Hurricanes' defense off to rocky start

'Canes struggling to find answers on defense

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MIAMI, Fla. - For Miami, the numbers are beyond troubling.

Among teams from college football's biggest conferences, none has given up more points or yards than the Hurricanes have in the season's first two games -- staggering numbers for a program that long pointed to defense as its foundation.

Miami allowed 84 points and 1,035 yards in the first two weekends, a level of play that has the Hurricanes simply baffled.

Making matters worse: Starting linebacker Ramon Buchanan is going to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, and starting safety Vaughn Telemaque will miss at least this weekend's game with Bethune-Cookman, also with a knee problem.

They were hurt in Saturday's 52-13 loss to Kansas State, as was wide receiver Allen Hurns, whose immediate future is unclear because of a head injury. He also dealt with one during training camp, and was checked for a concussion on Saturday.

Buchanan and Telemaque continued to play after getting hurt. Golden said he was unaware of the extent of both injuries until Sunday. Buchanan is a fifth-year senior whose 2011 season was also cut short by a knee injury.

So on Saturday, when Miami takes the field for its home opener against Bethune-Cookman, the Hurricanes (1-1) will likely only have two seniors in the starting defensive lineup.

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