« Gameday blog: Virginia at UM | Main | Friday night: Jacory's arm went numb but should be "OK", and Golden's overall assessment »

Gaines talks winning TD play; Jacory said he'll be ready for Duke & other UM post-game notes

SUN LIFE STADIUM -- The mediocrity continues.

The Miami Hurricanes (4-4, 2-3 ACC play) still haven't won three games in a row since Oct. 2009 and they've got nobody to blame but themselves. Dumb penalties, blown coverages and an inability to execute when it mattered -- the same old losing recipe -- is what hurt them in Thursday's 28-21 loss to Virginia.

Here is some of what we learned post-game:

> Linebacker Jimmy Gaines, beaten on the game-winning 78-yard touchdown pass from Michael Rocco to Perry Jones, said he thought he had safety help in coverage and said that's why he lunged for the ball. Of course, Gaines didn't and Jones ran untouched into the end zone.

"Every play is full of one-on-one battles. On that play, I didn't win mine," Gaines said. "I didn't win the battle. I was hoping somebody was back there. I was just trying to make the play and I didn't. I have to make sure I use the proper technique, get him on the ground."

Of course, it would have been nice if somebody else -- say Vaughn Telemaque or Ray-Ray Armstrong -- were around. But they weren't.

> Quarterback Jacory Harris wasn't on the field for the final plays of the game. Although Al Golden said Harris has been "banged up" for a few weeks and needs rest, Harris said he'll be back for Duke. He finished 21 of 30 for 311 yards and three touchdowns and was sacked three times.

" I'm cool. No matter what you'll still see me on the field," Harris said. "Broken leg, whatever it is, I'll be there. Been doing it my whole career.

> Since climbing to as high as the third-leading rusher in the country (135.4 yards per game) on Oct. 9, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia have made it a point to try and take Lamar Miller (5-11, 212-pound redshirt sophomore) out of UM's offense. They've stacked the box with eight and nine man fronts, forcing quarterback Jacory Harris to try and beat them instead.

Although Miller had 93 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown Georgia Tech, he's been held to just 3.2 yards per carry over his last three games -- a total of 192 yards on 59 carries. Al Golden said that's not good enough.

"We have to examine the whole thing," Golden said. "I'm not going to sit up here and say it's one guy. We're just not running the ball as effectively as we need to and we're not staying on track on first and second down efficiency."

Harris said it's up to the passing game to make plays. "When teams stack the box we have the passing game open and I guess we don't enough there to win the game," Harris said. "I guess we have to step it up passing wise because teams are going to sell out."

> Receiver Tommy Streeter had a career-high seven catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns including an amazing 51-yard TD grab between two defenders.

"I just trusted him," Harris said. "I knew he would make the play. He basically had one guy underneath him and the other guy was just one-on-one with. So I said I'm just going to trust him to make the play. We needed something to spark us and fuel us to go forward. That was our momentum."

> UM, penalized just four times in their previous two wins, was flagged five times for 51 yards. The big dumb ones -- roughing the passer on Olivier Vernon on and incomplete pass on third down (Virginia scored its second TD three plays later) and a roughing the kicker penalty in the third quarter (Virginia missed a field goal, but ran 10 more plays after it).

"Clearly we had some penalties that were just absurd," Golden said. "We can't have those penalties and the mental breakdowns we did. The blocked field goal too. We weren't sharp and we didn't execute and that starts with me, period."

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

there's always next week riiieeght


u enjoy the off week

dUke next ... atleast U don't have to make the walk down the hill ...

A very sad game. Our O line is weak. Our secondary is weak, with the 2 hyped safeties seemingly clueless about what that word means.
Jacory, Tommy and others played hard. Miller doesn't break tackles and needs a dominant O line to make big holes.

Virginia played hard on both sides of the ball. We made a mediocre QB look good once again. Pathetic, no?

Bad call on the last drive to call 2 running plays. This O line is often overwhelmed in short yardage situations. Should have passed. Jacory was playing well as were the receivers. Can't count on that line to produce when needed. Something is missing and it isn't size.

So many almosts once again. Very sad...

dUh

Ur still good ...

just axe Arty

Freese/Pujols ?

que ?

awww come on Cane fans ... it's only 10 pm on the west coast

I lay this one on the coaching...the game plan was weak on both sides of the ball. The only difference between the two is the Jedd made adjustments. Coach D' seemed to be MIA after the screen pass TD.
I also agree with dbc above. Lamar looked hesitant and the o-line seems to be lacking 'it' (nastiness?). I hate to say it, but has the game passed Kehoe by while he was gone?

I also wanted to say, that while I believe in The Tie, London outcoached his buddy.

Ray Ray is horrible....

I think it's obvious Miller's shoulder is bothering him. He won't plow forward and is always heading sideways. He didn't do this earlier in the year. James may also have a bum shoulder. They are just not running hard like they did early in the year. Clements needs to get the ball if these guys can't stick their nose in the pile.

I'm through blaming the coaches...its just a bad team. Face the facts people, this team isn't very good. There are some good players, but not enough to win.

awwwe, U cane do better than that ...

next year riiieeght ?

This is the worst D in along time, we need to fire the D Cord!!

SO HE ADMITS HES PLAYING LIKE CRAP? GOOD, ARMSTRONG STILL DOSNT KNOW WHAT A FRRE SAFETY IS SUPPOSE TO DO. NEED TO MOVE VAUGHN BACK TOO FREE, AND JOJO BACK TO STRONG. HARRIS KEEPS CHALKIN CRAP DEEP, INSTEAD OF ..TAKEING THE SNAP, CHECKING EACH OPTION, AND THROWING IT TO THE OPEN MAN. NOT UR DAMN FAMILY, OR ROOMATE. GET THE BALL FORWARD! CHECK DOWN MAN DAMN! UR KILLIN THEM! STREER DOSNT REALIZE HES 6'5, IF HE DID, HE WOULD HAVE MET THEM BALL AT ITS HIGHEST POINT, AND CAME DOWN WITH IT1 JUST LITTLE KID MISTAKES. THEY NEED TO LOOK UP THESE D-LINMAN, AND GET 2 OR 3 OF THEM...DANIEL MCCULLERS, SEMISI TUPOU, BRANDON MOORE, CALVEN TONGA, DAN FULKNER, WAYNE WILLIAMS AND ALTON BAILEY. THESE GUYS ARE JUCO D-LINMEN THAT ARE LOOKING FOR SCHOOLS, AND MORE IMPORTANLY, HAVE THE 6,6 330LBS, AND UP BODIES WE NEED TO STOP THE RUN. NEVER HAVE HAD A PROBLEM FINDING END, NEED TACKLES, BIG ONES. SOMEONE PLEASE READ THIS AND TAKE HEED!

DAMN, IM STILL MAD, SPELLIN LIKE CRAP! WE JUST BLEW OUR ACC TITLE CHANCE, TO A BUM!

Golden made a big mistake for letting that running back STORM JOHNSON get away. Lack of a running game is hurting.

We'll be better next year

do show Ur offspring this game film ...

tackle ?

Offensive line is terrible. Kehoe is the coach to complain about...no others! Armstrong is clueless. And Shannon didn't see the talent in Streeter. Keep the faith... Golden has them on the way back!

pathetic. miserable. unmotivated.

Donofrio is so clueless. If Golden doesnt realize that then the two can go down together. stupid tie and all.

This overrtaed fat a55 o-line cannot move the chains 2 yards...again? seriously?

Mike James can't run more than 1 yd to save his life. Why is eduardo clements not in? why is it that Mike james aka the second coming of javarris james ( 2 yds and a cloud of dust) is still gettingthe ball when clemsnts is averaging like 7 yds per carrry?

Another game when we make some mediocre acc qb look like a heisman contender. you defenders are pathetic. You quit on us with your out of position non tackling selves/

Miami players: you quit on us. This game meant a lot. Good crowd, espn, 2001 team being honored. You blew it. You quit on us Stuid penalties. You know you cant hit the qb after he throws it, yu know you canthit the punter after he kicks it. And Brandon Washington- if yu have another false start penalty Im shooting myself.

Donofrio- on the hot seat
Kehoe- due- go back to mississipi, Your screaming and blah blah aint worth a dang

Spence spent a whole week being hyped. Son, you and your d buddies need to first know how to tackle, notto overrun plays and not to be out positioned.

Jedd fisch is becoming the 2nd coming of whipple, seriously.

you guys make me sick, Virginia, people. Virginia.

FSU is going to lay 70 on this pathetic excuse for a defense

Aside from a few great plays-- this team sucked last nite-- bad.

What a way to spend a hyped up thursday nite-- anticipating kicking their but for last year and the final orange bowl game-- that game was pitiful, NOTHING LESS.

Do we check IQ's before offering scholarships? I think not. We get some of the dumbest players in America.Olivier Vernon? Thanks for your intellectual use of the opposing QB's legs. We were better off with you suspended.
How about our HUGE O line? How many short yardage situations have they failed to convert? That alone has probably caused us to lose 3 games.
I am constantly amazed at the creative ways we find to screw up games. Just when you think that, maybe, it's getting better.....nope. Wrong. Still the same boneheaded screw ups.
How do we fall for multiple gimmick plays in one game? We made Rocco look like Marino.I don't know how much more of this I can take.

lets get to the meat and potatoes of it.. until the randy shannon recruited rejects are out of this roster,which will take a couple more years,this will be a mediocre team at best..the d-line is out muscled,man handled,pushed around every game,except gt,which had an undersized o-line..the o-line is not very athletic at all..do i even have to comment on the secondary,who constantly looks confused and tackles like pee wee kids...and can someone tell my why ray ray armstrong is in the line up..sorry but he is pathetic at best..i think it's time for swasey to hit the road and bring in a strength coach who knows how to get players strong...you better hope paterno doesn't retire or drop dead anytime soon cause you can bet the house golden will be gone..hear wears attire to honor him,hello,the writings on the wall...i know most of you don't want to hear this but 'when' golden leaves they need to consider bringing butch davis back...say what you want the man knows talent..

Yup I agree with you all, I couldnt sleep last night after that pathetic showing , after 40 yrs Im throwing in the towel. I packed all my canes gear, shirts wheaties box,Bar BQ sause hell even my canes TIE and Canes football and took it all out of my office and put it in the attic. I have finally come to the understanding the canes team I loved and lived to cheer for is dead and gone. No point in waiting all yr and hopeing for a good season just for dissapoitment and loss of sleep. I myself and tired of "I'll be rdy for next week" or "was mistakes" WTF--- enough excuses!!!!

Miami and there fake fans. Don't go to the games but
talk trash. LOL

If you want to beat the Hurricanes.. just block Sean Spence. The rest will either miss the tackle or be out of position.
Gotta run the ball.. J12 can't win the game by himself.
Go Canes!

Ray Ray was LOST. You know, Ed reed isnt 6ft5 and a 5 star recruit, but he doesn't blitz on 3rd and 11 with no help behind him. I agree, Miller is hurt. 3 times last night he broke free and when a DB came up, he shuffled his feet and dove on the ground instead of poppin em. Remember, Saban went 7-5 at Bama and lost to LA Monroe

F off robert. some of us who grew up down there no longer live close enough to go and bring our kids to the games when you have a real job and life and live 5plus hours away you cant go to many games so why dont you take your post and place it where it belongs in your arse!

Amen canedude. The Shannon recruits are the most overrated out there. I think Coach Golden put it best when he said that we have players who think they are better than they really are. Egos with no substance to back it up.

Theres not much to add but it looked like the KST game all over, Jedd is a fool J12 was hot and you try to run basically the same play twice. Our tight ends (Idont want to mention names)cant block at all. If you were going to run twice then why not bring in an extra OL that knows how to block? And the D simply stinks with the exception of two or three guys, correct me if Im wrong but shouldnt there be at least one safety in the middle guarding against a big play? I thought going into this game 8-4 was possible but now 6-6.

FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME, we need a OL, LB, and strength and conditioning coach. This OL is pathetic, the short yardage failures is mindboggling. Please get rid of Art Kehoe, pull out the game tape during his Larry Coker time, what did Coach Golden see to bring him back. No discipline amongst our LBs and safety. If these pro prospects want to leave after the season, GOODBYE, cause Armstrong, Telemaque, Henderson are killing this team with their constant solo acts. Win three of the remaining four games, self-impose about five scholarships per the next three years and this season bowl bid and let rebuilding this program. Coach Golden must make some tough decisions before we move forward.

Guys, it's like polishing a turd. No matter how many times or how many ways you polish it; it's still a turd. Stop blaming the coaches, RS handed them a turd and a bottle of polish. What else can they do? I love the Canes but when are these iverhyped players going to produce 4 quarters of football? I'm not talking about doing it over a span of 4 games, i'm talking about doing it in one game. Yet again we came out flat as can be and relied on the offense to make something happen and rally the team. What happened to our Safety? Really, what happened to Ray-Ray and Jo-Jo? Playing safety doesn't meant that you make it safe for the other team to score. Our D is trrrrrble, just trrrble! 2 plays which resulted in penalties which resulted in 1st downs and 14 poibts, Vernons late hit and roughing the punter. One on 3rd down and the other on 4th. Then all the sudden it's 20-14. Golden gets it; it's these underachieving Miami Hurricane wanna-be's who think they deserve something because they put the U on their head and chest that don't get it. Now sure if we had a stellar team, you could get away with it but GOlden knows what he has to work with and unless we keep from the penalties and stupid mistakes, we're going to lose.

why have we stopped running the ball??

Ray Ray played like crap. He took a bad angle on the first touchdown and didn't do his job on the halfback pass. If he does his job like he is supposed to then neither of those plays work. The first one would have been an 8 yard gain and the other would have been a loss. Vaughn Telemaque isn't doing any better. Maybe it's the terminology or a different scheme but our safeties always seem lost out there. Coming in to the season they appeared to be the strength of the defense but have instead become a major weakness.
I don't know why people keep calling for coach D's head. There's just not much experienced talent on that side of ball...especially with the rash of injuries to the DT spot. There is just no push up front from our D-Line. If Sean Spence wasn't out there then this defense would really be lost.
This team is beat up physically. the schedule hasn't been kind and playing this game on four days rest after VT, UNC and GT was going to be a problem from a physical standpoint. This has been a tough year so far and it won't get any better. We have 4 games left and based on the way we have been playing on defense then we're looking at a 2 - 2 finish for a 6 - 6 season.

How long do our players have to keep getting hit in the mouth before they decide they're sick of it and want to destroy the person in front of them. Come on guys! Start being the hammer and not the nail!!!!!

Hey Keith don't let the door hit you on the way out..With fans like you the 'Canes are better off without ...The loss to UVA was tough because we were in many positions to win the game...Defense got gassed and the offense could not open holes..rework our running strategy and work with Streeter to get even better, along with Benjamin and we will be fine.This team as so many forget is a rebuilding process...our impatience is valid but the desire to win among all the players and Coaches is something that remains..yes it hurts and I was sleepless also but I will stay loyal to the team, not desert the ship because I was disappointed.
Go 'Canes

Ray Ray- Turn in you gear, and leave. Please leave. Now. Bhu bye. You are a pathetic excuse for a safety.

O-LIne- You all do the same.

McGee- buh bye.

Donofrio. Get out. Do like Sparano. Put your house up for sale.

Golden: Please answer this:

With Finnie, Dallas Crawford, Cornelius, and Eduardo Clements on the sidelines, why dont you make any changes? This current group is 4-4! NEWSFLASH: IT ISNT WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TRY SOMETHING ELSE! PUT THESE OTHER KIDS IN, THEY MAY SURPRISE YOU. MIKE JAMES IS PATHETIC AT BEST. HE IS THE RUNNING BACK'S VERSION OF RAY RAY ARMSTRONG!

Fisch: Why start the game chucking the ball? Why not establish a running game first? You sir, are stupid. And when are you going to stop with the 5 yard behind the line pitch back to Travis benjamin on 3rd and 2? That is so moronic.

I am done with this team. They seem to not give a sh*7t so why should I? And they aske me for money? Sct--w shalala and weveryone else. I am sick of losing to Virginia and Va Tech and losing at home.

Go Corpus buhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbye.....

We can still run the table and get in a major bowl. Dare I say Champs Bowl? 2012 we bring home the 6th!

I'm at a lost for words. Vaughn Telemaque is pure garbage. Talk about over pusuit and giving a whole the size of the hover damn for this guy to run 50yds to pay dirt. Plus I still do not understand how Jimmy Gaines continues to get game time. I just can't when they are better people on the team that can actually cover. It's odd to me that our Oline is literally GARBAGE and Harris still had 300+yds in the air. He still hangs on to the ball FOREVER which is a ticking time bomb. I could hear the whole stadium saying THROW IT!!!! And don't get me started on the officiating. This was literally the worst officiated game that I have ever witnessed in my life. Pass interference after pass interference left and right throughout the whole first half. I don't know how the refs got out of there last night but I doubt it wasn't easy. Someone said it earlier, I can't remember the handle but he mentioned that we still need to get rid of shannon's recruited rejects. I agree with that on a certain level. Some I would keep but the majority would be gone in my eyes. I'm still confused as to why Harris continues to hang on to the ball. He knows the ball. Don't wait for it to develop, put the ball where it is supposed to be and let the receiver work for it. Tommy went over 2 guys and got the TD. Hurns made clutch catches and a TD. Honestly our run game is beaten the hell out of. We have overworked them and it's showing. We need to have our running backs start blocking and it'll give more time to air it out. Dam man this pisses me off. A cavdaver fan was sitting pretty close to me and ran his mouth at me a little bit last night. I told him to relax because he was literally surrounded by more Canes fans then he would have liked. It got to the point where I simply told him that I don't mind getting arrested tonight for him to shut the hell up and he finally did. Dammit man!!!!! We can't block for our lives and Harris still had 300+ in the air. Imagine if we could block...I still believe in my Canes.

DAMMIT!!! MOTHERF@#$$R!!!!!

I am done with this team. They seem to not give a sh*7t so why should I? And they aske me for money? Sct--w shalala and weveryone else. I am sick of losing to Virginia and Va Tech and losing at home.

Posted by: corpus | October 28, 2011 at 09:34 AM
-------------------------------

Don't do it man. We've gone through bad times and came out of them. Believe.


Go Canes

First of all some of you guys have the dumbest comments I've ever seen, quit blaming coaches for christ sake they're working with players they didn't recruit.

The most overrated guy on the team is without a doubt Ray Ray Armstrong, didnt he play QB in college he might be better off there because he has no instincts as a Safety.

How the hell do I see the RB motion to the end and I see a big 56 (which are LB numbers) on him. I said to my self thats where the Qb going and what do you know.

On the 4th and 1, Chase Ford got blown up and he's the one that cost us on that play. SO F U Chase! J/jk

Please put in Clemants he runs with more authority than Miller, I guess Lamar hurt.

I thought the DB did an ok job I cant see why everyone getting on them, it was the Safeties that were terrible.

As usal the D line gets pushed around and the LB cant get off of blocks. I remember at one point our D line was suppose to be the strengths. NOT!

The D Line is def the biggest are we need improvemments in, nothing like some studs DT who can create havoic in the backfield.

Guys the Canes are WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!, a medoicare middle ACC team. We'll finish 7 and 5 so stop putting so much heart into think we could compete for an ACC championship. Wow I typed a lot...

CANETILLIDIE....DH

I hear ya. If we had our own stadium NONE of what you said would happen!

Ray Ray and Tele = turn in your gear

Chambers and McGee = turn in your gear

Gaines = not a linebacker, special teams at best

Time to start

Finnie
Crawford
Armbrister
Rogers
Cain
Cornileus
Clements

C'mon Coach the pieces are right there. Use them. Don't play seniors and juniors because they are seniors and juniors. Play the best.

Really disappointed with the coaching calls last night. Didn't see that coming.

CANETILLIDIE....DH,

Im not sure who's worse Telmaque or Armstrong?

CANETILLIDIE....DH,

Im not sure who's worse Telmaque or Armstrong?

Posted by: Spiderman | October 28, 2011 at 09:53 AM

---------------------------------

They're equally the same. Ray Ray is more athletic but is simply not a safety. You have to have the mentality of a safety to be one and he doesn't have it. I'm sure Tele was good in high school but he's a punk at best in college.


Go U.

Simply at a lost for words.

Like I said earlier. The CANES ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE! Nothing gonna change until we get Golden type of football players. I dont care if their 2 stars recruits as long as they play discipline and smart I'll take them.

CANETILLIDIE....DH, the crowd looked terrible out there. What was there 20,000 people jeez how can we get recruits and we cant half way fill the stadium?

Somebody please get us a strength and conditioning coach for the love of god.

1 2 3 »

The comments to this entry are closed.