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Football Hosts Bethune-Cookman in Home Opener

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 09/10/2012
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GAME INFORMATION
Date / Time: Sat., Sept. 15, 2012 / 12:04 p.m. EDT
Site: Miami Gardens, Fla. / Sun Life Stadium (74,916)
TV: ESPN3
   Play-by-Play: Drew Fellios; Analyst: Doug Graber; Sideline: Tiffany Greene
Local Radio: 560 WQAM
   Play-by-Play: Joe Zagacki; Analyst: Don Bailey Jr.; Sideline: Josh Darrow
Spanish Radio: Caracol 1260 AM
   Play-by-Play: Roly Martin; Analysts: Pepe Campos and Joe Martinez
Student Radio: 90.5 FM WVUM
   Talent: Chris Wittyngham, Nick Greenberg and Chip Brierre
Satellite Radio: Sirius 136, XM 192 (UM broadcast)
Live Stats: HurricaneSports.com
Twitter Updates: @HurricaneSports
Series: Miami leads, 1-0
   Miami: Miami leads, 1-0
   First Meeting: 2011 — W, 45-14
   Last Meeting: Same
   Streak: Miami, 1 win

STORY LINES
* Miami will face Bethune-Cookman in the Canes' 2012 home opener at Sun Life Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. EDT on ESPN3. It will be the second all-time meeting between the programs after they met for the first time at Sun Life Stadium in Miami's 45-14 win in 2011.
* Under Al Golden, the Hurricanes are a perfect 6-0 after a loss, including this season’s opener in which Miami avenged a loss at home to Boston College.
* The Hurricanes are a perfect 4-0 in home openers at Sun Life Stadium. Miami has defeated Charleston Southern (2008), Georgia Tech (2009), Florida A&M (2010) and Ohio State (2011) since it left the Orange Bowl following the 2007 season.
* After racking up 214 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut against Boston College, RB Duke Johnson added 178 more to his season total. His total was bolstered by a 77-yard fourth-quarter kickoff return that set up Miami's only touchdown against Kansas State. Johnson ranks 1st in the ACC this season with 198.5 all-purpose yards per game.
* Redshirt sophomore TE Clive Walford had three catches for 61 yards and a touchdown against K-State, including a career-best 56-yard catch-and-run in the first quarter. Walford's TD grab in the fourth quarter was the first of the season and second of his career.
* The Canes are undefeated at home against MEAC opponents, outscoring them 400-49. Miami’s only other MEAC opponent is Florida A&M, posting an 8-1 record against the Rattlers and winning the last eight meetings.
* Nearly 70 of Miami's 2012 roster hails from Florida (67 players), including 21 that hail from Miami-Dade County.
* Four Miami Hurricanes are among 312 seniors named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List, the nation's premier all-star game announced August 23. Senior RB Mike James, DB Brandon McGee, DT Darius Smith and S Vaughn Telemaque represent the Hurricanes on the Senior Bowl's inaugural watch list.

NATIONAL TELEVISION COVERAGE
* Saturday's meeting with Bethune-Cookman will be streamed nationally exclusively on ESPN3. WatchESPN/ESPN3 is currently available for Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV and Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers.
* Miami's Oct. 6 game against Notre Dame in Chicago will be televised nationally at 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN SERIES HISTORY
* Saturday will mark the second series meeting with Miami winning the first meeting, 45-14, in 2011.
* In last season's meeting, then-freshman DE Anthony Chickillo made his first career start against the Wildcats. He recorded 1.5 sacks and ended the game with four tackles, 1.5 of which were for five lost yards.
* LB Kelvin Cain picked up his only career interception against B-CU in 2011 and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown for the Canes.

A WIN BY MIAMI WOULD...
* Give Miami a 65-21 record in home openers.
* Improve its record to 5-0 in home-openers at Sun Life Stadium.
* Improve its record to 5-2 over non-conference opponents under Al Golden.
* Improve its record to 9-1 all-time over MEAC teams.

#ROOKIECANES
* In Miami's second game of the season, 13 freshmen including 11 true freshman played at Kansas State.
* True freshman OL Ereck Flowers made his second consecutive start at right tackle. On the defensive side of the ball, redshirt freshman LB Eddie Johnson made his career-first start, notching a career-best seven tackles.
* S Deon Bush also recorded seven tackles in the contest. DB Tracy Howard, DB Rayshawn Jenkins and DL Earl Moore each tallied a tackle each.
* For the second consecutive game, true freshman RB Duke Johnson has led the Canes in all-purpose yards. After totaling 214 total yards at Boston College, Johnson added 178 more at Kansas State, bolstered by a 77-yard fourth quarter kick-off return.

A GAME OF FIRSTS
* Miami's visit to Kansas State's Bill Snyder Family Stadium was the first in program history.
* DB Brandon McGee intercepted his first pass of the season, when he picked-off KSU's Collin Klein in the third quarter. It was his first interception since facing USF in 2011.
* Redshirt sophomore QB Ryan Williams made his Hurricane debut in the four quarter. He connected on both of his pass attempts, including his first touchdown pass, a 2-yard strike to TE Clive Walford.

PLENTY OF OPTIONS
* Miami has 12 different players that have at least one reception in the first two games of the season.
* Allen Hurns, Rayshawn Scott, Phillip Dorsett, Clive Walford, Malcolm Lewis, Duke Johnson, Devon Johnson, Mike James, Asante Cleveland, Kendal Thompkins, Eduardo Clements and Herb Waters each have at least one grab through two games.
* Junior Allen Hurns leads all receivers with 10 catches and 113 receiving yards on the season.

TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE
* Five of Miami's nine scoring drives this season have needed less than two minutes.

MIAMI SCORING DRIVES UNDER TWO MINUTES
at Boston College - Du. Johnson 54-yard run (1:51)
at Boston College - Du. Johnson 56-yard run (1:17)
at Boston College - Wieclaw 24-yard FG (0:46)
at Kansas State - Wieclaw 27-yard FG (1:42)
at Kansas State - Walford 2-yard pass from Williams (1:39)

HURRICANE HOME-OPENER SUCCESS
* Saturday's home opener against Bethune-Cookman marks Miami's fifth season at Sun Life Stadium.
* The Hurricanes are 4-0 in home openers at Sun Life Stadium, defeating Charleston Southern (2008), Georgia Tech (2009), Florida A&M (2010) and Ohio State (2011) since it left the Orange Bowl following the 2007 season.
* Miami is 64-21 all-time in home openers and has won five consecutive home openers.
* Miami has won 13 of its last 14 home openers; its last home-opening loss came in a 13-10 defeat to No. 11 Florida State in 2006 at the Orange Bowl.

#DUUUKE ADDING ON
* True freshman RB Duke Johnson leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards after the second week of the season. The Norland High product is currently averaging 198.5 yards per game, 51.5 yards more per game than second-ranked Michael Campanaro of Wake Forest (147.0).
* Johnson's 392 all-purpose yards on the season account for 39 percent of the Canes’ 997 total all-purpose yardage.
* Against Boston College in the season-opener, Johnson became the first UM freshman RB to rush for 100 or more yards in first college game since Clinton Portis in 1999.

CAREER DAY
* Four different Hurricanes set career highs in tackles against Kansas State. Deon Bush (6 tackles, 1 FF), Shayon Green (8 tackles, 1.0 TFL), Olsen Pierre (7 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 FF) and Eddie Johnson (7 tackles, 1.0 TFL) each set career bests in stops.

Schedule
 
Monday, September 01
Football at Louisville
Louisville, Ky.
8:00 PM
ESPN
Saturday, September 06
Football vs. Florida A&M
Miami Gardens, Fla.
7:00 PM
ESPN3
Saturday, September 13
Football vs. Arkansas State
Miami Gardens, Fla.
3:30 PM
ESPNU
Saturday, September 20
Football at Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb.
8:00 PM
ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Saturday, September 27
Football vs. Duke
Miami Gardens, Fla.
TBA
Saturday, October 04
Football at Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga.
TBA
Saturday, October 11
Football vs. Cincinnati
Miami Gardens, Fla.
TBA
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