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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Miami Hurricanes Preview and Predictions 10-11-2019


It's a quick turnaround for Miami after a painful 42-35 loss to Virginia Tech as the Hurricanes came up short after storming back from a 28-point first-half deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. The slate doesn't get any easier as No. 19 Virginia comes to South Florida for a Friday night matchup fresh off a bye and an extra week to stew about its own disappointing loss as the Cavaliers fell to No. 10 Notre Dame 35-20 last time out.

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"I think this is what we need. Obviously, we have a lot of respect for Virginia and I think we need to get right back on the saddle and come right back to work," Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz told reporters. "The team will fight for each other. ... Now, we just have to look at how we can fix some of our issues and our self-inflicted wounds which are keeping us from being a good football team right now. Right now, we're not." The resilient Hurricanes showed fight and a refusal to give up against Virginia Tech, but the loss exposed issues not only at quarterback, where N'Kosi Perry took over from faltering starter Jarren Williams and engineered the comeback, but also on a usually stingy defense that failed to come up with stops in big spots. The Cavaliers' loss to Notre Dame also revealed problems, particularly along an offensive line that surrendered eight sacks to the Irish - one more than the unit allowed in the first four games combined - and resulted in harried quarterback Bryce Perkins turning the ball over five times (two interceptions, three fumbles). "There is no comfort zone for our offensive line," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters. "There's continual expectation, asking and directing and prompting and driving, and they want to get better, they need to get better, and they're working hard to get better."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Miami -2

ABOUT VIRGINIA (4-1, 2-0 ACC): Perkins threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns against Notre Dame and has 1,177 yards passing and eight scores for the season, but has six interceptions after throwing only nine a year ago. The ground attack continues to struggle with sophomore Wayne Taulapapa replacing 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Ellis (graduated) and the team is last in the ACC with 107.6 rushing yards per game after totaling four yards against Notre Dame and 69 the prior week against Old Dominion. Led by an aggressive front four and a talented secondary that includes star corner Bryce Hall, the Cavaliers rank second in the nation with 24 sacks and 10th in total defense (275.4 yards per game).

ABOUT MIAMI (2-3, 0-2): Diaz indicated that Williams will be back behind center after the redshirt freshman threw three picks in his first seven attempts against Virginia Tech - his first interceptions of the season - but Perry's career-high 422-yard, four-touchdown passing performance to spark the comeback gives Miami an option should the offense struggle again. While the Hurricanes have yielded only about eight more yards per game than the Cavaliers, the unit has not been able to slam the door on opponents in crunch time and as a result, Miami - after rallying to tie the score - gave up the winning touchdown to the Hokies with 1:03 left. "We have to get our defense playing like the Miami Hurricanes defense. That didn't look like that on Saturday," Diaz told reporters. "There is a culture that was created here back in 2016 that, for some reason, we have not been able to recreate, and it is not a coaching issue. It's not a scheme issue. There is a lack of connection between our players on the defensive side of the ball. We just don't look like we trust each other."

EXTRA POINTS

1. Miami leads the series 9-7 but Virginia has won five of the last nine meetings, including a 16-13 decision at home against a ranked Hurricanes team last season.

2. The Cavaliers are looking to go 3-0 in ACC play for the first time since 2007.

3. The Hurricanes showed big-play ability against Virginia Tech with three of their five touchdowns covering at least 25 yards.

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Last Injuries

Miami Hurricanes

  • Jarren Williams

    Arm
    day-to-day | questionable

    Williams sat out the last game with soreness in his arm, and it is unknown if he will be available against Georgia Tech on Oct. 19.

  • Sheldrick Redwine

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Redwine has been held out of the last three games due to a hamstring injury, but it is expected that he will return for Sunday's tilt against the Seahawks.

  • Lorenzo Lingard

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Lingard has been sidelined as he is on the mend from a torn ACL that ended his 2018 season. It is unknown when he will make his debut.

  • Mark Pope

    Foot
    Prob Sat | probable

    Pope has a left foot injury and did not play in the last game. It is expected that he will be available against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

  • Bubba Bolden

    Eligibility
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bolden has been deemed eligible for the 2019 season by the NCAA and may be able to make his season debut Saturday against Virginia Tech.

Virginia Cavaliers

  • Bryce Hall

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hall suffered an injury to his left ankle in the last game. It is unknown if he will return to face Duke on Saturday.

  • Hasise Dubois

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | questionable

    Dubois exited the previous game with an unspecified injury. It is unclear if he will be available against Duke on Oct. 19.

  • Robert Snyder

    Ankle
    out for season | out

    Snyder will miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle and foot injury.

miami-hurricanes-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
N'Kosi Perry 1 0 169.360 0 10 7 0 0 0 1 79
Jarren Williams 4 0 167.559 0 116 85 0 0 0 7 1027
Deejay Dallas 4 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Deejay Dallas 4 0 344 0 52 5
Cam'ron Harris 4 0 125 0 35 2
Jeff Thomas 4 0 32 0 5 0
Robert Burns 1 0 32 0 5 0
Dee Wiggins 3 0 31 0 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Brevin Jordan 4 0 233 0 16 0 1
K.J. Osborn 4 0 181 0 16 0 3
Mike Harley 4 0 164 0 11 0 1
Jeff Thomas 4 0 132 0 15 0 0
Mark Pope 3 0 104 0 5 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Gurvan Hall Jr. 4 0 13 15 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 3
Shaquille Quarterman 4 0 12 14 0 1 0 0 1 1 7 4
Romeo Finley 4 0 11 3 0 0 1 19 1 0 0 3
Michael Pinckney 4 0 10 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 3
Amari Carter 3 0 7 5 0 0 1 22 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Bubba Baxa 4 0 5 9 50 15 14
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Jeff Thomas 4 0 4 0 37 105
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Jarren Williams 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Jeff Thomas 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brevin Jordan 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Cam'ron Harris 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Deejay Dallas 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Jarren Williams 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Jimmy Murphy 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jeff Thomas 4 0 4 0 16 15
K.J. Osborn 4 0 1 0 4 4

virginia-cavaliers Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Brennan Armstrong 1 0 156.520 0 10 9 1 0 0 0 103
Bryce Perkins 4 0 131.945 0 124 81 4 0 0 6 843
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Bryce Perkins 4 0 193 0 51 2
Wayne Taulapapa 3 0 152 0 39 5
Mike Hollins 1 0 78 0 11 2
PK Kier 4 0 68 0 14 0
Joe Reed 4 0 22 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Joe Reed 4 0 215 0 23 0 3
Hasise Dubois 4 0 191 0 16 0 1
Terrell Jana 4 0 174 0 15 0 0
Terrell Chatman 2 0 77 0 4 0 1
Tanner Cowley 4 0 76 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jordan Mack 4 0 16 13 0 0 0 0 0 5 28 6
Charles Snowden 4 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 2 3 15 6
Joey Blount 4 0 14 11 0 0 1 9 0 2 12 2
Zane Zandier 4 0 13 16 0 0 1 22 1 2 11 5
Brenton Nelson 4 0 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Brian Delaney 4 0 5 8 49 17 16
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Joe Reed 4 0 8 0 100 302
Tanner Cowley 4 0 2 0 14 23
Tavares Kelly 2 0 1 0 28 28
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Hasise Dubois 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne Taulapapa 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Bryce Perkins 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Chris Sharp 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hasise Dubois 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Reed 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Mike Hollins 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Billy Kemp 3 0 8 0 22 61
Chuck Davis 2 0 2 0 12 12
Noah Taylor 4 0 1 0 2 2
Hasise Dubois 4 0 0 0 7 7