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Gameday blog: UNC 28, UM 24 (F)

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
> UNC's 1st Drive: The Tar Heels get some field position help when the opening kickoff by Bosher goes out of bounds. A few plays later, Brandon Tate strikes with a 37-yard catch and run to the UM 11-yard line. On fourth and goal, Ryan Houston puts UNC right back into the game with a 2-yard scoring run with 9:38 left in the third quarter. UM 17, UNC 14.

> UM's 1st Drive: The Canes get great field position at the UNC 44, but can do nothing with the ball. Marve gets sacked by Mark Paschal on first down back at the 31. Two plays later, UM punts, giving UNC possession at its own 19.

> UNC's 2nd Drive: After picking up another first down on the ground, UNC tries a reverse to Brandon Tate that loses a yard. Two incomplete passes later, UNC punts and Miami takes over at its own 47.

> UM's 2nd Drive: UNC's defense keeps coming up with stops. After Marve picks up one first down with a scramble, UM is forced to punt. Sam Shields come through with a heck of a play catching the punt and pinning UNC at its 1-yard line.

> UNC's 3rd Drive: Pinned on its own 1, UNC can't move and is forced to punt from its own 1 when Spence smacks down UNC's running back on 3rd and 10. UM gets great field position when a UNC punt is return to the UNC 27. But the return gets negated on a block on the back by Romeo Davis. UM starts its drive on its 36.

> UM's 3rd Drive: Robert Marve comes through again. Faced with a 3rd and 11, Marve scrambles and finds Dedrick Epps in the flat for a big 3rd down conversion down to the UNC 22-yard line. Big, big, big, play. Graig Cooper then moves the ball even deeper with another solid run up the middle. UM caps the drive with a Marve to Aldarius Johnson touchdown pass with 9:59 to play. UM 24, UNC 14.

> UNC's 4th Drive: Right when it looks like UM is going to put the 'Heels away, UNC's speciality -- the big play -- strikes. On third and 10 at his own 26, Sexton finds Nicks down the center of the field for a 74-yard scoring strike. Bruce Johnson had the coverage on the play and missed the tackle. There was no safety help. UM 24, UNC 21.

> UM's 4th Drive: The Canes catch a break when the ensuing kickoff goes out of bounds, giving UM possession at the 40. After Graig Cooper picks up a couple first downs on the ground, UM gets called for holding at the UNC 39. Faced with a third and long, Marve forces a deep pass that gets picked and returned to the UM 43.

> UNC's 5th Drive: UNC picks up one first down and move to the UM 29. But on third and long, freshman Brandon Harris sacks Sexton back at the 36. On fourth down, Jay Wooten's 53-yard field goal attempt sails just wide left with 3:50 to play.

> UM's 5th Drive: Miami runs the ball three times trying to run the clock, but a holding penalty on Jason Fox hurts the team. Miami s only able to eat up 49 seconds off the clock as Butch Davis uses all three of his timeouts to leave 3:01 to play.

> UNC's 6th Drive: UNC partially blocks Bosher's punt and takes over at its own 44. On first down, Sexton picks up a 13-yard completion to the UM 42. Two plays later, Sexton finds Nicks for about a 22-yard gain when Bruce Johnson misses yet another tackle. But UM catches a break when Nicks get flagged for an offensive face mask. The ball is moved back to the UM 35. Sexton then finds Tate for an 11-yard gain and first down to the UM 24. On second and 9, UM's Chavez Grant collides with Brooks Forster at the 15-yard line. Referees throw flags and ultimately rule pass interference on Grant at the UM 14. Two plays later, Foster sneaks behind DeMarcus Van Dyke and makes a leaping catch for a touchdown with :46 left.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
> Couple of injury notes... backup running back Damien Berry left the game midway through the first quarter with a lower left leg injury... receiver Thearon Collier had his abdomen looked at after taking a hit and dropping pass late in the first quarter... right tackle Reggie Youngblood is having his lower left foot looked at by trainers.

> UM's 1st Drive: The Canes start at their own 11 after Jojo Nicholas gets flagged for holding on the kickoff. Graig Cooper, just like a week ago, gets the Canes rolling with three long runs including a 31-yard scamper to the UNC 9. On the next play, quarterback Robert Marve finds Kayne Farquharson in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown. Miami scores in 8 plays, going 89 yards. Impressive. UM 7, UNC 0.

Butch_davis_randy_shannon> UNC's 1st Drive: The Heels pick up a first down on three straight runs when UM's defense wakes up. Colin McCarthy and Chavez Grant pick up the first tackle for loss. Two incomplete passes later, UNC punts and Grant picks up the second big hit of the game when he absolutely lights up Melvin Williams on the return. It springs Travis Benjamin for a 38-yard punt return to the UM 48-yard line. That block just edged out Jason Fox for the biggest hit of the game so far. On the second offensive play of the game, Fox destroyed defensive end Robert Quinn.

> UM's 2nd Drive: The Canes once again move the ball down the field, picking up first downs on two third down conversions including another nice run by Graig Cooper and Benjamin. But on 3rd and 11 at the UNC 25, Thearon Collier drops a pass at the first down marker. Matt Bosher's 42-yard field goal attempt goes wide right.

> UNC's 2nd Drive: Penalties, penalties, penalties. Carolina moves the ball and then picks up a 36-yard run by Shaun Draughn deep into UM territory. But it gets negated by a holding penalty. Carolina eventually is forced to punt. Punter Terrence Brown the bobbles the punt and falls on the ball at the Carolina 11 giving UM great field position.

> UM's 3rd Drive: Following an incomplete pass to an open Dedrick Epps and a 1-yard run by Cooper, Marve finds Cooper on a middle screen and Coop does the rest, avoiding two tackles on his way to the end zone with :39 left in the first quarter. Joel Figueroa had a key block to spring him. UM 14, UNC 0.

> UNC's 3rd Drive: Cameron Sexton comes in the game quarterback, replacing Paulus, and instantly sparks the Tar Heels offense. Carolina caps a 7-play, 58-yard drive and scores with 12:49 left when Greg Little follows a pack of blockers into the end zone on a 6-yard run. UM 14, UNC 7.

> UM's 4th Drive: Jacory Harris replaces Marve at quarterback with 12:46 left in the half and the offense goes three and out. But Carolina keeps the drive alive with a running into the punter penalty. Miami takes advantage of new life. Harris connects on one key passes on third down to Farquharson and another 14-yard gain to freshman Davon Johnson. UM caps a 14-play, 62-yard drive that chews up 7 minutes, 42 seconds with a 35-yard field goal by Matt Bosher. UM 17, UNC 7.

> UNC's 4th Drive: Sexton picks up a first down on his first play of the drive. But the Heels offense fizzles and the drive ends when DeMarcus Van Dyke bats away a third down pass.

> UM's 5th Drive: Marve comes back in at quarterback, but UM goes three-and-out before draining the clock and punting it. Carolina takes over at its own 7 with :25 left.

HERE ARE SOME FIRST HALF NOTES...
> Miami's starting offense featured Aldarius Johnson and Khalil Jones at receiver, Chris Zellner and Dedrick Epps at tight end, Robert Marve at quarterback, Graig Cooper in the backfield and Jason Fox, AJ Trump, Xavier Shannon, Joel Figueroa and Reggie Youngblood starting from left to right on the line.
> Miami's starting defense featured Steven Wesley, Dwayne Hendricks, Joe Joseph and Eric Moncur starting left to right on the line, Darryl Sharpton at strongside linebacker, Colin McCarthy at weakside, Glenn Cook in the middle, Chavez Grant and Bruce Johnson at corner and Anthony Reddick and Jojo Nicholas at safety.

PREGAME NOTES
> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston is definitely out for this game. He's not dressed out.

> Checking in before kickoff here at Dolphin Stadium where Miami is about to open ACC play against former coach Butch Davis and the North Carolina Tar Heels in what will be overcast and maybe rainy conditions. I've got my pregame keys to the game as well as this week's market watch and prediction to share with you.

But before I do, some interesting comments from ESPN analysts Kirk Herbstreit moments ago. Herbstreit said he believes the Canes' ceiling is winning the ACC title this year. Lee Corso, meanwhile, picked the Canes to win today by at least two touchdowns.

KEYS TO VICTORY
> WIN THE BATTLE UP FRONT: This is where Carolina can win the game. Next to the Florida Gators, this could be the most physical team UM faces all season. North Carolina's strength is its defensive line. Up front, Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas are two of the best defensive tackles in the country. Butch Davis teams have always been good at shutting down the run. We know that's going to be their focus today. Carolina only has three sacks this season -- but had two last week against Virginia Tech, which means they could be getting better at rushing the passer. If Miami can own the line, they'll own this game.
> CONTAIN BRANDON TATE: With starting quarterback T.J. Yates out, nobody is expecting either of Carolina's quarterbacks to Mike Paulus or Cameron Sexton to be flinging the ball deep down field. Davis is going to play this game conservatively and try to get the ball in the hands of his best playmaker and that's Tate. The 6-1, 195-pound senior had 54-yard touchdown run last year against Miami and leads the nation in all purpose yards (265.7 yards per game) and is explosive on punt returns. Miami can't let Tate have a big day.
> GET OFF TO A BETTER START: Last year, Miami fell behind North Carolina 27-0 before a rally fell short. Last week, UM gave up an early score and responded with a scoring drive. Although UM has shown some toughness in being able to come back in games, this UM team is still a young team. You can't keep putting yourself in a hole and expect to come out of it every time. This is a game Miami should win because Carolina is without its starting quarterback. But come out slow and give a Butch Davis team confidence and you give Carolina a chance to win a game it shouldn't.

MARKET WATCH
> As usual, we take a look at the guys we expect to blow up, guys who are on the bubble and guys who probably won't factor into this game.
BUY 'EM
> Steven Wesley, defensive end: Eric Moncur was the star last week at A&M. I think Wesley will be the guy this week. He's been UM's most consistent end and stopper in the run game. I think the Canes turn up the pressure today and Wesley racks up a few sacks and maybe recovers a fumble.
> Dedrick Epps, tight end: Epps caught 3 passes for 48 yards last week and has five catches this season, but still hasn't gotten into the end zone. I think when UM gets into the red zone today, Carolina will be focused on stopping the run. Epps will get some chances to catch touchdown passes.
ON THE BUBBLE
> Xavier Shannon, center: You might as well as include Orlando Franklin, Chris Rutledge, A.J. Trump and Joel Figueroa in this group considering the interior of Miami's offense will be tested today by UNC's defensive tackle duo. If these guys have a good day, UM has a good day. If they struggle, Carolina has a chance to win this game.
> Bruce Johnson, cornerback: Guess who is probably going to be covering Tate? You got it. Bruce, who has nine tackles this season, is going to have to do a good job wrapping up and making sure the rest of the secondary doesn't give up a lot of big plays. Carolina's offense has generated three scoring plays this year of 50 yards or more and has nine passes of 20 yards or more.
PASS ON IT
> DeMarcus Van Dyke, cornerback: What's happened to DVD? He's gone from projected starter to lost in the shuffle. Today could be an opportunity to bounce back. But he may not see the field very much other than special teams.

> My prediction: UM 30, North Carolina 13. I'm expecting a close game for three quarters before Miami's defense starts creating turnovers in the fourth quarter that lead to a few easy points. It's going to be a battle though. Carolina is going to be real physical.

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Sit "Jacory crybaby put me in the game" harris on the bench and wait to he is called upon.
We finally got a qb and we still doin this qb switch!!!!!

That's exactly the type of game a young team loses. The team played well, but they seemed to run out of steam.

Our defense will have trouble with big physical teams...the 5 yards and a pile of dust strategy will work against us because we haven't developed physcially.

Good effort by the guys today. Nothing to blame but youth...that won't be an issue next year.

We really missed Marcus Forston in this game. Bruce Johnson has no business on the field. Play DVD!

yes great game by unc qb but he isn't a starter and miami made him look all american!yes quit with all about the u until you start winning. miami should have stAYED IN BIG EAST UNTIL YOU GOT MORE TALENT OR WENT INDEPENDENT AGAIN. SHALALALA DID THIS CRAP ALONG WITH DEE. BUT CAN'T BLAME THEM ALL COKER LET RECRUITS LEAVE SOUTH FLORID HEAD TOWARDS RUTGERS AND SUCH!

DAMN IT I HAVE TO LIVE IN CAROLINA AND HEAR ALL THIS BS NOW.NOT TO MENTION LOSING 50 DAMN DOLLARS,,,THANKS ALOT NIX AND SHANNON

ass wipe dvd? did you watch the game he gave up plays and miss that int in the endzone! last play of the game.


Canesjunkie

INTENSITY NEEDS TO LAST 4 QUARTERS!!!!!
and i do agree, the coaches need to play to win, not try to sit on the little lead and play conservative. Keep playing with what works d@mn it. this translates to both the team and coaches getting to confident once they think they are doing well. do like someone else suggested, if you get them down in the 1st, step on there necks and keep them down!!!!!!! this shouldn't of happened!

jacory crybaby put me in the game harris needs to be on the bench!

Randy has done a very good job recruiting, however he also hired Patrick Nix, which could very well be his downfall as the Head Coach of this team. Nix is HORRIBLE!

Fire this guy coach and bring in someone with half a brain. Why didn't WE run the WildCat formation too? This offense is OFFENSIVE!!!!

BOOOOO! NIX BOOOOOOOO!

btw...I just love losing to a 3rd string QB....Way to go Chumps! Way to Go!

ok, where do we go from here? let Shannon recruit for 1 more year and bring in a coach to coach the talent?

I wouldn't blame the coaches. Nix called a decent game, there was good balance to the offense. We could take more shots downfield, but just my opinion.

The defense did well enough to win...they just need to be more physical.

I think the coaches did everything that could be done.

Disappointing because we had this game.

Let's face it: We are back to the same level we were in the '60's and '70's: A really poor program with one or two good players who should have gone elsewhere. Such is the case with Robert Marve and Cooper. Maybe when we get James back it will bring a spark back to the program, but I doubt it. The administration won't pay for a decent coach like Butch anymore. They just hire assistants who can't cut it. I really wanted Shannon to succeed, but he can't identify good assistant coaches, and even if he could, the school won't pay to keep them.

LOSING USE TO HURT. THIS ONE DID BECAUSE OF THE LAST PLAY BUT THROUGH THE LAST DRIVE OF NC YOU SAW MIAMI STOPPED PLAYING. YES ALSO YOUTH IS TO BLAME BECAUSE OF PLAYERS LEAVING EARLY AND COKER'S RECRUTING . THOUGH MIAMI JUST STALLED. PLAYED TO LOSE AND CONSERVATIVE. WHY IS IT WE WERE ALWAYS 3RD AND 15 AND NC WAS 3RD AND 1?

why does miami hurricanes and miami dolphins hire rookie coaches so these coaches can fine tune and then leave?

I am sorry but UM under shannon will only result (and end this year) with losses. He and the coaching staff have no back bone!!!! I feel sorry for all the talent that UM has, it is going to waste!

the city of miami uses athletes and leaves them out for dry, NO MONEY AT THE U, with all the chips we won in the past, we couldn't even send our band to the texas am game!

...also, we need a vocal leader and you don't need to be an upperclassman to be the one...do we have any Ed Reed's (remember the rant at the halftime of the FSU game?) to get into their teammate's faces so they can get their heads out of their ____ and also lead by example on the field? I saw 1 or 2 assitant coaches yelling and everyone on the bench just sat there with indifferent looks on their faces. Have these guys become numb to losing?

i think the canes are closer than we and the so called experts think. man i hate seeing the ap 25 every week without um in it could have been in it next week if they had won big maybe. the top 25 football poll looks mostly like basketball schools.GO CANES! NEED MORE RECRUTING CLASSES LIKE THIS YEAR. UM BACK NEXT YEAR! CANES GO 8-4 BEAT FSU NEXT WEEK ON WIDE LEFT.

Canesjunkie,
What the fu_k were you watching!!!!???

Frustrated I feel your pain. I agree, where are the former Canes, who used to be on the sidelines?
This team seems to be adopting a prevent defense strategy to play the second half.
Play to win, not play to not-lose.
Will be difficult to watch this team is this is our coaching strategy. Too many penalties, bad coaching. Ugh!

you talking to me?

ok, I've almost gotten it off my chest..but man, this is embarassing!

ANOTHER THING IS WHERE WERE THE FANS? MY GOD! LOOK LIKE SOME MID CONFERENCE TEAM'S FAN CAPACITY

EVERYONE HAS TO REMEMBER THE MAJORITY OF THESE PLAYERS WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR OR RED SHIRT FRESHMEN!!!! THEY ARE STILL LOOKING FOR SOLID STARTERS. YOU CAN'T FIRE SHANNON AND NIX, KIDS ARE COMING TO MIAMI BECAUSE OF SHANNON. THEY WILL BE FINE!!!!

UM is done; we will not go to a bowl! Until shannon is fired we slowly go down the shi_ter! I feel bad for all the talented players we have.

when has jacory cried about not playing?? We missed a field goal early in the game that could have put us in position to kick a game winning field goal. But in the end, this loss goes to the coaching staff. For next weeks game the coaches need to grab two footballs and shove em down their pants and coach the entire game like that. Enough with conservative play, theres too much youth on this team to just sit back and play conservative, let marve throw the damn ball instead of throwing these side to side passes. Why in the world would we wait till the last damn drive to set up plays where he can throw the ball downfield? well he did throw em downfield and he was on the money, that last play he was off by a few inches so lets not call him kyle/kirby just yet. This team is in good hands at the QB position for the next 4 years, that is if the coaching staff allows it.

Somewhere there is a former UM o-Line coach laughing his tail off! Y'all know who I mean!

YES AWFUL TO LOSE TO UNC, ASKETBALL SCHOOL. UNC PLAYED BEYOND ITS TALENT. DAVIS KNOWS HOW TO PUSH THE RIGH BUTTONS.

Thanks Prez ShaNaNa.

There isnt much more I can add, Coach Shannon is the main man so he has the final decision on plays called period. He was not part of the game Butch Davis was working the refs from the start, is RS talking to his wife on the headset?This game says to me the same thing last years lost to NC says, great players poor coaching. We did not blitze till their last drive is RS trying to keep games close? Marve and Harris and the rest of those guys are great players but with this head coach they will be just like Kyle Wright, average.Ole Miss just beat UF where was our game plan to beat UF. Shannon if you are a true Hurricane resign now.

OUR FRONT 4 CAN NOT GET ANY PUSH, MAN HANDLE!!!! OUR DBS SUCK!

GOOD POINT. OH I HATE THOSE SIDE PASSES ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DEFENSE KNOWS IT.

ART KEHOE BABY WE NEED CHA!

Juice,

It wasn't because of the players, it wasn't because they are young, freshmen or redshirt freshmen, the bottom line was the coaching staff, it looked like the coaching staff did not have confidence in its players, this is a good team with good talent and the coaching staff needs to realize it and stop being conservative. We have a team which will definitely contend for the national championship next year and the year after, so the coaching staff needs to realize this and stop playing conservative. Play to win, don't play to not lose, butch played to win and we all saw the outcome!!!

ss...

I thought we lost the game because UNC was able to run the ball down our throats for most of the game. The only thing I would've done differently is throw the ball deep when we were up by 10. Otherwise, they pushed our o and d lines around.

I just don't think the coaches lost the game. If Farqueson(???) catches that ball, noone would be complaining about the coaching staff.

The secondary gave this f ing football game away. Van Dyke, Jo Jo Nicholas, Chavez Grant...you name em they played like sh*t. How f ing disappointing...........again

YES FORMER O-LINE COACH ISN'T LAUGHING BUT WISH HE COULD COACH HERE AGAIN. GET SOME GREAT LINEMAN AGAIN. ANYONE NOTICE XAVIER SHANNON'S 5 YARDS ALMOST OVER THE HEAD OF MARVE EVERY PLAY???????????????? MARVE CATCHES WITH ONE HABD ALMOST CAUSED BAD PLA LATE IN THE GAME BUT MARVE HAS SPEED TO PICK UP BALL AND THROW IT.

GOOD POINT. OH I HATE THOSE SIDE PASSES ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DEFENSE KNOWS IT.

Posted by: KENNY DOLFANCANE | September 27, 2008 at 04:01 PM

I thought they were trying to set up something, but I keept waiting, waiting, and waiting. I agree those passes don't do anything, but waist of down.

HOW DOES UNC SCORE 14 UNANSWERED POINTS ON US IN LAST 10 MINUTES?

Attention seminoles fans , u gonna get wooping betta not come down here!! The fans, cars, will get smashed!

WHY DOES XAVIER SHANNON HIKE THE BALL LIKE HE IS A LONG SNAPPER?

I think the answer is Fire Shannon and about all the coaching staff, and bring Butch Davis, Kehoe, and a creative offensive Coord back next season. Butch should have never left in the first place. :(

Shannon always talking about finishing the game but yet he brings in Jacory when Robert is rolling.

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

UM fans lets take it out on the seminoles when they come down here literally!!! Cars, fans,players, whatever!!!

Canesjunkie
If we could have gone up on them in the second quarter, we would have had all the momentum and crushed them! But the coaching aint got balls!! shannon and his staff of dipshits needs to go!! and yes I know I could do better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marve made a bad throw that led to an interception. Did like how he made sure his receiver was ok. However, Marve's ball throws were off on several key plays. The ball is too high. If he hit the receiver in the chest that last play would have made the highlight reel.

Nix is horrible. I knew we were in trouble with 3 minutes to go because the clock was not managed well.

Putting Harris in before the half should not be an issue since Marve would get a break in his mo' with half time. Marve looked like a superstar at times and at too many other times he looked like a frosh QB. The one loss of yardage he had he should thrown the ball away.

Defense looked horrible, not sure if do to injuries or what. Offense kept them off the field so no excuses but there was poor excution.

The second to last TD was ridiculous because the kid went for the ball and highlight reel instead of tackling the player, UNCACCEPTABLE.

This game will make or break them by how they choose to move forward. I sincerely hope they realize is a game of four quarters and you don't rest on your laurels.

ss

I don't totally disagree withf you. I can't believe we can't hit big plays with our talent. We had a chance to crush them, you're right. It seems like Nix suddenly found passing plays at the end of the game.

It seems like we don't know how to crush a team, yet. I don't think thats coaching, but maybe I'm wrong.

Poor coaching...Shannon and Nix are really bad.

No secondary....no tackeling.......no blitzing and no FINISH the game attitude.

I guess there's always hope for next year...the best we'll do this year is may 3rd or 4th in the ACC..

Can we please stop holding up the 4 fingers at the start of the 4th quarter?

shannon..i agree jacory needs to play, but marve was hot and the offense was doing well. play jacory during blowouts....marve should play the whole game. you were outcoached. nix play calling is too conservative. run the dang ball....throw to the tight ends....unbelieveable...no way we should lose this game

Firing Shanon is obsurd. He can recruit. That's evident. He can coach, that was evident in his days as an assistant. He's a second year HEAD coach, and I think just like a sophmore player, he needs time to improve. We can't just fire coaches every 2 years until we win a national championship. HOWEVER, Nix is terrible. He has to change his playbook, or I say he's on the chopping block. Miami will never have success running a UHouston, UHawaii, Texas Tech, WAC, West Virginia, etc. shotgun, draw, miss-direction spreadout offense. It ain't happenin' and needs to be scrapped.

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