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Gameday blog: Ga. Tech 41, UM 23 (F)

ST. THOMAS -- Wish I could say I was in the freezing cold with the rest of the UM sports writers for tonight's game, but I've been sent to this terrible place called the U.S. Virgin Islands to cover Frank Haith's basketball team. It's horrible. My hotel, Marriott's Frenchman Reef & Morning Star, has a terrible view of the ocean. And these pina coladas aren't even close to being the best I've had in my life.

Georgia_techBut enough about my horrible assignment. I'll be watching tonight's game from my hotel room and sharing my thoughts as it rolls along. I don't know about you, but I'm excited about this game. It's been a while since Miami played a meaningful game like this -- if you don't count last week. But you know what I mean.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS/THOUGHTS...
> Georgia Tech picks up right where it left it off and moves right down the field. Consider it a small victory Miami held the Yellow Jackets to a field goal. GT 27, UM 3.
> Talk about a strange drive. But at least UM is showing life. Dedrick Epps hauls an 18-yard touchdown pass from Robert Marve with 7:45 left to play in the third quarter to get into the end zone. Epps made a huge 30-yard catch on the drive. Thearon Collier caught a 21-yard pass on 4th and 13. But the play of the drive? Kayne Farquharson running onto the field on the touchdown pass when UM was short one player and delivers a key block to allow Marve to throw the TD. GT 27, UM 10.
> Safe to say this one is over now. Josh Nesbitt scores on a 1-yard plunge to make it 34-10 with 4:08 to play. Miami has given up 361 yards rushing to this triple option attack. GT 34, 10.
> I think the bigger thing to take from this game is that Miami certainly isn't the first team to struggle against this offense. Whatever UM did to prepare in practice this week, didn't get them ready. Sometimes, that happens.
> It's become flat-out embarrassing. Lucas Cox makes it 41-10 with a run right up the middle. Now, the question becomes does Georgia Tech set a record for rushing yards tonight? 395 yards rushing on Miami. I'm going to google this.
> At this point, I'm wondering why more backups aren't in the game. No need for starters to get hurt. Miami still has something to play for next week at N.C. State.
> Jacory Harris moves UM downfield and into the end zone with a touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson with 10 minutes left in the game. Maybe something to build on a night when so much went wrong. GT 41, UM 16.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS/THOUGHTS...
> So far, the story of the game has been Miami's inability to stop the triple option on the edges. While the defensive tackles did a good job plugging up the middle, Jonathan Dwyer and company were able to to run to the outside. Georgia Tech capped its first drive with a 31-yard field goal with 5:53 left. GT 3, UM 0.
> Couple nice early plays for the Canes young defensive players -- Sean Spence and Marcus Robinson each have a sack.
> Special teams was horrible in the first quarter. Travis Benjamin couldn't get past the 20 on the first kicks he handled. Matt Bosher nearly had a punt blocked and had another go 32 yards.
> As bad as the 1st quarter was for UM (GT outgained UM 145-45), the second quarter has gotten off to an even worse start. Michael Johnson's 26-yard interception return for a touchdown has put the Yellow Jackets up two scores with 13:28 left. UM showed a lot of heart in rallying to victory this season in tough places. They'll have to do it again tonight. Georgia Tech 10, UM 0.
> It wasn't a touchdown, but it was something. After getting picked on his first series inside the Georgia Tech 20, Jacory Harris leads UM on a scoring drive his next series. He made a couple nice throws, hooking up with Aldarius Johnson along the sideline and then Sam Shields, who made a nice move for a 23-yard gain. It ended with a 24-yard Matt Bosher field goal with 6:19 left in the half. GT 10, UM 3.
> And right when you think Miami has built a little momentum, the defense gets torched by the triple option. Jonathan Dwyer races right up the middle of the field for a 58-yard scoring run. Anthony Reddick and Romeo Davis over-pursued on the plays. This is where you miss a Colin McCarthy. GT 17, UM 3.

PREGAME
> Slow down the triple option offense: Shannon talked this week about tackling high and causing turnovers. GT is next to last in the nation when it comes to turning the ball over via the fumble. Miami needs to make sure though it wraps up, especially the Yellow Jackets big man when he runs up the middle.
> Make sure your quarterbacks aren't forced to win today: Georgia Tech has a very good defense, but what is most special about the Yellow Jackets is their secondary. The last time UM played a secondary like this, UCF nearly pulled off the upset. Robert Marve and Jacory Harris need to be caretakers today.
> Continue to capitalize in the red zone: Miami has been the best team in the ACC when it comes to scoring in the red zone and that's a big reason why they are on this five game winning streak. Last week, UM couldn't punch the ball into the end zone against Virginia Tech, but still came away with points every time down. They need to do the same this week if it hopes to end the three game losing streak against Georgia Tech.
> It might be time for me to head back to the beach. Georgia Tech is running right through Miami's defense. 229 yards now. Jonathan Dwyer has 10 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns. His last one might have put a nail in Miami's coffin with 1:59 left in the first half. GT 24, UM 3.

STOCK MARKET
> I'm expecting hot games today from Glenn Cook, Marcus Forston and the middle of Miami's defense. As good as UM looked last week sacking Virginia Tech's quarterbacks, I think the Canes win tonight because Cook, Spence and those no-name defensive tackles (Joe Joseph, Dwayne Hendricks) represent.
> I'd stay cool on the tight ends. Last week, I expected Dedrick Epps, Chris Zellner and company to play well and they were shutout. I don't see them breaking out this game.

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DT'S GOT TO STOP THE RUN UP THE MIDDLE... THE DE'S GOT TO HIT THE QB EVERY CHANCE THEY GET... THE OLB/CB/SS GOTTA HIT THE PITCH MAN... IF THE D KNOWS THIER ASSIGNMENT THE CANES CAN WIN BIG..

JORTS

Demmit

Sorry Herb...I say BLITZ !!!!!

The Canes are gonna win tonight- guaranteed. The cold won't be much of a factor once the game begins and our D starts hitting. As best as I can tell, the entire G-Tech game plan revolves around the running game. They seem to have a pitiful passing game, with only 2 passing TD's on the year!! They're almost as bad as V-Tech, who has 0 this year...

When we shut down the run, the game will be over. That's what happened in Ga-Tech's last game- a loss to UNC. When they can't run- they'll become completely one-dimensional and quit. Don't forget that a running attack is great but STINKS for playing catch-up when your team is losing already...

Damn you Herbal! Anyway, I love your vids!

We can dooo it!!

Go 'canes!

I say we dominate! Get at 'em D, hit that secondary up O, and lets wrap this thing up tonight on national TV!

IM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WORRIED ABOUT NIX PLAY CALLING, THATS THE KEY TO THE GAME!!!!!!! GTECH RUNS ALOT OF THE CLOCK ,DO WE HAVE ENOUGH POINTS TO WIN 2DAY!!!!!

NIX LET IT ALL OUT!!!!!
GOCANES!!!!

Manny you basically made a prediction by saying i think the canes win tonite because.... NOOO everytime u didnt make a prediction we won... im blaming this on U if we lose

With at least 3, possibly 4, games remaining we will lose at least one due to offensive ineffectiveness. I hate to say this.

I'm a DIEHARD FAN, but a realist as well. This offense is simply too inept to run the table. QB's aren't schooled well, schemes are repetetive, and knowledge is nowhere to be found.

Jim Kelly's words said as much, "QB's aren't reading their progressions..." Why you ask, b/c they aren't effectively schooled. Add that to Paul Johnson's comments that we have a good Defense...guys running around playing hard. In comparison, he said our Offense has dangerous playmakers. That's a tribute to talent and none to coaching.

Manny, it would be very interesting for you to interview someone anonymously with credible offensive insight (ex-player, CFB coach, etc) and get their true opinion.

With many firings likely to come in the NFL (Chud possibly), there are some possible candidates that could turn this around.


The old canes would always shut down option teams. We are going to win, and hold them to No TD"s -------BIG WIN TONIGHT-----MIAMI IS FEELING LIKE MIAMI AGAIN-----------Say your prayers Tech, you havent faced a D like this. Miami 24- Georgia Tech 6

Canes in a blowout. take the canes plus 31/2, and take the under. (i dont know the total, but if its 40 or so, Miami wins and the total is around 30.

who has georgia tech beaten? FSU fumbled while they were scoring at the end of the game, so that puts them at 6-4, and Miami was real young in the beginning of the year, and lost 2 in the last second tot NC and FSU---------SO, GT FANS, Miami is seconds from being 9-1 and held the Vaunted circumsiser Tebow to 9 pts in the 4th qtr with freshmam, we saw what we did to tiny tim, so , its payback tonight. U FANS----GET F__ci_G PUMPED up----------BLOWOUT TIME---PAYBACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

It's both amusing and annoying to always see those classic Miami haters- Kirb Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, Beano Cook, etc. - play-down any UM success, victory, or whenever they look good. They squirm during the whole telecast b/c you can just FEEL them rooting against UM.

Well tonight- they can all suck on it!

Miami is gonna win BIG!!

And when then do, I hope they don't pull the same nonesense on Sportscenter as they did last week. The highlights of the UM victory over V-Tech was buried deep in the show...

Dom: Your "vaunted circumciser" comment on Tebow was absolutely hilarious!!!!!

OMG!!!

Anyone hear something about the Canes' bus being stuck in Atlanta traffic?!?

WTF?

bullshyt king cane is a gator fan

Actually King Cane traffic comming into the city isn't bad in the afternoon. It's the traffic trying to get out of the city that you have to worry about. So don't get you panties in a bunch, they made it just fine.

The Canes were stuck at traffic, but they got there @ 6!

OH MY GOODNESS

Retarded Ron Cherry is reffing tonite! WTF!!
Retarded Ron Cherry is reffing tonite! WTF!!
Retarded Ron Cherry is reffing tonite! WTF!!

Thank you 321Cane. Go screw yourself cool, you don't know everything.

I got a bad feeling about this one. Coaching is a mismatch in this game. Johnson is one of the premier coaches in the nation. Every team we lost to has a great coach who outcoached our coaches.

I hate to say it but we are going to lose.

We need a strong offensive showing, man why isn't Harris playing, we wouldn't be in this position to go to a bowl game, if it wasn't for him, fans he will transfer, and he'll take a few players with him, watch and see, and if he do I DON'T BLAME HIM. OUR OFFENSE WITH PATRICK NIX IS GRABAGE, we should've put up 30 points on V.Tech.

We look a little confused by the triple option. They're not getting anything down the middle on us though.

Our offense needs to show up though!

Ohhh bosher nearly got blocked there. Bad start on offense so far.

WHAT THE HELL THAT GT PLAYER UST TWIST BENJAMINS ANKLE ANYONE SEEN THAT? AND THE ILLEGAL CHOP BLOCKS

THIS GAME IS RIDING ON NIX!!!!!

Sean Spence is a BEAAAAAAAST.

NIXXXXXXXXXXXX GIVE US SOMETHING BABY BOI

Jacory Harris please.

Wasted Opportunity.

There is that scratch your head what was thinking type INT from Marve. It happens once a game.

GREAT PLAY CALL NIX THAT WAS STUPID

I'd just love it if our quarterbacks figured out which team to throw the ball to.

We can win this game with Jacory. We have no chance with Marve.

NIX WHAT ARE U GOING DO?

321 you want to chill, and stop typing IN ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME.

jim kelly last thur even said; Marve needs to look at his 3rd wr. Marve can't see the field!!!!

Im sorry man , im about to cry, we need this game. we need this for all the naysayers, im too amped!

321 i agree Marve is Larry Lock On.

Jacory's looking good now, throw the ball , I know you're close, but throw the ball.

Take the points.

WHY A SPREAD ON THE 10 YARDLINE?

We're in deep now.

poor tackling is coming back to bite us.

why is Marve back in the game WOW!!!

NIXXXXXXXXXXXX HASSSSSSSSSSSSS TTTTOO GOOOOOOOOOO!
SAME OLD PLAYS, A RUN BY MARVE FOR A LOSS!

24-3.

If we don't get a touchdown before the half game over I think.

fire bill young!

Wow!!! we are getting out coached tonight. Remember Paul Johnson is a first year coach who is not playing with his players.

Only 7 more FGs to tie the game.

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