincinnati 37-34 and at Rutgers 20-17 (OT) -- before winning last week 37-17 at Syracuse. Offensively, USF is just one of 16 teams nationally averaging at least 200 yards rushing (205.2 yards per game, 26th) and and passing (265.4 yards per game, 32nd). Quarterback B.J. Daniels threw for 274 yards and ran for 113 at Syracuse in his last start and is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 2,262 yards, 12 TDs and 5 INTs on the season. The Bulls have two bruisers in its backfield, 6-foot, 210-pound sophomore Demetris Murray (99 att., 432 yards, 7 TDs) and 6-1, 240-pound junior Darrell Scott (10 att., 611 yards, 5 TDs). The team's leading receiver, sophomore Sterling Griffin (40 catches, 493 yards, 2 TDs), was UM quarterback Stephen Morris' high school teammate and top receiver at Monsignor Pace. But he was lost for the season against Cincinnati (Oct. 22). Defensively, the Bulls rank 37th in total defense (351.44 yards per game), 17th in rushing defense (108.00 yards per game) and 86th in pass defense (243.44 yards per agame). Their real strength is creating trouble behind the line of scrimmage. USF is 3rd in the nation in sacks, 2nd in tackles for loss. Linebacker DeDe Lattimore leads the team with 66 tckles, 10 for loss. Defensive end Ryne Giddins has 40 tackles and leads with 11 for loss. Giddins and Lattimore share the team lead with 5.5 sacks each. The Bulls created 21 turnovers (10 INTs, 11 fumbles) and are plus-3 in turnover margin. On special teams, the Bulls own the best punt coverage unit in the nation. They've allowed six returns for -2 yards all year. Punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann is averaging 37.4 yards per punt, including 12 punts inside the 20-yard line and three punts of 50-plus yards.

> WHAT TO WATCH WHEN IT COMES TO THE CANES: Last week at Florida State, Marcus Robinson started at strongside linebacker and left early with a shoulder injury. Robinson was lasted as probable coming into the game, but it's expected that Kelvin Cain will start in his place alongside, Sean Spence (middle) and Denzel Perryman (weakside). Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will also be back this week, but won't start after serving a one-game suspension. Still, expect Armstrong to get in there and move JoJo Nicolas back to corner, where he helps the team more. As unit, UM's defense has played much better over the past two weeks, holding FSU to one offensive touchdown and limiting big plays. But creating turnovers remain a problem according to coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. UM only has 13 turnovers and will try to create more today against USF, which has turned the ball over 18 times. Offensively, expect the Canes to try and exploit the Bulls lack of size in the secondary. Free safety Jerrell Young (6-1, 209) is the Bulls' biggest defensive back. But UM will try to pound it. The goal: average 5 yards a carry. If they do that, they'll win. Running back Lamar Miller, currently fifth all-time in UM single-season rushing with 1,108 yards, needs 93 yards to move past Clinton Portis (1,200 yards, 2001) for fourth place.

> MANNY'S PICK: UM 30, USF 27. I expect a lot of offense in this game even if it doesn't equate into a lot of points. In the end, UM will find a way to win and get a little revenge for last year.

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GET THE MAN WITH THE TIE OUT OF HERE HE SUCKS PLEASE GOLDEN GO TO PENN STATE THESE PLAYERS DONT DID A DUMB COACH.

Really need to go to the spread offense with all the skilled position talent their is in south fla.

I hope Golden does go to PSU, hell he can take the red eye tonight. I am sure they have a shower with a personal towel boy on stand-by...He is probably a much better fit there anyway!!

GOLDEN PLEASE GO BACK TO THE SUBURBS WITH YOUR TIE YOU MADE US SOFT.

3 points aganst usf in a half, whata shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!

USF ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS BLOWS AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS RANDY SHANNON WHO ALSO MADE US SOFT.

I don't blame Golden, these players need to be held accountable.

I blame Golden its his job to prepare this kids he throws them under the bus in the media but doesnt do it to his coaches who swaps a qb that many times against Florida State he should be held accountable.

So why can't Golden make them accountable? He has them everyday in practice. So you think they only play this bad in games? I bet you also have a tooth under your pillow, hoping for the tooth fairy!!

Pleez play MOrris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

well it sums it all up. 5 and 5 and tied with a sorry arse 5 and 4 USF team

Golden didn't false start, Jed these play actions take too long 2 develop our o line is not that good stop calling them, they haven't worked all day!!

To be honest what has Morris done this year please elaborate?

Watch this back up lite us up

What has Jacory done thats so special this year Matthew? Not sayn he's playn bad but the team needs a spark.

I can only speculate on what type of season we would have had with Morris, but I believe we would better than 5 and 5. Had Morris had the snaps and work with the 1st team I truly think we would have a better record even with the bad play calling.

if you look at todays stats again jacory is getting close to 200 yards alrdy and think of the drops, he is close to 80% with those drops

I doubt it we seen what morris can do 2 ints against maryland i think that says enough i think the first game proved it he hasnt proved any thing and you dont know for sure we would be better we still have the same targets thats not getting it done please lets be reasonable morris isnt that great from what i seen im not saying jacory harris is an exceptional qb but he has been playing better and morris gave the ball away in the last minutes against maryland on a bad throw thats was intercepted come guys are u serious he isnt ready.

That is the only reason why jacory harris will not play in the NFL, the fact that he is so small AND afraid of getting hit. He has every other great tool, but that will keep him out. Even if he put on weight, he still wouldn't escape the fear. This is his last year.

its not JH. it's this whole uninspired team. how do you not get up for a game against a state rival, and a team who beat you a year ago. except for maryland, this is our worst showing this season. pathetic really pathetic.

yes but how many sacks has he taken? And the last one was critical. He had time to make a decision to throw the ball away....and he failed!! Listen I am not a Jacory hatter, I just want the best players on the field....we have three years of Jacory it's marking time...

I'm afraid that any Morris fans will fond put next year that he is another Robert marve without the escapability, and less accurate and worse decision making. Scary.
Even though you should know by now you'll definitely know
Next year.

Pleez tell me our oc. is gonna figure out what the usf def. is doing

Ray ray Armstrong is the canes version of Sean smith. Involved 'in' every bad play we have

How do u have a three man line on a backup qb is this a joke???

A completely wasted time out again. 12 men? Really

we wont have to give up our bowl game, we wont get one.

We have to get a bowl game so we can give it up. That's bad talk.

So you are basing the Maryland game as the reason Morris is a bad qb? Well if that is your method why the hell is Jacory still the qb? he has lost 4 games???? The best thing about Jacory is that he is graduating into turning ground beef into hamburgers at the local Wendy's.

You guys might as well face the problem!!! Miami don't have guys who have the heart to play the game like it suppose to be played. This group of players play with no heart!!! I don't care who is the coach, who is the QB, this group of players just not the players they were build up to be coming out of high school. A lot you on this blog supported this kids, now they are not living up to your expectation you want to blast them. Jacory is one player on this team. Stop blaming him for Miami's poor play. The O-line is getting worst instead of getting better.

what qb likes getting hit you bust up tom brady enough and even he would look like a washed up qb i think if you played qb behind a suspect o line you would be running in fear for your life but i agree harris needs to add weight he is skinny for a senior qb.

Travis Benjamin to me' is such a disappointment. The osu game, the bog plays and big games, he hurts more than helps. Unbelivevable.

Ok, blame drops on J12 as well!!

Hasn't benjamin been benched yet

Darind, we are basing it on the fact that Stephen Morris up until last game had the worst completion to int ration in the fbs. Not the acc, all of college.

Matthew, it's not that he doesn't like to get hit, it's that he's AFRAID of getting
Hit in college, and those qbs never make it. I love jacory, it pains me', but it's fact.

Our secondary is awful.

Darind. And what has morris done nothing why put a qb with no experince when canes are trying to become bowl eligible he hasnt shown any thing i can only go by what i seen from him against maryland and last year in a couple of games he dosent have it and jacory harris like i said he is not the best but its a team effort drop passes you cant help any qb if the wideouts are afraid to catch the ball.

U know how close this season was? If Morris doesn't throw the int and we beat Maryland, and jacory gets in on k state, i think we are at least a top ten team. Those two KILLED our season.

alright 12:22 to go, this is where miami needs to make its move and stop being soft!!!! dline and oline are so freakin' soft!

inimounts, and If I rushed for 40 yds on play and broke my leg and out for the season. I would have the avg per carry of 40 yds per rush. Your argument is lost. He is worst because of his lack of attempts, you are acting like a politician now telling part of the story. But there goes your boy Jacory jumping into a sack....this is a slow burn

Horrible playcalling.

inimounts. I understand but if you were 6'4 190 and you had guys coming at you 250 and up on the dline you too would look like harris thats why he needs to be in the weight room more and eat more steak and potatoes.

they need to play clements more at running back miller is banged up.

I will look this team from a business point of view. In business the organizations culture is developed from the top down. This same approach also applies to football. When we see these players and we see know motivation. The cameras pan to the sideline and we see Golden looking apathetic, Enough said!!!!!

I thought baseball season was over. Why are the Marlins and Rays are my TV?

This O-Line is the worst!! They are big, lazy, and don't play with an attitude!!!! Tyler Horn is the main reason the run game is not working. The middle guys got to be mean!! Put B. Washington back at guard!!! Move Linder to center!!

wow they really do suck arse

slowwwwwww Burnnnnnnn can you feel it? 5 sacks and I am sure he never had an opportunity to simply throw the ball away!!

That's the fear I'm talking about. It makes him have no escapability. This is the same guy that broke tim tebows high school running records.

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