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Emerald Bowl: Cal 24, UM 17 (F)

Much like U, I'm getting ready to sit down and watch the final game of the Canes' 2008 season from the living room in my house. I'll be checking in with Susan Miller Degnan throughout the night for updates out in San Francisco. Meanwhile, I'll be here providing you with my thoughts on the game.

This game has plenty of storylines. But none bigger than freshman quarterback Jacory Harris, who for all Emerald_bowlintensive purposes will be the quarterback of this team going forward. We've heard the rumblings for weeks that Robert Marve (suspended for this one) would likely be heading elsewhere after this season. We heard from his high school coach who told me Marve's relationship with coach Shannon wasn't "buddy-buddy." So, tonight's game in a lot of ways, is a glimpse into the future of this program.

Harris is a kid I really believe will be able to help get this program back to the BCS level. He's a tremendous leader who has impressed me with his poise and knowledge since the day I met him in the 11th grade over at Miami Northwestern. Miami probably won't win tonight's game. This Bears team is playing at home and has far less holes on defense than UM does. But I've got a real good feeling Jacory is going to play well tonight and give U hope for the future.

So, feel free to join our in-game discussion below and give me your thoughts heading into this bowl game, during this bowl game and after it.

> By the way, nice win for the Canes today out in New York against St. John's. Miami definitely rebounded from that ugly Clemson loss. Coach Frank Haith wasn't around this week with the holidays to talk to reporters. But we know he worked his team hard after that loss. It paid off. Miami's three losses by the way are all to ranked teams. And the team's strength of schedule is No. 2 in the country right now.

Dedrick_epps> We learned shortly before the game Dedrick Epps will not play tonight after suffering a right leg contusion during practice this week. UM is already shorthanded at tight end. Richard Gordon and Tervaris Johnson were suspended earlier this week for violating team rules. That leaves UM with Chris Zellner as the only real available tight end. Tackle Tyrone Byrd will wear No. 84 tonight and play the tight end spot, mostly as a blocker.

> How about that? 18th-year senior Romeo Davis comes up with the first big play of the game, stripping Jahvid Best of the ball, allowing Jojo Nicholas to recover at the UM 49.
Jahvid_best> Cal makes the second big play and this one means something. A 74-yard catch and run from Nate Longshore to Verran Tucker leads to a 2-yard Jahvid Best touchdown run that gives Cal a 7-0 lead with 7:15 left in the first quarter.
> So far, we haven't been able to see if Jacory Harris can throw the football. Miami continues to go backward on first down before deciding to run it on second and long.
> Best has his second touchdown. A 43-yard run makes it 14-0 with 4:55 left in the first quarter. This could end up getting real ugly quick unless UM's offense shows up. This UM team is not only short-handed, but they can't generate anything positive either right now in the first quarter.
> Got to love Tyrone Byrd battling for that ball from the tight end position. And then Javarris James for catching it off the deflection.
> After getting off to a slow start, Jacory Harris engineers a nice 10-play, 80-yard drive, capped with a 15-Jacory_harrisyard touchdown pass to LaRon Byrd. Harris converted a 3rd and 9 with a nice 11 yard run and found Leonard Hankerson for a big pickup.
> Canes defense stands tall right after UM's first touchdown by forcing a three-and-out for Cal. Glenn Cook makes a nice play on a blitz on third down, forcing the Bears to throw an incomplete pass. Except for two really bad plays (Best's 43-yard TD run and the 74-yard pass) and another pair of 9-yard Jahvid Best runs, UM's defense has done a good job tackling today and getting pressure on the quarterback.
> Jacory makes his first bad decision in the game, throwing into zone coverage and getting picked off by Michael Mohammed at the UM 42. The Miami defense is going to have to hold here.
> Jahvid Best has 106 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. But for some reason, Cal has continued to throw the football. Not sure why.

> Miami gets good field position to start the second half, but does nothing with it after Chris Rutledge gets flagged for a late hit. The penalty turned a 3rd and 1 to a 3rd and 16.
> Miami averted trouble on its first bad snap moments later when Matt Bosher fielded a bouncer and got his kick off.
> Cal has tried to completely avoid kicking the ball to Travis Benjamin. On three kickoffs now, they've gone short on kickoffs. Benjamin has only had the chance to return one punt and didn't get very far.
> Miami ties the ball game with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Thearon Collier with 7:34 left in the third quarter Lee_chambers. Redshirt freshman Lee Chambers makes an appearance on the drive, picking up a key first down on a 18-yard third down run to the Cal 9 yard line. It caps a 10-play, 69-yard drive in which Jacory looked very, very good. Harris is now 17 of 27 for 145 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
> One thing Randy Shannon is going to have address after this season is how he used his timeouts. At the end of the first half, Miami used up the final minute and didn't use any of its three timeouts until there were four seconds left. Now, in the second half, Shannon has used two timeouts on defense.
> Cal puts together a 12-play, 76-yard drive to answer Miami's scoring drive. Jahvid Best once again is at the center of all the successful plays, starting the drive with a long run and then picking up 25 yards on fourth and 1. Cal had to settle for a field goal, though, after quarterback Nate Longshore gets stepped on by a lineman backing up out of the pocket and falls to the ground on third and goal.
> Matt Bosher makes his best play of the game yet at the start of the fourth quarter -- getting hit on a punt to give UM a first down.
> The five yard penalty leads to a game-tying 22-yard field goal from Matt Bosher. Lee Chambers comes up big again on the drive with a few long drives. Something not to be forgotten on the drive -- Graig Cooper recovering his own fumble deep in UM territory.
> People are probably going to forget about the play Glenn Cook made late in the fourth quarter to stop Cal running back Shane Vareen on third and one at the UM 17. But it was huge. Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 34-yard field goal with 4:24 left. But Cook's tackle was the play of the drive. OK, the second most important. Jahvid Best going out with an injured hand during the drive following a 20-yard run was big, too.
> Miami caught a break with the missed field goal, but couldn't cash in. Jacory Harris gets sacked by linebacker Zach Follett and loses the football. Two plays later, Nate Longshore finds tight end Anthony Miller for a two-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left. Does Jacory Harris have another comeback in him?
> Miami got the ball back with 2 minutes, 37 seconds left and ran eight offensive plays. But what everyone is going to be talking about this offseason is the clock management on that final drive. In a word: Disgusting.


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Hellz yeah can't wait

Did I.... yes I just did. I got first lol. Jorts!




nice start


I got jorts on the SS

Yikes. So nobody really to back up the QB. Nobody to back up the TE. Mediocre O-line that seems to neither want to "put up" nor "shut up" (looking at you Jason Fox). If we pull out a win, it will be impressive I dare say.

Woot! Canes ball!

How about that... first big play of the game by 18th-year senior Romeo Davis.

So much for the momentum of that turnover. 3rd and 6 ... how about a run?

why in the hell would you run the ball on 3rd and 6...i hate nix's play calling

Man, if our O-line was as strong as Jason Fox's jaw, we wouldn't be getting pushed on our heels by a linebacker.

yea i agree ...I still hate Pat Nix...I hope the D can pull this one out!!!

SEAN Spence is a "Beast" hands down.

Sean Spence... what a hit.

Brandon Harris has skid marks on his back.

Well you see what can happen if you call a pass play on 3rd down instead of running every down...Im yel;ling F$$k F$$k right now

Gotta admit that pass was on the money in the perfect opening in zone coverage

is that Richard Gordon playing with no name on his jersey

No, tyrone byrd wearing #84

Cook needs to quit playing football

i miss ken dorsey..we haven't had a down the feild qb since then..

2nd and 24...perfect time to run it up the gut.

Miami's offense has picked up where it left off -- going backward and facing 3rd and long

Nix's offense looks like crap....it seems to always look like crap since he has arrived...Im so over that guy

This is embarassing.

It's over run defense is shot.

im about to just turn the dam game off...this is rediculous...what a joke...

And now all of Jacory's minions will get to see how great he is.

Nix you're on the clock.

Shannon should let Harris call his own plays

blowout? Looks like this is going to be nasty tonight. You might want to call your friends back up and let them know you might meet up with them earlier than you thought.

maybe they should try the "wildcat"!!!!

Have we gained a yard yet?

Jacoy can't throw the ball. Nix won't let him throw the ball. and Best just running wild! they hang 40+ on us tonight... Marve, anyone? Hmmmmmm....... LOL

Line can't block themselves out of a wet bag.

I think Nix is lulling them into a false sense of security. At about 28-0 he's going to start calling plays you watch.

CanesMisery: nice.

Nice offense! 3 possessions and no first downs? Where are we sending nix after this game?

Where are my great swammies Cangethang and Norm at?

How does a team get worse over a season? This is humiliating.

Long night canes fans.

OK for all of our Nix this and Nix that comments, what exactly has the D and Bill Young done thus far?

When Bosher is kicking poorly, the o-line can't block and the defensive is getting shreaded it's going to be a long night.

The last 5 years is not even close to the U teams I watched...it just gets worse every year...Nix has to go..I understand the amount of freshmans we have but they need a coach that can teach them...seems like everyone has a better offensive plan and opens it up!!!

The only thing that might save UM tonight from getting absolutely embarrassed is Cal's quarterback. He looks a lot like UCF's QB.

Bill Young gets a break only because it is his first season. This continues next year and we can burn a stuffed likeness of him.

Hey JH looks like he's put on a little muscle there.

Could we possibly get a first down?

This is pathetic so far. How can a team excel when the head coach has no emotion whatsoever? I'd hate to see RS at a party. A real downer.

The entire coaching staff needs to step up or be gone!!! This has sucked for long enough...why dont shannon start calling the defense...god they gotta fight for every inch

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