If Florida A&M's goal was to come out and get completely annihilated in the most humbling way imaginable, then mission accomplished because The U came out and crushed the Rattlers 45-0 last night. The defense recorded eight sacks, Jacory Harris tossed three touchdowns, Leonard Hankerson caught six passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns while Lamar Miller and Damien Berry combined for 110 rushing yards and a score as the Miami Hurricanes opened up the 2010 season.
To be fair, FAMU had no business being on the same field as the number 13 ranked Hurricanes. But this game was just a formality as the Canes now prepare for their epic showdown at Ohio State next Saturday. For their part, the number 2 ranked Buckeyes did some dominating of their own last night, taking down Marshall 45-7.
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins played against an opponent that could be the equivalent of the Canes vs. FAMU when they took the field against the Dallas Cowboys' third stingers. The Dolphins did not fair as well. Things started out okay for the Fins, when Chad Henne led their first-team offense to an opening drive that stalled, but resulted in a field goal. But head coach Tony Sparano curiously kept his starters out there, presumably to help build their confidence. The plan blew up all over their faces.
Jake Long had his knee rolled on and hobbled off the field (the injury, thankfully, is not serious), the offensive line completely crumbled and failed to protect Henne, there were more dropped passes by receivers, while third receiver Sam Hurd and a dude named Stephen McGee torched starting cornerback Sean Smith for a 43-yard touchdown. Instead of going into the season amped and ready, there are more questions than answers for the Dolphins. Could the root of the problem be that they suck? Stay tuned!
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