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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.

> 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.

> 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.

> 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.

> 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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hey NJcane, did you guarantee a win with your bookie too?
i hope you didn't lose too much you IDIOT!!!

the canes really look like a ranked team tonite. THEY ARE HORRIBLE! did you see that stat about the D. UM has been scored on 26 of 28 times inside the red one (LAST IN THE NATION). that's a solid defense.

now with that last touchdown, it looks like the D has given up on shannon. nice team. be proud cane fan.

Anthony Reddick is losing us this game. 26 is no Sean Taylor. He has missed the tackle on both of Dwyer's BIG runs! He's getting thrown around like a rag doll.

Randy Shannon ACC COACH OF THE YEAR!!!!


WHat a joke!

He is in SOOOOO over his head.

Shannon is a recruiter not a head coach.

Once again homer fans please stop with the stupid @ss game score predictions. I want the Canes to win just as much as anybody else on this blog but right now its looking like Miami-FSU 2.0

National Championship next year!!!!!



Cant even win the WEAK ACC.

wow, it's like the team didn't even show up. offense, defense, special teams...they all are playing terrible.

i blame this on the coaching staff.

What did I tell you guys???

BOOK IT...you are going to lose.....

BLOW OUT in Atlanta!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Johnson first year coach is taking baby Randy Shannon to school.

Hey you gotta learn at some point. Mr. Shannon welcome to SCHOOL! AGAIN.

Hey Sarasota

You mean like Jimmy Johnson and Butch Davis? They were both terrible game day coaches.

Not to mention you scored on a HORRIBLE replay call. That ball was on the ground. Heck, you can have the officials we are still schooling you.

Randy Shannon coach of the year...LMAO that is great. Some people have no clue whatsoever. This is a real coach, Paul Johnson. Randy Shannon hasnt proven jack except he knows how to lose. Whats his record as a head coach? In the ACC? JOKE.

Miami cant even hire a real coach they need a rent-a-coach.

No more Marve!!!
No more Marve!!
No more Marve!
Jacory gives us the best chance to win. We got to come out 2nd half no huddle- fast break and try to wear out there defense. This game reminds me of the Duke game.

Why does it feel like there are more non-Canes posters on here than Cane-fans?

I wonder how many Cane fans are on the GT board (if such a thing exists)


And just like the FSU game Miami is going to have to come up with miracle turnovers and hope Tech puts the ball on the field every which way imaginable. And maybe the Canes pull this one out and maybe not but of course if the score is say within 6 the wrong way, too many peeps on here will same "Miami should have one the Tech game"

No, they shouldn't fall behind 3 TDs in the first half thank you very much.

"We can't abandon the run"

Sorry RS, you did and now you can't go back to it...

Need a special teams or defensive score to get back in to this game...oh yeah, the D needs to re-learnd to tackle too!

Big game from Marcus Forston...really holding that middle up nicely. What we only have like 250 yards rushing up the middle in the first half. Real gap plugger. This isnt miami-dade high school anymore, buddy. This is georgia tech and we have REAL football players. Dwyer is running your D over like a bunch of little girls.

I agree that we need more Jacory in the 2nd half. With that said, both QBs are staring down their #1 receivers and not looking off. As long as that happens neither will light the world on fire.

No more Marve!!!
No more Marve!!
No more Marve!
Jacory gives us the best chance to win. We got to come out 2nd half no huddle- fast break and try to wear out there defense. This game reminds me of the Duke game.

Posted by: duvalcanesfan | November 20, 2008 at 09:16 PM

Honestly now has either of these 2 shown you enough to say one should be playing over the other? Gimme a break. Harris threw a pick on his first series as well. He's thrown short and behind his WRs also. The 3 points were given to Miami following the on-side kick. Where has either guy moved the ball thus far tonight where you can tell me one and not the other should be in their?

This is really sad. I have lost hope with this team and these coaches. This was a big game and we came out so unprepared. Have these guys practiced? Its like they have never seen the spread before.
I am so sick of the Georgia Tech fans on here too. What have you won??? You are beating a bunch of freshmen with a retarded head coach. Go beat some real team.

a play that encapsules the game...3rd and 18 with 34 seconds left in the half...and we run a 5 yard out!

I'd rather take a knee and save the risk of an INT...have we tried to stretch the field at all in the 1st half???

Oh is that your excuse, young freshmen??? LOL you canes fans are a joke. Enjoy another 5+ loss season. Miami is back!! LOL

I think the noble thing that Randy Shannon could do is leave the stadium with the team while it's still halftime, and go back to Miami. UM getting blown out in this game is similar to a poor defenseless little kid getting beat up by a bully. Go home UM while you still can. If you go back in, it will be 48-3.

Embarrassing performance. Canes are a bunch of frauds!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least they won't represent the weak ACC and get killed against a much superb team.

Shannon has to get rid of Nix.

Hey YJ

Congrats on GT's season so far. They are having a great year and have had a very nice first half. Paul Johnson is a great coach. Have a nice life.

Now please go back to your GT board.

We all need to calm down...we win one week and people say we're contending for a title next year; we lose one week and Randy Shannon has to be fired. I'm a die-hard fan too and I think the Canes are further along this year than I thought they would be at this point. Give them time. They may even still put out this GT game, but if they don't, they're going to a bowl game which didn't happen last year. Progress is happening. They're very young.

This is an embarrassment. No effort, no heart, no nothing. Fire Shannon. Shut down the program. Hell, shut down the whole school, since the whole school revolves around this fraud of a program. I'm disgusted. I'm switching to FIU, a team with real heart!

I think the noble thing that Randy Shannon could do is leave the stadium with the team while it's still halftime, and go back to Miami. UM getting blown out in this game is similar to a poor defenseless little kid getting beat up by a bully. Go home UM while you still can. If you go back in, it will be 48-3.

I'm tired of seeing Anthony Reddick missing critical tackles!!!


Q: Marve of Harris???

Before the season, Randy Shannon was chosen as the worst head coach among all schools in a BCS conference. Well, he sure as hell has proven that so far tonight. He might be the worst coach in history. Bring back Coker. Seriously. This is going to wind up being 70-3. The "players" are a disgrace. They should be kicked out of school and they should most definitely not be paid for tonight's game.

The other haters are just lame. But Alejandro, I think you are actually mentally ill.

Please go now and get your golden panther Jersey. When you jump off the bandwagon, try not to get run over by the big wooden wheel.

I guess these coaches need to live through every scenario before the kids 'learn'...

vs CHS SO - learn to play in D1

@ A&M - learn to win on the road

@FLA - learn to play in big night games

vs FSU - learn to play from the start

vs UNC - learn to close

vs UCF - learn to hold on for dear life

vs Duke/Va - learn to finish

vs VaTech - learn to win a big one

vs GaTech - learn not to think since we are ranked that the other team is going to laydown for you (even if their 3rd string Oline is in there and half their team has high ankle sprains)

I hope that next week it's learn to bounce back rather than learn to fold in the tent and mail in the season!!!

Can the coached TEACH or is it purely learn by experiencing it?

"Umm, Professor, when do we learn to win a National Championship?"

D O N ' T Q U I T !

All this talk from Canes fans pregame and now what????

You are overhyped!!!!!! You are never winning the ACC with Randy Shannon as head coach.

You see what good coaching does?

Paul Johnson first year coach is turning around Tech!!!!!!

Come on you guys give them a break....they have come a lot farther than any of us could have expected. Yeah, tonight they are up against a big, strong team running an offense that these young Canes haven't seen before. This is all part of the learning curve. It's not Shannon or Nix or anyone else...it just takes time. They are young and are learning.

For the second half I just hope Jacory gets the call. He's definitely more poised and much calmer in the pocket than Marve.

These guys have to tackle batter to have any chance at all. Just a little pressure will force GT to pass and that will be the turning point....GT can't pass!!!! Force them out of their game plan.

Matter of fact Reddick also missed the biig tackly on Antoine Smith of FSU on 3rd and long for the game winning touchdown, dude sucks!!!

Marve and Harris both suck. It's not that they're young. It's not that they're freshmen. They both suck. That's what it is. They suck. S-u-c-k. They wouldn't make third-string at FIU or FAU, but they're starting at Miami? What a fraud. What an absolute fraud being perpetrated in Coral Gables. Hey, Gardner-Webb only lost to Georgia Tech 10-7. I don't know what division they play in, or even where they're located, but they're better than Miami. And the Dolphins are going to lose this weekend, too. Life sucks. Life just totally reeks. Why can't anything ever go right down here?

It is now clear:


The usual blahblahblah.....

this is bullshyt

Me thinks Alejandro's boyfriend just dumped him. Bitter.

Giving up 10.5 yards per rush. Teams that were intentionally throwing games do better. N.C. State will kill this team, and then whoever this team plays in their undeserved bowl game will kill them and then next year they'll go 0-12 and then maybe Donna Shalala will do what she's wanted to do all along and shut down the whole athletic program and turn UM into an all-women's liberal arts college. GOD DAMN IT!

Man the canes should have parcticed against Walt Fraiziers old option offense to prepare for this game ( lol )

Seriously, YellowJacteeeeezzzy, STFU, big bad wuss. I didn't see your "brave" weakass on here until just now when your team made it OK for you to crawl out from under your mommy's skirt to prance out here like a show-pony. The rest of you psychotic haters need to chill out as well, I didn't hear your weakasses out here the last couple of weeks either. Now shut up and let me suffer/watch this game--there's still a lot of football to go. Go Canes.

Can we sign Shannon to a long term contract now? PLEASE!!!!

If we had good tackling cornerbacks, the the backers wouldn't have tro worry about covering the edges, which is leaving the middle open...

You don't even need cornerbacks against this kind of offense, put some tackling safties on the corners, cause they're more likely to come up to make a hit on rushing plays.

We are a LONGGGGG way away from the ACC title game, forget the National Title.
This game proves it. This is just a good ole fashion butt kicking from a mediocore team.
Get out of here YJ!!! Let us suffer in peace.

Things we didn't take in consideration coming in to this game. We have a young team, our db's are not very physical, and we don't have an explosive offense to come back from a big margin.

there's our problem...Epps makes a great catch and he get's up and starts chest-bumping everyone.

look at the score you dumba&s, you're down 27-3.
make the catch and get back to the huddle and score some points.

you haven't earned the right to celebrate anything.

Just to remind everyone:

We were down by 17 points to UCLA in 1999 half way though the 3rd quarter.

It's not over yet


Defense needs to come up big. We need a turnover. We need a fumble. Come on D do something.

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