Miami Hurricanes-Quest for a Title

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    Miami Hurricanes-Quest for a Title

    27 years after their classic Orange Bowl, #3 Miami faced off once again with #1 Nebraska. The Hurricanes traveled to Lincoln for this epic battle. Things started off well for the Hurricanes who took advantage of a short field after a Shawn Spence interception when Lamar Miller scored on a 6 yard run. That was the only score of the quarter.

    In the 2nd quarter, the Cornhuskers exploded. Nebraska scored 3 touchdowns in 3 minutes. The first was a 7-yard run by Collins Okafor, then 50 seconds later, Curenski Gilleylen caught a 34-yard pass from Cody Green, and a little over 2 minutes later, Shawn Johnson caught a 26-yard touchdown to put the Huskers up 21-7 with just :38 left in the half. Miami lost the momentum they had when Jacory Harris went down with bruised ribs at the end of the 1st quarter and had to be replaced for a few plays by Cannon Smith. Miami ran the ball to run out the quarter, but on 3 & 8 to start the 2nd quarter, Smith was hit as he threw and mike backer Will Compton snatched the fluttering ball out of the air. Nebraska rode the momentum until the final few seconds of the half when Harris hit his high school teammate and favorite receiver Aldarius Johnson on a 27-yard streak down the sideline to quiet the crowd and cut the halftime deficit to 7 at 21-14.

    Miami won the toss and deferred, so they got the ball to start the 2nd half and went on an impressive 78 yard scoring drive capped off by player of the game Johnson's 2nd touchdown of the day on an 8-yard slant to knot the game at 21. The Miami defense dominated the 3rd quarter holding the Nebraska offense scoreless and never allowing them across midfield. With under a minute left in the 3rd, Harris scampered in straight up the middle of the field from the 17-yardline when all his receivers were covered to put Miami back on top 28-21.

    In the most exciting quarter of one of the most exciting college football games ever, Nebraska's offense would again come alive and appear to have delivered several knockout blows, but wouldn't finish the job. The quarter started with Okafor scoring his 2nd touchdown of the day on the first play of the quarter on a 13-yard pass from Green, his 3rd of the game. 3 minutes later, Okafor would score on an 11-yard run to put Nebraska up 35-28. :27 later, Harris would once again find Johnson streaking down the sideline for a 41-yard touchdown to tie the game at 35 with 2:23 left in the game. Miami would get a stop after giving up a first down, but their offense would go 3 & out and the Canes tried to pin the Huskers deep. After a 48-yard punt by J Wieclaw put Nebraska at their 11-yardline, Miami was hoping to force a punt and get in field goal range to win the game. Unfortunately, things would not pan out that way, Nebraska who converted 7-10 3rd downs on the day converted 2, plus a 4th & short just over midfield before scoring on Green's 4th touchdown pass of the game on a 30-yard pass to M Mendoza for what appeared to be the game-winning score with :36 left. Nebraska kicked off deep to Travis Benjamin who had 107 kickoff return yards to go along with his 75 receiving yards on 5 catches. Benjamin took the ball at the 4 and returned it out to Miami's 33-yardline. Harris would then hit Benjamin for a 22-yard gain putting Miami just in Nebraska territory. Then, with under :20 to go, the Nebraska defense made a mistake when they rolled their safeties towards Benjamin instead of Johnson who got open deep and Harris hit him in stride for a 45-yard touchdown pass to bring Miami within 1. Then, taking everyone who watched back to the 1984 Orange Bowl when Nebraska went for the win instead of the tie and failed on their 2-point conversion try, Miami went for 2. Harris dropped back and hit tight end Billy Sanders wide open in the flat for the win, 43-42.

    All who saw said it was the best college football game they'd ever seen and a great way to kickoff the 2011 season. Nebraska's quarterback Cody Green put himself squarely in the Heisman Trophy race with his 30-36 509 yard 4 touchdown performance. He was simply unstoppable which was a major factor in the decision to go for the win instead of taking a chance going to overtime. Aldarius Johnson was named player of the game for Miami after his impressive 8 catch 191 yard 4 touchdown performance. Miami is off next week before opening ACC play the following week when they visit Maryland.

    Other Key Perfomers

    Jacory Harris 20-26 346 yards 4 TDs 2 INTs 8 carries 50 yards 1 TD
    Lamar Miller 19 carries 112 yards 1 TD 2 catches 22 yards
    Billy Sanders 3 catches 39 yards 2-point conversion
    Ray Ray Armstrong 13 tackles 1 pass deflection
    Marcus Robinson 4 tackles 2 sacks
    Shawn Spence 3 tackles 1 for loss 1 interception

    Miami 1-0
     
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    What a game dude, congrats on the big win.
     
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    Miami 35-19 Maryland

    Miami improves to 2-0 and wins their ACC opener at Maryland. The Hurricanes racked up 481 yards of total offense led by Player of the Game tight end Billy Sanders who caught 6 passes for 104 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacory Harris also had a productive day for Miami, throwing for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns, although he did throw 2 interceptions. Running back Lamar Miller left the game in the 3rd quarter with a shoulder injury and wouldn't return, but is expected to play in the showdown next week with #5 Ohio State. Miller gained 152 yards of total offense before leaving the game, 119 on 14 carries and 33 yards on 2 catches. Star receiver Aldarius Johnson was pretty much held in check most of day, but was able to catch 4 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

    Miami's defense will have some work to do this week on defense if they hope to beat the Buckeyes and their prolific offense. Safety Ray Ray Armstrong led the Hurricanes with 7 tackles.
     
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    Miami 45-16 FSU

    Miami goes into Tallahassee and dominates Florida State building a 38-16 halftime lead en route to a 45-16 win. Florida State scored 1st driving down the field, but having to settle for a 46-yard field goal. Aldarius Johnson then scored his 1st of 4 touchdowns on the day from 4 yards out. Florida State answered with a Jermaine Thomas touchdown from the 4-yardline, then Miami would take over scoring 31 of the next 37 points in the game.

    The Miami defense settled down after the 1st quarter only allowing 2 field goals and forcing 2 turnovers on fumbles. Miami outgained Florida State 499 to 319 and after the 1st quarter, the game was never really in doubt, only the margin of victory. Up next for the Canes, who improved to 5-1 (4-0) is a Top 10 showdown when they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets next week. First place in the Coastal Division of the ACC and the inside track to the ACC Championship game will be up for grabs at Landshark Stadium next week.
     
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    Miami 20-18 Georgia Tech

    Miami holds of Georgia Tech 20-18 to put themselves firmly in the driver's seat in the ACC Coastal Division. Miami couldn't get their ground attack going, but Jacory Harris completed 20 of his 29 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown en route to being named Player of the Game. Lamar Miller carried the ball 17 times for 54 hard earned yards and a touchdown. Miami will now travel to North Carolina and Virginia Tech in an attempt to earn a birth in the ACC Championship game.

    Miami 6-1 (5-0)
     
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    Miami 35-31 North Carolina

    #7 Miami travels to Chapel Hill and takes down #15 North Carolina. After a scoreless 1st quarter, North Carolina opened the scoring with just under 5 minutes left in the half on a 20-yard touchdown catch by D Jones from Mike Paulus. A minute and forty seconds later, Miami would answer on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jacory Harris to Aldarius Johnson to tie the score at 7. Miami's defense would then stop up and force UNC to go 3 and out and Lamar Miller would catch a swing pass from Harris and take it 71 yards to to give Miami a 14-7 lead. Jones and the Tar Heels would answer less than a minute later on a 24-yard touchdown catch, tying the game once again. With just :08 left in the half, the Hurricanes would score on a 7-yard Travis Benjamin catch, giving the Hurricanes a 21-14 lead at intermission.

    Miami deferred at the beginning of the game, so they would receive the 2nd half kickoff. The Canes drive down the field in just over 2 minutes and punch the ball into the endzone on a 1-yard run by back-up running back L Chambers to put Miami up by 14.. Just under a minute and a half later, Paulus would throw his 3rd of 4 touchdown passes for the game to C Wilson from the 11 yardline. A minute later, Miami would put their last points on the board for the game as Lamar Miller returned to the game to score on a 3-yard run off tackle and that would close out the 3rd quarter with the score 35-21. Miami's offense would sputter in the 4th quarter, but they chewed enough clock for the Hurricanes to hold off the Tar Heels rally which saw them score 10 points on Paulus' 4th touchdown pass of the day, this time to R Houston and C Barth added a 28-yard field goal, but after that, Miami was able to run out the remaining time and improve to 7-1 overall, 6-0 in ACC play.

    Key Performers

    Jacory Harris 18-22 339 yards 3 TDs
    Lamar Miller 25 carries 141 yards 1 TD, 3 catches 100 yards 1 TD (PotG)
    Aldarius Johnson 6 catches 94 yards 1 TD
    Sean Spence 7 tackles 1 tackle for loss 1 Sack

    Next week: Miami travels to Blacksburgh for a rivalry game against Virginia Tech
     
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    Miami 35-28 Virginia Tech

    Miami stays perfect in the ACC, improving to 7-0 with a tough road win against their rival, Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 21-0 lead, before the Hokies came storming back. Virginia Tech actually outgained Miami, 404-336, but an errant option pitch in the 1st quarter, which turned out to be the only turnover of the game, was scooped up by Ray Ray Armstrong and returned 80 yards for a touchdown. Other than that, both teams were very good at answering scoring drives with scores of their own. Jacory Harris continues to be impressive for the Canes, completing 15 of his 20 passes for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. Lamar Miller carried the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown and added 25 yards on 2 receptions. Travis Benjamin led Miami in receiving with 3 catches for 86 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown. Defensively, Miami didn't have a lot to be excited about other than Armstrong's scoop and score, he also recorded 10 tackles.

    Miami now knows they will represent the Coastal division in the ACC Championship game, where they will most likely face the winner of the Florida State-Clemson game when Coach DrunkenSoldier leads his Noles back to South Carolina to face the team he built and coached. Miami is now 8-1 overall, 7-0 in the ACC and will host a heavily outmatched Nevada Wolfpack next week.
     
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    Miami 35-13 Ole Miss

    The Hurricanes win streak hits 9 as they use Travis Benjamin's 3 touchdown performance and a 21 point explosion in the 2nd quarter to put away the Rebels. Several offensive records were broken for the Hurricanes, Jacory Harris has thrown more touchdown passes in a season than any other Cane quarterback ever with 34. Aldarius Johnson now owns all but 2 of the Miami receiving records, and will own them all with just 9 more receptions. Johnson, who will more than likely come up a little short in Heisman voting, has been nothing less than spectacular for the Canes. He, Harris, and Benjamin will be sorely missed next year. Their recruiting class single-handedly returned the Hurricanes to its elite status.

    Miami finishes the regular season at 11-1 overall and 8-0 in the ACC and will face Florida State and their new coach Drunkensoldier in the ACC Championship game next wee.
     
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    Miami 13-20 Florida State

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    Canes Title Quest Comes to an End


    Florida State held the ball for twice as long as Miami, going 10 for 14 on 3rd down conversions and snapped Miami's 9-game winning streak with a 20-13 victory in the ACC Championship game. Florida State booked their place in the Orange Bowl against Big East Champ Cincinnati. Miami will now have to see how things shake out to see where they end up. Heading into the game, Miami had slim title hopes if LSU lost to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, but the Canes couldn't hold up their end of the bargain.

    Florida State got on the board 1st when backup quarterback Steve Moore hit Taiwan Easterling for a 13-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. By this point, Florida State's ball control game plan had become apparent, but the Cane defense just couldn't get off the field. Miami responded less than a minute later when Jacory Harris threw his school record 35th touchdown of the season to Travis Benjamin from 42 yards out to tie the score at 7-7. Just before halftime, Miami took their 1st and only lead of the game with a 52-yard field goal by Jake Wieclaw to make the halftime score 10-7.

    The 2nd half was all Florida State as they outscored Miami 13-3. Easterling scored his 2nd and what would turn out to be game-winning touchdown on a 31-yard pass from EJ Manuel who had returned from injury putting Miami up 14-10. Four minutes later, Florida State pushed their lead to 7 when Dustin Hopkins connected from 47 yards out. Miami would again make it a 4-point game when Wieclaw kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter. With just over four minutes left in the game, Hopkins would kick his 2nd field goal of the day and Miami would have no answers as the Noles took home the ACC crown and BCS Bowl berth that goes with it. Both teams finish the regular season at 11-2 and 8-1 in ACC play.

    Key Performers

    Jacory Harris 17-26 313 1 TD 1 Int
    Thearon Collier 3 catches 113 yards
    Aldarius Johnson 8 catches 89 yards
    Travis Benjamin 3 catches 81 yards 1 TD
    Sean Spence 9 tackles 1 for loss
    Marcus Fortson 5 tackles 1 Int
    Arthur Brown 4 tackles 2 for loss 1 sack 1 Int
     
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    Miami 37-31 Georgia

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    Player of the Game: Aldarius Johnson
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    9 catches 177 yards 2 touchdowns

    The Hurricanes rallied to end their season in style scoring 27 points in the 2nd half to rally from behind to beat the #24 Georgia Bulldogs. Superstar wideout, Aldarius Johnson led the comeback for the Canes and was named Player of the Game. Johnson came up big for the Canes in the 2nd half with 2 big touchdown catches to tie the game. Johnson and quarterback Jacory Harris have rewritten the passing and receiving record books at Miami and will be sorely missed next year.

    Georgia jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the 1st quarter when Caleb King opened the scoring on a 4-yard run and AJ Green scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass after he caught a pass in stride on a beautiful slant route, broke 2 tackles and coasted into the endzone.

    Miami's offense got going in the 2nd quarter and put 10 points on the board. Lamar Miller scored on a 1-yard dive to bring the Canes within 7 points of the Bulldogs. The defense then got a stop and a few minutes later, Jake Wieclaw connected from 46 yards out to make the score 14-10. Georgia kicker Billy Walsh put them back up by 7 when he kicked a 49-yard field goal as time expired in the half. The score at halftime, Georgia 17, Miami 10.

    Miami received the 2nd half kickoff and seemed to be on their way to scoring, until Brandon Boykin cut underneath a dig route, intercepted the pass, and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown to put Georgia up by 14. On Miami's ensuing possession, Harris hit Miller on a checkdown, Miller then broke a tackle and raced down the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown. Miami's defense was again exposed as Logan Gray was perfect on their drive, finishing it off with an 11-yard touchdown pass to A White with :40 left in the 3rd. From this point on, Johnson and Harris refused to let the Hurricanes lose in the dynamic duo's final collegiate game and just :19 later, Johnson took advantage of the man-to-man coverage on a Georgia blitz and scored a 72-yard touchdown to close out the quarter as it started with Georgia holding onto a 7-point lead at 31-24.

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    Johnson and Harris again hooked up to tie the score just over a minute into the 4th quarter on a 54-yard touchdown pass to make the score 31-31. From here, Miami was able to get 3 key stops and Wieclaw kicked his 2nd and 3rd field goals of the day to give Miami a 6-point lead. Miami then stopped Georgia 4 yards from victory and held on to win 37-31. Miami finishes the year 12-2 overall and 8-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes will look to finish strong in offseason recruiting to replace the heart and soul of the team who will be moving on to greener pastures.

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