Miami Football: Winners and Losers from Week 12 Game vs. South Florida
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris completed 21 of 32 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns as the Hurricanes blew past the Bulls, 40-9.
Herb Waters, Clive Walford and Phillip Dorsett each had over 100 yards receiving while Duke Johnson led the team with 66 yards rushing and a touchdown.
For the first time this year, the Hurricanes were able to keep the opposing team out of the end zone, holding the Bulls to just three field goals.
Read on to see who the winners and losers were from Miami's win over South Florida.
Winner: Stephen Morris, QB
If there has been one surprise this season, it has been the play of quarterback Stephen Morris. Although he has had a couple games in which he struggled throwing the ball, Saturday wasn't one of them.
Morris was on point all game and threw three touchdowns for the second consecutive game. He showed off his strong arm and pin-point accuracy, completing 66 percent of his passes on the day.
If the Hurricanes wide receivers can get open and catch the ball like they did for Morris on Saturday, this team's offense is nearly unstoppable.
Winners: Wide Receivers
If there was one position I was worried about heading into the game against South Florida, it was at wide receiver.
Allen Hurns had a broken thumb (but did play), Rashawn Scott was suspended and Davon Johnson is out for the rest of the year due to an injury to his knee.
That left the Hurricanes with Phillip Dorsett, Herb Waters, Kendal Thompkins and Garrett Kidd to make up for the losses.
Besides Dorsett and Hurns, the rest of the receivers that played on Saturday had combined for seven catches for 35 yards all season.
Boy, how those numbers changed on Saturday.
Waters caught four passes for 130 yards and a touchdown, including an 87-yard strike from Morris, while Thompkins caught three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Dorsett led all receivers, tying a school record with 12 catches for 111 yards.
Winner: Clive Walford, TE
I have been saying for years that the main issue with the Hurricanes' offense has been a lack of output from the tight ends.
On Saturday, we all saw how much a tight end makes a difference in a pro-style offense, when Clive Walford led all receivers with 135 yards and a touchdown on three catches.
I just hope that this is the start of something that we see more of in the future.
Winner: Rayshawn Jenkins, CB
There hasn't been a bigger surprise over the last few games than safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Jenkins, who replaced Deon Bush as he is nursing an injury, got his first collegiate start on Saturday and had a terrific game.
Jenkins, who actually de-commited from South Florida to play in Miami, led the team with seven tackles. He also recorded his first college interception when he picked off Bulls quarterback Matt Floyd early in the game.
Jenkins only recorded four tackles in the first eight games of the season before erupting for 19 in the last three games.
Losers: Defensive Line
I had to choose a loser in Saturday's game, and although the defensive line played their best game of the year, they were far from perfect.
The defensive line didn't record a sack and only had four tackles for loss. They allowed 5.3 yards per carry, including 108 yards to backup running back Demetris Murray.
Like I said, the defensive line did play better than normal, but it will have to play a lot better next weekend when the Hurricanes face a high-powered offense in Duke.