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Game day blog: Virginia 48, UM 0 (F)

They came to say good-bye to the Orange Bowl, but as it stands now, Hurricanes fans might as well say good-bye to the current season. UM has saved the worst for last.

Normally, I'd sit here and take in the final game ever at the Orange Bowl until the 7 minute mark -- when I head down to the field to grab quotes. But seeing how bad things are, I figured I'd let this become a forum for bigger issues you might want to tackle.

For starters, is this the most embarrasing moment for you as a Hurricanes fan?
Are we taking things for granted? I mean that in the sense that Randy Shannon is going to be able to turn this around. I know UM has some talented recruits waiting to come in, but can this program really climb back to the moutaintop? What makes you still have that faith today?

You digest that. I've got the dreadful play-by-play below.

By the way, I was on the field before the game, gathering thoughts from some of the greats -- Bennie Blades, Gino Torretta, Ottis Anderson and Darin Smith. I'll post the audio later tonight.

- Virginia wins the toss and defers to the second half. UM will receive.

UM 1st Drive (1st and 10 at UM 33, 14:53)
- Ryan Hill returns the opening kickoff out to the 33-yard line.
- After a 4-yard run by Javarris James and a 2-yard scramble by Kyle Wright, Darnell Jenkins comes through with the first big play for Miami, hauling a 5-yard catch for a first down to the UM 44.
- On the next set of downs, Wright goes to Lance Leggett on third and 6, but for only 3 yards. UM punts and Matt Bosher gets off a 45-yarder downed by Colin McCarthy at the Virginia 4.

VA 1st Drive (1st and 10 at the UVA 4, 11:33)
- After Kenny Phillips make a nice play in the backfield for a 1-yard loss, Virginia QB Jameel Sewell finds his tight end Tom Santi for a 25-yard gain upfield before he Santi steps out of bounds. On the next play, Virginia runs a screen play to running back Mikell Simpson, who picks up 11 yards and another first down to the UM 38.
- On the next play, Simpson sweeps wide and rumbles all the way down to the UM 34, picking up 38 yards on the play after getting away twice from Tavares Gooden.
- On the very next play, UM has a chance to sack Sewell back for a big loss, but he escapes the grasp of Darryl Sharpton and Vegas Franklin and scrambles forward for a 5-yard gain.
- With 8:35 left Virginia faces 3rd and 5 at the UM 29 and picks up a first down when Sewell moves left and finds receiver Maurice Covington wide open in the middle of the field. And he waltzes past Willie Cooper for a with 8:26 left. Drive: 7 plays, 96 yards, 3:07. UVA 7, UM 0.
- And the Orange Bowl is stunned.

UM 2nd Drive (1st and 10 at UM 25, 8:18)
- On the ensuing kickoff, Shawnbrey McNeal goes down awkwardly after fielding the kick and limps off the field.
- On first down, Darnell Jenkins lines up at quarterback and takes a direct snap forward for short yardage. UM gets flagged for holding. Kyle Wright returns to the game.
- On first and 20, Dajleon Farr gets open over the middle for an 11-yard gain. On second and 9, fullback Jerrell Mabry picks up 3 yards, bringing up a 3rd and 6. On the next play, Virginia brings the safety blitz and Wright's pass to Jerrell Mabry bounces off his hands and into the hands of Virginia cornerback Vic Hall who intercepts the ball at the UM 36.

UV 2nd Drive (1st and 10 at UM 36)
- On the first play, Sewell tries to go deep down the center of the field and is intercepted by Randy Phillips, who returns the ball to the UM 27. The Canes catch a break.

UM 3rd Drive (1st and 10 at UM 27)
- After a 1-yard run by Graig Cooper and incomplete pass by Kyle Wright, he gets picked off again -- this time by linebacker Jon Copper who sits back in zone coverage and catches the ball at the UM 36.

UV 3rd Drive (1st and 10 at UM 36, 5:13 left)
- On first down, after a short run, UM defensive tackle Antonio Dixon limps off the field. Not good news. On third and 11 at the UM 37, UM brings the blitz and sacks Sewell, forcing a fumble that Colin McCarthy scoops up and returns for a touchdown. But the play is called back because Vegas Franklin jumped offsides.
- On the next play, Franklin makes up for his goof -- somewhat -- by sacking Sewell at the UM 35.
- Virginia punter Chris Gould tries to pooch the ball, but it bounces into the end zone.

UM 4th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 20, 2:51 left)
- Despite all the troubles early on, the Canes should feel lucky to only be down 7-0. If I'm Randy Shannon, I'm letting Cooper and James run the football.
- UM goes three and out after Darnell Jenkins and Jarell Mabry drop what would have been first down catches.
- Things get worse when Matt Bosher's punt gets blocked by Josh Zidenberg and it rolls out of bounds at the UM 5.

UV 4th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 4)
- Two plays later, tailback Keith Payne follows his blockers into the end zone to make it 14-0 with 1:08 to play. Drive: 2 plays, 4 yards, :44. UVA 14, UM 0.

UM 5th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 22)
- With all the big-time recruits on the sidelines, you'd think Randy Shannon would get some of them to put on uniforms at halftime.
- Javarris James picks up UM's 2nd first down afer back-to-back runs net 11 yards... END OF THE FIRST QUARTER.

UM 5th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 22)
- UM picks up action here in the second quarter with a 1st and 10 at the UM 33. On first down, Wright fakes a handoff and has Darnell Jenkins open despit double-coverage and the pass falls incomplete.
- UM's drive goes south two plays later when Lance Leggett finds himself open in the middle of the field, falls to the ground and Kyl Wright's pass bounces off his chest and hands and up into the hands off a Virginia safety who returns it to the UM 21.

UV 5th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 21)
- UM's defense is getting pressure on Sewell, but that offsides penalty right now on Vegas Franklin looms large.
- Virginia ends up scoring on a 33-yard field goal by Gould with 13:29 left.

UM 6th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 3)
- The comedy of erros continues. Ryan Hill fields a bouncing ball that would have gone out of bounds. Instead, he steps out of bounds at the 3 yardline giving UM horrible field position. Miami ends up punting.

UV 6th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 38)
- Sewell caps a quick drive with a one-yard plunge into the end zone, making the score 23-0 with 10:02 to play. Do the fans start hitting the exits now? UVA 24, UM 0.

UM 7th Drive (1st and 10 at UM 28)
- On first down, Nate Collins sacks Kyle Wright at the UM 23. On second and 15, Shannon calls time out. On the next play, Graig Cooper explodes for a 25-yard gain upfield to the UM 48.
- UM punts four plays later.

UV 7th Drive (1st and 10 at UV 28, 7:35)
- I'm just going to stop doing play by play. This is amazing. Virginia is just killing UM. Virginia scores again. 31-0.


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when they going get to the game on espn2

miami 27, virgina 13

these guys are not playing like its the last game in the OB

Let's Go Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tighten Up!!!!

0-14 end of the 1st

Evening Manny,

How can the Offense put up this garbage the final game in front of the former players? Lance Legget what was that? Tanking?

Do you guys even care about the play-by-play here? I could stop and just talk about what we're seeing. Just wondering.

Evening Russell.

Can you believe this?

Manny- I can't believe this last game no heart no nothing from this team...I would bet my life on MNW being able to beat UM even though they are only HS atleast they can SCORE...

This is crazy. I really hope we don't lose recruits.

I'm going to stop with the play-by-play. Who cares at this point. Virginia is killing UM.


I'm goning to stop watching soon.

I'm not sure anybody is going to rush the field now. Why would they?

So am I.

Are people even going to stay?

Poor Orange Bowl.

Ugly way to go out! Looks like a mistake-laden, poorly coached team. This is hard to watch. Who's the 3rd string QB, PUT HIM IN!!!!!

Benny Blades looked ready to cry.

Bennie Blades told me before the game he wanted to take a piece of turf with him. He better make sure it isn't one the Hurricanes have soiled tonight.

I am going to skip the second half. I can't watch this garbage any more. I guess there's always next year. Hopefully, new beginnings in a new stadium.

this is pathetic
i was so pumped for this game coming on tv
i stopped watching after 14-0

Manny, take the rest of the night off! When a dog takes a #2, its pretty self explanatory.

Ok that turnover was officially the end of my watching. I hope they will give some new kids a chance next week, myabe find something for next year.

Good Night all....Pathetic showing. They should forfeit the last two games! Dolphins and Canes -- the worst football season i can remember in my lifetime!

I don't really have anyone in mind, I just really can't stand watching the same guys play so poor week after week.

Typical showing of how far the program has fallen.

how can they be this bad this late in the season? it's one thing not to be great - they look like they've never played together before. ostensibly they should at least be able to run their simplest plays without looking completely overwhelmed ...

i love you miami - contra mundus - but this hurts.


GO CANES!!!!!!!!

How did it come to this? Even the D is showing no heart. Kyle Wright the #1 recruit in the country 5 years ago? Really shows how much of an inexact scient recruiting is. I live in the Seattle area and to think I was thinking of flying into Miami for this one. Glad I used my head on that one instead of my heart.

I hope the talent evaluators are right on these NW kids because Miami is surely going to need a lot next year. How much blame should RS take for this? New rules, no names on backs and a new attitude. We got on Davis's case years back but not many people put all the blame on Erickson. I think naysayers of Coker are going to start cursing at Shannon now. He was there and has to be held accountable for the lack of talent and/or development that has plagued this team the past 3 seasons.

atleast there will be 3 new QB's next year... the only good this to happen this year

i say play all the frosh and soph who have heart because the guys out there are horrible.. put someone with heart in... bennie blades is embarassed and well everyone who is watching this game thinks the canes are a joke and quite frankly they have not given me a reason to take them seriously

final score 60 - 0

you this northwestern could beat miami?


5 completions and 5 ints in the last 6 quarters for miami qbs ... ?

how is that even possible?


Manny, how much of this do you think falls on the coaches?

"Glad I am not there" if you are going to bash this team please at least proof read some of your comments.

"You this Northwestern could beat Miami?"

Last I checked, coaches can't make tackles and find open receivers and catch the ball instead of deflecting it into the hands of the other team.

This is just a sign how bad UM's recruiting classes really were under Larry Coker.

Thank U, Manny. I just wanted to hear what U thought. By the way, I think you are right.

WOW!! will someone go get the real HURRICANES, tell them to hurry cause they missed the first half UNBELIEVABLE.

Why is Leggett still playing, Manny? Do we really don't have a better receiver than him? It's just crazy to think we don't have better WRs, and QBs than these. I usually don't do this, but Coker really screw us up with the QBs, and WRs.

hell just put Darnell Jenkins at QB and let it do what it do.

Hint for Defense: Cover the tight end!

Q: WOW!! will someone go get the real HURRICANES, tell them to hurry cause they missed the first half UNBELIEVABLE. Posted by: duvalcanesfan | November 10, 2007 at 09:14 PM

A: The REAL Hurricanes are standing on the sidelines in street clothes and most aren't 18 yet.

At this point, I don't think the 3rd stringer could do any worst. Just put him in there just for the heck of it. What do you have to lose at this time?


how can miami rebound from this as a program and a staff? this is about as demoralizing a situation as i can imagine.

I can't wait for next year.

Q: WOW!! will someone go get the real HURRICANES, tell them to hurry cause they missed the first half UNBELIEVABLE. Posted by: duvalcanesfan | November 10, 2007 at 09:14 PM

A: The REAL Hurricanes are standing on the sidelines in street clothes and most aren't 18 yet.

Repeat: Cover the Tight End!

These last two years I really learned to be humble. A new stadium will bring a new attitude. Pro Player here we come.

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