It may be hard to believe, but Miami is in position to end the season with nine wins. That assumes, of course, the Hurricanes avoid a second half meltdown against Pittsburgh and close out the year with a bowl win. For now, Miami should be feeling pretty good as the Hurricanes have stomped Pitt in the first half of an early kickoff in western Pennsylvania. Miami took a 23-3 lead into the half.
Miami has more than doubled the total offensive production of the Panthers, outgaining Pitt at halftime 248 yards to 102. The Panthers have just 36 passing yards and 66 rushing yards in the half. Pitt also had a turnover with Nathan Peterman having a pass picked off by Artie Burns.
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya has completed 13 of 23 pass attempts for 166 yards, with Rashawn Scott on the receiving end of the touchdown play and leading the team with 50 receiving yards. Miami’s Joseph Yardley leads all players with 64 rushing yards. Pitt’s star receiver, Tyler Boyd, has just one catch for eight yards.
It was just one half, but Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya is having himself a nice ballgame down in Miami. Kaaya has already thrown for over 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Hurricanes, who lead Nebraska 20-3 at the halftime break.
Kaaya has found something working with wide receiver Rashawn Scott against the Huskers. Scott is Miami’s leading receiver with 114 yards, but the touchdowns have been thrown to Tyre Brady and Christopher Herndon IV. Kaaya has completed a pass to seven different receivers, keeping Nebraska on their toes going to the break.
Nebraska’s quarterback, Tommy Armstrong, has struggled to get going, completing seven of his 13 passes for 65 yards at halftime. The Huskers running game has also not done a whole lot just yet, with Terrell Newby rushing for 41 yards at halftime. Penalties have also haunted Nebraska, with seven first-half penalties for 65 yards.
Nebraska is going to need a big second half. Otherwise the Huskers will be taking a 1-2 record back to Lincoln with them. Al Golden, on the other hand, will suddenly feel a little better about his job security. Maybe.
Miami’s wide receiving corps will be at less than full strength for this weekend’s non-conference game.
On its weekly injury report, both The U confirmed that both Stacy Coley and Rashawn Scott won’t play in Saturday’s game against Arkansas State. Both are out with what the school described as an upper-extremity injury.
Coley suffered his injury in the Hurricanes’ win over Florida A&M this past weekend. Coley, who was UM’s second-leading receiver last season, has three catches for just nine yards through two games.
Scott, meanwhile, has yet to play at all this season due to a clavicle/shoulder injury. He suffered the injury in the middle of summer camp and was initially feared lost for the season.
That didn’t happen, at least not yet, although there’s no timeline for a return.
An injury suffered earlier in the week is not expected to sideline a potentially key piece of Miami’s offense the entire season, head coach Al Golden said Friday.
During a scrimmage Wednesday, Rashawn Scott went down with what was described as a clavicle or shoulder injury. The initial fear was that Scott could be out for the entire 2014 season.
Fortunately for the Hurricanes, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
“It’s not a season-ending deal,” Golden said. “It’s a little bit of an exotic injury, something that’s not customary. But he’s doing good. He’ll keep his conditioning up so he can return to action quickly.”
Just how long Scott will be sidelined, however, is unknown.
Scott, a three-star member of The U’s 2011 recruiting class, missed significant time last season with a shoulder injury. In 2012, and despite an indefinite suspension that cost him the last three games of the season, Scott was second on the team in receptions (35) and receiving yards (512).
During the first couple of weeks of summer camp this year, Scott had been working almost exclusively with the first-team offense.
Already ruled out of this Saturday’s game with Florida, Rashawn Scott will not so unexpectedly be out a bit longer after that as well.
Head coach Al Golden confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the wide receiver will miss the next month or so. It had previously been reported that Scott would miss 4-6 weeks with a broken collarbone, although Golden has declined to get that specific with the nature of the injury.
A four-week timeframe could get Scott back on the field in time for the ACC opener against Georgia Tech Oct. 5.
Scott suffered the injury in the season-opening win over FAU last Friday. Prior to that, he had two catches for 28 yards.
With 35 catches for 512 yards last season, Scott was the Hurricanes’ second-leading receiver.