I rolled into CANT last night and immediately gained a heightened appreciation for enrollment at Miami. Don’t be fooled by pop culture, Cleveland definitely does not rock. For starters, it rains here. Unbelievable, right? We were supposed to play disc golf and now we CANT. Also, everything here is not located within one single square mile. That’s right, you CANT walk from one side of town to the other in 15 minutes; for that tour you have to drive. Oh, and in case you want some delicious steamed sandwiches from Bagel & Deli, you CANT have those either. But alas, I digress.
Tonight may very well be the most important game Miami plays all season. It certainly is the most significant contest for the RedHawks thus far. Dropping 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in the MAC is hard enough to stomach. Doing so to a team withouts its starting QB or star RB is just downright demoralizing. If Miami loses, I find it hard to believe they win a game at all in 2009. However, if they can notch that first W tonight, I don’t think two or three more victories are out of the question. These projections are not based on the remaining schedule, but rather the mindset the ‘Hawks will take into it based on tonight’s outcome.
DK Kountry Keys to the Game:
- Zac Dysert vs His first career start: Perhaps Haywood had this planned all along. Feed Raudabaugh to the wolves (i.e. UK, Boise, WMU) and then let Dysert get his wings in a game where he can succeed. Lets hope that plan plays out on the field and not just on paper.
- Miami Turnover Bug vs The Weather: Miami has had a real difficulty in hanging onto the ball in recent games (by recent games I mean all of them). Tonight’s downpour won’t help with overcoming that trend.
- KSU Offense vs MU Defense: As mentioned above, KSU is without its two most significant offensive players tonight. Lets hope this means Miami can keep them under 40 points.
Prediction: Finally, an offense Miami can (supposedly) stop. Perhaps this is also a defense (of first stringers) that Miami can score on. I know these are two novel ideas but I feel mildly confident that both are true. Miami 21, Cant 14.
Sorry for the late start everyone. I got to the game later than I hoped to. The rumors are true, Zac Dysert is indeed starting. He is on the field now after Miami stopped (yes, stopped) KSU on its opening drive. While punting, the flashes snapped the ball over the punter’s head resulting in a net punt of 5 yards. Miami, after a few stupid penalties is now driving (yes, driving) under Zac’s direction. His so called ‘scramble-ability’ is also real and not just a myth. His legs and arm have the Hawks inside the redzone (yes, the redzone).
Hold your horses. Miami’s drive just stalled on the 11 yard line. We now have a (supposedly) makeable field goal on the way.
POINTS! Against a real, live, first-string defense (yes, its CANT State but just humor me here). Sure an otherwise great drive stalled but… POINTS! Against a real, live “first-string” defense. MIAMI 3, CANT 0.
Side note: My outcome prediction looks good here but the points prediction will be tough to match now. Bullock’s!
What did I tell you about those horses? HOLD THEM! KSU just flashed past the Hawks on the kickoff for a really long (I didn’t hear the PA announcement) TD. Its the first KSU kickoff return TD since 2007 (yup, I did hear that one). Missed extra point. Now MIAMI 3, CANT 6.
Side note: Yup, my points prediction is totally screwed now. My outcome may be shot too.
O M G! This game is just straight up off the chain bro. Miami just completed a downfield pass. First the redzone, then points and now this!? What is going on out there!? More ‘scramble-ability’ from Dysert and Miami is back in the redzone. Crazy. I know.
Should I say it? I think its ok. Yeah lets just go ahead and get it out there. ZD looks good. Real good. I hope you don’t believe in jinxes. If you do and ZD immediately starts sucking, I am not, I repeat NOT up in the press box. Ok so yeah obviously I am, but just please don’t come and kill me. I mean this in all honesty; its just an observation: ZD looks good.
CANT ball. Merriweather fumbled. This is NOT my fault. I repeat, NOT my fault. Just because I mentioned turnovers and rain does not mean I caused this. I’m just as mad as you.
First quarter ends with a long pass by KSU. Still in their own territory by definitely not backed up against a wall either. Its raining harder now. I really hope this does not nullify Miami’s passing game.
Fumbleruski!? Really!? That play actually exists!? And works!? This is ridiculous. KSU just scored a 50+ yard TD on a freaking fumbleruski. MIAMI 3, CANT 13
Ok, maybe I should just stop typing, pack it up and go sit in the rain. Dysert just fumbled. I’m starting to think this IS my fault.
Fake field goal. Yawn. Everything is just boring and uncreative after a fumbleruski. Of course it didn’t work (although it almost did). Miami is now back with the ball where ZD fumbled in the first place.
Blocked punt. Are you surprised because I’m not. Right on schedule. CANT back in scoring position. Could this game be any sloppier?
So my thought with the 21-14 prediction was that no one would be able to kick field goals in the rain. Naturally the score is now 3-16 with two field goals made.
Miami is about to go for it on 4th and 1 on the 49. I like the call.
How many jinxes is that tonight? We are definitely getting close to double-digets. KSU ball after a run play from the super power I formation (three backs… I made up the term) failed miserably.
Why is the wildcat called the wildcat when both Arkansas and Mike Vick claim to have invented it, niether of whom are wildcats or played for a team whos mascot was a wildcat? Well regardless, it didn’t work. I hope the only KSU trick play that does is that fumbleruski. All else just not nearly as fun… and I want Miami to win. Another field goal. Number three for the night. Yup, I’m good at this prediction thing. Should fit in well at SI someday. MIAMI 3, CANT 19.
ZD is looking good again. WAIT! NO! I didn’t mean that. He looks terrible. Just don’t jinx him, please.
pssst… He just completed two passes down field to put Miami at the 27. How sexy is that. Told ya he’s looking good. Just don’t tell anyone or he might fumble.
TOUCHDOWN!!! AHHHHH!!! WHAT DO I DO!!! MIAMI SCORED A TOUCHDOWN (against a first string defense)!!!
Ok, don’t worry. I didn’t take a victory lap around the press box and thus didn’t get kicked out. I’m still here chief (ps name that movie reference and get a gold star).
Let’s recap what just happened. In two words: Zac Dysert. Yeah, ZD just happened. Deal with it. My boy just took the Hawks down the field in a classic two minute drill to end the half. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning take notes. Great pocket awareness by this freshman created two brilliant plays. First, a scramble-ability up the middle; it didn’t generate many yards (maybe 5) or even a first down; it did save a sac and keep the ball moving. Second, a ridiculous throw down field on the run; flushed out of the pocket, he didn’t throw a pick or throw it in the stands or run out of bounds. He kept focused and found an open WR. The Miami wide tried to ruin all of this. Reverting back to their 2008 form, two other great passes hit the turf after hitting RedHawk hands. But ZD didn’t freak. He just became one. He went back to one of those same ball droppers and hit em up for SIX. All as the clock was winding down.
Even with that score, the deficit is still a lot worse than Miami is actually playing. Really just a few key turnovers/blockedpunts/fumbleruskis are the only reason CANT is winning right now. I’m not saying Miami is out playing them. I’m saying Miami shouldn’t be losing by nine right now (oh yeah, the score is 19-10 right now… I tend to forget that part a lot). I realize this is the same old story from the first few games. Yes, this whole ‘play ok but get blownout because of turnovers’ routine is getting old. But seriously, this offense is completely different with ZD at the reigns. There is a golden flash of hope for the RedHawks here.
Miami starts with the ball this half. A poor return and stupid penalty puts them at their own 9. Way to keep that momentum rolling!
Three and out with lost yardage. Then a short punt to the 39… WOOP WOOP! All aboard the fail boat.
KSU CANT get do anything with the field position. Three and out. Punt into the endzone. Here’s the battle of attrition I was expecting.
ZD flushed out of the pocket. KSU broken ankles everywhere. Shoulda been a 10 yard loss. Miami first down instead.
Interception. The love/hate relationship continues.
My boy Jordan Gafford just flys into the backfield and sacks the KSU QB for a 18 yard loss. Knocks the flashes back so they CANT kick a field goal. Another punt into the endzone.
Seriously, someone should really pick up all those broken ankles off of the field. They’re starting to get in the way. ZD is nasty good. Love that scramble-ability.
Haha, Miami just ran a draw play and it worked perfectly. Proof that Haywood is a better coach than Monty.
They finally sacked ZD. I think that makes them 1 for like 26 on the night. Of course Zac lets em know whats good by ripping off a 13 yard run the next play.
Another failed 4th down near mid field for Miami. I still agree with the call. I completely disagree with the spot of the ball by the ref.
UGH! Big pass play when everyone is thinking run. KSU TD. MIAMI 10, CANT 26.
One of the best parts of ZDs scrambles is the lady in front of the press box screaming “COME ON! GET HIM!” in a high, whiny voice every time.
WOW! After two 4th and shorts failed you think Haywood might pack it up on 4th and long. NOPE! Zac zips it downfield (I know, Im still getting used to it too) for the first and more.
Dysert. Slicing and dysing on a bootleg to the two yard line. I will never get tired of watching him run.
The super power I is back. This time it works. TOUCHDOWN MIAMI! Down by 10 the Hawks go for two. Apparently the special teams units didn’t make the trip up. Another rare sack of Zac. MIAMI 16, CANT 26.
Ok, when I said the special teams units didn’t make it I meant just the punter and kick. Well I guess the entire unit stayed back with them because KSU just ripped off another huge run back, this time barely short of the 50.
Another nice stop (whats that?) by the Miami D. Great punt (whats that?) by KSU puts Miami at the 2 yard line.
Another draw, another big gain. This is weird and I don’t know what to say.
Holding nullifies a great play call. ZD keeper after play action. I’m telling you this kid looks so good. He’s sexy and he can freaking play some football.
What do ya know, the rain kicks up and Miami fumbles again ::slam forehead against desk… but covertly so no else notices and kicks me out::
Ok now I will say it. Miami is clearly out playing CANT. These turnovers and what not are just out of control.
I am so sorry for all of you reading this who are unable to watch this performance by ZD. I was just about to write how Miami’s drive didn’t go anywhere for the first time since the beginning of the half when he goes all Houdini on some CANT players and runs for another first down. Someone do a count: how many time have I written that tonight? Next play he does it again with this wicked sick spin move that makes the defender literally fall down. Oh hey, I look up from my computer and what do I see… ZD with the ball running wild. KSU just CANT stop him.
If this was a home game for my high school football team, we’d be doing the “HE’s A FRESH-MAN” cheer right now.
This is getting comical. KSU players just keep falling over themselves everywhere as they chase ZD. The drive ends with a long field goal (yup, another one) in the rain. MIAMI 19, CANT 26
Its raining cats and dogs. Literally. Ok not literally, but that would make a really cool sports story. Anyway, its raining really really super de duper do dah hard right now. KSU has the ball at mid field with their first real drive in a long while.
UGH again! Another long run play for CANT to put them inside the red zone. Why do I get the feeling that the rain gives them super powers. Seriously, they play horrible when it stops and awesome (actually, lucky) when it pours.
KSU field goal… in the pouring rain… very suspicious. Also, very crushing for Miami. HAWKS 19, CANT 29
Miami takes over at their 29 with 1:13 left in the game down by 10. Not looking good, especially since its still raining and KSU is thus super charged. Oh yup, and as I type that ZD throws a pick. Game over.
I want to retract an earlier statement. Even tho Miami lost to a pitiful CANT team, I no longer think it means they will go winless. If you hadn’t noticed, I developed a man-crush on ZD tonight. Despite defeat, Dysert was a tasty treat. This team can win games with him once it stops turning the ball.
Hey, Miami gets to go back to Miami and not stay in Kent forever… sounds like a win to me. Goodnight everybody. Stay dry. Stay classy. Oh, and keep reading, keep writing, because some people just KENT.