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Darnell Carter: Miami 'took us too lightly'

Miami rushed the ball nine times for 13 yards in the first quarter of Virginia's 24-19 win Saturday. For a Cavaliers defense that had allowed three of its previous four opponents to rush for more than 250 yards, getting off to a stout start against the Hurricanes rushing attack was crucial. Miami's run game wasn't in sync from the game's outset, and really, neither was any other component of its arsenal.

Fifth-year senior middle linebacker Darnell Carter said Monday that the defense had elevated its preparation -- including a lot of film study -- in the week leading up to the Miami game. That paid off Saturday when the Virginia defenders, according to Carter, were recognizing Miami's frequently used formations and plays and were calling them out before the snap.

"They seemed pretty surprised, because we was just right in the spot where the play was before the play even happened," Carter said.

The Cavaliers ended up ceding 179 rushing yards to the Hurricanes, but Virginia dominated the game up until the final 11 minutes. Virginia tallied five interceptions and possessed the ball for more than 13 minutes longer than did the Hurricanes.

"Honestly, I don't know if they came ready to play," Carter said. "It didn't seem like it. They didn't seem like the team that they put out on film. They took us too lightly. We came excited. We played with a little more hunger than them, I felt."

Given that Virginia entered last weekend without an ACC win in its previous nine conference games and that the Cavaliers had defeated only a pair of 1-AA teams and one hapless 1-A squad this season, it's understandable why Miami might not have been very amped up for that game.

To Virginia's credit, the Cavaliers made the Hurricanes pay dearly for that mistake.

"We just want respect, honestly," said Carter, who tied for a team-high with eight tackles Saturday. "We want people to respect us. We don't them to think, 'Oh, this is Virginia. We're going to walk all over them,' because of our past games. So we play with a little chip on our shoulders."

By Steve Yanda  | November 2, 2010; 7:40 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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