Last weekend was a rude awakening for the Canes. Apparently they made sure they were wide awake for this one. The Miami Hurricanes showed why they should be recognized as one of the elite programs in the nation, once again. But don't tell that to any of the players. They don't want to hear it. Thats what got them in trouble last weekend in Blacksburg. I believe Jacory said all they were going to watch on tv was Spongebob. No ESPN, no nothing! But we'll say it. #11 in the country and back on the scene! Shhhhh...
On to the game. After throwing interceptions on consecutive possessions, Jacory seemed to be outmatched once again. The crowd was down, "oh man, here we go again" was all I heard around me. But not so fast! We seemed to be the only ones discouraged. After an early 10-0 deficit, we thought, that was it. But the offense kept fighting and the defense kept holding on. Finally with about 8 minutes left in the third quarter, Harris found TE Jimmy Graham down the middle for a touchdown. Score at the the half, 10-7 OK. That didn't last too long. On Oklahoma's first possession, Brandon Harris came on a corner blitz and sacked Landry Jones causing a fumble. Miami recovers. On the next play Jacory threads the needle between 4 defenders and finds the other TE Dedrick Epps for the go ahead touchdown. The Canes took over from there and never relinquished the lead. Later in the third quarter, Harris found a streaking Travis Benjamiin in the middle for another touchdown strike. Jacory showed the mark of a true competitor and champion coming back from a slow start. Not one ounce of fear or concern as he walked off the field after his second interception. As a matter of fact, he had a smirk on his face, basically showing that it did not phase him.
The defense hung tough, inspite of being on the field more than they wanted to be. Everything seemed to go wrong for the Canes as well, whether it was a roughing the kicker penalty that should have been called running into the kicker or phantom facemasking, etc.
Miami also showed signs of being able to close out games and seal the deal. After a field goal brought the Sooners to within one point at 21-20, all Miami needed to do was hold on to the ball for four minutes and change. That's exactly what they did. After a dump off pass to Aldarius Johnson for about a 12 yard gain, Miami went with their bread and butter the whole night. The man who set everything up for us on offense, Javarris James. An absolutely excellent display of power and speed from James helped seal the game and put away the Sooners, who led all of the FBS in rush defense. James finished the night with 15 carries, 150 yards.
On a side note, tonight was the coming out party for one Ray Ray Armstrong. The kid is good. He is nasty, physical, nasty, instinctive, oh and did I mention nasty? The hit he laid on Demarco Murray in the first half got the crowd riled up and that's when people knew he was for real. We look for big things from him throughout the rest of the year.
Some other notable standouts:
OL- Jason Fox, dominated the LOS, not allowing any sacks and opening holes for James and Coop the whole night.
TE's- Dedrick Epps and Jimmy Graham both had touchdown grabs and Epps made another a couple important catches for first downs, one coming in the last drive to keep the chains and clock moviing.
Defensive Front 7- Did a great job of putting pressure on Landry Jones and causing disruption. With the exception of a couple missed tackles and broken down plays, I believe they played real well.
Next up, FAMU. Focus on winning one game at a time and watching Spongebob, and going to school and the rest will take care of itself. Great Job by our Canes. Continue the support, don't let up now. We still have a lot of work to do.
Coming up, the latest news on the recruiting front. What are some commits and prospects saying about the big win Saturday night.