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ACC establishes policy on potential UM bowl ban; UM-Virginia Tech fallout

Some have asked if UM can play in the ACC title game and accept the invitation to the Orange Bowl if it wins, but self-impose a bowl ban if it loses the ACC title game.

The ACC said that would not be allowed.

Why? The ACC says its championship game is considered a postseason game. So if a team self-imposes a bowl ban, it must do so before the game.

UM said Friday it has not made a decision whether to self-impose.

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Postscripts from UM’s 30-12 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium:

### Finally, the big win this program so desperately needed. And now UM stands just two wins away (Virginia, at Duke) from its first-ever appearance in the ACC championship game, and a potential rematch with FSU.

### Al Golden, on WQAM: "This is a big win. Don't let anybody kid you. The way we did it, by being tough, by being resilient, by being physical, it's good. It wasn't perfect. Last three games, we've played better on defense. We're making some plays now. We had three takeaways, a blocked punt. We've lost the 'young' moniker.

"I know there aren't a lot of people out there that have patience. But we're going to enjoy the journey. I know what the expectations are at Miami. I live it everyday. We're going to grow together and we're going to build it."

### For as abysmal as this defense has been much of the year, it deserves an enormous amount of credit for Thursday’s effort. The pass rush was better than usual (which isn’t saying much), with Olsen Pierre recording a sack and Luther Robinson, Anthony Chickillo, Shayon Green and Tyriq McCord among those applying pressure.

The cornerbacks and safeties were very good in pass coverage, with Brandon McGee, Ladarius Gunter, AJ Highsmith and Kacy Rodgers all making nifty plays. Rodgers rebounded splendidly after his poor effort against FSU. Linebacker Jimmy Gaines had an interception late on a tipped pass. Gunter also had an interception. Freshman cornerback Tracy Howard looked good.

And Curtis Porter, appearing in his first game of the season after an appendectomy, played far more than expected and stabilized the defensive line. The Porter/Olsen Pierre tandem was solid, and that looks like Miami’s best defensive tackle tandem heading down the stretch.

"I'm very pleased to be back," Porter told WQAM. "I'm overwhelmed. Everybody did their job. We didn't have that many mistakes. I'm not at my best [conditioning-wise], but I'm getting there."

The linebackers were active. Eddie Johnson had 11 tackles, Gionni Paul 8. And Gaines played well despite being beaten for two early completions, including a 35-yarder. "Gionni played a lot more than we thought because Denzel went down," Golden said.

And UM did it despite losing two of its best defensive players - Denzel Perryman (whose ankle continues to give him problems) and Deon Bush (who missed the second half with a stinger). "Bush has cat-like closing speed," Golden said.

Of course, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas helped by fumbling near the goal line late in the third quarter. "I was in conflict whether to run base goalline or the sneak - we went with the sneak call," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said. "Curtis Porter got a tremendous push on that."

Robinson recovered the fumble for UM.

The only huge breakdown was on Logan Thomas’ 73-yard run, when Robinson and Anthony Chickillo were obliterated by blocks, and the defensive backs couldn't catch him. "We had no vision on the quarterback from the underneath coverage," D'Onofrio said. "It was the perfect storm. You take that play out, and the run defense showed up. Then you're talking about 3 1/2 yards a carry."

UM also jumped offside three times at inopportune times, including once by Pierre and twice by DeQuan Ivery.

"Job well done," D'Onofrio said of his unit's best effort of the season. "We played 27 guys. I'm really proud of what we did. We're still making mistakes at some critical times, but we're obviously improving."

### UM’s first six offensive series of the second half produced eight – 8! – yards, with each series lasting three plays. But then everything turned with one play – Stephen Morris’ 26 yard completion to Rashawn Scott. Miami had been 0 for 9 on third downs until that point.

And credit Jedd Fisch for a nifty play call on that drive: Morris threw behind the line of scrimmage to Phillip Dorsett, who found Morris for a completion that got Miami closer, setting up Duke Johnson’s 7-yard TD run.

### Johnson closed with 217 all-purpose yards --- including an 81-yard kickoff return and 64-yard run. Malcolm Bunche had a terrific block on his long run. He had 100 yards rushing on 11 carries - the second time he has reached the 100-yard mark on the ground.

"He benefitted from the bye week," Golden said. "He had ankle and toe [injuries] and just wasn't the same. We moved him to the right side on kickoff returns and he made us look good."

### Morris played an efficient first half (9 for 15, 140 yards), then opened the second half 1 for 10 before making the big throw to Scott. ESPN's Jesse Palmer noted that at least three times, Morris did not see open receivers, opting instead to throw elsewhere with poor results.

Morris can exasperate, overthrowing Dorsett twice on deep balls when he had one-on-one coverage. But his 16-yard TD pass to Allen Hurns was an exceptional throw.

### Morris, who closed 13 for 28 for 178 yards and two touchdowns, told WQAM afterward: "It feels great, knowing they're the reigning champions of the ACC, and we did our job. We had a complete game, almost. The defense really picked us up. We've been pushing Duke to play his best game. We cannot [usually] win a big game with third-down conversions the way it was today."

Mike James had 15 carries for 50 yards.

### Scott closed with three receptions for 50 yards. Dorsett had 2 for 27 and Hurns 2 for 21.

### Terry blocked a punt. "Mike Barrow designed that pretty well, and Gabe executed it," Golden said. "We had everybody in the right gap."

### Tight end Clive Walford, who entered with 15 catches for 178 yards, had back-to-back catches of 30 and 26 yards in the first half. "I told him, 'You had a great week of practice.' I'm so happy he went up and got the ball on the first one. We've been stressing that so much with him," Morris said.

### With Eduardo Clements out for the season, Dallas Crawford made a rare appearance on offense, appearing on a Wildcat-type play in which he regrettably tried to force a throw to Dyron Dye (it was incomplete) instead of delivering a short pass to Johnson, who was open.

### ESPN announcers made note of the poor crowd, which can't help with recruiting. "There is not a home field advantage if you're Miami," Palmer said.

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CANETILLIDIE....DH

The OB was better on every level in comparison to Joe Robbie except in regards to the bathrooms.

Posted by: CANETILLIDIE....DH | 11/02/2012 at 11:31 AM

neglect left U no choice ...
dig our current digs more than a decrepit orange bowl ...
how soon they forget ...

LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE

Posted by: green
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I'll happily take the Ol'OB any day over Joe Robbie stadium.

1.Closer.

2.Cheaper parking

3.Fans can also drink in the stadium being it not on school property.

4.Served cheaper beer and food in comparison by far.

5.Fans were literally on top of the players instead of being a mile away.

6.Beautiful Downtown skyline.

7.Even the music selection there was far better than the garbage we're copying from other programs. (I know that doesn't really apply but it's always something that I noticed and I prefer the old selection with TrickDaddy, WuTangClan, Metallica, Guns&Roses, etc etc....)

and most importantly...

8. The OB was our 12th man. When the OB rocked, it rocked so hard that the ground shook. I've been lucky enough to travel to my fair share of college stadiums and all paled in comparison. Not a personal opinion at all, fact.

Joe Robbie stadium is a great stadium. Not criticizing it. It's just not a college stadium. Miami's loyal fan base and student body, for the most part, all reside in the Greater City of Miami, not Miami Gardens. Most of the students don't have cars and so they can't make it to the games let alone afford the higher priced parking, food, and drinks. What occurred to the OB was a crime. Landmarks shouldn't be allowed to deteriorate like that and then just cast off and level it for another stadium that is doing equally if not worse than Joe Robbie is doing now.

GO U!!!!

Lt. Lois Einhorn

KeepitinMiami, CANETILLIDIE....DH

Right, just like these fantastic loyal Miami fans kept packing the BRAND NEW baseball stadium.

Just put it in Miami and these great fans will come a'running'!

Lt. Lois Einhorn

CANETILLIDIE....DH, the Orange Bowl "rocked" when it was packed for big games. Joe Robbie rocks when it's packed for big games.

Both were embarrassments to the city of Miami for 5 out of 6 homegames a year.

CANETILLIDIE....DH

CANETILLIDIE....DH, the Orange Bowl "rocked" when it was packed for big games. Joe Robbie rocks when it's packed for big games.

Both were embarrassments to the city of Miami for 5 out of 6 homegames a year.

Posted by: Lt. Lois Einhorn
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Actually I'll correct you and say that the OB rocked even harder due to its design structure. The OB was built mainly out of iron beams with concrete filling here and there. So when it rocked, the whole place shook something nasty. Now Joe Robbie is 100% poured concrete so any "real rocking" is completely robbed due to that. I'm not a construction worker but along with being a rental property owner and realtor, I also have a general contractor's license. So I do know a thing or two about that.

GO U!!!

Ba

This is a big win, and the defense bailed out the offense for a change.

Kudos to Duke Johnson who also bailed out the offense

billb

We HAVE to find a place closer to campus to play. Tropical Park would be an ideal site or maybe some place in South Miami. Everyone knows the Bull Gators that run Coral Gables will never allow a stadium right on campus, but there's got to be a place closer to the school that will hold 40-50,000 people to start.

This needs to get done and a fund needs to be started to do it. Most of the alums should be able to contribute something for this, even if it's a small amount.

N. BERES

Al will build a wall around so. fla. they will all come, they will all win (rings) and they will all play in Sunday's. We've all seen this before, all the BS will pass and yes attendance has always been spotty, not as bad as this though, they will come back too. Relax fellas it's gonna take a bit more time. Lets not forget 10 years of poor coaching and bad recruiting. GOOOOO CCCAAANNNEEESSSS!!!

Cual?

billb, why? What would be the benefit of a stadium closer to school that holds 50,000?

The Orange Bowl held 70,000, was a little closer to campus, and nobody went to games.

carlb

what makes d's great is pressure. the line has been woefull in this. even with blitz packages its meager at best.

Metropolis75

I love the on campus argument. The majority of us never went to Miami in the first place yet somehow feel that putting it on the campus of a school whos enrollment is around 14-15,000 students is going to make a difference? Really?

Do you realize that Clemson's enrollment is 20,000 yet they find a way to pack 90,000 people in that stadium 6-7 times each fall? (There aren't that many people in that city) I think its a minor miracle we get 40-50,000 in Sunlife.

A smaller stadium would be ideal, but how do you justify the cost of a stadium that will be used 6 times a year? Miami is a private school. It didn't own the OB. It didn't want the taxpayers footing a $300 million dollar tab for a rebuild that would have would have eventually cost more during the process.

Joe

We're drawing the same amount of fans as we did in the OB......relax.

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