Rise of the Canes

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  1. Beazus Christ

    Beazus Christ Resident Smut Peddler

    Jul 26, 2009
    Rise of the Canes


    WR "The Playmaker" Michael Irvin (1985 - 1987)


    Location: Coral Gables, FL
    Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
    All-Time Record: 552 - 307 - 19 (.640)
    National Titles: 5
    Conference Titles: 9
    Heisman Winners: 2
    Consensus All-Americans: 35
    Stadium: Sun Life Stadium (76,500)
    Prestige Rating in NCAA 11: 5 Stars


    From 1980 to 2002, the Miami Hurricanes were college football. Built upon tremendous Floridian talent and fortified by a confidence level that bordered on the absurd, the Canes terrorized the college football world and infuriated opposing fans for a period of over 20 years. Although the talent continued to flock to Coral Gables and the Canes players were as cocky as ever, something had changed in college football. Gone are the days of being perennial national title contenders as the Hurricanes now struggle to produce a consistent winner in the ACC. Although the Miami Hurricane dynasty is over, due to a strong recruiting base, the program is never far off from national prominence. Should Miami benefit from strong recruiting and excellent coaching, Hurricane football will once again be on the lips of every college football fan in the nation. Because Miami has talent and the premier recruiting base in the country, I have high expectations for this team in the League of Champions. Expect the Canes to contend for the national title and (if the stars align) hoist the hardware for the first time since 2001.


    6 Stars
  2. Beazus Christ

    Beazus Christ Resident Smut Peddler

    Jul 26, 2009
    2010 SEASON

    Week 1 - RIVALRY GAME

    #14 Miami - 31
    #6 Florida - 6

    The post-Tebow era did not get off to the start that Gator fans had hoped for. Florida rolled into Miami a confident team but left with their tails between their legs. Miami dominated this contest in every facet of the game - outgaining UF 515-182 in total offense. Jacory Harris paved the way for the Hurricanes through the air, passing for over 400 yards. That Harris did throw 3 interceptions gives pause for concern but the Canes will happily take that with the W against the rival Gators.


    QB Jacory Harris: 20/37 - 463 Yards - 2/3
    WR Travis Benjamin: 7 Receptions - 182 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Lonard Hankerson: 3 Receptions - 122 Yards - 1 TD
    DE Allen Bailey: 7 Tackles - 3 Sacks - 1 FF
    FS Ray Ray Armstrong: 5 Tackles - 1 Int

    Week 2

    #8 Miami - 38
    #2 Texas - 42

    In week 2, Miami was unable to pull off the upset on the road in this battle of top ten teams. The Longhorn offense had a big game against the Canes secondary as they amased over 300 yards through the air. Despite this, Miami stayed competitive throughout the game but was unable to create a game-changing play when it needed it the most. Without star HB Graig Cooper, Miami's offense was one dimensional. This was especially harmful because QB Jacory Harris did not play his best game. Against Texas, Harris continued to make poor decisions as he was picked off 3 times - raising his season total to 6 in just 2 games. Although they leave Austin with a loss, Miami has to feel good about their prospects for the rest of the season. One less turnover or one more completed pass was the difference in this game.

    Stats - UM

    QB Jacory Harris: 17/37 - 293 Yards - 3/3
    HB Damien Berry: 14 Rushes - 124 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Laron Byrd: 5 Receptions - 107 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Tommy Streeter: 3 Receptions - 95 Yards - 2 TDs
    DE Allen Bailey: 1 Sack
    DE Adewale Ojomo: 1 FR

    Week 3


    Week 4

    #11 Miami - 16
    #10 Pittsburgh - 8

    For the second consecutive game, Miami took to the road to face a top-10 opponent. Unlike the game in Austin, the Canes were able to prevail against the Panthers and return to campus with a much-needed win. The story of the game was the Miami defense, which forced multiple Pitt turnovers by applying heavy pressure to the opposing QB. Miami didnt get much going in terms of its offense, but held on to a 16 point lead in the 4th quarter until Pitt finally found its way on the scoreboard with 2 minutes to play. After converting the two point attempt and recovering the onside kick, Pitt seemed destined to tie the game up and force an OT. Fortunately for the Canes, the defense rose to the occasion just outside the redzone and ended Pitt's comeback bid. QB Jacory Harris had his worst statistical game of the season but only threw 1 interception - here is hoping the days of the three-interception games are a thing of the past. The running game received a boost by the return of Graig Cooper, as he added 88 yards and score. Next up, Miami hits the road for the third game in a row to tangle with ACC foe Clemson in Death Valley.

    Stats - UM

    QB Jacory Harris: 16/33 - 215 Yards - 0/1
    HB Graig Cooper: 23 Rushes - 88 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Travis Benjamin: 8 Receptions - 91 Yards
    CB DeMarcus Van Dyke: 2 Ints
    DE Allen Bailey: 6 Tackles - 3 Sacks - 1 FF
    FS Ray Ray Armstrong: 6 Tackles - 1 FF
    DT Marcus Forston: 1 Sack

    Week 5

    #7 Miami - 24
    Clemson - 7

    Miami starts off conference play on a solid note, defeating Clemson on the road 24-7. The game started off very slow, as both teams struggled to establish a rhythm on offense. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Miami was able to get into a groove in the 2nd quarter and take a 14 point lead into the half. In the second half, Clemson was able to find the endzone but it was not enough to pull off the upset.

    Stats - UM

    QB Jacory Harris - 15/24 - 195 Yards - 2/0
    HB Graig Cooper - 18 Rushes - 79 Yards
    DE Adewale Ojomo - 9 Tackles - 1 Sack
    DE Allen Bailey - 1 Sack
    CB DeMarcus Van Dyke - 1 Int
    CB Brandon Harris - 1 Int

    Week 6

    #7 Miami - 19
    #14 FSU - 17

    Miami wins in dramatic fashion at home against rival FSU. For 3 quarters this game was a snoozefest, to put it nicely. Miami moved the ball at times but turned it over or failed to convert on multiple occasions. Down by 6 in the fourth, FSU got the break it needed when a Jacory Harris pass was intercepted and returned for a TD. Down 7-6, Miami did the unthinkable and went for it on 4th and short deep inside their own territory. The FSU defense came up big and stopped the Canes, setting up a short field which the Seminoles took advantage of and scored to make it 14-6 with 2 minutes left. Unfazed, Jacory Harris came back into the game and led the Canes on a TD drive that chewed the clock down to 33 seconds. On the score, Harris was injured and the backup came in for the 2 point conversion to tie up the game. Once again, the Seminoles D came up big and sacked the backup before he could attempt a pass. Miami then failed to recover the onside kick, putting FSU in great shape to end the game. However, Miami still had 3 timeouts and was determined to make get a first down. FSU ran right up the gut on its first two carries with good results. On third and 1, it was the Canes defense that stepped up to stop the FB and force 4th. FSU promptly sent out their kicker, who made the field goal to push the lead to 5 with 14 seconds to play. After the squib kick, Miami lined up at the 30 with under 10 seconds in the game. QB Harris threw up the jump ball to Leonard Hankerson, who caught it a couple of yards out of the endzone as time expired. Game over? NO! Hankerson TRUCKED the opposing CB and was brought down from behind by another defender but fell into the endzone for the winning score! Unbelievable! Nothing else to say here.

    Stats - UM

    QB Jacory Harris - 16/26 - 270 Yards - 1/2 (65 Yards Rushing)
    HB Graig Cooper - 14 Rushes - 39 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Leonard Hankerson - 4 Receptions - 121 Yards - 1 TD
    OLB Sean Spence - 9 Tackles - 2 Sacks

    Week 7

    #7 Miami - 62
    Duke - 10

    Fresh off a thrilling victory against FSU, the Canes traveled to Durham to clash with the Blue Devils. Miami used its superior athleticism to quiet any notion of an upset and jumped out to a 31-0 lead in the second quarter. From there, the Canes went on cruise control and left the Bull City with an ACC win.

    Stats - UM

    QB Jacory Harris - 24/39 - 341 Yards - 4/1
    HB Graig Cooper - 12 Rushes - 97 Yards - 1 TD
    WR Laron Byrd - 6 Receptions - 110 Yards - 2 TDs
    WR Leonard Hankerson - 4 Receptions - 54 Yards - 2 TDs
    DE Allen Bailey - 10 Tackles - 5 Sacks
    DT Marcus Forston - 4 Tackles - 1 Sack
    CB Brandon Harris - 1 Interception

    Week 8

    #6 Miami - 51
    #15 North Carolina - 0

    The Hurricanes played their best ball of the year and thumped a ranked Tar Heels team in front of a raucous crowd in South Florida. Heading into the game, the Miami coaching staff lost countless hours of sleep over the Tarheels dominant defense. Their concern was well founded, as the Canes star HB Graig Cooper could only muster 5 rushing yards on 14 carries. Unfortunately for UNC, QB Jacory Harris played inspired football - beating the Tarheel defense through the air and with his feet in route to his best performance to date. On the defensive side of the ball, the Canes completely dominated an inexperienced Tarheel offense and prevented UNC from scoring a single point. This complete performance by the Canes couldn't have come at a better time, as Miami had its key recruits in town for the game.

    Stats - UM

    QB Jacory Harris - 20/30 - 356 Yards - 4/0 (84 Yards Rushing - 1 TD)
    HB Graig Cooper - 14 Rushes - 5 Yards
    WR Travis Benjamin - 8 Receptions - 160 Yards - 2 TDs
    WR Laron Byrd - 8 Receptions - 170 Yards - 1 TD
    OLB Sean Spence - 8 Tackles - 1 Interception - 1 TD
    CB Brandon Harris - 1 Interception
    MLB Shayon Green - 5 Tackles - 1 FF
    DE Allen Bailey - 2 Sacks

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