* Kaaya was kept on a short leash. Coley or Golden, who ever was calling the plays, limited Kaaya to high percentage throws for most of the game. His two best throws came on the same play call where he hit Wofford for 31 and then Dorsett for 39 yards. Later in the third quarter he was picked off on an egregiously under thrown ball to Wofford. Under his command the offense could't do enough to sustain drives (1 for 13 on 3rd down). His passing yardage was also inflated by the last drive of the game where Miami had to throw because they were down 31-13. That drive ended in an interception. I wonder if Kaaya starts next week.
* Miami's O-Line is soft. Mauldin had his way with them early in the game and it felt like either he was in on every tackle or the PA announcer just calls every player on the squad Mauldin. After a big fumble that gave Miami the ball on the Cards 8, they were able to manage 1 yard and 3 points. Duke Johnson had 90 yards on 20 carries but was unable to consistently put together runs that would move the chains. Most of his yards came on a few runs where he popped outside. Miami was 1 for 13 on third downs. Other than a few explosive plays, the line got no push and struggled to protect Kaaya who was under duress way too often. Even on the two 30 yard completions Kaaya had pressure in his face.
* Miami's LB's made some big plays but their lack of depth on the D-Line showed in the 4th quarter. Louisville came out in the second half and ran most of their plays out of the Ace Twin. Me and my drunk buddy Chip predicted about 85% of Louisville's plays correctly in the second half because all Petrino did was run to the unbalanced short side of the field almost every play. Dominique Brown finished with 33 carries for 143 yards. Miami could't slow down the run and was getting manhandled, by an O-Line that gave up 4 sacks and 8 TFLs, on an almost 8 minute fourth quarter drive. You would think Golden would lay off the RB and go recruit some lineman.
* Miami's defensive play calling on that long fourth quarter drive was laughable. Petrino kept running an unbalanced line to the short side of the field and the defense never adjusted. The nose tackle didn't even shift to the correct gap pre-snap.
* Their O Line is suspect. They gave up way too many plays in the back field and got blown up off the snap way too often. Their overall performance looks better than it really was because Miami's D Line was gassed from being on the field way too much because Miami couldn't sustain drives. The Canes averaged about 2:30 per drive.
* Will Gardner looked good for a first time starter. He held the ball too long at times and had a big fumble on his own 8 coming out of the half. Lucky for him Miami only got a FG out of it. He also threw some balls behind his receivers that could have gone for first downs. His first TD pass was a nice throw at the goal line to a receiver in the second level. It was a nice play call by Petrino. His second TD came on an obvious bootleg roll out to big TE Gerald Christian. He could be a lot more confident by the time FSU rolls into town, if his line does't get him killed first.
* Gerald Christian is a big target over the middle and he's gonna give Florida State TE Nick O'Leary a run for 1st team All-ACC TE honors.
* Their front seven looked fast and OLBs Mount and Mauldin have good motors. They were disruptive in Grantham's 3-4 in this game but I will reserve judgement for now. I think Louisville's success was more a product of playing Brad Kaaya and a porous offensive line. Same goes for the secondary. The Sample interception was a product of Kaaya not putting the right depth on the ball. Sample was actually beat over the top, a better throw could have been a big play. They also got beat on the same play twice when Coley or Golden (anyone know who called that game?) let Kaaya actually chuck it down the field.
* Corvin Lamb is very fast.
* Eli Rogers runs crisp routes over the middle and looks to be able to soften the blow of losing Parker.
That's about all I can remember off the head. I'm sure Murray State will be a much tougher opponent than the Sun Showers from Coral Cables. I hope the Cards don't think everything is sweet up and put their feet up.