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Duke Johnson was the offensive explosion Miami needed to get the W.
Game Recap: Boston College had more than 500 yards of offense and was looking like a Matt Ryan-esque offense of old Saturday against the Miami Hurricanes. But two fourth-quarter turnovers were the difference in a 41-31 Miami victory.
The Eagles had put themselves in position to win, but mental errors proved to be too costly. According to Boston.com, head coach Frank Spaziani defined the game as a “lost victory.” With those kinds of offensive numbers, there’s no better way to put it.
There are a lot of unknowns going into the first game and you find out a lot more about yourself. Winning minimizes the problems and losing magnifies them. The problems are always there, you’ve just got to manage your way through them.
All the attention in this game will go to BC’s gaffes. But Miami deserves some credit. You can call the Hurricanes lucky, but I’d call them opportunistic.
It was the Hurricanes' 17 points off of three BC turnovers that proved to be the difference.
Quarterback Stephen Morris was able to have a—well, let’s just say he didn’t lose the game for the Hurricanes. He went 28 of 45 for 207 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
Running back Duke Johnson gave them the extra push they needed offensively, breaking off 54- and 56-yard touchdown runs. He finished with 135 rushing yards on seven carries, giving him a ridiculous 19.3-yard average per carry.
The Hurricanes were able to win, but they can’t live off others' mistakes for the entire season. There will come a time when they will play quality opponents (Kansas State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Florida State) who won't just give them the game.
Miami's offense will have to get Morris going if it plans to do anything in the ACC this year.
BC Look Ahead: There were questions about the offensive output, but wide receivers Alex Amidon and Tahj Kimble answered them. They combined for 18 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown.
Against Miami, BC quarterback Chase Rettig had career highs in pass attempts (51), pass completions (32) and passing yards (441).
Boston College will have another shot at getting its first home victory against No. 21 FCS opponent Maine
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN3.
Miami Look Ahead: Miami will be the second "hurricane" to travel to the Midwest in a week when it travels to Manhattan, Kansas, to face No. 21 Kansas State. For the Hurricanes to not become just another tropical storm, they will have to get it done through the air.
Johnson was able to have his way last week, but against the No. 35 rushing defense in the country, it's Morris' time to step up. According to the Miami Herald, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder knows Johnson's speed is a big part of Miami's offense.
The key to this game will be Morris' ability to keep the Wildcats' defense on its heels and out of the box, so Johnson will have room to work.
Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET Saturday on FX.