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Gameday blog: N.C. State 38, UM 28 (F)

MIAMI -- The Canes are in Raleigh today to face the red-hot Wolfpack and are minus leading receiver Aldarius Johnson, who was suspended for violating a team rule and did not make the trip. The Canes are obviously playing for a better bowl game today. But it's N.C. State who has a lot more to play for -- they need a win to look up a bowl trip.

Nc_stateI'm here at home preparing to go watch Frank Haith's team take on Stetson at 3:30 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. But I'll be along for the ride in Raleigh, providing my thoughts on the game as it progresses. Our Susan Miller Degnan is up there checking in with me and says the skies are dark and the stadium lights are on at Carter-Finley Stadium. Let's hope that doesn't set the tone for Randy Shannon's team, which obviously doesn't want to end what has been a good season with back-to-back losses before bowl season.

The key to the game today is simple...
> Stop Russell Wilson. Bobby Bowden called him the mother of all running backs. Miami has to redeem itself after its debacle in Atlanta last week.
> Remember, DeMarcus Van Dyke will get his first start today opposite freshman Brandon Harris, getting his first start in over a month, at cornerback.

> Derron Thomas starts the game in the backfield -- call it a senior deal. Miami's offense fizzles and goes three-and-out on its first drive. Should we be surprised? The good news: Matt Bosher gets off a 61-yard punt to pin N.C. State deep in its own territory.
> Russell Wilson has turned out to be everything we've heard he was. He absolutely shredded UM on the Wolfpack's opening drive and then tossed a touchdown pass to Andre Brown with 7:42 left. It capped a 96-yard scoring drive. I smell a lot of trouble for UM today. This could get real ugly. N.C. State 7, UM 0.
> Patrick Nix isn't helping his cause. Another 3-and-out for the Canes on their second possession. Robert Marve tried to go deep to Sam Shields and he couldn't come down with the catch. The ball actually was thrown well. Shields has to snatch that ball out of the air.
> The Canes finally get off the field on third down after DeMarcus Van Dyke bats a pass away on N.C. State's second series. You got to give UM's secondary a little credit. They are getting very little support from the pass rush. It's tough to cover guys for 10 seconds.
> Someone blew some major coverage for N.C. State and the Canes are happy to take advantage. Dedrick Epps finds himself wide open and makes a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch for a 69-yard catch-and-run from Robert Marve. And just like that, the game is tied with 3:50 left in the first quarter. UM 7, N.C. State 7.
> Brandon Harris has finally made his first real big play as a Cane. N.C. State tries to run a trick play having Andre Brown throw the football and Harris steps in front of a Wolfpack receiver and returns it 24 yards to the N.C. State 45. Big play for Brandon.
> Javarris James makes his first appearance of the game on 4th down and 1 and picks up the first down. Maybe someone finally heard your complaints! Until then, we'd been seeing Graig Cooper on short running situations. Here's the best stat Baby J has -- only one carry for negative yardage this season.
> Baby J takes three consecutive carries and his last -- a dive into the end zone -- puts UM up with 13:09 left. Javarris has 4 carries for 42 yards. UM 14, N.C. State 7.
> Shades of Donovan McNabb, Russell Wilson just ran circles quite literally around Miami's defense, scoring on a 29-yard touchdown run with 10:44 left. He looked like Michael Vick in John Madden football 2003. Amazing. Miami's defensive line missed at least four opportunities to get to him. UM 14, N.C. State 14.
> Jacory Harris comes in on the fourth series (as usual) and moves UM downfield. But then, he makes a bad decision, trying to force the ball into triple coverage to Richard Gordon and DeAndre Morgan caught the tipped pass in the end zone for an interception.
> Miami's defense finally makes a play when Marcus Forston sacks Wilson on third down and five. And then, Sam Shields -- who had been playing great -- crashes into N.C. State's punter, giving N.C. State a first down. Tough play. Shields was trying to make a play and instead of getting flagged for running into the kicker, he gets roughing.
> Another great play by Marcus Forston keeps N.C. State out of the end zone. Forston just gets enough of Wilson on third down to sack him and forces the Wolfpack to settle for a field goal with 1:47 left. N.C. State 17, UM 14.
> By the way, it looks like defensive end Marcus Robinson suffered a groin strain on the previous series.

> Miami's defense just can't get a handle on Russell Wilson. Now, all of his first half running has opened up the passing lanes. The Canes were lucky Marcus Forston and company were able to hold the Wolfpack to a field goal on their opening possession. N.C. State 20, UM 14.
> Javarris James scored his second touchdown of the game giving Miami its second lead of the game. The Hurricanes ran the ball six times on the seven-play scoring drive, sprinkling a little Baby J with a little Super Coop. UM 21, N.C. State 20.
> So much for that lead. N.C. State takes less than a minute to answer Miami's scoring drive as Wilson carves Brandon Harris and the secondary. N.C. State 28, UM 21.
> We keep forgetting how valuable Travis Benjamin is to the return game. Graig Cooper, Brandon Harris and company have done a good job filling in. But Benjamin is the game-breaker who can make the difference in a game like this.
> With 8:57 left to play N.C. State might have sealed this one up with a 42-yard field goal. Miami's last two possessions have gone nowhere and if the Canes don't score on this next possession, we're probably going to be headed to San Francisco next month for the Emerald Bowl.
> No Canes comeback today. Jacory Harris gets picked for the second time with 5:23 left and it basically seals the deal for N.C. State, which basically has to run out the clock to hold on for the victory.


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By the way fellas, last night I attended the Miramar-Cypress Bay football game. It is a crying shame Miami didn't go after Eugene Smith and Steadman Bailey. Both of those guys are absolute studs. With injuries, suspensions, transfers, you never know who will be here from year-to-year. Smith and Bailey are another Jacory-Aldarius connection. West Virginia landed some major stars.

Three and out to start ... shocking.


Ryan Hill as a safety is just stupid.

4th. and 35

I see that we're picking up where we left off during the GA Tech game: getting it handed to us on defense and 3 and out on offense. WTF?!!!

Canes secondary = ZERO playmakers

Even Sean Spence looks defeated. This is embarassing.


whats wrong with our defense.. they cant stop the run. those chop blocks kill us. didnt we learn from last week

Now, you guys know why I wrote my What's wrong with 7-5? blog... this is going to get ugly. This season is ending with a thud.

That was a pretty pathetic drive by the defense. They look like they did earlier in the year.

im beggining to see why every spring we hear about how good our wr's are in practice. Look what they are going up against. they cant even get open down field

De Ja Vu

like butter ... 0-7

For the first time I'm going to say this out loud because it's the first time I ever thought it...

...Randy is not the right coach for Miami. The man cannot coach. I just don't see any reason to believe he has the slightest idea what to improve his players or how to prepare for an opponent.

oUr secondary absolUtely SUX!!!!!!!!!

Second 3 and out.

patrick nix is an offensive geniUs - i kno i'm jUst kiddn -

insert Jacory now ...


We should make a full-court press to go get Chris Peterson from Boise State. That man can coach.

everyone relax...this is a second half team anyway, i'm confident we're going to pull this one off

The canes dont deserve to go to a bowl game, they had everybody thinking they were back, but the truth is the whole ACC is down this year. 10 plays 96 yards do the math 9.6 a play. Shannon is way over his head. NC State 51-10

that tipped pass on 3rd down was a real bad break for us.

Our offense is gonna have to do something to inject some life into this defense

Last game of the regular season and Nix insists on running this dumb conservative offense that continues to lead to 3 and out over and over and over.........

Not a big 'comment' guy for the blog here, but I just can't handle this! I want to be patient, but why the hell is Derron Thomas starting this F'ing game!!??!?!?!?!?!?!

Robert Marve/Jacory Harris = Kenny Kelly/Ken Dorsey


is there anywhere we could watch the game online?

is there anywhere we could watch the game online?

is there anywhere we could watch the game online?

anyone have a decent means to getting on espn 360 these days?


Until the coaches decide to start the best quarterback(harris) the offense will continue to struggle. Can anyone explain to what marve has done to continiue to get the starting nod over harris who is without a doubt the better of the two

seattlecane ---- like i sayd he's an offensive geniUs!!!!!!!!!!

shannon is the rite gUy we jUst need an o/c that will call plays to oUr offensive strengths

I really love how we always manage to always throw a 5 yard pass with 3 & 8. Hey, I know the mantra of letting the playmakers make plays, but COME ON!!! It hasn't worked the last 70+ times we've done it, why is it going to work now? Maybe the NEXT wide receiver screen will work....

I agree with the Marve/Harris=Kelley/Dorsey comment. I was telling someone a few weeks ago that this qb situation reminded me of when Dorsey was allowed to start the last couple of games that season and the rest is history. I wish they would have let Jacory start and take control of this offense.

wow, bit my tongue on that pass.

Coach Nix discovers the TE ... 7-7


thats why ROBERT MARVE is in the game -

Just when I say that Marve hooks up with Epps for a 69 yd TD.....lol.

game is on channel 33

Nice throw by Robert.

The main issue with Nix is that there is NO philosophy ... no plan ... no aggression ... no consistency.

For example, where has the TE been all season??

espn 360 is lookin good here - if U have att

Seriously, everybody take a chill pill -- there's a LOT of damn football to play. Go Canes!

Anywhere we can watch the game?????????????

Ryan Hill has NO BUSINESS being a safety.

Nice pick and run by Brandon. Flashes of old school.

here is a thoUght - can oUr wide receivers play defense too???????????

hey who is that gUy wearing #1???

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