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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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Harris hates Shannon??? That's funny...Sid Rosenberg is an idiot, he hates on Shannon because he won't go on the show.

Its too bad the Canes dont play in the SEC. If they are next to last in the ACC, you know they would be bottom in the SEC. SEC defenses against the Canes joke of an offense? BAWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The Canes are a JOKE and IRRELEVANT. All this preseason HYPE and they look like garbage and they have played two teams worth anything and lost to both of them. Wait until they play the other mediocore teams of the ACC in the Techs, and Wake. This season will get ugly! Thank God for scheduling the crap teams like Texas A and M, UCF, and Duke. Beat someone decent for once!

It stinks to have to listen to 8 months of TALK and HYPE from the Canes fans and media (Joe Rose) however once we are IN THE SEASON, all the talk stops, and focuses on the NEXT YEAR or the YEAR AFTER.

I cant wait to hear the EXCUSES next year.

EXCUSES U

TOTAL OFFENSE THE CANES ARE #102

Great job Marve and Harris!!!!

Guess who is dead last #119?

UCF--the team the Canes struggled mightly to beat

BAWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: CokeCanes | October 20, 2008 at 05:54 PM

Evil, "mad scientist" laugh???

THE REALITY IS THAT YOU SIT IN YOUR RACE CAR BED AT NIGHT WEARING YOUR TEBOW JAMMIES

DROPPING TWO ALKA SELTZERS INTO A SPEED RACER DIXIE CUP FILLED WITH WATER DOES NOT MAKE YOU A "MAD SCIENTIST"

MY GOD, YOU ARE A "F"ING LOSER

Go 'canes!

It stinks to have to listen to 8 months of TALK and HYPE from the Canes fans and media (Joe Rose) however once we are IN THE SEASON, all the talk stops, and focuses on the NEXT YEAR or the YEAR AFTER.

Posted by: CokeCanes | October 20, 2008 at 05:54 PM

WELCOME TO BIG TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL LOSER, BASED ON YOUR POST, I WOULD GUESS THAT YOU:
A) ARE A HUGE GAYTOR FAN
B) DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL AT UF (JOE ROSE COMMENT GAVE YOU AWAY)
C) GO TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE (COULD NOT GET IN TO UF)
D) HAVE BEEN A "SERIOUS" FAN OF THE GAYTORS SINCE THE 2004-2005 SEASON (PROBABLY NOT A "NATIVE" OF FLORIDA)

AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO "BIG TIME" COLLEGE FOOTBALL, WATCHING YOU WRITH IN AGONY AS YOUR DREAMS ARE NOT REALIZED WILL MAKE YOU A STRONGER PERSON, IF IT DOES NOT KILL YOU FIRST

BITTER, ANGRY, JEALOUS

COME ON GAYTORS, GET UP AND GO

Go 'canes!

The Canes season is so bad, they have to watch the Gator games to give them any fun this college season.

The Gator games should be easy to find, they are the ones on NATIONAL TV as opposed to the Hurricanes where you couldnt find them with a 1500 Direct TV satellite and every College Football Gameplan known to man. Oh, and if you want to catch the Canes football highlights/lowlights dont turn on ESPN you wont find it there either, you will need local South Florida stations. They might show a highlight or two from the Canes games. Joe Rose will be the guy ducking and hiding as he shows Canes LOWLIGHTS.

How about the Canes bowl games these past two seasons????

Boise Idaho to the Smurf Bowl and
NO BOWL GAME

This year???? They are fighting to get back to Boise!!!!

Recruiting season cannot come fast enough for you people. Then the "Canes fans" come out of the woodwork and will immediately go into hiding at the first loss which usually comes in August or September for the Canes.

But you Canes fans got me wrong. I want the Canes to win some games now. I am rooting for them to win so they can extend that loser of a coaches contract. Keep that LOSER there forever!!!

Canes fans please work on getting Randy Shannon an extension!

He has NO SHOT at winning the ACC while the head coach at Miami---NONE and all you losers think next year or the year after is the year?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA what a joke!

He has NO SHOT at winning the ACC while the head coach at Miami..Posted by: CokeCanes

WE GONNA REMEMBER UR BIACTH AR$E SAID THAT.. U GONNA EAT MORE THAN CANESRULE'S PECKER... U GONNA BE EATING THOSE WORDS...


GO AWAY LIL BOY... DON'T U GOT SOMETHING BETTER TO DO..

BAWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: CokeCanes | October 20, 2008 at 05:54 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: CokeCanes | October 20, 2008 at 07:22 PM

Hey, uhmm, a Coke, uhh, do you care if I call you Coke, uhmm, is there something you would like to talk about??? I mean this is just a college football blog you know and, uhmmm, if you need me to call someone, you know, just to let 'em know you're "OK" then hey, just say the word bro! I'm there for you!

I'm not suggesting there is something wrong with you, you know, uhmm I just wanted to know if there is a paticular kind of medication you would like me to pick up for you, you know buddy, I mean uhmm, it's gonna be "OK"! Right?? Just say the word and I will call, ahh, uhmm you know 911, your Mom, your Priest, you know whoever you usually call when you are, you know, "sick"!

CUCKOO, CUCKOO, CUCKOO, CUCKOO

Go 'canes!

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