The Miami Hurricanes were stunned and beaten into submission last night. In front of what looked like a paltry crowd, UM was unable to beat an underrated Clemson Tigers football team. The second loss of the season in the ACC means that Miami is for all intents and purposes out of the hunt for an ACC division or conference title. It also will probably relegate the Canes to a second tier bowl game should The U manage to recoup its season and win the rest of its games.
Clemson came into the game un-ranked and boasting a mediocre 3-3 record overall. Miami on the other hand entered the contest ranked #10 in the BCS and sat in a three way tie for the ACC Coastal lead along with Virginia Tech. and Georgia Tech.
Miami was clearly hobbled on Defense. The D-line seemed inept – clearly incapable of pressuring the Clemson QB – providing ample time for their receivers to find space and make steady progress throughout the game. There also seemed to be some significant commuication problems between the coaching staff and the players on the field resulting in poor time management at the end of the first half and Miami having to burn all three 2nd half timeouts before the end of the third quarter.
However none of that mattered in the end. The score board was effectively erased and both teams started at zero at the start of overtime play. The play callers decided to hobble UM standout quarterback, Jacory Harris, in the end – choosing to run over providing Harris an opportunity to find one of his accomplished receivers. As a result, Miami settled for a field goal.
Clemson faced a long third down play and with plenty of time in the pocket and an insanely large zone seam in which to run a crossing pattern, the Tigers managed to score a touchdown and end the game.
This is an important loss for the Canes. It shows weakness and deficiency. I believe it has provided the team with a much needed reality check on what it takes to be The U of old.
The game was not supposed to be exciting. Miami was supposed to romp and roll – show their U Swag. No matter the silver lining, this loss hurt bad.