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Gameday blog: UM 20, UCF 14 (F)

I'm here at Dolphin Stadium to provide you with highlights as well as my thoughts from today's game against the University of Central Florida.

> Talk about a fitting song. At halftime, UM's band played Don't Stop Believing from Journey. Problem is this first half effort has a lot of people no longer believing things are heading in the right direction.
> I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm watching a replay of the 2007 season. UM is struggling against a bad team and can't move the football.
> Today's attendance: 40,011.

> UCF's 1st drive:
The Knights catch a break when Matt Bosher's kickoff bounces out of bounds. But the Knights are unable to do much and are forced to punt. Allen Bailey picks up his second sack of the game on third down.
> UM's 1st drive: The Canes go 3-and-out.
> UCF's 2nd drive: Another UCF 3-and-out.
> UM's 2nd drive: Robert Marve picks up a first down when he finds Dedrick Epps for about a 15-yard gain down to the UM 38. But the drive ends when Robert Marve's third down pass to Travis Benjamin finishes a yard short of the first down marker.
> I've had some computer issues here in the third quarter. UM has the ball on its on 8 and is facing a 3rd and 7 when we come back in the fourth quarter.
> UM's 4th drive: Another UM drive fizzles and the Canes are forced to punt from deep in their own end zone. Joe Burnett fields a 42-yard punt and gets smacked down at the Canes 45. UCF takes over at its own 41 following a punt.
> UCF's 5th drive: The Knights change quarterbacks and Michael Greco slips down at his own 29-yard line for a loss of 12 yards. Brandon Harris then has a chance to pick off his first pass of his career and drops the INT at the UCF 42. The Canes then catch another break when a bad snap sails over the head of UCF's punter before he kicks out of the back of the end zone for a safety with 13:31 left to play. UM 12, UCF 7.
> Just got the stats for the end of the third quarter... UCF has a total of 66 yards total offense and no yards rushing. UM has 199 yards total offense and only 75 yards passing.
> UM's 5th drive: Jacory Harris gets back into the game with 13:24 left and UM at its own 41. But once again UM goes nowhere and Bosher comes in for a punt and UCF takes over at its own 19.
> UCF's 6th drive: UCF looks like its getting smart. Calabreese comes back in at quarterback and the Knights go the FSU offense, running the ball with the quarterback right down the middle of the field for a big 26-yard gain. But that's all that works. UCF is forced to punt and UM takes over at its own 17 with 9:26 to play.
> UM's 6th drive: Harris stays in at quarterback and delivers. Faced with a 3rd and 8 at the UM 19, he finds Laron Byrd for a 14-yard gain to the UM 33. Jacory nearly loses the ball a play later when UCF defenders runs right up the middle on the snap and knocks the ball free. Eventually, UM is forced to punt. That's when UM really catches the break it needs. Joe Burnett has the ball slip right through his hands and Sam Shields falls on the ball at the UCF 5.
> UM's 7th drive: One play later, Graig Cooper scores a touchdown with 5:21 left to make it 18-7. UM then goes for two and scores on a Harris run up the middle to make it 20-7. UM 20, UCF 7.
> UCF's 7th drive: UCF looks like it makes a huge mistake when it bobbles the ensuing kickoff and gets tackled deep inside its own territory. But the Canes make a huge mistake -- DeMarcus Van Dyke -- and are flagged for offsides. On the do-over, Joe Burnett makes up for his previous fumble on punt and returns the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 to play. UM 20, UCF 14.
> UM's 8th drive:
The Canes start at their own 34 and go nowhere on first and second down. On third and 8, Harris gets sacked back at the UM 20 by Bruce Miller with 3:48 to play.
> UCF's 8th drive: Joe Burnett returns the punt to the UCF 41 and the Knights take over with 3:39 left. On first down, Calabrese scrambles for 9 yards to the 50. Linebacker Glenn Cook goes out with an injury on the play. Another Calabrese scramble then picks up a first down. On third and 6 two plays later, Calabrese gets knocked down by Brandon Harris at the UM 36. On fourth and 4, Calabrese tries to find Brian Watters over the middle, but the pass is batted down by Daryl Sharpton giving UM possession with 1:52 to play.
> UM's 9th drive: UM takes three knees and runs out the clock.

> UM's 1st drive: Following an 18-yard return by Travis Benjamin, UM starts at it owns 24 yard line. Talk about a good start -- Graig Cooper takes the opening handoff and runs right up the middle for an 18-yard gain before free safety Jason Venson yanked him down. But that's the highlight of the drive. After two failed runs, Robert Marve gets intercepted by Sha'reff Rashard, giving UCF possesion at the UM 42.
> UCF's 1st drive: The Knights get great field position, but go a quick three-and-out. It gets worse for them when punter Blake Clingan gets off a 6-yard punt giving UM possession at the Canes 32.
> UM's 2nd drive: Freshman receiver Thearon Collier makes a tremendous play on a quick screen pass. After getting initially smacked at the line of scrimmage, he keeps his balance and picks up 12 yards. On the next play, Cooper runs right up the middle for 16 yards down to the UCF 40. Miami then faces a third and 7 at the UCF 37, Robert Marve scrambles out of bounds, but UM keeps the drive alive when linebacker Lawrence Young gets flagged for a personal foul penalty moving the ball to the UCF 22. Benjamin, the star of last week's loss to FSU, then catches his second TD pass of the season when he runs right past the UCF secondary and hauls in a 25-yard touchown pass from Marve. The drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 2:55. UM 7, UCF 0.
> UCF's 2nd drive: Faced with a 3rd and 9 at his own 21, Rob Calabreese completes a 15-yard pass to Brian Watters for a first down. But three plays later and a few bad Calabreese passes later, UCF is forced to punt. That's when junior Richard Gordon makes the first big play of his career, splitting the UCF punt team to block a punt and give UM possession at the UCF 25.
> UM's 3rd drive: Miami gets great field position but settles for a 35-yard field goal from Matt Bosher with 5:35 left in the first quarter. UM 10, UCF 0.
> By the way, Chris Barney entered the game on that field goal attempt. Amazing. Shannon told us last Sunday Barney, who was injured in fall camp, was nowhere near close to playing.
> UCF's 3rd drive: Another quick three and out for the struggling UCF offense. Miami takes over at its own 25 following a 55-yard punt with 3:42 left.
> UM's 4th drive: Jacory Harris makes his first appearance in the first quarter of a game since his only start against Charleston Southern. Chris Rutledge stalls the drive when he gets called for a false start. The drive ends when Harris puts a pass on the money to Thearon Collier, but Collier drops it after taking a strong hit. Bosher then gets off a 15-yard punt, giving UCF the ball at the UM 43.
> UCF's 4th drive: Once again, UCF is turned away. The Knights take two shots deep downfield at Brandon Harris, but are unable to capitalize and punt the ball into the end zone.
> UM's 5th drive: Miami stalls once again and is forced to punt. UCF's Joe Burnett returns the ball 32 yards to the UM 31 and is saved from scoring a touchdown when Sam Shields catches him from behind on the final play of the first quarter.
> UCF's 5th drive: The Knights get great field position, but go three-and-out. Former Cane Daren Daly makes a 48-yard field goal. But it gets wiped off the board when UCF is flagged for illegal formation. UCF then elects to punt and the ball sails into the end zone, giving UM a first and 10 at its 20 with 14:31 left in the half.
> UM's 6th drive: Lee Chambers makes an appearance -- and impact. His first carry goes for five yards and his next carry goes for 25 after he breaks a couple tackles. But the drive fizzles thereafter. Marve tried a deep pass to Travis Benjamin, but it got batted away. He then scrambled on third and long, but got stopped five yards shy of the first down marker. Bosher then gets off his second bad punt of the game when he nets a 13-yard punt.
> UCF's 6th drive: Ugly, ugly football. UCF's offense appears to be the perfect remedy for this struggling UM defense. Another three-and-out for the Knights. The Canes end up losing yardage on the punt return when Thearon Collier goes backward and UM gets flagged for an illegal punt. UM takes over at its own 10 with 10:36 left in the half.
> UM's 7th drive: Graig Cooper comes back in and rushes twice for a first down. Miami moves to the 50 when Marve gets intercepted for the second time. Johnell Neal steps in front of a 15-yard pass intended to Travis Benjamin at the 38 and returns it 62 yards for a touchdown with 7:22 to play in the first half. UM 10, UCF 7.
> UM's 8th drive:
Following a short UCF kickoff to Ryan Hill, Miami takes over at its own 36. But the cautious Canes run the football three times and punt. Bosher gets off a nice 45-yard punt that gets no return when Shields smacks down Burnett at his own 17 with 5:15 left in the half.
> UCF's 7th drive: The Knights finally start moving the football and pick up a first down on a 15-yard completion from Calabrese to Kamar Aiken. UCF converts a fourth and one at the UM 46 to keep their drive alive. But on the next play, Daryl Sharpton comes in on a blitz and sacks Calabrese back at the UCF 47. The drive ends when Allen Bailey picks up a sack on third and long.
> UM's 9th drive: The Canes try to take advantage and get a score before the half. Instead, Marve gets picked for the third time today and the second by Sha'reef Rashad back at the UCF 33 with 27 seconds left. Is it Jacory time?
> UCF's 8th drive: The Knights only get two plays off before the half ends in ugly, pathetic fashion.

Checking in from Dolphin Stadium an hour before the Canes try to get back on the winning side of things against the University of Central Florida. Today's game, scheduled for a 3:58 kickoff (delayed because of thunderstorms in the area), will be televised on ESPNU. I know most of you don't have ESPNU. I'll provide updates here on the blog drive by drive. But for a play-by-play, visit www.wqam.com for the radio broadcast.

A couple of early notes...
> It looks like we will definitely see more of the freshmen today. Travis Benjamin and Aldarius Johnson are listed as the starters at receiver with Laron Byrd and Davon Johnson as the primary backups.
> Brandon Harris is also still listed as a starter at corner with senior Bruce Johnson. Arthur Brown is listed as the backup at strongside linebacker behind Daryl Sharpton. I've heard to expect Arthur to see a lot of playing time today.


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Florida, Florida State, and UCF are too tough.


They need those slow white boys to beat up on. These other teams are way too tough.

Welcome to College Football Northwestern kids!!!
Enjoy being at the bottom of the weakest conference in all of college football!!!

Its alwas 3rd and long. ALWAYS!

u r right kurt. no excuses, we have enough talent to be winning these kind of games without struggling.

The canes are just way too young

UCF has sooooo much experience.


This is the best game of the day!!!!

The Canes are officially a JOKE!!!!!

I feel I am watching a high school game

Fuch U Coke!

Thank you Pepe for comments. I am glad to see someone else isn't afraid to say Shannon has to go.
We should have known from the start when he refused to wear a head set during the first few games last year. What a joke he is!

Open up your pockets Miami! You just raised over a billion dollars, hire a coaching staff with competence! I can't want to hear the excuses now for Randy Shannon and company for only being up 12-7 at home to UCF! F-ing Pathetic!

At least we can score from the 5 yd line, lol, oh mannnnn.

Harris leads us to a td and runs in for 2 point conversion

I love that the Canes think they are "down" and don't realize that they are one of many programs like UCLA, Notre Dame, etc that will never be back. NEVER. I love how Randy Shannon thinks that by the Gators kicking a FG and running up the score helps HIM in recruiting, but looking at a 25% filled Dolphin Stadium while getting outplayed by UCF doesnt hurt. These Canes arent down, they are out for the count and will never be back. No facilities, no fan base, no coaching, no more swagger, they dont even have their own stadium.

Hasta La Vista, Canes.


I am so happy!!!

Miami losing would have for sure meant a Shannon fire.



What happened to after the Gator game and getting blown out 26-3 all the Canes fans thought they could compete for the WEAK ACC. Now Miami is looking up to Duke!!!

If Miami played any kind of college football team today, it would have been a blowout loss.

But I am very happy Miami won. Let them think they are young and making progress and PLEASE KEEP SHANNON!!!!!

I wish I still lived in Miami so I can hear these morons on sports talk radio down there cater to their delusional audience and feed them BS. "Oh the Canes are young. This is a MORAL victory. These guys are so good. What a bright future." What a joke Jim Rose and all of these clowns are on TV and radio down there. I love it. I hope they keep feeding BS to these delusional fans who think they are so close.



Canes are pathetic

Thank god they have temple and duke on their schedule. Give randy shannon some W's and false sense of improving.

I bet Jim Rose was pumping up these Canes. "I'll tell you what this Robert Marve kid is special."

"Hey this was a moral victory for the Canes."

"Hey these Canes may go out and win the ACC."


Watching the Canes fans talk up their team is like watching the American Idol auditions. They THINK they can sing, and they THINK they sound like Mariah Carey, but the truth of the matter is they can't sniff Duke's jockstrap.

u seriously think UM will never come back??? Dude, there is too much talent in the state of Florida for UM to not improve in the future. We have enough talent RIGHT NOW to be competitive. The ACC is not that strong for us to be in dead last. This team just need some good coaching. Good play calling. We need that swagger back. that's all. Maybe Shannon can do it, maybe not...

Joe Rose was hyping this team like the 2007 Patroits.

He knows college football like Sarah Palin knows about foreign policy.

The best offensive play these Canes have is to punt the ball and pray for a fumble.

I would like to start a collection to keep Randy Shannon around forever.

Actually the Canes best play is a Jacory Harris 2 yard pass.

Hey cokecanes, why dont you shut the f#*k up before talkin sh*t? I know you study the canes so much but tell me where you see temple on the schedule?

UCF just is too experienced for the Canes.

The Canes are too young

It is raining

Marcus Forston has a cold

Randy Shannon has a temperature of 99.6

Dude, if the Canes LOSE to UCF, what will that make them? The 5th best team in the state? Or 6th?

Too much talent in FL, but all of those kids are going to go to the schools that actually have fans in the seats, have their own stadium that they dont have to drive 40 minutes to, that actually play in a good conference, etc. I'd go to UCF, USF, UF, FSU, or any SEC school that dips into FL recruiting before playing for Waaaaaaaandy Shannon or driving 40 minutes to Pro Player Park Fruit of the Loom Dolphin Robbie Stadium.

I really do feel bad for Miami fans.

EffTheHaters, take it easy man. ur just feeding the trolls by getting upset. u need to be mad at our team, not the haters! lol

Please Hurricanes pull this game out!!!!


I dont want any Fire Shannon talk


On the Horizon...

Bryce Brown, RB
Wichita, KS
East H.S.

Scouts Grade: 85
ESPN150 Rank: 14
Position Rank: 3 Six touchdowns for Bryce Brown in blowout win
ESPNU 150 running back Bryce Brown, Miami's prized '09 commit, carried 13 times for 274 yards (21.1 average) and scored six touchdowns in East's 54-0 destruction of West (Wichita, Kans.), the Wichita Eagle reports.
Brown's scores came on runs of 32 (East's first play), 24, 47, 69 and 14 yards and a 46-yard reception.
He finished the night with 335 total yards, at one point finding the endzone on three straight rushing attempts.

The Canes YOUTH is losing them this game. They are too YOUNG to deal with the UCFs of the world. Jacory Harris has a full stomach, too much protein shakes. Graig Cooper was in the spelling bee trying to learn how to spell Greg and didn't watch film on UCF. Waandy Shannon was crying about the Jim Rome show and overlooked UCF. Marcus Forston had an interview with Jenny Craig. The field was pretty damp. Chad Pennington left a divot on the 30 yard line that we tripped over. Or my favorite:

"Our young guys are LEARNING how to beat the FSUs of the world."

Like FSU is a bunch of worldbeaters. What did they score 3 points vs. Wake Forest? But hung 41 on "duhhhhhh U"

Dude you have Ron Zook with no emotion has head coach. You could have the 2007 Patroits and it wouldnt matter.

The Canes will not come back to anything of significance with this joke as a head coach.

Cant wait to hear the excuses this week

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAndy SHannon..Just step down dude...you are a joke...you are in sooooo over your head it isnt even funny....

LarryCokehead, the old orange bowl was never UM's own stadium (campus stadium) and they still won 5 national titles. But i do agree with you that UM should have their own stadium, but i dont believe there is enough space at the coral gables campus to build it.

Another point, YES, Miami fans are horrible!!! look at the marlins attendance, look at our Canes attendance, etc. completely no support. I am a student at UF, and their games have been sold out since 1979. But then again, we have the excuse that we have a lot of things to do in Miami... Right...

OMG.. .they won!!!!

What a BIGGGGGGGGGG win for the Canes!!!!




Again, Manny, please no more score predictions the rest of the season.

The only positive thing that came out of this game for the U was that the defense had a shutout.

was this really a college game or was i watching northwestern hs. this is the most pathetic game of college? football? i ever watched. by the way canes fans, all you give shannon a chance fans, UNC beat ND and will crack the top 20. remember, butch was hired the same year. no excuses, its not recruiting, being young, ITS RANDY SHANNON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

That was an ugly game. The team has no discipline. Special team was horrible. Shannon doesn't have this team focus. I have to say though Shannon call timeouts at the right time. He needs to spread the special teams duty with another kicker. It's too much for Bosher.

Okay, enough already. Miami lost two games by 6 points, they lost to (2) 5-1 teams and (1) 4-1 team. This teams' youth shows up on game day. They need to calm down and play football. A couple of wins should help them get their confidence back.

Okay so I normally do not rant about how terrible Miami is playing, instead I just sit back and pray that they will one day get back to they way things used to be ( 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003). But I wake up with a hangover, nuts itching and realize life is a bitc$ that will burn you. Miami is absoulutely TERRIBLE. There is no excuse for Miami to BARELY beat UCF? What has happened to Miami? Manny please no more predictions and also I am NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE FIRE RANDY SHANNON BANDWAGON. I am sorry I thought we needed to give him time at first but NOPE fire him and hire someone else QUICKLY!!!!!!Also Pat Nix is not the problem its these two garbage quarterbacks we got. Sorry guys but Robert and Jacory are both terrible and we should of went after Terrel Pryor. Now we are NEVER going to win another championship and our special teams is absolutely garbage. Thanks for mediocrity, I appreciate this and yes we will LOSE to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and even Virginia again this year. U heard it first Miami will officially finish this season 5-7 again and yes we will lose several recruits after this game. Peace time to start rooting for a new team.

Funny how times change....

It's Jacory time. 1 for 13 on third down. It maybe time for for Nix to go. I predicted 49 points. Manny U predicted 34. The spread was 14. This should have been a blow out. Defense won the game for Us.

Give it a rest already!!! The canes played ugly but in the end they won and thats that!!!!!! Go canes!!!!

You are a bunch of idiots, stop hating on OUR team. I know it's frustrating, downright heart-wrenching at times, but who is going to support our team, if we don't??? Good times and bad times, we need to support the U, let's focus on how impressive the defense was today and how we finally got a pass rush. Bailey with a couple of sacks, etc, etc. We'll get there, but let's support OUR U, not tear them down.

UTEP puts up 58 on UCF and Miami plays them at home and scores 20 (seven on a gift that UCF gave Miami on the botched punt at the 5 yard line).

Miami is officially the JOKE of college football.

Miami's win means the Smurf Bowl is still alive.


This offensive line is the worst I've seen at the U in a long time. Watching replays on TV, I lost count of how many missed assignments/blocks that Franklin and Rutledge had. They looked totally lost spinning around after getting beat. This offensive is going nowhere until this is fixed.

Marve too made bad decisions. Maybe he never looked beyond the first receiver was the line. The descision to play Jacory was a good one. He may be next weeks starter.

The worst decision was kicking off deep after the last TD. UCF couldn't move the ball. The ball should have been kicked out of bounds, ball at UCF 35. The defense shut them down. Why risk it. We did, and look what happened. Randy, you git to make better decisions than that.



For the first time I have to agree with the gator fans on this blog (or i believe they are gator fans). Isn't it a sign when they come on here with their sarcasm to keep Randy Shannon.

At least they are smart enough to see with Randy on the sidelines Miami has no chance to be competitive. When will cane fans agree with me and realize the same!

Mario Cristobal should have been our Head Coach from the start. You say Randy inherited a talentless team, just look at what Mario has to work with and is doing pretty well with what he has.

The difference between the two is brains! One is extremely intelligent while the other, well, can't even speak proper English.

The USF BULLS will be the best team in the state--Go Bulls..

Posted by: Tired of watching Miami | October 11, 2008 at 07:35 PM

5-7 is way too optimistic at this point. We will not win another game. Duke and NC State are our 2 winnable games left and we will lose both. UTEP beat UCF 58-13, UTEP would blast us. Freaking UTEP!!! Does anyone realize that if UCF's starting QB plays we lose this game? Shannon needs to go, not at the end of this year, not at the end of next year, NOW! Good coaching wins games and bad coaching loses games. Look at Butch. Does UNC have more talent than us? No. Better coaching? Its not even close.

I am really happy the Canes won. This was the perfect game.

For them to look like crap but win so they have an excuse to keep their coach around.

Honestly, though if this were my team, I would do what Auburn did and just cut my losses. Just admit you made a mistake and hired a coordinator not fit for a head coaching job and go out and get someone PROVEN.

But I guess Miami is now a school where you can experiment at head coaching position.

My oh my how the mighty have fallen.

The U, a place for head coaching experiments, that are failing miserably!

hey tired, what makes you think they can beat duke. if miami beats duke it will be an upset. that IS the state of hurricane football


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