It wasn’t a good day for Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden’s alma mater Penn State but it was a successful start to the season for Golden and his team.
Two teams that finished their 2011 seasons against each other, the Hurricanes and Boston College Eagles, entered the second-half of Saturday’s game in a tight contest. The Hurricanes went into the half with a 21-20 lead over Boston College but then caught fire in the second-half. Freshman running back Duke Johnson helped break the game wide open with his 56-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
It was the second 50+ yard touchdown run for Johnson on the day. In the second quarter, Johnson scampered 54 yards for the score. Johnson ended the game with 135 yards on 7 attempts with two scores. Johnson added ten more yards receiving.
Turnovers were the story early in the game. Boston College continued to have trouble holding on to the ball throughout and had six fumbles — two of which were lost. Miami capitalized on the turnovers and used them to spring ahead on the scoreboard. Golden should be very satisfied with the ability to create turnovers by his young defense.
Quarterback Stephen Morris looked solid for the ‘Canes but never looked special. He finished the game with 207 yards on 28-for-45 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
It is the right way for Miami to kick off their 2012-13 campaign as they hope to get back on the level of the glory days at The U.