Mario Cristobal addresses Miami's red zone struggles vs. Texas A&M
Miami’s lack of points in the red zone was amongst the biggest reasons why the Canes fell 17-9 to Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Miami was able to move the ball, gaining nearly 400 yards of offense on Kyle Field. But the Hurricanes managed just 9 points (3-of-4 on field goals) from 4 trips to the red zone. Miami attempted a fifth field goal in the game, which missed wide left.
After the game, coach Mario Cristobal addressed Miami’s struggles in the red zone.
“It’s not good enough. If you’re going to get into the red zone against a team like this in their place with as good as their defense is, you got to score touchdowns,” Cristobal said, via 247Sports. “Try to put them behind a little bit and make them chuck the ball down a little bit because our [defensive] line was playing well.”
Miami became the first team since at least 2000 to pick up 27+ first downs in a game without scoring a touchdown.
Despite the difficulties in the red zone — and a number of other miscues — Miami still had a chance to tie the game on its final possession. Instead, it ended with a turnover on downs.
“I thought we had our moments, but we had some miscues and some dropped balls,” Cristobal added. “We had some penalties, especially on the next to last drive where we had to punt. Gave ourselves a chance with our defense playing great, gave us a last possession, but not good enough.”
Miami hosts Middle Tennessee in Week 4.