2014 Miami Hurricanes Summaries

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    2014 Miami Hurricanes Summaries

    Miami Drops Their Opener to #1 Ohio State
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    Sam Bailey celebrates his 4th quarter touchdown pass in OSU's big win​

    Miami opened up their 2014 season with a tough home test when the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes came calling. Miami dug themselves a big hole in the 1st half, falling behind 17-3. True freshman quarterback Darrell Marquardt had a roller-coaster game, throwing for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he threw 4 interceptions. Ohio State scored first on a long drive that was capped off by Isaac Ward's 1-yard touchdown on a dive play. :29 later, the Buckeyes were up 14-0 when Marquardt's first collegiate pass was intercepted for a touchdown. Miami would get on the board with 1:26 left in the half on a 36-yard field goal, but just :40 later, Ohio State would answer with a 48-yard Eric Jones field goal to restore the 14-point Buckeye lead. Ohio State would push their lead to 17 when Jones kicked another field goal two and a half minutes into the 3rd, to make the score 20-3. Marquardt would then discover standout receiver Art Felder. Marquardt would find Felder on a hitch route, Felder would break a tackle, and score to make it a 10-point game. A little over two minutes later, Marquardt would hit Felder on the left sideline, Felder would make a nice spin move and race to the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown and with 5:24 to play, Miami was only down 3. Ohio State drove deep into Miami territory and on 3rd down, with just over 3:00 left in the game, Sean Bailey found Perry Temple in between 3 Hurricane defensive players for a touchdown and the Canes didn't have any more answers and would fall by 10 to the #1 Buckeyes, 27-17.

    Next up for the Canes, the 15th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.


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    Art Felder breaks a tackle and finds the end zone in the 3rd quarter. Garrett Kirby breaks a tackle on a long run

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    Gary Jacobs makes a nice over-the-shoulder interception. Grant Weaves sacks Sean Bailey.

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    Isaac Ward scores the Buckeyes 1st touchdown of the day. Miami's defense is dejected after giving up the game-sealing touchdown to Perry Temple

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    Darrell Marquardt's 1st collegiate pass was intercepted for a touchdown and Sam Bailey throws a key precision touchdown pass late in the 4th quarter

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    Art Felder's 2 touchdown catches.
     
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    #9 Miami 42-28 #13 Nebraska

    Marquardt Leads #9 Miami Past #13 Nebraska
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    For the 3rd time under Coach Alexander, Miami squared off with a ranked Nebraska team in early season action, and for the 3rd time, the Hurricanes prevailed. Darrell Marquardt broke out in just his 2nd collegiate game, throwing 2 touchdown passes and breaking a game-sealing 54-yard touchdown run. Marquardt won the 1st game of his career and Miami won their 1st game of 2014. The win didn't come easy, with both teams leading in the 1st half, then Miami went up for good in the 3rd quarter, but wouldn't be able to put the game away until there were 4 minutes left in the game.

    After the teams exchanged a few possessions in the opening quarter, including a 4th down stop by the Hurricane defense, Miami was able to get on the board with a 2-yard Garrett Kirby touchdown with :16 left in the 1st quarter. Even though they gave up 346 yards and 28 points, the defense played well. Nebraska was held to just 6 conversions on 13 3rd down attempts (46%) and they stopped the Cornhuskers on 2 of their 3 4th down attempts. Both teams displayed impressive rushing attacks with Miami's Garrett Kirby carrying the ball 23 times for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns and Nebraska's Player of the Game John Powers rushed for 150 yards on 26 carries with 3 scores. Powers singlehandedly kept Nebraska in the game.


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    John Powers scores 1 of his 3 touchdowns and Garrett Kirby powers his way into the end zone in the 1st quarter

    The 2nd quarter was an offensive explosion. Powers opened the scoring for Nebraska just about halfway through the quarter on a 15-yard run down the sideline. Miami would then answer on Kirby's 2nd touchdown of the day, this one coming from the 1 yard line. Powers would score the next 2 touchdowns putting Nebraska up with :31 left in the half on 9 and 2-yard runs. So, with less then :30 left in the half and 3 time outs, Marquardt and the Hurricane offense trotted onto the field. Marquardt then calmly led the Hurricanes 75 yards on 3 passes capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Josh Gallagher with :08 left in the half, to send the teams into the locker room tied. That 3-play drive was the turning point for Marquardt. Marquardt came out in the 2nd half and threw a touchdown pass and rushed for 2 more. Two and a half minutes into the 3rd quarter, Marquardt found tight end Devon Johnson on a checkdown for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Just under 3 minutes later, Marquardt put Miami up by 14 with a 2-yard option run with :22 left in the 3rd quarter. Nebraska closed the gap to 7 points once again a little over a minute into the 4th quarter when Damien Hale caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mike Campbell. Just :59 later, Marquardt made the play of the game on his 54-yard touchdown run on a nice option keep.

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    Randall Dortch sacked Mike Campbell twice

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    Josh Gallagher and Austin Copeland catch touchdown passes

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    Garrett Kirby breaks a long run and Devon Johnson celebrates his touchdown catch


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    Darrell Marquardt throws a touchdown pass to tight end Devon Johnson and Marquardt rushes for a 54-yard touchdown with a nice spin move

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    Randall Dortch making 1 of his 2 sacks and Garrett Kirby's long run of the game

    Player of the Game
    8 Darrell Marquardt
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    18-28 259 yards 2 TDs
    10 carries 65 yards 2 TDs

     
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    #7 Miami 45-3 #5 Clemson

    #7 Miami Dismantles #5 Clemson
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    Danny Nicholson celebrates one of Miami's turnovers

    Miami faced their third tough early season season test, taking on the #5 Clemson Tigers in both teams' ACC opener. A game that looked very close on paper turned out to be anything but. Miami's defense forced 3 first half turnovers and the Hurricane offense puts up 42 points in the first half, ending the day early for the starters. Clemson managed a 21-yard field goal by Erik Greenwood on the last play of the half and Adam Everett would kick a 3rd quarter field goal and that would be the only score of the 2nd half.

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    Sean Robinson hits Clemson quarterback Tim Kelly as he throws and Randall Dortch intercepted the errant throw

    Miami came out on a mission to let the ACC know that while many of the stars on the Hurricanes National Championship team of 2 years ago may be gone, this team is still a force to be reckoned with. Miami kicked off to Clemson and quickly forced them to punt. After Darrell Marquardt's Player of the Game performance against Nebraska, it appears the Miami coaching staff has put more trust in him. The Hurricanes came out throwing against Clemson and Marquardt quickly led them down the field scoring on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Art Felder. A minute and a half later, Miami was up 2 touchdowns after Player of the Game, Garrett Kirby, scored on a 4-yard run. Two minutes later, Marquardt hit Kirby out of the backfield for a 19-yard score and the route was on.

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    Art Felder breaks away from 3 Clemson defenders to score his touchdown and Sean Robinson sacks Tim Kelly​

    The 2nd quarter was more of the same as Miami continued to dominate. Marquardt capped off the Canes' first scoring drive with an option keeper to the right side for a 4-yard touchdown. Two minutes later, Marquardt hit tight end Devon Johnson for a 15-yard score. With :42 left in the half, Kirby scored his 3rd touchdown and Miami's last of the game, on a 4-yard run to put the Hurricanes up 42-0. Clemson would kick their field goal :42 later to avoid the shutout, but this was an impressively dominant win for Miami who improved to 2-1 overall 1-0 in the ACC. Next week, Miami goes to Athens to face a tough Georgia Bulldog team in their first road game of the year.

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    Danny Nicholson and Grant Weaver lay big hits to force a pair of Clemson fumbles

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    Darrell Marquardt scores a rushing touchdown and Billy Johnson breaks a tackle on one of his 14 second half carries en route to a 71 yard game

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    Grant Weaver's bone-rattling hit jars the ball loose and Sean Robinson sacks Tim Kelly

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    Danny Nicholson forces a fumble and Art Felder gets away from 3 defenders for a nice touchdown

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    Garrett Kirby breaks free for a 55-yard gain

    Player of the Game
    5 Garrett Kirby
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    3 catches 29 yards 1 TD


     
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    #4 Miami 23-14 Georgia

    The #4 Canes Sack the Dawgs
    Between the Hedges

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    Joey Williams sacks Georgia quarterback Micah Young

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    Georgia Summary Continued...

    The Miami Hurricanes took down the Georgia Bulldogs, 23-14. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 23-0 lead until two 4th quarter Georgia touchdowns made the final margin of victory 9 points. Miami dominated this game, outgaining Georgia by 176 yards, got 10 more 1st downs, 18-8, and held the ball for almost 10:00 longer than the Bulldogs, 17:03-7:21. Darrell Marquardt and Art Felder paced the Hurricane offense with Marquardt throwing for 290 yards and a touchdown, Felder caught 4 passes for 92 yards. Huge slot receiver Austin Copeland caught 3 passes for 63 yards. including a touchdown.

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    Miami receiving duo, Copeland and Felder combined for 155 receiving yards and a touchdown.​

    Miami opened the scoring with just :06 left in the 1st quarter when Player of the Game Adam Everett kicked a 28-yard field goal, the 1st of his 3 on the day. Halfway through the 2nd quarter, Miami's lead grew to 10 when Garrett Kirby capped off a nice drive with a 1-yard plunge. Then, with just :24 left in the half, freshman quarterback Darrell Marquardt hit Austin Copeland for a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Miami up 17-0 at the half.

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    Garrett Kirby and Austin Copeland score 2nd quarter touchdowns to put Miami up 17-0 at halftime​

    Miami was only able to put up 6 points in the 2nd half on two 3rd quarter field goals by Everett, the first with 2:37 left in the quarter from 19 yards out and the second with :13 left in the quarter from 45 yards away. Miami's defense had been tough all day until the 4th quarter when they surrendered 2 rushing touchdowns by Nick Wall, but that would be it as the Bulldog comeback would fall short. Miami improved to 3-1 and returns home next week to face Miami of Ohio.

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    Jordan Palmer forces an errant throw on a blitz and Grant Weaver intercepts it

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    Scott Robinson and Scott Williams get sacks against Georgia

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    Art Felder makes a pair of catches against Georgia

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    Darrell Marquardt completes a nice pass to Ray Robinson and Grant Weaver makes an interception

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    Austin Copeland catches a touchdown pass​
     
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    Miami 30-7 Miami (OH)

    Miami Dominates Miami of Ohio
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    Darrell Marquardt leads the Hurricanes past the Red Hawks

    The Miami Hurricanes returned home and improved to 4-1 with a 23 point win. The Hurricanes scored 10 points in each of the first two quarters, with the Red Hawks scoring their only touchdown of the game :18 before the half. The Hurricanes were able to respond with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Marquardt to Austin Copeland to make the score 20-7. A 3rd quarter field goal by Adam Everett and a 4th quarter touchdown by Garrett Kirby on a 5-yard run made the final 30-7. Up next for Miami, their 2nd ACC game in Durham, North Carolina, against Duke.

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    Austin Copeland caught a pair of touchdown passes to lead Miami to victory

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    Miami 31-24 Duke

    Miami Escapes Duke with a 7-point Win
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    Garrett Kirby gained 173 yards and helped Miami to victory

    Miami never found an answer to Duke running back R Smith for the 2nd year in a row ran all over the Canes, this time for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Hurricanes entered the 4th quarter down by a touchdown and had to score twice to win the game, with Brian Johnson breaking a 51-yard touchdown run on 3rd & 1 for the game-winning touchdown. Smith scored all three of the Blue Devils touchdowns. He opened the scoring with a 6-yard run just under two minutes into the game, the second coming 1:12 into the second quarter, and the third put Duke up with 1:13 left in the 3rd quarter on a 78-yard touchdown catch.

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    Garrett Kirby and Art Felder score touchdowns for Miami

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    Billy Johnson scored a pair of touchdowns for the Hurricanes to help them get past Duke

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    Darrell Marquardt completes a pass and Scott Robinson sacked a Duke quarterback

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    Jordan Palmer and Bobby Montoya each made an interception

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    Darrell Marquardt threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Art Felder and Jordan Palmer makes a leaping interception

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    Billy Johnson scoring the game-winning 51-yard touchdown​

    The Hurricanes used their ground attack to win the game with Garrett Kirby and Billy Johnson rushing for 239 yards and scoring 3 rushing touchdowns. Art Felder and Darrell Marquardt hooked up for a 78-yard strike and Adam Everett kicked a 37-yard field goal halfway through the 2nd quarter and the Hurricanes improved to 2-0 in the ACC and 5-1 overall.
     
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    #18 Miami 34-31 North Carolina

    Last Second Field Goal Lifts Canes
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    Davon Johnson celebrates Garrett Kirby's 1st half touchdown

    The rebuilding Miami Hurricanes barely edged the struggling North Carolina Tar Heels, 34-31, on a 23-yard Adam Everett field goal as time expired. In a game that saw 894 yards of total offense and very little defense, freshman quarterback Darrell Marquardt and the Canes found a way. Marquardt continued his impressive season, throwing for 366 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, rushing for another 48 yards, and adding a rushing touchdown. Six different Hurricanes caught passes, led by Art Felder who caught 8 passes fro 135 yards. As impressive as Marquardt and Felder were for Miami, sophomore Tar Heel quarterback, Blake Lee and running back Sean White were equally as impressive. Lee threw for 270 yards and 3 scores and White rushed for 165 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

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    Darrell Marquardt and Art Felder were key elements to the Hurricanes' narrow victory​

    North Carolina received the opening kickoff and set the tone for the game, marching down the field and scoring on a 1-yard run by Sean White a little over a minute into the game to make the score 7-0. Miami took just 1:47 to tie the game up when Garrett Kirby capped off the Miami drive with a 1-yard scoring run of his own. After that touchdown, both defenses settled down a bit and it looked like this game would be a low-scoring battle. With just 1:10 left in the half, Adam Everett broke the 7-7 tie with a 26-yard field goal. North Carolina then went three and out and was forced to punt the ball back to Miami with 0:39 left in the half. The next play, Miami had a 10-point lead, when Marquardt hit slot receiver Kirk Griffin for a 73-yard touchdown, making the score 17-7 with 0:23 left before halftime. Unfortunately, that would be 0:03 too long as North Carolina would use a big return and two pass plays to get back to within 3 points when Lee found Teddy Williams for a 32-yard touchdown pass to make the score 17-14 at the half.

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    Aaron Dortch sacks Blake Lee and Darrell Marquardt celebrates a touchdown​

    The second half started and Miami couldn't find a way to put any points on the board on their first possession, opening the door for North Carolina to retake the lead for the first time since the first two minutes of the game. The Tar Heels took full advantage of the opening when Lee threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time a 33-yard pass to Terrell Simpson. Once again, the lead would last less than two minutes when Marquardt put Miami back up by three points when he found wide receiver John Bennett for a 22-yard touchdown and the game would head into the final quarter with Miami barely holding onto their 3-point lead.

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    Just 0:10 into the 4th quarter, North Carolina tied the game up on a 27-yard field goal from D Frazier. Once again, Marquardt led his Hurricane team down the field, this time, scoring on a 4-yard option run to give Miami a 31-24 lead with just under 4:00 to play. Miami looked headed for victory if their defense could get one more stop, but it wasn't to be, as Lee threw his third touchdown pass of the game to A McKinney from the 6 yard line with 2:58 to play. With less than three minutes to play and the score tied, Marquardt returned to the field and showed why the Miami coaches are so excited about their future with him at the helm of their offense. Marquardt ran the option to perfection and completed big passes when they were needed, marching down to the North Carolina 6 yard line, where Everett would kick his second field goal of the game, giving the Hurricanes a 34-31 victory on the last play of the game.

    Miami improves to 6-3 overall, 3-2 in the ACC. Next week, the Hurricanes will host one of their biggest rivals when the Virginia Tech Hokies come to town as the Canes look to win out for their fifth straight 10-win season.

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    Deonne Ingram makes a catch in traffic to setup Adam Everett's game-winning field goal on the last play of the game

    Player of the Game
    8 Darrell Marquardt
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    19-31 366 yards 2 touchdowns
    16 carries 48 yards 1 touchdown

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    Kirk Griffin scores a 73-yard touchdown just before halftime

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    Aaron Dortch sacks Blake Lee

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    John Bennett makes a nice touchdown catch on a corner route in the 3rd quarter

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    Deonne Ingram makes a nice 25-yard 3rd Down catch to help setup the game-winning field goal

     
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    #18 Miami 34-30 Virginia Tech

    Another Last Second Victory
    for the Cardiac Canes

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    Virginia Tech dominates almost all facets of the game, but timely turnovers and pure luck help Miami pull out the victory. The Hurricane defense, considered a strength coming into the season, gave up nearly 500 yards and had no answers for Hokie running back R Baker. Baker was named Player of the Game for Virginia Tech after he carried the ball 29 times, gaining 199 yards, breaking 14 tackles, and scoring 3 touchdowns. Baker also caught 2 passes for another 35 yards. B Ratliff threw for 250 yards on 18 of 27 passing, throwing 1 touchdown to the Hokies leading receiverK Perry. Perry caught 5 passes for 64 yards and the 1 touchdown.

    The Game started off with Miami kicking off to Virginia Tech. From the opening kickoff, Baker showed that he was going to be a major thorn in Miami's side. Virginia Tech drove down the field, riding Baker almost the whole way, and scored on a 3-yard pass from Ratliff to Perry. The 1st quarter ended with Virginia Tech holding onto that 7-0 lead and driving. :20 into the 2nd quarter, Baker took a handoff, broke a couple tackles and scampered 21 yards to put Virginia Tech up 14-0. On their ensuing possession, Miami would finally get in the end zone, halfway through the 2nd quarter, when Garrett Kirby picked his way into the end zone from the 6 yard line to make the score 14-7. Baker would strike again 2:00 later, restoring the Hokies' 14-point lead on a 3-yard run with 1:12 to play in the half. Darrell Marquardt, Miami's Player of the Game, would quickly move the Canes down the field, finding his favorite receiver, Art Felder, for a 6-yard touchdown with :04 left in the half to make the halftime score 21-14 Virginia Tech.
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    Garrett Kirby celebrates his 1st touchdown and Art Felder battles for extra yards after a catch along the sideline
    Miami received the 2nd half kickoff and backup running back, Ron Robinson, caught the ball at the goal line, got behind the wedge, broke a couple tackles, and raced down the sideline for a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the 2nd half and we were deadlocked again. The kick return would be the only score of the 3rd quarter as Miami's bend but don't break defense was having some success in slowing Baker down.
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    Miami's gameplan for the 3rd quarter stopped working in the 4th and Baker was taking the game over again. Virginia Tech looked poised to take the lead and the game as they were driving deep into Miami territory halfway through the final quarter. Baker broke a run down the right sideline, with only Miami safety, David Golden having a shot at stopping him from scoring. Golden took a great angle and threw himself into the tackle, jarring the ball loose, and Gary Jacobs scooped it up at the Miami 3 yard line. A couple plays later, Marquardt was hit as he released the ball, which fluttered up in the air, Kirby caught it in the end zone, headed in the wrong direction, and a host of Hokies were there to tackle him for the safety. Miami then punted the ball to the Hokies, who were looking to expand on their 23-21 lead. Once again, Miami didn't have any answers for the Hokie offense who drove inside the Miami 25. Virginia Tech looked sure to be up by at least 5, but Ratliff was hit as he threw a pass, the ball deflected back and forth between Danny Nicholson and Scott Robinson before Robinson intercepted it and sprinted 76 yards for a touchdown with 2:40 to play. 1:42 later, Baker scored his 3rd touchdown of the day on an 8-yard run to put Virginia Tech back up 30-27. Marquardt, who is becoming very familiar with this position, trotted onto the field with under 1:00 to play, needing to get the Hurricanes at the very least into field goal range. Marquardt, who plays with the poise of a 5th year senior, did better. Marquardt stood in the pocket under intense pressure, with the game on the line, and found open receivers, quickly moving Miami down the field. After completions to Kirk Griffin, Art Felder, and Austin Copeland and 2 timeouts, Miami had the ball on Virginia Tech's 1 yard line with :14 to play. The Canes lined up in goal line, handed the ball off to Kirby, he broke a tackle a yard into the backfield and powered his way into the end zone for the game winning touchdown with :10 to play and the stadium erupted.
    Miami improved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. Next week, the Canes travel to Winston-Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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    David Golden forces a key fumble and Gary Jacobs recovers it for the Canes
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    Ron Robinson returns the 2nd half kickoff for a touchdown. David Golden forces a key fumble that Gary Jacobs recovers
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    Scott Robinson scores a key touchdown on a 76-yard interception return

    Player of the Game
    8 Darrell Marquardt
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    Miami 34-13 Wake Forest

    Miami Wins the Easy Way for Once
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    Darrell Marquardt celebrates his 31-yard touchdown run

    Miami had a rough start against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, as they found the end zone in the first :40 of the game, but Miami would score five touchdowns to Wake Forest's two field goals and Miami would improve to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in ACC play. Garrett Kirby really picked up the slack for Darrell Marquardt, who had one of his worst passing days of his young career. Kirby racked up over 200 yards of total offense, 176 on the ground, and scored 2 touchdowns.

    Wake Forest took the opening kickoff and quickly marched down the field and took a 7-0 lead when running back Edward Frederick broke a 34-yard touchdown run. Marquardt was erratic all day, completing only 50% of his passes, couldn't get the Hurricane offense going early on and Miami was forced to punt on their first few possessions. Finally, with :28 left in the 1st Quarter, Garrett Kirby took a pitch to the left side and bowled his way into the end zone from the 5 yard line to tie the game at 7-7.
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    After a terrible start for Miami's passing offense, they turned to their running game. Less than two minutes after their first touchdown, Miami was driving deep into Wake Forest territory, Marquardt faked a handoff to Kirby, pulled the ball out, and kept the ball on an option with receiver John Bennett, broke a tackle, and sprinted 31 yards for a touchdown. 2:40 later, Wake made it a 3-point game on a 35-yard field goal by Kyle Goodman. Kirby would break a big run through the heart of Wake's defense, eventually being caught from behind at the 1 yard line, where Billy Johnson would score to make the halftime score 20-10.
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    Garrett Kirby breaks one of his two big runs, setting up Billy Johnson's touchdown​
    Miami would receive the second half kickoff, but Marquardt still couldn't find his passing touch and the Canes would be forced to punt. Goodman would then kick his second field goal of the game, this time from 21 yards out to get the Demon Deacons to within 7 at 20-13. A little less than 4:00 later, after another big run down to the 1 yard line by Kirby, Johnson would once again punch the ball in to put the Canes up by two touchdowns. Kirby would score the only points of the 4th Quarter making the final 34-13.
    Next week, Miami closes out their regular season in Charlottesville against the Virginia Cavaliers.
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    Garrett Kirby breaks two big runs against the Demon Deacons
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    Darrell Marquardt breaks a 31-yard touchdown run on an option keeper


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    Garrett Kirby
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    Miami 38-30 Virginia

    Kirby Leads the Canes to Victory
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    Garrett Kirby rushes for 151 yards and 2 TDs to lead Miami

    Garrett Kirby had 2 long runs, to take Miami down to the Wake Forest 1 and 2 yard line, and a 59-yard touchdown run to lead the Canes to victory. Darrell Marquardt, who was coming off his worst game of the season, had a great game, completing 16 of his 20 passes and throwing 3 touchdowns. Art Felder, John Bennett, and Austin Copeland would each haul in a touchdown, with Felder leading the receivers with 5 catches for 62 yards. Miami would jump out to a 21-3 halftime lead and hold off a hard-charging Virginia team in the second half for an 8-point win.
    Bennett opened the scoring for Miami when he caught a perfectly thrown slant from Marquardt to give Miami a 7-0 lead halfway through the 1st quarter. Three minutes later, Virginia would close the gap to 4 points when J Whitaker would split the uprights on a 24-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 Miami after one quarter. Miami's defense would finish out a dominating half, not allowing Virginia to find the end zone and Marquardt would throw his second and third touchdowns of the game. The first touchdown of the 2nd quarter was a 32-yard strike to Felder, who beat the press coverage and raced down the sideline to put Miami up 14-3. No one would score for the next five minutes, then, with under a minute left in the half, Marquardt would find Copeland in the back of the end zone all alone on a well executed play-action pass to put Miami up 21-3 at the intermission.
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    John Bennett and Art Felder catch 2 of Darrell Marquardt's 3 touchdown passes on the day​
    The 3rd quarter would be a disaster for the Hurricanes. Virginia would stop Miami's offense on their first possession of the 2nd half, then quickly cut Miami's lead to 21-10, when B Sanders scored his first of three second half touchdowns on a 1-yard run. Kirby would help the Canes respond a minute and a half later with a 2-yard touchdown run, but Virginia would close to within 4 after a 68-yard touchdown catch by J Glover and a 37-yard catch by Sanders with :19 to play in the 3rd quarter.
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    John Bennett makes a nice leaping catch in a hole in Virginia's zone coverage and Scott Robinson sacks A Hale​
    Kirby and kicker Adam Everett would help Miami push their lead back up to 14 two and half minutes into the final quarter, which would be enough of a cushion when Sanders scored his 3rd touchdown with 1:23 to play. Kirby would race 59 yards on the first play of the final quarter to put Miami back up by 11, then 1:19 later, Everett would kick a 34-yard field goal. Sanders punched one in for the Cavs with just under a minute and a half to play, but when Miami recovered the onside kick, their final first down allowed them to run out the clock. Miami improved to 9-3 overall, 6-2 in the ACC and will sit for a month and wait to see where they will go bowling in search of their 4th consecutive 10-win season under Coach Alexander.

    Highlights
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    Austin Copeland scores a 2nd quarter touchdown and celebrates with fellow wideout Art Felder
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    Tight end Davon Johnson makes a nice leaping grab and quarterback Darrell Marquardt displayed pin-point accuracy all day
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    John Bennett and Art Felder catch first half touchdowns
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    One of Scott Robinson's two sacks and Garrett Kirby's 59-yard touchdown run
    Player of the Game
    5 Garrett Kirby
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    18 carries 151 yards 2 touchdowns

     
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