Af­ter run­ning for 110 yards, Dal­las is­sues warn­ing to FIU

The Palm Beach Post - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Tom D’An­gelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer tdan­gelo@pb­ Twit­ter: @tom­dan­gelo44

TOLEDO, OHIO — DeeJay Dal­las, dream crusher.

The Mi­ami run­ning back had a dream game Satur­day dur­ing the Hur­ri­canes’ 49-24 vic­tory over Toledo, back­ing up his claim the Hur­ri­canes are built to “crush dreams” with a big role in the win.

Dal­las recorded his first 100-yard game, fin­ish­ing with 110 yards on 17 car­ries, both team highs. He had one touch­down on a 19-yard run.

“I told you at the be­gin­ning of the week, we’re built to crush dreams and that’s what we’re do­ing,” Dal­las said, re­fer­ring to the amped-up sell­out crowd at the Glass Bowl.

But Dal­las did not stop there. He sent a warn­ing to Mi­ami’s next op­po­nent, crosstown ri­val FIU.

“And next week it’s the same story,” he said. “Un­der­dog try­ing to beat Mi­ami in Hard Rock. We’re just go­ing to han­dle busi­ness.”

The Hur­ri­canes fi­nally showed they have a run­ning game, fin­ish­ing with 268 yards on the ground. They en­tered av­er­ag­ing 161.

Quar­ter­back Ma­lik Rosier had 80 yards on 10 car­ries, in­clud­ing three rush­ing touch­downs. Rosier also threw for two scores. Travis Homer (Oxbridge Acad­emy) had 62 yards on 16 car­ries.

“Just the of­fen­sive line click­ing, they clicked at the right time,” Dal­las said. “I told them be­fore the game, ‘We’ve got to play with a men­tal­ity,’ and that’s what they came out and did. They came out and showed up. And that’s what we need ev­ery week. I told them we’ve just got to keep build­ing and keep build­ing and keep build­ing.”

Mi­ami was de­ter­mined to get Dal­las past the 100-yard mark. When of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Thomas Brown put him back in the game in the fourth quar­ter lead­ing 42-24, coach Mark Richt ini­tially ques­tioned the move.

“I didn’t like him get­ting a carry late in the game,” Richt said. “When he came to me and said, ‘Thanks, coach,’ I re­al­ized he had 100 yards.”

Richt said he asked Brown why Dal­las was play­ing.

“It’s hard to keep a kid at 98 yards, 99 yards when he can get one more carry,” Richt said. “I un­der­stand that as far as milestones for run­ning backs. I was OK with it.”

No fan of Ohio: Hur­ri­canes re­ceiver Lawrence Cager was asked about how nice it will be to get back home. Mi­ami hosts FIU on Satur­day and then has two more home games be­fore hit­ting the road again.

Cager agreed it will be a good thing be­fore as­sur­ing he will never work for the lo­cal cham­ber of com­merce.

“It’s go­ing to be good to get away from Ohio,” he said. “I don’t like Ohio. It’s so bor­ing.”

Short-handed in sec­ondary: Mi­ami strug­gled when se­nior safety Jaquan John­son left late in the first half with a ham­string in­jury. Toledo scored on that pos­ses­sion and on its next three drives.

This came af­ter the Rock­ets were shut out on their first six pos­ses­sions.

Mi­ami, though, was with­out its top backup safety, Amari Carter, who did not make the trip be­cause of a death in his fam­ily.

“Amari had a fam­ily mem­ber who passed away,” Richt said. “He gave the eu­logy for that fam­ily. He made that choice and he hon­ored his fam­ily that way.”

Toledo to­taled 106 yards on its first six pos­ses­sions. On the next four, it had 252 yards and 24 points. The de­fense set­tled down, hold­ing the Rock­ets score­less on their fi­nal three pos­ses­sions, which ended with an in­ter­cep­tion and two punts.

“The quar­ter­back started run­ning the ball a lit­tle more,” line­backer Shaq Quar­ter­man said. “We had to ad­just to that.”

Toledo, which had 603 yards in its season-open­ing 66-3 win over VMI, fin­ished with 334 against Mi­ami.

Hur­ri­canes de­fen­sive tackle Ger­ald Wil­lis was lim­ited in the sec­ond half be­cause of cramps.

Penalty-free: The Hur­ri­canes of­fi­cially had no penal­ties. Bubba Baxa twice kicked the ball out of bounds, but the NCAA does not rec­og­nize that as a penalty.

UM did try to take a de­lay of game penalty when it lined up to punt late in the game, but Toledo de­clined the penalty.


Canes de­fen­sive line­man Scott Patchan (19) and line­backer Shaquille Quar­ter­man (55) cel­e­brate af­ter de­fen­sive back Tra­jan Bandy se­cures an in­ter­cep­tion.

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