2009 Miami vs. South Florida Point Spread Odds, Matchup & Preview Print
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009 14:55

Canes vs. Bulls

Tampa, FL – While the anticipation surrounding Miami's upcoming matchup doesn't equal that of a game against one of the state's other powerhouse programs, the Hurricanes know that South Florida will be ready.

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Looking for their first nine-win season since 2005, the 19th-ranked Hurricanes close out their schedule Saturday at Raymond James Stadium, where they'll face a Bulls team led by dynamic redshirt freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels.

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Miami (8-3) has faced South Florida once - defeating the Bulls 27-7 on Oct. 1, 2005 - but the teams will meet in their next five season finales.

"It's an in-state game," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "There's going to be some fire, there's going to be some excitement in the air. It's probably going to be a sold-out stadium, one of those type of deals. It's South Florida having an opportunity to get on the map, beat the University of Miami. And our players have to understand, it's a rivalry game."

Sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris won't let the Hurricanes forget what is at stake in their final two games - a shot at the program's first 10-win season since 2003 and its first bowl victory since 2006.

A week after a 33-24 loss at North Carolina ended Miami's hopes of an ACC championship, Harris threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-16 victory over Duke.

"We were coming out and Duke was just cheering, singing songs, basically like they've got this game won," said Harris, who threw for 300-plus yards in three of his last four games. "Right there, that kind of lit a flame inside my soul. I was like, 'I can't let this happen.'''

Harris, the ACC offensive player of the week, has 3,003 passing yards this season - the first Miami player to throw for more than 3,000 since Ken Dorsey in 2002.

Sophomore wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has been a major beneficiary of Harris' breakout sophomore season. Hankerson, who had career highs with eight receptions and 143 yards Saturday, leads the team with 42 catches and 752 yards. He is tied with tight end Jimmy Graham with five receiving TDs.

Graham had a season-high 73 receiving yards against the Blue Devils. Four of his five catches came on third down as Miami went 14 of 21 in those situations.

"Third down was unbelievable,'' Shannon said.

So was senior linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who recorded a career-high 12 tackles and recorded his first career interception, bringing it back 73 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Led by Sharpton, the ACC defensive lineman of the week, Miami's rush defense allowed 88.2 yards in the last six games after giving up an average of 149.6 on the ground in its first five contests.

The Hurricanes, who gave up two rushing TDs in the last six weeks, will look to shut down Daniels. He became the first player in Big East history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game as South Florida (7-3) defeated Louisville 34-22 on Saturday.

Daniels completed 20 of 34 for 304 yards and carried 22 times for 141 yards to earn Big East offensive player of the week honors.

His 445 yards were 12 shy of the conference record.

"B.J. Daniels played with courage. He played with fight. He played with confidence. But he missed a lot of different plays," said Bulls coach Jim Leavitt, whose team is looking to win at least eight games for the fourth straight season.

Junior A.J. Love caught four passes for a career-high 121 yards while senior Jessie Hester made five catches for 43 yards. Hester became the fifth player in program history with 100 receptions.

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Posted: 11/24/09 7:55PM ET

 

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