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University of Miami recruits share thoughts on Twitter during Canes' bowl game loss to Louisville

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Thomas, who was in Orlando for the Under Armour game festivities, wrote "Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!" on Twitter before tweeting this:

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.

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:

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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