Miami Hurricanes Destroy Florida A&M, Focus Now Shifts To Ohio State

Benny VargasAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2010

Both the Miami Hurricanes and Ohio State Buckeyes took care of business as expected on Thursday night. The Buckeyes and Hurricanes both easily cruised to wins vs. inferior opponents.

Now the spotlight will shift to Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 11.

It has been almost eight years since referee Terry Porter cost Miami a National Title by ruling that Glen Sharpe had interfered with Ohio State receiver Chris Gamble on a fourth-down pass in overtime.

The result of that controversial call was that Ohio State won their first National Title in over 32 years and Miami was denied their chance to win back-to-back championships and sixth since 1984.

But that was then and this is now.

Judging by their Week 1 performances both teams could be title contenders again. Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in the country, will prepare to square off with No. 13 Miami. The winner of that match will be on the inside track for a possible championship game.

Granted it's a long season, but if Miami's performance vs. Florida A&M is indicative of the talent they have this year, then the Hurricanes are going to be turning a lot of heads.

Hurricane fans would be wise to avoid saying "the U is back" until they play Ohio State, but they sure seem to be headed in that direction.

Miami showed they have a ton of offensive firepower by beating the Rattlers 45-0.

Quarterback Jacory Harris only played two quarters and still managed to rack up a 13-of-16, 216 yards, and three touchdown performance. He seemed extremely comfortable in the pocket and played really well.

One of the most encouraging signs was Jacory's ability to spread the ball around to his vast array of receiving threats. Ten Hurricane players ended up with at least one catch.

Senior Leonard Hankerson led all Hurricane pass catchers with six receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Red-shirt freshman Lamar Miller showed some of the electrifying speed that has Hurricane fans excited. For the game, Miller led all rushers with 65 yards on 11 carries and one score.

The defense was dominant to say the least. Despite giving up a few third down conversions, Miami's D would not allow the Rattlers to get on the board.

The defensive line led by Olivier Vernon's three sacks and Adewale Ojomo's two combined to rack up nine sacks in the game.

The linebackers were led by Sean Spence who made several big plays and hits.

Safety Ray Ray Armstrong had the only forced turnover in the second quarter when he picked off a Rattler pass and returned it for a score.

The Hurricanes did exactly what coach Randy Shannon wanted. They prepared diligently for this game and didn't take it lightly.

Miami could have easily been in cruise control tonight and still won big. The players could've looked past a weak opponent and a game which wasn't even shown on television.

Yet the Canes came out ready to play four quarters of football.

All in all, it was what many expected, that, of course, being an easy victory. The Canes got that and managed to showcase some of their skill in the process.

More importantly they were able to get many players into the game and also rested most of their starters the entire second half.

The time has come. Nearly eight years later, Miami's players can now set their aim on an Ohio State program which all Canes fans will tell you is owed a little retribution.

Here's hoping they do get some payback come next Saturday.