NCAA Football Pre-Review: #17 Miami Hurricanes Vs #8 Oklahoma Sooners

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NCAA Football Pre-Review: #17 Miami Hurricanes Vs #8 Oklahoma Sooners
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Pre-review? What exactly is that, Harry?

Thanks for asking.

While I am a stats guru-I used to create fake players and teams, give them random game and season stats, add them up and calculate the averages, and repeat the process until Geometry class was over-I find them rather meaningless when trying to predict the outcome of a certain game.

I would like to tell you where Miami ranks in the NCAA in third-down conversion percentage, but 1) you probably already know or 2) you can google it and get your answer before I finish typing this sentence.

Stats are more important for coaches, as poor numbers in one category may require extra attention during practice.

But stats will not make a receiver catch a ball or a lineman pick up his assignment on a zone-blitz.

At the same time, stats will not prevent a bench or walk-on player from making the play of the game if the opportunity presents itself (more than likely, the player will not make the play because...well, he's just not that good).

HURRICANES VS. SOONERS PRE-REVIEW

Saturday 8:00pm (OU -7.5, o/u 49.5)

1st Quarter

The 'Canes kick the ball off.  The Sooners start the game with some sort of play-action or quick screen in order to let the 'Canes know they better be careful if they plan on blitzing the freshman QB.

After having some success while getting a couple of 1st downs, the Sooners stall and punt the ball.  Travis Benjamin has a big return-20, 35 yards-and the stadium is rocking.

The 'Canes execute a nice five-play, 40-50 yard TD drive to take the early lead, 7-0 (2 runs, 3 passes-LaRon Byrd catches a 15 yd pass in corner of end-zone).

End of 1st: UM 10-OU 3

2nd Quarter

The Sooners drive the ball 70 yards to the UM 11 yard line with a nice mix of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown rushing and Landry Jones finding open receivers on the outside. 

On 2nd and 8 from the 9-yard line, Jones makes his first big mistake trying to force the ball down the middle.  UM intercepts the ball in the end zone for a touchback.

The big-play offense of Miami, dormant in Blacksburg, strikes with a 65-yard TD pass to Aldarius Johnson.

OU receives the ball and has some more success running.  With under 2 minutes left in the half, the Sooners go for it on a 4th and 1 on the 28-yard line.

They do not convert as Colin McCarthy and Sean Spence penetrate the backfield while Marcus Fortson and Joe Joseph occupy the O-line.

End of half: UM 17- OU 3

3rd Quarter

After exchanging 3 and outs to start the half, UM puts together a 4 to 5 minute drive resulting in a FG.

Landry Jones, frustrated all night by the speed on the 'Canes D, makes his biggest mistake of the game. While trying to avoid a sack, Jones throws an ill-advised pass to a seemingly open Brandon Caleb.  UM cornerback Brandon Harris recovers to score on a pick 6.

The Sooners respond with a 10-play, 64-yard FG drive.

End of 3rd: UM 27-OU 6

4th Quarter

UM becomes overly conservative, hoping to drain the clock and let the defense continue to keep the Sooners out of the end-zone.

After forcing the 'Canes to punt, Oklahoma drives the ball down the field with ease and scores on a DeMarco Murray 14 yard TD run.

The 'Canes try to open the game up, throwing on all three downs, yet are forced to punt the ball for the second time in the 4th quarter.

Again, Oklahoma rides their RBs to a 5 minute, 57-yard TD drive capped by Jones' 6-yard TD pass to Ryan Broyles.

Leading 27-20 with under five minutes to play, Jacory Harris eats up the clock while leading UM to its third FG.

The Sooners, with 0:56 left in the game, drive the field on UM's prevent defense.  The only hope is a TD and onside kick recovery. While they get the TD, the onside is recovered by UM.

Final: UM 30-OU 27

Notable Stats:

Player of the Game: Jacory Harris 23-35, 278 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Landry Jones: 13-29, 173 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 1 Fumble

Summary:

The University of Miami showed the nation that last week's loss to Virgina Tech was a fluke. UM overwhelmed freshman QB Landry Jones with the right mix of blitzes and varying coverages.  The way UM's defense played you have to believe that it did not matter who was behind center for the Sooners.

Jacory Harris rebounded from last week's mud fest to show that he can lead these young 'Canes to multiple titles in the coming years.

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