Twelve of Miamis 26 scoring drives have needed less than two minutes, including five that have taken less than 60 seconds. Morris had seven completions of at least 40 yards last Saturday.
Explosive plays are the No. 1 factor in scoring, Golden said. We need explosive plays against this Irish defense.
The Notre Dame offense, which has used backup Tommy Rees (hes the one who beat UM in the Sun Bowl) behind starter Everett Golson more of late, is not as special, but does have 2011 Mackey Award finalist Tyler Eifert at tight end.
UMs defense, however, is not its strong point.
Miami allowed the second-most yards in school history (664) against the Wolfpack and is on pace to give up the most points in school history. The Canes are ranked 114th of 120 teams in total defense, 112th in rushing defense and tied for 98th in scoring defense (33.4 points allowed a game).
The Irish are 95th in total offense and 76th in scoring (25.7 points a game).
As for the weather Saturday, it wont be especially inviting for the Hurricanes. But at least theres no snow or ice forecast. Temperatures are expected to start around the mid 40s and possibly dip into the high 30s by the end.
Im from Miami, born and raised in Miami, said sophomore UM cornerback Thomas Finnie. Ive never played in a cold game. In December here the coldest I think it gets is, like, 60. The players said the only thing that will really be cold is our feet, so as long as we keep our feet warm we should be good.
Said Golden: I hope were not to the point where we have to all huddle around the heater. I hope were all tough enough to just go out and play. Were going to be outside for 3 ½, 4 hours against a Top-10 team. If we have a team thinking about heaters or looking to get sweatshirts Im not doing something right.