The Miami Hurricane 2012

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  1. jca312

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    The Miami Hurricane 2012

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    #8 Miami Knocks Off #5 LSU

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    For the 2nd year in a row, Miami passes a tough opening week road test. Last year, the Canes knocked off the #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, this year, Miami travelled to Baton Rouge and took down a very talented #5 LSU Tiger team. After some technical difficulties, the game had to be replayed and both coaches agreed it would start where it was interrupted at halftime with Miami up 7-0. Miami received the 2nd half kickoff, but couldn't do anything with it, going 3 & out. On LSU's ensuing possession, however, Miami cornerback Prince Kent jumped an out, intercepted it, and took it 28 yards to the endzone for a 14-0 Miami lead.

    The Hurricane defense played well all day, making things hard on LSU and their quarterback, the speedy Russell Sheppard, sacking him twice and hurrying him countless times. LSU, however, was able to respond when Sheppard hit receiver Morris Claiborne for a 7-yard touchdown to bring the TIgers back to within 7 at 14-7. Miami then took over and after a few plays to get Miami into LSU territory, Player of the Game Cannon Smith hit Kendal Thompkins on a wheel route for a 35-yard touchdown that put LSU in a deep hole with 5:21 to play in regulation.

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    LSU was down, but not out as Sheppard and LSU Player of the Game, Chris Tolliver refused to go quietly into the night as they hooked up for a 26-yard touchdown and once again, it was a 7-point game. So, with 1:14 left to play, LSU attempted an onside kick, but couldn't recover. The stingy Tiger defense tried to keep their hopes alive with one last stop, but on a long 2nd down, Smith hit tight end Joe Bentley on a play-action pass for a 1st down and Smith was able to kneel out the clock and Miami improves to 1-0 on the year.

    Up next for the Canes, they travel to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in their ACC opener.
     
  2. bcduggan

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    That was a well played game by Miami.

    Probably the worst read I ever had in a user game on that interception.

    Good luck rest of season.
     
  3. Iron Mickey

    Iron Mickey I'd take her out for some casadias

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    Great win JCA.
     
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    Miami 24-21 Florida State

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    Smith Leads #3 Canes Past #1 Noles

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    Cannon Smith celebrates TD Pass​

    Miami avenged their ACC Championship Game loss with a 24-21 victory over Florida State. Florida State struck first when EJ Manuel hit Avis Commack for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:07 left in the 1st quarter. It took a quarter and a half for Miami's offense to get on track. "We had to make a few adjustments with Lamar out." Coach Alexander said at midfield after the game "We really struggled getting the running game going, but we felt it was important to maintain balance in our play-calling to eat clock at the end and try to give Cannon some time back there." Miami lost star running back Lamar Smith last week, who will be out for the season with a broken collarbone. DeShawn McKenzie ran the ball 24 times for 52 yards and Shaun Graves only had 3 carries for 11 yards in reserve action, but he did score a crucial touchdown in the 3rd quarter from the 7-yardline.

    Tommy Streeter got Miami on the board with 3:09 left to play in the half when he beat the press coverage and Smith hit him in stride before the Seminole safety had a chance to get over and cover him, to tie the score at 7. Carlton Jones put Florida State back up by 7 when he powered the ball in from the 1-yardline with just :55 left in the half. The Noles took their 14-7 lead into the half and were sitting pretty because they were receiving the 2nd half kickoff.

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    Streeter scores for Miami's 1st touchdown

    The 2nd half opened and Miami senior cornerback Brandon McGee swung the momentum back to Miami when he intercepted a deep play-action pass by Manuel on the first play of the 2nd half. Less then two minutes later, Smith hit tight end J Bentley on 3rd down streaking up the seam for a 16-yard touchdown and we were once again deadlocked, this time at 14. On Florida State's ensuing possession, Manuel found Commack streaking down the sideline on a 3rd and long play, inexplicably getting behind the Miami cornerback, who got an earful when he returned to the sideline, for a 55-yard touchdown, giving Florida State a 21-14 lead. Once again, Miami answered quickly moving down the field capping off their drive with Graves' 7-yard touchdown with 1:06 left in the 3rd.


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    Bentley catches 16-yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter​

    The 4th quarter would be a defensive struggle as Miami made Jake Wieclaw's 51-yard field goal with 3:25 left stand up when Florida State's 44-yard attempt as time expired would hook wide left. Cannon Smith was named Player of the Game after he passed for 261 yards, completing 22 of his 26 passes, including 2 touchdowns. Streeter hauled in 4 passes for 90 yards, scoring once and Bentley caught 6 passes for 53 yards and 1 touchdown. Miami improves to 5-0 overall 2-0 in ACC play. Miami will now have 2 weeks to find a solid running game against Duke and Virginia before they travel to Atlanta to face G-Unit and his #10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

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    Shaun Graves' 3rd quarter 7-yard touchdown​
     
  5. Iron Mickey

    Iron Mickey I'd take her out for some casadias

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    Damn...big win JCA. I am not looking forward to your Hurricanes coming to Bobby Dodd stadium in three weeks...lol

    My first on-air radio show prediction was right!!! I am the man!! We will defintley be talking about this game on the show.
     
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    Thanks man, glad I could back up your 1st on-air prediction.
     
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    Congrats on the big win JCA. Looks like this Miami team is similar to your Michigan team in GG seeing neither of them will go away, fightin til the end. You've got the inside track to the title game now, I'd expect a Miami-FSU remtach in the ACC title game though. Great summary by the way.
     
  8. bcduggan

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    Nice win JCA.
     
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    Thanks guys
     
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    Miami 42-6 Duke

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    #1 Canes Keep Rolling

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    Davon Johnson celebrates one of his three touchdowns​

    Miami easily navigated their "Let Down" game when they went to Durham and crushed the bottom-dwelling Blue Devils 42-6. Although they are still struggling to find a running game since the loss of Lamar Miller, the Canes did score 2 rushing touchdowns. Their 2 reserve running backs combined for 121 yards on 22 carries and DeShawn McKenzie scored 2 touchdowns, but lost sack yardage brought the total back down to 98 yards.

    "It's obviously something that concerns us. If we can't rush for 100 yards as a team, we aren't going to accomplish our goals for the season. We won't beat Georgia Tech, we won't win the ACC Championship, and there's no way we win a National Title." Coach Alexander said in the rain at midfield after the game. "Thank God Cannon (Smith) is playing out of his mind right now, but at some point, that is going to catch up to us."

    Smith completed 13 of his 16 passes for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns. Smith's favorite target on the day was Player of the Game Davon Johnson who caught 4 passes for 94 yards and 3 touchdowns. Johnson scored on catches of 60, 16, and 5 yards. The 60-yard touchdown was a wheel route along the right sideline to open the scoring for Miami in the first. Then first score of the 2nd quarter was Johnson's 16-yard touchdown on a perfect touch pass that he corralled on a corner route in the back of the endzone. Johnson's final touchdown was a quick slant in the 3rd from the 5 yardline.


    Miami improves to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the ACC. Next week, the Hurricanes face the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville and look to stay undefeated.
     
  11. Iron Mickey

    Iron Mickey I'd take her out for some casadias

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    Wow. Excellent highlight's JCA.
     
  12. jca312

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    Thanks man, almost showdown time.
     
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    Miami 41-15 Georgia Tech

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    Canes Win Big Coastal Division Showdown

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    Prince Kent intercepts a Peter Bradley pass​

    After the original game, which was 17-10 in the 3rd quarter had to be replayed, Miami's defense decided the sequel wouldn't be much of a game at all. With Miami leading 7-0 and Georgia Tech driving to tie the game with their potent option attack, the Canes' defense made their 1st big play of the game. On a 1st down in the Red Zone with just under 2:00 left in the quarter, Peter Bradley tried to run to the right, but ran straight into a Miami blitz and was met by Hurricane linebacker Grant Weaver, who laid the wood and jarred the ball loose. Fellow backer Ramon Buchanan scooped the ball up and raced 77 yards for a touchdown and 14-point Miami lead.

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    On the very next play from scrimmage for the Yellow Jackets, sophomore corner Gary Jacobs would cut underneath a crossing route and intercept Bradley at Georgia Tech's 30 yardline. Georgia Tech's defense would hold however and Miami would have to settle for a 33-yard Jake Wieclaw field goal making the score 17-0 Miami at the end of the 1st quarter.

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    The 2nd quarter would be controlled by Miami's rushing attack. DeShawn McKenzie would get the yardage on the day, while Player of the Game Shaun Graves would get the touchdowns. McKenzie would finish the day with 117 yards on 29 carries, while Graves would only gain 27 yards on 9 carries, but 4 would go for touchdowns. Graves would score on runs of 1, 10, and 2 yards in the 2nd quarter and the game was over at the half with Miami leading 38-0.

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    Miami's secondary shut down the Yellow Jackets' Heisman Trophy candidate Xavier Fitzpatrick, holding him to 4 catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. Prince Kent did a great job for Miami covering Fitzpatrick getting a nice interception down the field along the sideline.

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    Miami improves to 8-0 and is currently ranked #2 with Notre Dame jumped them last week after an impressive Fighting Irish victory over the the #3 Penn State Nittany Lions. Miami will host #21 North Carolina next week, #24 Virginia Tech the following week, then NC State after a bye to finish out their ACC regular season schedule. The Hurricanes will then have another week off and end regular season play hosting the University of South Florida. Coach Alexander is confident that, if his Canes win out and win the ACC Championship Game, they will earn a spot in the BCS Championship game.

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    Buchanan makes a leaping interception in the 2nd quarter​

    "It doesn't really matter to me if we're #1 or #2 as long as we're in the game." Coach Alexander said in his postgame press conference "So far we've managed to meet all of our challenges this season, but we still have 4 tough games before we can even think about the ACC Championship game, let alone January. We'll see how it all shakes out."
     
  14. Iron Mickey

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    Great summary for a User game JCA. Some guys should pay attention.
     
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    Miami 24-21 NC State

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    DeShawn McKenzie celebrates his touchdown vs NC State​

    In a game that looked like a blowout on paper, NC State came into Miami barely holding onto their bowl game aspirations, while the Hurricanes were 3 wins away from playing for the National Title, and the game turned out to be a nail-biter. Miami opened the scoring with 1:04 to play in 1st quarter when Player of the Game Cannon Smith hit wideout Davon Johnson on a 20-yard post route, when the NC State's safety came up to take a way an underneath route. The 1st quarter would end with Miami holding onto that 7-0 lead.

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    Cannon Smith to Davon Johnson for 20-yard touchdown​

    The 2nd quarter opened with NC State putting 3 points on the board on a 35-yard field goal by Matt Cooper to cut Miami's lead to 7-3 with 3:40 to play in the half. Just over a minute later, Miami pushed their lead to 11 and appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win. Smith led the Canes down the field and running back DeShawn McKenzie scored on a 4-yard off tackle run out of shotgun. With just 2:31 left in the half and Miami receiving the 2nd half kickoff, the Hurricanes were looking for a quick stop and one more score before half to start putting the game away. However, the Wolfpack converted several 3rd downs and punched it in from 1 yard out to cut the lead 14-10 at the half.

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    DeShawn McKenzie's 2nd quarter touchdown​

    Miami's offense was hitting on all cylinders as it took them just under 2:00 to drive the length of the field and push their lead back to 11 at 21-10. Cannon Smith threw his 2nd touchdown pass of the day, this time to Kendal Thompkins once again on a post route nicely threaded in between 3 Wolfpack defenders. Miami's defense then got a stop when G Jacobs picked Mike Glennon off and the offense returned to put a nail in NC State's coffin, however, the Wolfpack returned the favor. Smith looked to hook up with Thompkins once again, this time on a wheel route, but the Wolfpack pass rush forced Smith to step up in the pocket and hold onto the ball a liitle too long and when the pass was a little underthrown, Dean Haynes was there to make a nice interception.

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    Thompkins touchdown catch and Haynes interception​

    NC State once again closed the gap to 8 points on a 29-yard Coooper field goal :39 into the final quarter. Miami then went to work on the clock and 2:09 later, Jake Wieclaw kicked a 47-yard field goal to push the lead back to 11 with just 2:12 to play. NC State opened up their passing attack and were able to quickly move down the field and scored in less than a minute and after their successful 2-point conversion, Miami's lead was 3. Tight end Billy Sanders fell on the onside kick and after Smith hit Miami's #2 tight end Joe Bentley on a 3rd down play-action pass, Smith kneeled three times and the game was over.

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    Bentley's game-sealing 3rd down catch

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    McKenzie's touchdown run

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    Ramon Buchanan sacks Glennon

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    Miami improves to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in the ACC. The Hurricanes are off next week, then they will host the University of South Florida before their rematch with Florida State for the ACC Championship and a possible shot at a National Championship.
     
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    #1 Miami 34-0 USF

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    Miami finished their regular season schedule undefeated and one win away from playing for the National Championship. Miami proved that they are still the dominant team in South Florida beating USF 34-0 in spite of losing their starting quarterback Cannon Smith on their second possession. Hurricane fans got a glimpse of the future when Smith was lost for the game with a hip pointer and redshirt juniors quarterback AJ Highsmith and running back DeShawn McKenzie led the Hurricanes to victory. Highsmith played 3 1/2 quarters completing 19 of 24 passes for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was Highsmith's second win of the season, he also came in for an injured Smith in Week 4 at Cincinnati. McKenzie eclipsed the 1000 yard mark after he rushed for 155 yards against the Bulls, scoring 1 touchdown. McKenzie also caught 4 passes for 40 yards and was named Player of the Game.

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    AJ Highsmith and DeShawn McKenzie

    Miami sent their seniors off in style on senior day jumping out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruising to their first shutout victory of the season. Seniors Devon Johnson and Andrew Smith starred on Senior Day. Johnson led the Canes in receiving with 5 catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, while Smith led the defense recording 3 tackles and 2 sacks. USF was only able to muster 59 yards of total offense and -26 rushing yards.

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    Miami will now face archrival Florida State in the ACC Championship game once again. Last year, the Seminoles ended Miami's slim title hopes and are in position to do it again this year. Miami edged Florida State 24-21 back in Week 5 when the Seminoles missed a field goal wide left as time expired. It is shaping up to be another epic Miami-FSU showdown.

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    Andrew Smith and Olivier Vernon record 2 of Miami's 7 sacks

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    Miami's Defensive Line lived in the USF backfield

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  18. bdes

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    Awesome season so far, GL against FSU. 1 more win.
     
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    #1 Miami 17-10 #8 Florida State - ACC Championship Game

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    #1 Miami (12-0) vs #8 Florida State (10-2)
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    In a rematch of one of the best games of the year and last year's ACC Championship Game, #1 Miami was able to bring home their 1st ACC Title since joining the conference in 2004. After a rocky start, with rumors of his firing, Coach Alexander has his Hurricanes in the National Championship Game in his 4th year at the helm. Miami will face the undefeated 11-0 Boise State Broncos in Miami for the title. Miami successfully navigated a very tough schedule this season, beating 7 ranked opponents.

    Florida State lost the coin toss and Miami elected to defer. On the Seminoles' first possession, they were feeling Miami out and ran the ball three times gaining 8 yards and were forced to punt. Miami then systematically marched down the field and took their first lead of the day at 7-0 on an 8-yard pass from Cannon Smith to tight end Billy Sanders with 3:24 to play in the opening quarter. Miami's defense came back out onto the field looking for another big stop, but EJ Manuel threw deep to Avis Commack who hauled the pass in over cornerback Brandon McGee and took it the rest of the way to the endzone for a 43-yard touchdown and the game was tied at 7-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.


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    The second quarter saw only one score and a lot of great defense. The big play of the quarter, which started tipping the scales in Miami's favor, was a Chris Thompson draw that was going for about an 8-yard gain, until Miami safety McCarthy laid the wood, knocking the ball loose and senior defense end Olivier Vernon was able to recover the fumble and give the Hurricanes their second defensive stop of the game. Miami would take full advantage of the turnover, marching down the field and punching it in on a DeShaun McKenzie 2-yard dive when he overpowered Seminole safety Nick Moody at the goal line. Miami's defense was able to finally stop Florida State at midfield on the Noles ensuing possession and then ran out the clock to end the half, with Miami leading 14-7.

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    Olivier Vernon recovers the fumble forced by McCarthy's big hit
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    DeShaun McKenzie scores on a 2-yard run

    Miami received the second half kickoff and played it a little conservative. They ran the ball and threw short, but after gaining a few first downs, they were forced to punt. Jake Wieclaw came out and was able to pin the Noles deep and set the Miami defense up to make yet another big play. Florida State tried to run an option and EJ Manuel was hit as he pitched and Brandon McGee came up and picked off the pitch deep in Florida State territory. Miami once again played it very conservative, running the ball three times and settling for a 23-yard Wieclaw field goal and a 17-7 lead. Florida State's offense returned to field determined to put the ball in the endzone and drove down the field. Florida State got all the way down to the 2 yardline and were stopped for no gain on a quarterback sneak, then on 4th & 1, they handed the ball to Chris Thompson who was met a yard behind the line of scrimmage by defensive tackle Curtis Porter protecting their 10-point lead. Miami then went to work on the clock, looking to put the game away witha long sustained drive. Miami had the ball and the lead as the third quarter ended.

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    Miami continued their drive deep into Florida State territory, however, once they were in the red zone, Smith made his only big mistake of the day when Greg Reid undercut a post route and intercepted the ball. Florida State then went with the hurry-up and quickly moved down the field, but when their drive stalled at the 27 yardline, D Hopkins came out and split the uprights to make it a 7-point game. Miami then went three and out after McKenzie was stopped for a 2-yard loss on first down and had to punt the ball back to Florida State. After a couple of nice completions, Florida State had the ball in the red zone with just over a minute to play. Andrew Smith came up with a big sack and three incompletions later, the Canes took over on downs with :28 to play. Florida State still had all their timeouts, so Miami needed one last first down to seal the victory and McKenzie took a pitch to the left on third and short for a first down to kickoff the celebration.

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    Billy Sanders touchdown catch and DeShaun McKenzie's touchdown run

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    Tommy Streeter and Kevin Thompkins make nice leaping grabs

    Player of the Game

    8 DeShaun McKenzie

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    ACC Championship Game - #1 Miami 17-10 #8 Florida State

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    #1 Miami (12-0) vs #8 Florida State (10-2)
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    In a rematch of one of the best games of the year and last year's ACC Championship Game, #1 Miami was able to bring home their 1st ACC Title since joining the conference in 2004. After a rocky start, with rumors of his firing, Coach Alexander has his Hurricanes in the National Championship Game in his 4th year at the helm. Miami will face the undefeated 11-0 Boise State Broncos in Miami for the title. Miami successfully navigated a very tough schedule this season, beating 7 ranked opponents.

    Florida State lost the coin toss and Miami elected to defer. On the Seminoles' first possession, they were feeling Miami out and ran the ball three times gaining 8 yards and were forced to punt. Miami then systematically marched down the field and took their first lead of the day at 7-0 on an 8-yard pass from Cannon Smith to tight end Billy Sanders with 3:24 to play in the opening quarter. Miami's defense came back out onto the field looking for another big stop, but EJ Manuel threw deep to Avis Commack who hauled the pass in over cornerback Brandon McGee and took it the rest of the way to the endzone for a 43-yard touchdown and the game was tied at 7-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.


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    The second quarter saw only one score and a lot of great defense. The big play of the quarter, which started tipping the scales in Miami's favor, was a Chris Thompson draw that was going for about an 8-yard gain, until Miami safety McCarthy laid the wood, knocking the ball loose and senior defense end Olivier Vernon was able to recover the fumble and give the Hurricanes their second defensive stop of the game. Miami would take full advantage of the turnover, marching down the field and punching it in on a DeShaun McKenzie 2-yard dive when he overpowered Seminole safety Nick Moody at the goal line. Miami's defense was able to finally stop Florida State at midfield on the Noles ensuing possession and then ran out the clock to end the half, with Miami leading 14-7.

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    Olivier Vernon recovers the fumble forced by McCarthy's big hit
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    DeShaun McKenzie scores on a 2-yard run

    Miami received the second half kickoff and played it a little conservative. They ran the ball and threw short, but after gaining a few first downs, they were forced to punt. Jake Wieclaw came out and was able to pin the Noles deep and set the Miami defense up to make yet another big play. Florida State tried to run an option and EJ Manuel was hit as he pitched and Brandon McGee came up and picked off the pitch deep in Florida State territory. Miami once again played it very conservative, running the ball three times and settling for a 23-yard Wieclaw field goal and a 17-7 lead. Florida State's offense returned to field determined to put the ball in the endzone and drove down the field. Florida State got all the way down to the 2 yardline and were stopped for no gain on a quarterback sneak, then on 4th & 1, they handed the ball to Chris Thompson who was met a yard behind the line of scrimmage by defensive tackle Curtis Porter protecting their 10-point lead. Miami then went to work on the clock, looking to put the game away witha long sustained drive. Miami had the ball and the lead as the third quarter ended.

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    Miami continued their drive deep into Florida State territory, however, once they were in the red zone, Smith made his only big mistake of the day when Greg Reid undercut a post route and intercepted the ball. Florida State then went with the hurry-up and quickly moved down the field, but when their drive stalled at the 27 yardline, D Hopkins came out and split the uprights to make it a 7-point game. Miami then went three and out after McKenzie was stopped for a 2-yard loss on first down and had to punt the ball back to Florida State. After a couple of nice completions, Florida State had the ball in the red zone with just over a minute to play. Andrew Smith came up with a big sack and three incompletions later, the Canes took over on downs with :28 to play. Florida State still had all their timeouts, so Miami needed one last first down to seal the victory and McKenzie took a pitch to the left on third and short for a first down to kickoff the celebration.

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    Highlights

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    Billy Sanders touchdown catch and DeShaun McKenzie's touchdown run

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    Tommy Streeter and Kevin Thompkins make nice leaping grabs

    Player of the Game

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    Nice recap, GL in the NC
     
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    National Championship Game - #1 Miami 31-28 #2 Boise State

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    Billy Sanders celebrates his huge 4th quarter touchdown

    Boise State had been hearing for the last month all of the doubters who didn't believe they belonged in the title game. Apparently Miami had been listening to the same analysis and quickly found out where the saying, "that's why they play the game" came from. Miami got off to a slow start and appeared headed for a big upset in front of their home crowd for the BCS Championship. Boise State received the opening kickoff and put together an impressive drive moving the ball deep into Miami territory. However, after Bronco quarterback Joe Southwick completed a pass to set Boise up inside the Miami 15, the play was nullified due to a holding penalty and the drive stalled. Boise pinned Miami deep, but Hurricane senior quarterback Cannon Smith picked the Bronco defense apart moving Miami down to the Boise 5 yardline. Smith then ran an option to the left, was hit hard, and fumbled. Boise State took over at their own 4 yardline and showed the world why they belonged. The Broncos ended the quarter with a 96-yard touchdown drive which culminated in running back Jarvis Hodge catching a checkdown throw, breaking tackles, and picking his way to the endzone for a 7-0 Boise State lead.

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    Jarvis Hodge puts Boise State up 7-0 after one quarter


    The 2nd quarter opened with the Broncos extending their lead to 14-0 on a Jeff Treangen touchdown catch on a 33-yard pass from Southwick. The fullback flared out into the flat, broke a tackle, and rumbled down the sideline as the Boise State half of the stadium erupted. Hodge continued to be a monster, racking up 8 broken tackles before halftime. Boise State's defense was also looking good, sacking Smith and holding feature back DeShawn McKenzie in check for a quarter and a half. Smith, once again found his rhythm at the end of the half, leading the Canes on their first scoring drive of the game, throwing a nice touch pass to freshman wideout Deonne Ingram to cut Boise's halftime lead to 7 at 14-7. Panic was beginning to set in with the Hurricane faithful and the television analysts were talking about where this upset would rank all time. Coach Alexander was very calm with his team, telling them that their gameplan would still lead them to victory.
    "We've been here before and we've always come out ontop. This is nothing new to us. We are a mentally tough team and we won't stop fighting until the final second ticks off that clock." Alexander told Erin Andrews as he headed into the locker room to make halftime adjustments.


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    Smith is sacked by a host of Broncos

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    Smith connects with Ingram with :44 left in the half

    The gameplan, apparently, was to ride DeShawn McKenzie early and often because he touched the ball on every play except for a 3rd down and Shaun Graves touchdown on a pitch play when he had to spell an exhausted McKenzie at the 2 yardline. Miami's opening drive of the 2nd half went 76 yards and lasted 3:37 and we were all square again 14-14. Miami's defense also started the 2nd half with a new focus and forced Boise into their first 3 and out of the game. This time, Miami only took 3 plays to score. All three were runs by McKenzie, a 6-yard counter, a 64-yard pitch, and a 5-yard pitch to the right for a touchdown to give Miami their first lead of the game, 21-14.

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    McKenzie takes the pitch and cuts back for 64 yards

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    Shaun Graves scores and celebrates with Sebastian

    Miami headed into the 4th quarter with a 21-14 lead and all of the momentum at home. It appeared like the Canes were going to win going away, but the Broncos had other ideas. Boise came out and fed the ball to their workhorse Hodge, who would earn Player of the Game honors, finishing with 162 yards on 22 carries, 1 rushing touchdown, 36 receiving yards, on 3 catches, and 1 receiving touchdown. With a little over five minutes to play, we were no closer to knowing who the national champion would be than we were at the opening kickoff. Miami once again leaned on McKenzie, but when the Broncos loaded the box, Coach Alexander called a pass, the line missed an assignment, and Smith was sacked for an 11-yard loss. All of a sudden, Miami had the ball on their own 47 yardline, it was 2nd & 21 and the crystal ball was almost in Boise State's grasp. The Broncos had found their offense again and the sense in the stadium was, if they got the ball back, Miami's offense would definitely be in a 7-point hole when they returned to the field. On what ended up being the play of the game, Miami line up in shotgun with 2 receivers to the left, one receiver and senior tight end to the right, with Smith flanked to his right by McKenzie. Smith stomped his foot, the ball was snapped, and 7 Bronco defenders came rushing towards the line of scrimmage. Sanders ran a quick out, into the flat, Smith stood tall in the pocket and hit his big tight end who was all by himself. Sanders turned up field, broke 2 tackles and rumbled 53 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. With just 3:19 to play, all the excitement that was on the Boise State sideline, was now on Miami's side. The Broncos weren't quite done yet though. Southwick and Hodge led the Broncos down the the Miami 4 yardline and backup running back Daniel Burns scored on a run up the middle, almost untouched by an exhausted Miami defense. So, with 1:12 to play, we were tied at 28. Davon Johnson had his longest return of the day on the ensuing kickoff, bringing the ball out to the 38 yardline on a 32-yard return. Cannnon Smith led his offense back out onto the field for a championship drive. Smith was flawless, showing the poise and leadership of a 5th-year senior. The biggest play of the drive was a 22-yard completion to Tommy Streeter that took the ball down to the Boise State 20 yardline with :38 to play. Miami ran the ball once more with McKenzie, gaining 7 yards and sent their kicking team out onto the field. Jake Wieclaw lined up, the ball was snapped, and Wieclaw split the uprights from the right hashmark to give Miami a 31-28 win and National Championship as time expired.

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    Billy Sanders go-ahead 53-yard touchdown

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    Daniel Burns 4-yard game-tying touchdown
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    Tommy Streeter's 22-yard gain in the 4th quarter

    Highlights

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    Deonne Ingram hauls in a 1st half touchdown and Cannon Smith celebrates

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    DeShawn McKenzie runs away from the Boise State defense and celebrates his 3rd quarter touchdown

    Player of the Game

    8 DeShawn McKenzie

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  24. bdes

    bdes Guest

    Nice writeup and congrats on the NC and a perfect season.
     
  25. jca312

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    Thanks man, I appreciate it
     
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