The Miami Hurricanes travel to North Carolina State for their final road game of the season. After two impressive performances, the Hurricane offense looks to continue their momentum. The Wolfpack offer a stout challenge with their front seven and experience.
Two Impressive Offensive Performances
Miami’s offense has come back to life by protecting Brad Kaaya and running the ball. In the wins over Pittsburgh and Virginia, Miami only allowed two sacks, ran the ball for over 100 yards and gave Kaaya time to throw.
Miami had their best performance on the ground since they rushed for 279 yards week two against Florida Atlantic. Mark Walton, Joe Yearby, and Gus Edwards ran for a combined 222 yards. With Trevor Darling back from injury this week, he will be back at Left Tackle and McDermott goes back to Left Guard according to the Miami depth chart.
OT Trevor Darling practicing at 2nd team left tackle for @CanesFootball
The resurgence in the run game has given Kaaya more time to pick apart opposing defenses. Kaaya threw for 6 touchdowns and one interception in the last two weeks. Against Virginia, he was inaccurate, completing 48 percent of his passes. This week, Miami needs Kaaya and the offensive line to step up against the toughest challenge yet.
The Stout NC State Defense
The Miami Hurricanes face a crucial challenge in this upcoming game because of a variety of factors. The Wolfpack will become bowl eligible with a win. This game could shift Miami into a strong finish to the up and down season with a decent bowl game ahead.
Miami will need to air raid the NC State secondary to loosen the pass rush of the stout front seven. NC State ranks 84th nationally in passing yards allowed. Kaaya will need protection from his offensive line so he can get the ball out to his weapons, David Njoku, Stacy Coley, and Ahmmon Richards.