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Game Balls:  Louisville vs. Miami

September 21, 2020

 

As has been the custom here at TheCaneReport, we award game balls after each Hurricane victory.

 

On Saturday night, Miami defeated Louisville on the road, 47-34. They went into the game as underdogs and came away ranked the #12 team in the nation. There was a lot to like in this game, So, we are awarding ten games balls this week.

 

Let’s again start with Special Teams.

 

Placekicker Jose Borregales

Just a years ago, Miami suffered with very poor placekicking, costing the at least two games last season. Manny Diaz again reached out to transfer portal and found the solution just down the road in Jose Borregales. So far, Jose hasn’t missed a field goal or PAT wearing orange and green. On Saturday, Jose hit all four of his field goal attempts, including a monster 57 yarder with enough leg for a 60 yarder. He also converted all five PATs for a total of 17 points. Such a difference from 2019. Congratulations Jose!

 

Safety Bubba Bolden

Let’s stick with another transfer, safety Bubba Bolden. A year ago, Miami reached into the transfer portal for some backend relief for the defense and found Bubba Bolden. He had to sit out 2019, but now is coming into his own. Bubba led the Canes defense on Saturday with 11 tackles (9 solo). And many of those were heavy lumber. He also helped take away the deep threat with his imposing presence at the backend of Miami’s defense. Congratulations, Bubba!

 

Offensive Line

Miami offensive strategy was to take advantage of Louisville’s secondary. QB D’Eriq King threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception. A big part of Miami’s success in the air was the play of the offensive line. They allowed only one sacks in 32 pass attempts. And they allowed only 4 pressures all night. PFF graded all five of Miami’s starter very highly as a result. For their pass protection, PFF awarded the following grades, DJ Scaiffe (85.7), Jakai Clarke (85.7), Jarrid Williams (84.5), John Campbell (83.1) and Cory Gaynor (83.3). Miami’s offensive line is quickly becoming a contributing factor in the team’s success. Congratulations, gentlemen!

 

RB Cam’Ron Harris

While Miami’s running attack took a back seat to the passing game on Saturday night, the Canes’ running attack remained a constant threat to Louisville excellent front seven. At a critical juncture in the third quarter, Miami RB Cam’Ron Harris broke a 75 yard run for a touchdown which broke the Cardinals’ back. For the night, Cam ran for 134 yards on 9 carries (14.9 avg.), and 1 touchdown. That’s two straight games with at least 130+ yards. Quite a start to the season. Congratulations, Cam’Ron!

 

TE Brevin Jordan

Miami is known for and blessed with outstanding talent at tight end. On Saturday night the country saw one of the best in action. Brevin Jordan may have had the best game of his career. His presence put extreme pressure on Louisville’s defense, both with his run blocking and receiving. For the night, Brevin had 7 catches for 120 yards and 1 touchdown, a 47 yarder in the fourth quarter that effectively sealed the game for the Canes. Congratulations, Brevin!

 

QB D’Eriq King

The country finally saw what all the hype was about D’Eriq King. Not only did he have an outstanding night throwing the ball, his poise and command of the offense kept Miami in control of the game all night. For the game, D’Eriq threw for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns. He went 18-30 attempts (60%) without an interception. His constant running threat kept the Cardinals front seven from teeing off on Miami’s line. And that was against a very good defensive front. Big play makers make big plays in big games. Congratulations, D’Eriq!

 

Congratulations to all our Canes on a well-deserved victory.

 

Miami takes on in-state rival Florida State this Saturday night at the “Rock.” ESPN’s Game Day will again feature Miami on Saturday morning.  The game will be broadcasted nationally on ABC-TV that evening.

 

GO Canes!