Behold, the Hurricanes have a defense.
Eleven young men raised up as one and resolved not to be embarrassed in their own house the way this very same opponent had crushed and humiliated UM's defense so thoroughly late last season.
This was the litmus test for this Canes' defense and, in a very real way, for this young season unfurling with such splendid promise.
No. 20 Miami passed that test in its home opener, and the flying colors were orange jerseys swarming all over No. 14 Georgia Tech's vaunted rushing attack. UM used this measuring stick as a hickory switch on its Atlantic Coast Conference rival and former nemesis 33-17 before more than 45,000 revelers and a national ESPN audience.