Oklahoma and Miami had only played six times prior to the October 3rd clash. Each team had taken three victories a piece. Miami’s victories – in 1985, 1986, and 1987 put an end to Oklahoma championship hopes each of those years. Despite the relative few meetings – the match up has some baggage and Miami’s win last night helped reassure the hurricane faithful that indeed this year’s team is one to be reckoned with on a national stage.
Miami entered the game reeling from a blowout at the hands of ACC rival, Virginia Tech. Although the Canes had won games against Florida State and Georgia Tech, the loss to the Hokies of Va Tech threw into question the legitimacy of the Canes #9 ranking. After the sound drubbing from the Hokies, the Canes fell to a much more realistic #19 ranking.
Sophomore phenom Jacory Harris started off shakey – throwing two picks on the Hurricanes’ first two posessions. One came off a poor decision – the other due to a blown route by the receiver. Oklahoma meanwhile capitalized off the turnovers and quickly put 10 points up on the board. Joe Robbie (yes, I know its called Land Shark but I refuse to recognize that fact officially) stadium became quiet and a palpable sense of fear gripped hurricane nation as we wondered if this team might become aflicted with the same schiztophrenic nature of last years team.
Instead of going for the deep ball, the Canes turned to picking off nice 8-12 yard chunks and then opening up things with some solid runs by Javaris James and Gregg Cooper. The result was a series of successful drives that showed what the offense can do when things are firing on all cylinders.
In the end, however, it was the defense that earned The U the big W over Oklahoma. Stifling the corn-feed behemoth O-Line on drive after drive – it soon became apparent that the Sooners were gassing up front. Repeated penetrations by the Hurricane defense put their QB in panic-mode and they soon became ineffectual.
The Miami Hurricanes have withstood one of the most challenging starts in the school’s history. They have persevered and look to a remaining schedule that although dangerous in places, poses relatively few threats.
Miami should be able to run the table and reach the ACC championchip game with only one loss and depending on the outcome across the nation, could vie for a national title this year or at the very least play once again in a BCS game.
Its great to be a Miami Hurricane.