The Miami Hurricanes went into Ohio trying to get back to the big time in college football.
They left with more questions than answers.
First, I am not going to take anything away from the Buckeyes. Terrelle Pryor simply played much better then Miami anticipated and the Buckeyes took advantage of Miami's miscues.
His legs, 20 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown, and arm, 12-27 for 233 yards and a touchdown killed the Hurricanes from the start.
What really upset me about the game were two huge problems.
One, overpursuing on defense was exactly what I expected.
For the last five years it seems as though Miami relies to much on their athleticism, then they due the basics. You can't just be fast and expect to stop teams. You have to learn the basic tackling skills in order to make stops.
There were so many times in the game against the Buckeyes in which Miami ran past ball carriers. They need to learn to square up and tackle. Granted Pryor is a heck of an athlete, but Miami made him look like Barry Sanders.
He ran through, around and over Hurricane tacklers all night, even on almost every third down play, in which everyone, including my wife, knew Pryor was going to take off and run.
Miami needs to revisit the art of tackling if they ever plan to go anywhere this year.
Secondly, Jacory Harris was not the only problem on offense.
Although Harris threw 4 interceptions (2 of them actually his fault), the play calling was simple rotten.
Mark Whipple needs to understand that when Harris has time, he can make plays.
He had the time, but the play calling, especially in the first two quarters was way to conservative. Little 3-yard slants will not cut it against big time opponents such as the Buckeyes.
Miami's offensive line played surprisingly well throughout the entire game.
Although Damien Barry had success, 16 carries for 94 yards, running up the middle every time will not cut it.
I understand Miami's pro style offense, establishing the run will create passing opportunities. What I do not understand is the type of running plays Miami has.
Having such a wide array of running backs with different running styles should have helped Miami cash in more running yards, but it didn't.
So in a game in which Miami had a chance to break out and show everyone that the swagger is back, they truly just showed that Miami has more work to do.