Three weeks ago, K-State’s 52-13 triumph over Miami became as much a referendum on how far Miami had fallen as what heights K-State had climbed. The only way to explain such a victory in many people’s minds was that the once proud Hurricane program had completely fallen off the face of the map, with no hope of competing in the ACC for the rest of the season. This had to be a better explanation than the Wildcats being that dominant; after all, K-State is from Kansas – their rightful position is in the shadow of the schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
Since September 9, Miami has done nothing but make the win look even more impressive. They’re not blowing teams out of the water, but they’re winning conference games. They bounced back with a win over Bethune-Cookman (easy pickings), but have also triumphed over Georgia Tech and NC State. This Saturday Stephen Morris set an ACC record in passing for 566 yards for six touchdowns. In fact, Miami has averaged 41 points per game over the past three games. These wins, in addition to the 41-32 victory over Boston College the Hurricanes started the season with, demonstrate Miami can score a lot of points. It’s just that points are a little more difficult to come back against Arthur Brown, Tre Walker, and company. K-State is known for compiling nonconference victories over unimpressive competitors, but the Miami win looks to bolster K-State’s BCS case by the end of the season. Of course, we’ll know more about whether Miami’s firepower is the real deal next week when they take on #10 Notre Dame.