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S E A S O N I N R E V I E W UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI WALTON, KAAYA PACE CANES PAST VIRGINIA Game 10 • Nov. 12, 2016 • Miami 34, Virginia 14 • Charlottesville, VA New faces? No problem. With two new starters on a hurting offensive line, Miami piled up 222 rushing yards and 450 total yards in an 34-14 win over Virginia at Scott Stadium on Nov. 12. Running back Mark Walton recorded his fifth 100-yard game of the season, totaling 111 on 16 carries. Gus Edwards added 68 while Joe Yearby finished with 53, as Miami outgained Virginia and star running back Taquan Mizell 222-82 on the ground. The 222 rushing yards were the most recorded by Miami in an ACC game this season, besting last week’s total of 178 against Pittsburgh. Miami outgained Virginia 450-289 overall. Junior Kc McDermott made his first start of the season at left tackle in place of an injured Trevor Darling, Alex Gall did the same at center for Nick Linder, and Tyler Gauthier made the start at left guard with McDermott’s sliding over to protect quarterback Brad Kaaya’s blind side. Kaaya, who was sacked just once, finished 14-for-29 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. STRONG SECOND HALF PROPELS CANES OVER PACK Game 11 • Nov. 19, 2016 • Miami 27, North Carolina State 13 • Raleigh, NC The theme of Miami’s win over NC State at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 19? True. True as in true freshmen, who made plays all over the field for the Hurricanes in an 27-13 victory that extended the team’s winning streak to three straight games. Malek Young recorded his first career interception to shift momentum in favor of Miami early in the second half. Shaq Quarterman ranked second among all Hurricanes with eight tackles. Linebacker Michael Pinckney added six tackles in another impressive performance. And defensive end Joe Jackson increased his tackle for loss total to 8.5. But it was receiver Ahmmon Richards who stole the show, breaking Michael Irvin’s 31-year-old freshman receiving record in a nine-catch performance in front of 56,263 fans. Richards, who entered the game with 732 yards, totaled 117 yards to move past Irvin’s 840 for the most by a freshman in Miami history. His 849 yards this season already ranks 10th most in Miami history, with two more games remaining – the Hurricanes’ home finale on Nov. 26 against Duke and a to-be-determined bowl game. KAAYA BREAKS MIAMI RECORD IN WIN OVER DUKE Game 12 • Nov. 27, 2016 • Miami 40, Duke 21 • Miami, FL The next chapter of the University of Miami’s “Quarterback U” legacy was written Saturday in a 40-21 win over Duke at Hard Rock Stadium. With 396 yards in the regular season finale for both teams, junior quarterback Brad Kaaya moved past Miami legend Ken Dorsey as the school’s all-time passing leader in just his 37th career start. Kaaya, who finished 22-for-35 with a career high-tying four touchdowns on the afternoon, helped extend Miami’s winning streak to four straight games with one of the best performances of his career. Saturday’s performance brought the junior to 9,686 career passing yards, surpassing Dorsey’s record of 9,565 and helping clinch Miami’s first four-game winning streak to end a regular season since 2002. In need of 276 yards to reach the record Saturday, the milestone came in reach when Kaaya hit a streaking David Njoku for a 76-yard touchdown with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter, bringing him to 193 on the day. On the team’s next drive, Kaaya put on a passing clinic, hitting senior Stacy Coley and junior Braxton Berrios in stride on passes of 33 and 38 yards, respectively, before completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Coley. 5 8 2 0 1 6 R U S S E L L AT H L E T I C B O W L Corn Elder Mark Walton


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