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Grades for Miami game

OFFENSE: C

Didn’t come close to running for 100 yards (again), turned it over twice and managed just one offensive touchdown (albeit on an impressive 98-yard drive) and a field goal. Saw something out of Willie Johnson (despite a fumble) and Tyree Brady, and then there’s this: only one sack given up. Litton wasn’t hassled that much.

DEFENSE: B+

Gave up 429 total yards, but that came on 86 plays. Shoot, when you score three “Beamerball” touchdowns, you might not have the ball as often, right? Gave up three fourth-down conversions that led to TDs, but held the RedHawks to two field goals, one of 27 yards — those are victories for your defense in college football. And then there is the defensive touchdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A

Perhaps I should overlook Keion Davis stepping out on the 2 and throw a “plus” on this. 2 kickoff return TDs, huge punts, great kickoffs and kickoff coverage, one no-doubt field goal. What more do you want?

QUARTERBACKING: C+

Chase Litton himself is questioning that interception he threw in the end zone near the end of the first half. Otherwise, he was efficient at times, generally unspectacular.

COACHING: A

I am awarding this to the strength program, folks. And then there’s this: Doc. Opted. To. Receive. The. Opening. Kickoff.

OVERALL: B

This won’t fly next week at North Carolina State, but that wasn’t the concern. This was a must, must, must-win opener and the Herd pulled it off. Much to work on, for sure.