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Mark Richt update, Sun Bowl thoughts on cold Miami ending

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EL PASO, TEXAS (where the snow is still coming down hard from last night and I doubt I'll get out) --Another Hurricanes bowl and another Hurricanes loss. There's only one way to go now, and that' up.

New UM coach Mark Richt is expected to announce his new staff later this week -- and not today. 

Have a feeling several changes will be made. The current staffers, who could be told their fate at any time,
have had it tough not knowing what their futures hold.

One person close to the situation told me it was "freaking nerve-racking'' not having any indication from Richt on what he was planning to do.

I still think Larry Scott and the other guys did a tremendous job holding this team together after Al Golden was fired. Unfortunately, it all blew up Saturday in the 20-14 Washington State loss.

And now, this: Even if that halfback pass from Joe Yearby to intended receiver Stacy Coley (who was open and ready for the catch) was thrown in the right X's and O's situation, it wasn't the right time. With only three minutes left in the game and it being do-or-die time, with the snow coming down hard, with the wind blowing, with the players sopped and cold (including their hands), a guy who is a tailback and hasn't throw the ball all day is asked to make his one shot in those circumstances a perfect one. Why not give it to your ace?

Other notes provided by Miami:

  • Miami’s matchup with Washington State marked the first all-time meeting between the two schools.
  • This is Miami’s second trip to the Sun Bowl in school history. 

TEAM NOTES

  • Miami Starters: 

OFFENSE: QB #15 Brad Kaaya, RB #2 Joe Yearby, LT #73 Trevor Darling, LG #67 Alex Gall, C #68 Nick Linder, RG #63 Danny Isidora, RT #52 Kc McDermott, WR #3 Stacy Coley, TE #5 Standish Dobard, TE #23 Chris Herndon, WR #11 Rashawn Scott.

DEFENSE: DL #9 Chad Thomas, DL #47 Ufomba Kamalu, DL #93 Calvin Heurtelou, LB #5 Jermaine Grace, LB #51 Juwon Young, LB #8 Al-Quadin Muhammad, DB #1 Artie Burns, DB #29 Corn Elder, DB #2 Deon Bush, DB #26 Rayshawn Jenkins, DB #25 Dallas Crawford.

  • Miami became just the third team this season to hold Washington State under 400 yards of total offense. In addition, Miami became the only team this season to shut out Washington State in the second half. 
  • Miami’s first scoring drive of the game consisted of 15 plays and went 69 yards. The Hurricanes have had 17 drives of 10-or-more plays this season.
  • Miami allowed 87 rushing yards in the game. The last time the Hurricanes allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards was in a 45-0 win over Bethune-Cookman (9/5/15) when they gave up just 53.

OFFENSIVE INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya finished the game with 219 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.
  • Kaaya’s interception was just his seventh interception in his last 578 attempts.
  • Kaaya’s 219 passing yards moved him past Gino Torretta (two separate seasons), Steve Walsh and himself last season to tie Vinny Testaverde sixth in single-season passing yards (3,238).
  • Kaaya’s 30 passing attempts moved him past Bernie Kosar, George Mira, Ryan Clement and Craig Erickson for sixth all-time with 766. He also passed Gino Torretta and himself last season for eighth on the single-season list with 388.
  • Kaaya’s 17 completions moved him past Ryan Clement for seventh all-time (459). He also surpassed Ken Dorsey, Craig Erickson, Gino Torretta and Steve Walsh for fourth on the single-season list (238).
  • With 193 yards of total offense, Kaaya passed Craig Erickson for fifth all-time (6,193). He also moved past Gino Torretta, himself last season, Vinny Testaverde and Steve Walsh for seventh on the single-season list (3,126).
  • Kaaya has thrown for 200-or-more yards in 19 of his 25 career games and has at least one touchdown in 23 career outings.
  • Kaaya currently has 42 career touchdown passes. He needs just one touchdown pass to tie former Cane quarterback Ryan Clement (1994-97).
  • With his 63 yards rushing, sophomore running back Joe Yearby became just the ninth player in Miami history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. Yearby also moved into 10th place on the all-time single season rushing list, surpassing Jarrett Payton.
  • Yearby’s 63 rushing yards moved him passed Vincent Opalsky for 23rd in career rushing yards (1,511).
  • Yearby’s 14 rushing attempts moved him past Frank Gore and James Jackson for ninth on the single-season list (205).
  • On just his third career rush, sophomore wide receiver Braxton Berrios recorded a career-long 60-yard run, which set up a Hurricanes’ scoring drive. Berrios’ 60-yard rush was the Hurricanes’ longest rush of the season. 
  • Freshman Mark Walton scored his 10th touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter as he rushed in from five yards out. Walton’s 10 touchdowns are tied with Stacy Coley as the most touchdowns by a Miami freshman since 2000.   
  • Walton also hauled in three receptions for team-high 57 yards receiving in the first half. 
  • Offensive lineman Danny Isidora made his 26th-consecutive start. 
  • Isidora, OL Nick Linder, OL Trevor Darling and RB Joe Yearby are the only Hurricane players to start every game this season. 
  • Dallas Crawford, Tracy Howard and Tyriq McCord have tied Jon Peattie and Laron Byrd for second in games played (51). They have also tied Jon Peattie for first in consecutive games played (51). 

DEFENSIVE INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Redshirt freshman linebacker Mike Smith logged his first career fumble in the second quarter. 
  • Senior defensive lineman Tyriq McCord tied a single game career-high with five tackles.  
  • Redshirt freshman Demetrius Jackson and true freshman R.J. McIntosh both tallied their first career sacks. 
  • Sophomore linebacker Juwon Young posted a team-high seven tackles in the first half. He finished the contest with a game-high 10 tackles. 
  • Senior safety Deon Bush made his team-best 32nd career start.

SPECIAL TEAMS INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • With his extra point in the third quarter, sophomore kicker Michael Badgley moved passed Edgerrin James for third on the single-season points list (115).
  • Badgley also passed Greg Cox for ninth in consecutive PATs made (45). He tied Cox and Matt Bosher for consecutive PATs made in a season (40).

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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