College Football

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12:30 PM PT1:30 PM MT2:30 PM CT3:30 PM ET7:30 PM GMT3:30 AM 北京时间12:30 PM MST2:30 PM EST, Sep. 24, 2022
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida  Attendance: 46,713

No. 25 Miami in search of rebound vs. Middle Tennessee State

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Miami (FL) Hurricanes

  1. Middle Tennessee is unbeaten in two all-time games against Miami with wins in 1931 and 1932. Middle Tennessee is one of three schools to play multiple games against the Hurricanes and win all of them, along with Kansas State and Western Kentucky.
  2. Miami was held to three field goals in its 17-9 road loss to Texas A&M. The Hurricanes had scored at least 10 points in 48 straight regular season games prior to the loss, the school's longest streak since doing so in 70 straight regular season games from 1997 to 2003.
  3. The 17-9 loss to the Aggies came two weeks after a 70-13 win over Bethune-Cookman, making 2022 the first time Miami had a game with 70 points and another with fewer than 10 in the same regular season since 1955 (75-7 win over Fordham and 9-7 win over Maryland).
  4. Miami's Alex Van Dyke went 21-for-41 on Saturday without throwing a touchdown. Prior to Van Dyke, the last Hurricane QB with at least 40 attempts with no TD passes was Jacory Harris in 2010 against Florida State.
  5. Middle Tennessee's Chase Cunningham has completed 72.6 percent of his passes this season (69-of-95) but is averaging just 8.67 yards per completion. Of the 85 FBS quarterbacks with at least 75 passes this year, only Hawaii's Joey Yellen has a lower yards per completion average (8.10).

Middle Tennessee State is well aware of the daunting task ahead when it hits the road Saturday to face No. 25 Miami and its intimidating defense.

"Those suckers can fly at every position," Middle Tennessee State head coach Rick Stockstill said of Miami. "They have a really good and talented defense. They put a lot of pressure on you."

Miami (2-1) is coming off a disappointing 17-9 loss at Texas A&M, although it is tied for the ACC lead in fewest points allowed per game at 12.3. Hurricanes linebacker Corey Flagg Jr. and defensive lineman Leonard Taylor are in the top 10 of the conference in tackles for loss per game at 1.17.

In the loss to Texas A&M, Miami's defense produced three sacks and held quarterback Max Johnson to 140 passing yards.

"Our front seven, particularly our front four, put a lot of pressure on them," Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal said. "We made them uncomfortable. Even some of the throws they made were under duress."

Next up for Miami is its last nonconference test before beginning the ACC schedule against North Carolina on Oct. 8.

Middle Tennessee State (2-1) hasn't defeated an ACC team since knocking off Syracuse 30-23 in 2017, but the Blue Raiders don't lack for confidence.

Raiders quarterback Chase Cunningham, a second-year starter, has improved his accuracy from 62.5 percent last season to an impressive 72.6 in 2022.

Cunningham, who started MTSU's first five games last year before he sustained a knee injury, is averaging 197.3 yards passing this season.

The Raiders, though, have not proven to be a deep passing threat. Their top two receivers, Izaiah Gathings and Yusuf Ali, are both averaging less than 8.1 yards per catch.

Top running back Frank Peasant is averaging 72.7 yards per game and 5.0 per carry as the Raiders have lost to James Madison (44-7) before beating Colorado State (34-19) and Tennessee State (49-6) the past two weeks.

When Miami has the ball, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke will be looking to redeem himself after a mediocre performance against the Aggies.

The primary issue for Van Dyke last week is that he couldn't get the Hurricanes in the end zone. And while he did pass for 217 yards, he was just 21 of 41 in the air.

Miami running backs Henry Parrish Jr. (85 yards, 5.3 average) and Jaylan Knighton (77 yards, 5.5) were impressive against the Aggies.

But the Hurricanes have two issues to clean up Saturday.

Without injured receiver Xavier Restrepo, Miami will look for a go-to target, with candidates including tight end Will Mallory and wide receivers Jacolby George and Key'Shawn Smith.

And Miami's special teams had a fumbled punt, a blocked field goal and a missed field goal against Texas A&M.

"We've got to score touchdowns," Cristobal said.

Meanwhile, the Raiders could have some fun plays in store for the Hurricanes.

Last week, MTSU used a "heavy backfield" in a goal-line situation, taking out four wide receivers and inserting four defensive linemen: Ja'Kerrius Wyatt, Zaylin Wood, Jordan Ferguson and Marley Cook.

"They're the most aggressive blockers I've ever seen," Peasant said. "Once we called that, it was an automatic touchdown."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2022

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