The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes are on a role and it seems as if the Canes can whether any storm; however, it will face another test Friday.
The Hurricanes will travel on the road for the first time this season heading to North Carolina to play the Duke Devils. Both teams are undefeated and only one will continue its perfect season. The last time Miami paid a visit to Durham, North Carolina was on Halloween night of 2015, and it was a start to a new era.
It was a totally different football team. The Canes were at one of its lowest points. With Duke the favored to with and Malik Rosier was only a redshirt freshmen that just took the reigns of the Hurricanes after Brad Kaaya was injured after suffering a concussion in the Clemson game. Rosier put on a show throwing for 272 yards and-and a touchdown. An emotional victory two years ago still brings a smile to the Miami’s locker room.
This will be Miami’s first time on the road this season. Its first road game was against Arkansas State was canceled because of Hurricane Irma.
Miami is 2-0 and knows the importance of winning the state of Florida.
“We have been through a lot, it been an emotional rollercoaster for a lot of us,” said head coach Mark Richt. “Mostly I am thankful for the victory, I’m usually this way anyway but this one in particular more than normal,” expressed Richt after defeating Toledo Saturday.
This was Miami’s first game since its season opener on Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman. Miami had a slow start against Toledo but managed to knock off the rust and rallied to pull off a 52-30 victory over the Toledo Rockets. but that’s not to say Hurricane fans did not suffer a few miniature heart attacks throughout the game.
Toledo’s signal caller, Logan Woodside managed to pick apart Miami’s weak secondary. Exposing and attacking, he threw for 342 yards and scored three touchdowns. However, it was the Canes to come back and fight for the victory. Miami’s offense totaled up to 587 offensive yards.
Another scare Miami fans had to endure was watching running back Mark Walton leaving the game because of an ankle injury, after his ankle was stepped on. Walton fought threw the pain and came back to lead the Canes in rushing with 11 carries for 204 yards and one touchdown. Travis Homer scored two rushing touchdowns and finished with eight carries for 32 yards.
Rosier assisted the run game with four carries for 11 yards and a rushing touchdown, but the rest he did with his arm.
Rosier completed 27 of his 33 passes and threw for 333 yards and one passing touchdown.He connected with Braxton Berrios five times and 105 yards.Braxton scored one of Miami’s touchdown.
Duke will be Miami’s first conference game and emotions are at an all-time high. Duke is seeking to wipe away the memories of defeat that’s been haunting them since that Halloween night in 2015, and Miami is trying to pull off another victory to that night wasn’t a fluke. It will be played on a rare Friday night.