The Miami Hurricanes defense came alive on Friday night against Virginia.
Miami (3-3, 1-2) didn’t allow Virginia to score a touchdown despite the Cavaliers making three trips into the red-zone.
UM’s run defense allowed 74 yards on 31 carries with a long rush on the night of 13 yards.
“The toughness of a defense is defined by red-zone and goal line,” coach Manny Diaz said following the game. “The way that we played when they got down there close and not allow touchdowns on all of those snaps when you face a quarterback of Perkins’ ability, that is a mindset.”
Striker Romeo Finley led Miami’s defense with eight tackles. Defensive end Greg Rousseau totaled seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack in his first career sack.
After not forcing a turnover the previous week against Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes were able to secure one turnover against the Cavaliers.
Miami quarterback N’Kosi Perry made his first start of the season and finished the game completing 16-of-27 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown.
Running back DeeJay Dallas led UM’s rushing efforts with 63 yards on 13 carries.
K.J. Osborn led the receivers with four receptions for 60 yards.
Overall, the victory over Virginia was a total team victory as the Hurricanes complemented each other on offense and defense.
“I am extremely proud of our football team,” coach Manny Diaz said on Friday night. “It was a very hard fought win, which is what we expected. We talked all week about how strong our culture is, even on the back of some of these losses to start the season. If we trusted in that and continued to nurture that, then the results will start to come. This game was a testament to that because if we were persistent and relentless, that would be the key. Virginia has an outstanding defense and you can’t say enough about their quarterback and the plays that he makes.
That high level of defensive football was reflected in Miami’s Pro Football Focus grades following the game.
Pro Football Focus is an advanced stats company that watches and analyzes games multiple times and puts together grades and next level breakdowns of players and games.
Read on for a look at the top ten UM PFF grades from Friday night’s game against Virginia.
Note: The minimum snap count to make this list is 25 snaps.