MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Now for some quick post-game analysis from Miami’s 45-0 win over Florida A&M on Thursday night.
How the game was won: This was never really a game. The Rattlers play in the FCS and were totally overmatched. Jacory Harris looked good, going 12-of-15 for 210 yards with three touchdown passes. Only one of the incompletions was a really awful pass. It probably should have been intercepted. Despite the good showing, it is hard to get a good gauge for how Miami is going to look against Ohio State given the level of competition. One thing that should be heartening for Hurricanes’ fans -- it looked like Harris’ surgically repaired right thumb was just fine.
Player of the game: Harris gets the nod here, though he had great chemistry with Leonard Hankerson, who caught six passes for 115 yards.
Unsung hero of the game: Watch for redshirt freshman running back Lamar Miller. The Hurricanes are loaded at running back, with Damien Berry, Mike James and Graig Cooper ahead of him on the depth chart. But Miller can move. He predominantly played in the second half and ended up as the team’s leading rusher with 65 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Bright spots: Cooper did get into the game, as Randy Shannon promised, but he only had a handful of carries. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson got into the game in the second half, and towered over the competition with his 6-foot-8, 355-pound body. He appeared to block very well. Defensive end Olivier Vernon had a monster game, with 3.5 sacks. Allen Bailey, who has gotten more of the preseason hype, was relatively quiet.
What Miami learned: It’s tough to learn much in a game where you are the clear favorite. But at least it knows Harris is OK, and Berry is pretty solid as a starter. Spencer Whipple appeared to outplay Alonzo Highsmith as the two played quarterback behind Harris. There was also was some shoddy tackling early on in the game that is going to have to get tightened up before the Buckeyes game. One other area to note: FAMU had early success with swing passes out of the backfield, so Miami will need to clamp down before next week.
Injury report: Defensive lineman Jeremy Lewis left the game on crutches, unable to put weight on his right leg.
What it means: It’s time to start talking about Ohio State.