3 takeaways from Miami's frustrating loss at Texas A&M
Miami fell to Texas A&M 17-9 in College Station on Saturday night.
The Canes had their chances, but weren’t able to complete a comeback in the game’s final minutes. Miami failed to score a touchdown at Kyle Field despite gaining 392 yards of offense.
Here are 3 takeaways from Miami’s loss to A&M:
Miami’s defense is legit
Miami’s offense struggled in multiple areas on Saturday night, but its defense kept it in the game. The Canes held Texas A&M’s offense to just 5.2 yards per play in College Station.
New Texas A&M quarterback Max Johnson was pressured all night and was limited to 140 yards on 10-of-20 passing. The Aggies managed just 4 yards per rush.
If there was one area of improvement for Miami’s defense, it would be the lack of turnovers generated. Texas A&M didn’t give the ball away at all on Saturday night, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Terrible red zone offense
Miami’s red zone offense was dreadful on Saturday night. The Canes had 4 trips into the red zone and came away with a trio of field goal attempts. Miami made it to 1st and goal on one possession and proceeded to run the ball 3 times before calling out the field goal unit.
Miami’s drives consistently stalled out in the red zone. Instead of pushing for touchdowns, Miami repeatedly chose — or was forced — to kick field goals on 4th down. That ended up costing Miami in the end when its final drive stalled with 30 seconds remaining.
Miami had chances to win this game. The Hurricanes missed 2 field goals, dropped multiple passes, muffed a punt and failed to recover a crucial fumble with a little more than 3 minutes left in this game.
And still, Miami had a chance to win this game. The miscues in the red zone will be remembered for awhile in Coral Gables — and for good reason. But even with all those issues, Miami still had a chance to upset the Aggies in College Station.
Perhaps this will be a learning experience for Miami moving forward. The Canes host Middle Tennessee in Week 4.