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Gameday blog: UM 49, Duke 31 (F)

Huge, huge, huge, huge win for the Canes today. Trailing 24-14 in the third quarter, the Canes score 35 unanswered points behind freshman quarterback Jacory Harris, who finished 18 of 28 for 182 yards, four touchdowns and 2 INTs.

Jacory_harris2> There's no doubt the big story now becomes does coach Randy Shannon send Jacory back to the bench in favor of starter Robert Marve. Shannon has said all along Marve would be the starter all year. But the facts are facts and Jacory is the reason UM won today. What is your take? Should Jacory replace Marve as the starter? I believe he should. He's playing better right now than Marve.

> That's one story. The other: Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix had the bounce-back game he was sorely looking for. Despite a shaky first half, he made the proper adjustments and even threw in a few wrinkles to get the offense going. The no-huddle attack in the second half was huge and set Duke back. Do the Canes now go with the no-huddle from here on out? And, is Nix now free of the wrath of Canes fans? Well, maybe for a week.

> Go-to receiver? How about freshman Aldarius Johnson. He caught 8 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and definitely showed why he and Harris were such a great tandem in high school. Their chemistry was amazing and basically fueled UM's comeback.

> How about UM's defense? They made the key stops when needed in the second half. Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis made some plays in the first half, but the defense stepped up big-time in the second half and got the pressure it needed to knock Lewis and his receivers off their game. They also were good on third down, stopping Duke on 11 of 17 attempts.

> On a side note, UM improved to 1-2 in the ACC. Also good news, North Carolina lost to Virginia to fall to 1-2 in the conference. That's the help the Canes needed to try and leapfrog the Tar Heels in the division. Virginia Tech (2-0) and Georgia Tech (3-1) are still ahead. But UM controls its own fate against those teams as well as Virginia (2-1). All the Canes need is for the Hokies to drop a game tonight to BC and UM can win its way into the ACC title game.

DukeIn case you didn't know, I was not on the travel squad for Duke. Susan Miller Degnan and Jeff Shain will be there for us today. But I was out at the BankUnited Center this morning with about 150 fans and a few other reporters for the Hoopfest. Here's a link to the audio interviews from today with Frank Haith, Katie Meier, Jack McClinton, Dwayne Collins, Brian Asbury and Jimmy Graham.

A couple of quick notes from today's Hoopsfest:
Jack_mcclinton> Jack McClinton talked about winning a national championship. McClinton really believes the Canes can make a deep run with this team. Jimmy Graham told me McClinton is even better than last season. "I feel like Jack can just continue what he did last year and just do it the whole season from the beginning tip down in that tournament that we have to go to and the NCAA tournament," Graham said. "Those last couple of games, he was penetrating a lot more and doing his little flutter deal a lot more. I feel like your going to see a lot more of that this year because people are playing his shot. He's going to take what they give him this year."

Jimmy_graham> As for Graham, he wants to be lighter this season. He said he's starting this season at 250 pounds instead of 265 so he can be more athletic. We asked him if UM will be OK this season replacing Anthony King and Ray Hicks with Cyrus McGowan, Julian Gamble and Reggie Johnson. "Julian Gamble is a big man. He's got a big wide body, attacks the glass," Graham said. "Cyrus McGowan is going to be a great player. He's a 6-9 guy who can shoot the three. He plays defense like I do. It's fun playing with him. King and Ray were great players for us. Cyrus is definitely going to help fill that gap and so is Julian. I feel like we have the same strength as last year, if not a little better."

> The Canes have been practicing for two days and a few guys are already banged up. Collins strained his groin Friday and bruised his hip with a fall Saturday. Guard James Dews had to be given an IV by Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue after he cramped up Saturday. He came back and did sign autographs for fans. Redshirt freshman center Julian Gamble was injured Friday and was on crutches Saturday. Haith said he doesn't believe the injury will be extensive.

Dequan_jones> Freshman swingman DeQuan Jones is receiving high praise from his teammates. Collins said he's having fun playing above the rim with Jones, who was called by McClinton and Asbury as a great finisher around the basket. "DeQuan is a beast. He's real athletic. As a freshman, he dunks a lot," Collins said. "You know me. I'm into dunking. That's all we do. He's mainly on my team in scrimmages. Yesterday he threw me an alley-oop. I returned the favor and threw him one."

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Razorcane I completely agree with you....Miami consistently has a top 20 recruiting class and gets beat by teams with far lesser talent.

This ultimately ends up being a coaching problem.

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ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG

TRAVIS BENJAMIN FROM JACORY HARRIS
TOUCHDOWN 35-24

Jacory looks like he is back at NW....

I have been playing nice because I had invited the UM athletic department and ticket office to snoop around here. I even offered FREE advertising, but they will not even return my emails.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM

PERSONA NON GRATA

hey green, can you stop i'm trying to follow the conversation going on, and you're just posting the same things...

I think Miami might have found it's starting QB for next week.

Maybe we can get something rolling... Wake looked Fake against the Terps today.... lets get a little Mo and start rolling this mediocre ACC

Reggie, let's just get outta here with a solid W!

I agree with mra, one game at a time. This team looked great vs. Florida and NC til that collapse in the 4th Qtr....they haven't been the same since then. Maybe this game will give them a little confidence boost.

if dell doesn't go conserv and lets JH roll with the no guddle shotgun, we'll keep scoring

don't be coker

I have been playing nice because I had invited the UM athletic department and ticket office to snoop around here. I even offered FREE advertising, but they will not even return my emails.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM

UNCREDENTIALED

I agree but this is exciting... the first positive sign since A&M, 1st quarter of UNC and second half of FSU....

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Randy.. way to not get conservative!!! Big 4th down call again!

START RUNNING THE BALL

Bill young...
1st half you allow 94 yards
2nd half you allow 9 yards. nice.

TOUCHDOWN LARON BYRD

[p.s. Jermaine Mckenzie sighting]

There's another one!!!! And another one!!!! Jacory baby !!!!

TD

42-24 baby.

And that settles it. It only took til midseason to officially have a QB Controversy as predicted in Week 2.

Let the games begin, who will be the first to transfer?

TD

Green...I have to say this out LOUD:

I LOVE U! U HAVE RUINED THIS BLOG AND MY BLOG HAS EXCELLED AS A RESULT OF YOUR STUPID, IDIOTIC AND CHILDISH NONSENSE. U NEED TO TALK TO MANNY.

THANK U, THANK U, THANK U!!!

Deflected Pass

Hopefully Marve has just lost his job.

QB CONTROVERSY ALL WEEK LONG... GET READY FOR IT..

for whatever reason Jacory seems to motivate this bunch. Perhaps it is his quickness or ability to make something out of nothing. It seemed to wake up the defense. Hopefully, the team will finish what they started for the first time in weeks.

Shawnbrey McNeal...TOUCHDOWN 49-24

Another one!!!!

If I were Shannon, after this game there would be no controversy, Go with Jacory!

And this is coming from a person that was all about Marve since he committed to The U.

It's amazing how well Jacory plays when he gets more than 2 series at a time.


It's amazing how well Jacory can play with more than 2 series at a time

I agree, never a big Kyle Wright fan but just thought Marve had that something special. Jacory is the spark plug this team needs... give it to him and let the kid run with it!!!!

UNC lost to Virginia

UNC lost to Virginia

I think Marve is more talented than Jacory Harris, but this offense was moving today. Jacory has to start next week. Nix looks like a genius today and I don't think we're 110th in offense anymore.

Watched it...

UNC kicked a FG with just over a minute left making it 10-3...

VA went down and scored a TD and forced OT...

VA held UNC to a FG first possession of OT and then scored a TD for the win....

Good point Junkie... Jacory made Nix look like a great OC... everything was clicking.

If it aint broke, don't try to fix it... Period!

Id ont care what anyone says UM will not win anything with the current UM coaching staff

Canes wins, Canes win!

stop being a downer.. enjoy the moment.

They just went in there, grabbed the momentum before half and finally finished a game this year!!!!


Next week is a big one againt Wake coming off of a loss...

Lets not forget that we play in the weak ACC and anything can happen

I LOVE U! U HAVE RUINED THIS BLOG AND MY BLOG HAS EXCELLED AS A RESULT OF YOUR STUPID, IDIOTIC AND CHILDISH NONSENSE. U NEED TO TALK TO MANNY.

THANK U, THANK U, THANK U!!!

Now that is funny! Green U done messed up my friend.

at least no-one can say UM is the worst in the very average ACC. have we beat any teams with winning records. manny, ACC title, cmon dude. just hope for 2 more wins for any bowl. GT shut duke out, we had to outscore them, i guess the defense didn't really improve a whole lot. but remember the words, "a win is a win".

BLOGGER OF THE DAY....86CANE


Manny..

Thank God the Canes won. I want to see Randy Shannon on the Canes sideline forever!!!

Celebrate a victory over UCF, and Duke.

Give Randy Shannon a contract extension NOW. What are you waiting for AD? Get him a contract for 10 years. The Canes have a two game winning streak. Sure it is against some of the worst teams in college football next to Washington State but give Randy an extension now!

Wow! What a schizophrenic crowd U fans are...LOL Week before they were ready to hang RS, NIX, etc for putting in Jacory for a couple of minutes here and there. Now, Jacory clicks and same people wanna hang Marve -- at least not Nix.

Jacory did well cause of the adjustments we made just before the half and then going to no huddle. Marve would have done well in that situation as well -- but maybe not as good as Jacory aka Ken Dorsey. Remember, JH had an interception to start but RS (who says he can't coach) stayed the course.

Stay the course. Marve in and spot Jacory in. Go with the hot quarterback any time.

86 Cane is a Canes Fan. Nobody can deny that. Why the animosity against that... Mystery of human nature.

7 deadly sins.

#1 Don't hate on a fellow Cane..LOL

Here U go GREEN, Canespace over 500 posts today, Miami Herald 150:
http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2008/10/game-day-blog-miami-vs-duke.html

CHOKE ON IT!!!

86 Cane is a Canes Fan. Nobody can deny that. Why the animosity against that...Mystery of human nature. 7 deadly sins:

#1 Don't hate on a fellow Cane..LOL

Posted by: Pinoycane | October 18, 2008 at 08:05 PM

Pinoycane...U are welcome at Canespace anytime!

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this, but not only does Va Tech need to lose one more game (besides to us), but UNC needs to lose one more game too. UNC is tied with us right now with 2 losses, and they would hold the tiebreaker because they beat us already. That said, I'd be shocked if we won out anyway.

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