Saturday, October 2, 2010
Halftime: Miami 27, Clemson 14
By Heather Dinich
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Here's a quick analysis of the first half here in Death Valley:
Stat of the half: Five turnovers. Two interceptions for Miami quarterback Jacory Harris (that's eight in three games), and a fumble and two interceptions for Clemson. Who wants it? Buehler? Buehler?
Best player in the half: Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson. He had five catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns, including one with 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter for the 27-14 lead. The scoring drive, of course, came off a Clemson turnover. It took 14 seconds.
What Miami needs to do: Continue to make game-changing plays on defense. There's been a forced fumble, and a tipped pass for an interception. Every time Harris has put the defense back on the field with an interception, the Canes have answered. They're going to have to keep it up and continue to capitalize on Clemson's mistakes.
What Clemson needs to do: Quit turning it over. For all of the criticism of Miami's offense, Clemson is losing the turnover battle today while Harris has thrown four touchdown passes. The Tigers also have to get their passing game going, but stick with the run first since that's what is working. Keep the ball in the playmakers' hands, and today that's Andre Ellington.