Found October 26, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- It wasn't pretty. Seventh-ranked Miami didn't take its first lead until 5:36 remained in Saturday's 24-21 comeback victory over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons (4-4, 2-3 ACC), eyeing their first upset of a top-10 team since 1946, spread the Hurricanes' defense with five wideout sets from the onset. They held the Hurricanes to 10 points through three quarters. Yet when it mattered most, Miami (7-0, 3-0 ACC) relied on sophomore running back Duke Johnson, who scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, to pull out the victory. Here are a few thoughts and observations on an afternoon when the Hurricanes again avoided an upset to remain unbeaten. 1. Third-down defense. Wake Forest entered the game tied for 98th in the country with a 33 percent third-down conversion rate, while Miami ranked sixth in third-down defense (28.3 percent). Naturally, the Demon Deacons made all four of their third downs -- all four times through the air -- on their o...
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