Plenty of excitement surrounded the University of Miami's first bowl game since 2010 with Saturday's matchup against Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.
Unfortuantely for Canes fans, former quarterback commit and Miami Northwestern product Teddy Teddy Bridgewater had other plans as he most likely finished his college career, collecting 471 total yards and four total touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 36-9 victory.
Several of Miami's heralded recruits took to Twitter during the game to express their excitement, disappointment and outlook on UM's final game of the season.
Here are a few highlights from Saturday night:
Despite a typo, Deerfield Beach slot receiver Brandon Powell starts things off before the game with this gem, referring to Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
Louisville coach but too much Vaseline on his head before the game— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 28, 2013
Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end Chad Thomas put Homestead wide receiver and UF commit Ermon Lane in his place in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Thomas reminded Lane of Louisville's 33-23 win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl last season.
@_MoneyLane chill lane, both of these schools smashed UF.— TouchMoney99 (@F5_Chad) December 29, 2013
Booker T.'s Nigel Bethel, one of Miami's most solid commits since pledging to UM in July, tweeted out of frustration before retweeting a plethora of fans suggesting he attend school elsewhere. He wrote, "Miami embarrassing the 305😤," before later deleting it.
While far away from South Florida, safety commit Kiy Hester from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional was hopeful for better days.
Don't trip Miami fans the future is too bright— #⃣2⃣ (@Hester_2k) December 29, 2013
I'm coming crazy next year taking spots— #⃣2⃣ (@Hester_2k) December 29, 2013
Things did look upbeat for the Canes to start the game. Deon Bush's safety blitz on Louisville's first offensive play, which gave UM a 2-0 lead, got Powell pumped up to say the least.
Safety!!!!!!!!!!! Lettssss gooooooo!!!!!!— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 28, 2013
LETS GET THIS MONEY !!!!!!!— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 28, 2013
Thomas, who was in Orlando for the Under Armour game festivities, wrote "Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!" on Twitter before tweeting this:
In here with my future teammates, we cutting up! 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌— TouchMoney99 (@F5_Chad) December 28, 2013
Other UM commitments at the Under Armour weekend are: Miami Central running back Joseph Yearby, offensive tackle Trevor Darling, Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Kc McDermott, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Nick Linder and Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road wide receiver Braxton Berrios.
Bethel was critical of UM's defense on Louisville's second offensive drive, which resulted in a 32-yard field goal and 3-2 lead for the Cardinals.
Man it's simple once the QB roll out you get the man closet to you!!! They teach that in high school!— Nigel Bethel II (@_NigelBethel) December 29, 2013
After Louisville's second field goal gave the Cardinals a 6-2 lead over the Canes, Hester urged the Canes offense to take advantage of its defense's play up to that point:
Offense needa ball now D holding then to field goals— #⃣2⃣ (@Hester_2k) December 29, 2013
When Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 26-yard touchdown to give Louisville a 16-2 lead, Booker T. defensive end Demetrius Jackson showed some concern while Powell took the score in stride.
😕Damm— Demetrius Jackson (@F5_Jackson) December 29, 2013
Good D good catch— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 29, 2013
Jackson showed some more concern by "shaking my damn head" following a Louisville sack on UM quarterback Stephen Morris when the Canes were inside the 5-yard line on the ensuing drive. His teammate Bethel might have seen enough and decided to get a workout in with track season around the corner.
Smdh .... 😕😕😕😒— Demetrius Jackson (@F5_Jackson) December 29, 2013
The grind never stops pic.twitter.com/vrQr8BfruQ— Nigel Bethel II (@_NigelBethel) December 29, 2013
With about 3 minutes left in the scond half, Louisville's James Burgess Jr. (former Homestead standout and former UM recruit) laid out Dallas Crawford on a rushing attempt for no gain.
DAMN!— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 29, 2013
These dudes scared to run the ball and play they tip toeing— Demetrius Jackson (@F5_Jackson) December 29, 2013
Louisville took a 22-9 lead into halftime, which stretched to 29-2 at the end of the third quarter. Powell had a positive outlook on the melee to a certain extent, while Jackson's reactions kept on the same trend.
29-2 smh wow !!!!!??— Demetrius Jackson (@F5_Jackson) December 29, 2013
Can't wait to get to school....... 😤— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 29, 2013
Miami just straight up trippin tonight— Brandon Powell#⃣4⃣ (@_Powellbp4) December 29, 2013
Around the 12-minute mark in the fourth quarter, Bridgewater scrambled for a 1-yard touchdown run and celebrated by signaling the U with his hand with a proceeding throat slash as the Cardinals took a 36-2 lead over the Hurricanes.
Thomas showed some love to Bridgewater, while Bethel got home from his workout.
Big cuz putting on. ✊— TouchMoney99 (@F5_Chad) December 29, 2013
Wow really UM?— Nigel Bethel II (@_NigelBethel) December 29, 2013
It's now full speed ahead into the offseason for the Canes, who will look to sustain the fifth-best Class of 2014 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.
Miami finished the season 9-4, giving up more than 500 yards on defense in five of its last six games. And while the outlook from Hester, Powell, and Thomas -- one of UM's most solid recruits -- looks positive, Canes coach Al Golden and his staff will have plenty of work to do leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5, 2014.
Saw a lot of positives last night In the game.... 🙌🙌 gotta keep grinding and working ... Good season hurricanes— Demetrius Jackson (@F5_Jackson) December 29, 2013