The Hurricanes went into today's game against South Florida without knowing which backup quarterback it'd be facing. After starter B.J. Daniels went down with a broken leg a few weeks ago, the Bulls entered the game keeping people guessing whether they'd go with Bobby Eveld, who was redshirting, or Matt Floyd.
In the end, the decision didn't matter. Eveld got the nod but Denzel Perryman set the tone early on by knocking Eveld out with a big hit that led to a shoulder injury, ending Eveld's night.
Floyd was unable to get much going against Miami's young defense. He threw for 175 yards, no touchdowns, and was intercepted twice.
USF managed just three field goals on 358 total yards. They turned it over three times -- all in the first half.
Stephen Morris and the Miami offense was a different story. Miami's junior quarterback threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Using just three scholarship receivers in the passing game because of multiple injuries, the Hurricanes were unable to score touchdowns on their first three scoring drives -- all Jake Wieclaw field goals.
Then the offense came alive. Morris hit Kendal Thompkins for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Duke Johnson scored from eight yards out to open the third quarter scoring. Johnson, who finished with 66 yards on 13 carries, just missed a second touchdown when he was knocked out of bounds inside the one but fumbled past the pylon while reaching for the goal line.
Morris found Herb Waters, who finished with four catches for 130 yards, for an 87-yard score before finding Clive Walford for a 65-yard score. Walford finished with three catches for 135 yards.
Mike James, the only offensive senior starter, finished Senior Day with eight carries for 25 yards.
The win sends Miami to 6-5 on the season with one regular season game left. They will travel to Duke next Saturday to take on the Blue Devils in what could be the final game of the season for the Hurricanes.
There's a good chance school officials will decide to self-impose a bowl ban this season in continued preparation for looming NCAA sanctions. If that happens, it'll likely be announced within 24 hours.