Rout keeps confidence growing

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005

MIAMI - With every passing week, the Hurricanes feel a little better about themselves.

Yes, they were supposed to beat Duke easily, which they did: 52-7 Saturday, holding the Blue Devils to 8 passing yards and five first downs.

Still, any big win, even against an overmatched opponent, provides a neat little ego boost.

"We're playing with a lot of confidence," safety Brandon Meriweather said. "Everybody has their swagger back. We're having fun."

Since surviving a triple-overtime test at Clemson in the season's second week, Miami has won its three games by a combined 102-17.

Still, No. 7 Miami is looking up at a number of teams in the national rankings, plus No. 3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Coastal Division race, and coach Larry Coker said there is work to do.

"We got to get better fundamentally and we got to continue to work hard and get better at guard play," he said Sunday.

FOR THE RECORD: Miami set season bests in points, yards (557), first downs (27), yards allowed (128) and first downs yielded. "We're not where we want to be. We're not hitting on all cylinders because we gave up an 81-yard run," Meriweather said, referring to Duke tailback Ronnie Drummer 's third-quarter score.

UP NEXT: The offense got 7 yards per play against Duke and faces an 0-6 Temple team that has been outscored 297-63 at 1 p.m. Saturday. "You can't really worry about who's lined up on the other side," quarterback Kyle Wright said. "If we go man to man, we can match up against anyone in the country. So if we go out and execute and do what we're supposed to do, then we will win."