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Gameday blog: UM-Oklahoma

Whenever the Canes hooked up with Oklahoma when I was a kid, it was one of the most exciting games to get up for -- right up there with Notre Dame, Florida State, Penn State and the hated Gators.

But a lot has changed since the Brian Bosworth-Vinny Testaverde days. The Sooners don't run the wishbone anymore and Miami doesn't play the kind of defense it used to. Tonight's game will pit an eight-ranked Sooners team that has one of the best defensive front sevens in the country and a do it all offense (even with redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones at the helm) against a UM team looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss at Virginia Tech.

Before the season started, I expected Miami to go 2-2 against its tough opening four-game stretch. I thought that would be good enough to show us this team has improved. But the closer we get to kickoff, the more I see this game as a giant measuring stick for Randy Shannon and his staff. This is year No. 3 and its time for UM to start showing signs it can really compete against the nation's elite teams. I know they're shorthanded on defense (safety, defensive end). But it feels like crunch time to me.

REWIND: UM owned the Sooners back in the 1980s when both teams were regular national title contenders. Their 2007 meeting in Norman was good for a half before the Sooners pulled away 51-13.

FAST FORWARD

> UM wins because: Jacory Harris plays like a Heisman candidate again and LandShark Stadium rocks like the Orange Bowl. That means UM's offensive line plays lights out and protects Harris and his receivers don't drop balls like they did last week. Defensively, UM is going to be hard pressed to shutdown Oklahoma's balanced offense. But the key for the Canes will be eliminating big, deflating plays and creating a few turnovers to slow the Sooners down at least a little.

> OU wins because: Quarterback Landry Jones doesn't make mistakes and the Sooners don't have breakdowns in the secondary. Pound-for-pound, Oklahoma is the better team in this matchup. The only place UM really has the advantage is at quarterback and receiver. That means unless the Canes outplay them or OU makes a few gaffs, the Sooner should win this.

> My pick: Oklahoma 30, UM 21. Last week, I picked with my heart. I really was beginning to believe Miami had something special going. They still could if they win tonight. But what Virginia Tech did was unmask a lot of the Canes' deficiencies. Like it or not, the Canes' offensive line -- and running game -- still has a long way to go. The defense has to prove it can do the basics -- like tackling -- consistently. Those aren't the type of troubles a team about to beat a Top 10 ranked team has to deal with. Then again, here's to hoping I'm dead wrong.

> Game balls - Offense: Jacory Harris. If UM's going to win, he'll be the triggerman. Defense: Eric Moncur. If the UM defense is going to surprise us tonight, create turnovers and turn the tables, the key will be getting pressure on Jones. It would be nice to see a kid like Moncur provide a lot of that. Special teams: Matt Bosher. He's missed a pair of field goals against Georgia Tech and had a punt blocked last week. A game-winning field goal would be nice wouldn't it?

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Butterflys flying iny stomach

Here ya jester

First down

Yes PA pass

Looks like we have the heart to finish!

GO CANES!!!

O line is why we won

How Bout them Canes??????

Yes yes yes

yea man great win great rebound noew prepare for florida A&M dont need a let down

We are back

We are back baby!!!!

U

What a great game

Game Over 3-1, who would have thunk it

Game ball - Javarris James. Best game of his career without a doubt. Close seconds, Ray Ray and Colin McCarthy.

Total team win. coaches prepared them for this one. If not for shields and the refs the game wouldn't have been close

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canes won, it wasn't pretty, but that was a very good team that Da U just beat.

I think everyone will now start to rethink what would have happened in normal conditions against Virginia Tech !

Great fan support at the game, lets keep it going !!

Lets Go Canes !!!!!!!

So when I say the refs screwed us, is it still an excuse when you win?

Impressive victory great job coaching to be 3-1 when many of these so called experts said Miami would be lucky to win any of these games.

This victory is great for morale and great way to rebound, the main thing is to stay focused on the goal at hand.

U have to give Shanon some props!

For those who have called for Baby J's head......please sit down and shut up. Tonight is exactly why shannon starts him. Get off his back, shannons and the rest of the u's, or get off the train. It's full steam ahead and we only have room for those who are gonna build this team up, not knock it down!!! []_[] is own it's way back!!! Canes fans be proud.

To think we probably could have won this game 28 - 10????

Ryan Hill deserves to play... The best call of the night was pulling Sam Sheilds...

I wonder if Oklahoma was simply banking on Shields getting toasted the whole night?????????????

After Sheilds was pulled it seemed like Oklahoma's game plan self-destructed.

Sammynole and pedro

Fuc U!

I have given JJ some heat but you are right, JJ was fantastic.

WHERE DEM FAKEA** FANS AT??? PLEASE BELIEVE WE DON'T NEED YA'LL!!!

Sammynole and pedro

Fuc U!

Posted by: MTX-Cane | October 03, 2009 at 11:42 PM

FU

Yes the refs still tried to steal it but the U overcame, big difference from the last couple of years

How Bout them Canes???

For all you people bashing the Canes on this blog saying that we suck and we were going to get killed by OU(Pedro).... Bunch of haters criticizing me for saying we need to be patient.... SHOVE IT NOW!!!!! Go CANES!!!!

Canes baby. These guys are for real, especially with Ray Ray laying some wood and McCarthy being back. This defense can be really special. This Oklahoma team was supposed to be all world. Offensively unstoppable. Defensive stats. The Canes said the heck with the stats, we gonna smash you in the mouth and they did it. As sweet as it gets.

pedro, where are U!

Sammynole, wher are U!

Ooooooo PEDROOOOO! Come out come out where ever you are! DA U beat OU and the zebras, DA U dominated this game like i never thought they would.

It's official! Miami's kryptonite is rain. So for our future opponents, get an Indian chief from a reservation and pay him to do a rain dance on game day.

this wasnt the same OU as last 2 years, but its by far the best win in many years. great job harris, didnt give up, and the def., stayed withit when it looked bad at first. great to have hope in miami again. OU dropped a lot of passes. still missing tackles on def. 3-1, i think that surprises alot of people. its good to be relevant again

WTF happened with our OLine? They get my game ball along with baby j

hopefully GT can beat VT. how does a 3 way tie breaker work

in a 3 way tie breaker the team with the highest BCS ranking wins.

Great game guys... We overcame injuries, penalties, and bad calls to come out with a huge win!!!

Proud to be a cane fan !! 3-1 with that schedule.. wow... Somebody needs to tell Lovett what a blitz is though.. Ray Ray is gonna be good...

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Big FICK YOU to EVERYONE that commented on the first page of this blog and YOU PEDRO YOU ALL CAPS MUTHAFICKER OOOHHH OU WINS 77-3...YOU'RE AND IDIOT NO ONE ON HERE IS A TRUE THRU AND THRU CANES FAN...OK THATS A LIE BUT EVERYONE THAT COMMENTED..."OH JEEZ ABOUT TO GET OUT OF CONTROL" OR "HERE WE GO AGAIN" OR ANY OF THAT BULLSNAZZ NEEDS TO BE BANNED AND HAVE THEIR U FAN CARD REVOKED....HATERS!!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!?!?! GOD IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A CANES FAN? SHHHHHHH DO YOU HEAR THAT? I THINK I JUST HEARD A PIN DROP IN TALAHASSEE!!!!!!

So Manny I guess you were wrong again !!!

That's the one! Signature win for Randy at last!

We are on our way! Just get a few ore guys, a little seasoning and we will be back where we belong....and so will that crystal football....at the Hecht, it's true home. (Gonna have to give that sucker a nice scrub down, though. Get the trailer trash swamp rot off of it!)

PLEASE BAN THESE PEOPLE- Ibis1973 canesfansc and Pedro...They sUck at life. Thank you.

I read something that was eye opening. Seminoles are playing less than 500 ball since 2005. Lets face it, they are toast. When you lose to USF and Boston College back to back, you become Mr irrelevant in the ACC.

Great win by oUr CANES!!!! Really sets Up nice for Us to rUn the table - congrats gUys!!!

As always - GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pedro sucks!

Just got back from the game. GREAT SIGNATURE VICTORY FOR COACH SHANNON AND THE CANES!! Do U guys remember after we went 5-7 and lost to Virginia in the final game of the OB? Well, this victory shows me how good a job Coach Shannon is doing.
It was a great atmosphere and with all the recruits being there tonight, this win will reap many benefits!! Do U remeber after that 5-7 season how Butch Davis tried to recruit all of the Northwestern players and told them Randy would be gone after his second season? Well, with North Carolina losing at home today against VIRGINIA!! and only scoring 3 points, I wonder if Coach Shannon will tell recruits that are considering UNC that Coach Davis will be gone after 2 yrs?? I doubt it, Coach Shannon has to much class for that, To all of U fans who clamored and wanted Butch instead of Randy, why don't U just get rid of your Orange and Green and go by some Baby Blue, 'cause you can have him, I'll stick with Coach Shannon. GO CANES!!!!

11-1?

Where is Pedro?? Talking garbage all week long - where is he now??

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