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Golden credits defense for bending, not breaking against UNC

UM coach Al Golden spoke with WQAM broadcaster Don Bailey Jr. after Thursday night's thrilling 27-23 come-from-behind win at North Carolina.

Golden called the victory "a gutsy win" and lamented UM's four turnovers. But he also praised the overall defensive effort, the MVP performance from Dallas Crawford, the blocked field goal by freshman Artie Burns and the guts Miami showed on its game-winning drive late.

The Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 in ACC play) lost running back Duke Johnson (head), safety Kacy Rodgers (ankle) and receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee) to injuries. Golden told ESPN he thought Johnson would be okay, but didn't discuss the other injuries.

Crawford, Thursday night's hero, said of his game-winning TD run: "Four yards out, I just knew I can't be denied. It's what you work out for, what you live for -- situations like that. I just knew I couldn't be denied."

The Hurricanes won despite a lot of ugliness. This was the third straight game UM turned the ball over four times. Stephen Morris threw four interceptions and simply looked off his game, finishing 19 of 35 for 322 yards, but nearly costing UM the game.

"Again, we got to take care of the football," Golden said. "We have to improve by taking care of the turnovers. But really gutsy by the defense to overcome four turnovers. 23 points on 80 plays and four turnovers. What does that say about the defense? Again, I know we have to fix some things. We let [North Carolina tight end Eric] Ebron get into the secondary too much. I know all that. At the end of the day they only scored 23 points on 80 plays and you give them four turnovers -- it says a lot about how tough they finish drives. Every time they intercepted or held them to a field goal that kept us in the game. If any of those go to 14 or 17 that thing is running away from us."

Golden praised Crawford not only for his running, but his blocked punt as well. Burns had the blocked field goal that led to UM's first touchdown.

"Artie Burns -- what can you say?," Golden said. "He shaved the outside leg, laid up, not out. I'm just proud of him man. We needed that. That takes away one of the interceptions when you score on defense. Just proud of the effort we gave."

As for Crawford, UM's hero with two late touchdowns and a career-high 137 yards on 33 carries, Golden said the team put the game on his back.

"And he wanted it," Golden said. "He never got cautious with the football. He continued to see the same reads, made the same cuts with confidence. I'm real proud of him and real proud of OT [Eduardo Clements], who came in when he got tired there and made a couple big runs."

Miami marched 90 yards on 13 plays for the game-winning drive.

"Are you kidding me? To do that on the road you got something in your bowels, you got a foundation to work off of," Golden said. "I'm proud of those guys."

Miami's defense gave up 500 yards including 395 through the air, but came up with two huge turnovers.

"Is it pretty? Do you want to walk out of here with 500 yards or whatever? No," Golden said. "[But] think of it in terms of possessions because of the turnovers. To end up holding them to 23 [points] says a lot about red zone defense and our stamina and conditioning. To hang in there, not let them in. Look, we'll fix a lot of things when we get back to Coral Gables. But make no mistake this is a big win for the Miami Hurricanes."

Cornerback Tracy Howard came in with one career interception. He had two Thursday including a huge one in the fourth quarter to stop a UNC drive at the UM 10.

"Tracy's got a good sense for football, a good football mind," Golden said. "We're just going to keep coaching him on just making sure he's playing the defense. I know he missed the tackle on Ebron on the big one [71-yard touchdown]. We'll get him coached him up on that. Again, give them credit. They were hyped. They were ready. That was a turkey shoot for awhile there. But you're going to have this during the year. If you want to be a good team you got to maybe not play your best or not execute your best and find a way to win. We found a way to win."

What is Golden most proud of leaving Chapel Hill?

"What I said. We played until four zeroes [showed on the clock] and we had every opportunity along the way to say 'Well, it's not our night' or not have the courage to finish. They chose to deserve victory," Golden said. "That's what they chose. They chose to win, stay together, fight, stand their ground until the end and because of that they gave themselves an opportunity to win the game."

Golden had told the team in Wednesday night's meetings the Hurricanes were going to have to fight until the very end to beat North Carolina (1-5).

"If they weren't believers before I told them just now in the locker room by the time you land you'll be a believer," Golden said. "We knew what we were going to face here tonight. This was a circle the wagons game tonight for them. This was all the energy you can absorb and then try to fight back. So it was a good win for our guys."

Here is what offensive lineman Jonathan Feliciano said after the win on Twitter...

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Tom Brady.......(2004 & 2010)..4 single game interceptions
Drew Brees......(2012).........5 single game interceptions
Bret Farve......(2002).........6 single game interceptions
Peytone Manning.(2007).........6 single game interceptions

EPIC COMEBACK!!!

Stephen Morris showed a steely grit last night and reflected how much the great coaching he has received has improved him as a player in the clutch.

A lessor player, Morris, and team, would have panicked and even quit last night, but this Al Golden coached team doesn't ever quit.

For those who know Canes football they will remember the East Carolina game in the Orange Bowl when Miami was going after their first national championship where for almost 4 quarters East Carolina was smothering the Canes, but they didn't quit and came back to win and go on to win the title that year. There was the game at Boston college where the Canes came in as heavy favorites only to be almost run out of the stadium, yet they miraculously came back to win and went on to win the national title. There was the Virginia Tech game where the Canes once again came in as favorites and seemed to do everything in their power to lose until with only minutes left in the game they pulled out a victory and went on to...wait for it...win a national championship.

After last nights game this Miami team will be much, much better and hardened for the experience and now may truly be national championship worthy.
GREAT COME BACK CANES!!!

Hey South Miami Grey Ghost, that's where I'm from and played little league back in the day. what they do home team?!!! See ya at Rodney's, Barfields, the Creek? LOL

D'Onofrio was called out on National TV for his lackluster, prevent defense which almost cost us the ball game last night. Stay away from the microphone D'Onofrio--we want, we need, we demand an attacking defense---you're terrible!!!! No hiding behind Golden this year!! I got two words for the DC--"500 yards", really??

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You guys get it!!!.
The #1 Team Alabama has had bad games, but the fans use it as a motivator, and build on it. That happens

The above posters know this game SUCKED (DUH) for the 'U', but it does not deter us from supporting our team when they have an off night and Play lower than the standards we expect from our favorite team.

I ignore Calvin so he can write pages of dribble as far as I am concerned, with no response from me.

I just know that the supportive fans will help lift the 'Canes to fight again, and continue the journey of the 'U'.

Negative nabobs are a pain in the A**. In every game when things don't go well they jump overboard and want to accuse players, fire Coaches, and put down the team.
If we lose they ride the "I told you so" horse. If we win they criticize the plays and players anyway.

Hey we all watched the same game....It wasn't pretty, it was UGLY, but as we know the final score is TRUTH.
The 'Canes won, 27-23
Go 'Canes

when dorsett left the game morris lost his strongest play. the bomb. now the OC has to try some short yard plays but morris wasnt able to do them. now there a problem, you lost duke and morris is playing poorly and youre not sure about Crawford. what do you do , call safe plays that dont move the ball.only after the OC said what the hell, we ride Crawford and see what happens did the offense start to have consistency. on the defense. all the guys played well, missed a few tackles but they still played well. there only real problem is the play calling. an aggressive defense is needed, they are not freshmen weighting 180lbs, let them attack and stop waiting to see whats to happen 20 years down the field. the DC needs to realize he may not have a Ferrari but he does have a V8 mustang that can cause some damage if he's not afraid to step on the gas.

Calvin has a very strange fascination with Jacory, and please gang correct me if I'm wrong, JH ALSO threw 4 picks against UNC, and so did Wright. If true, then you can let your last argument go Calvin.

Also, to those nimrods who actually think they know football and who actually thought we had a top notch defense, it should be crystal clear what teams are doing to us now, they know the power of our defense is suppose to be on the inside, so they're running stretch plays to get to the outside where we're vulnerable now, which use to never be the case, because of team speed, but with all that weight gain, running to the outside is being done at will now.

i wanted to see this defense go up against a balanced offensive attack this year and just like we suspected, this defensive scheme is still piss poor. After ebron caught those passes, you'd think we'd have somebody get ting physical with him off the line and jam him up like we did against the gaytors, but what happen was, Unc would go 3 wide, so the strong linebacker was out trying to take away the short in-routes which allowed ebron to get a free release off the line.

Alot of Unc players made money last night. And i'm not sur if it's been talked about yet, but when i saw that guy jabari price walk down duke johnson, i knew before looking it up he was from Florida. duke had about a 4 to 5 yard lead on that man and got tracked down, to the football purist, you gotta love seeing those type of plays, because those are the type of plays we normally saw in the neighborhood that other guys wouldn't believe you unless they seen it themselves. Reminded me of that willis mcgahee screen pass against Fsu, that db from Fsu had to much State of Florida pride and made sure mcgahee didn't take it all the way. That kind of football gets me hype cause you know you playing against some of the best than and it makes you have to turn your game up even more.

duke got walked down, and he's not slow, just not Truth miller fast, cause that guy from boston college got speed for days, he tried to catch Truth miller, but you not catching that man with only above average speed, you're going to need elite speed like this:

http://youtu.be/WLw3ewIo8Ws

http://youtu.be/llLK99rjZ9A

Tyriq McCord has to get more playing time. He's the dominate pass rusher we've been looking for.

Morris will be ok with film study and Coley teaching him to read the field better. The kid believes in his arm just a little too much

How about putting Duke and Crawford on the field at the same time?

hats off to UNC for showing up with more passion last night but in the end talent won out

You swill see a team hitting on all cylinders the next few weeks as we prepare for FSU

Calvin...

Jacory's hand being injured, and leading to poor play, is parallel to Morris' leg being hurt, and him playing poor. It's a two-way street, boss.

Also,
Have you forgotten (or chosen to disregard) the numerous multi-int games Harris had while he was here...whether in a win, or a loss?

I ain't got no problem saying that Morris makes bad decisions, and needs work, but run him alongside somebody....Please stop suggesting Jacory Harris.
Especially since he could've EASILY thrown 4 picks, and hurtled us towards a loss, as well as he could've lit UNC up.

Alot of Unc players made money last night. And i'm not sur if it's been talked about yet, but when i saw that guy jabari price walk down duke johnson, i knew before looking it up he was from Florida. duke had about a 4 to 5 yard lead on that man and got tracked down, to the football purist, you gotta love seeing those type of plays, because those are the type of plays we normally saw in the neighborhood that other guys wouldn't believe you unless they seen it themselves. Reminded me of that willis mcgahee screen pass against Fsu, that db from Fsu had to much State of Florida pride and made sure mcgahee didn't take it all the way. That kind of football gets me hype cause you know you playing against some of the best than and it makes you have to turn your game up even more.
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Total agreement here...And I'm not even a FL guy.

The athleticism that churns down there is unparalleled.

In case you chumps don't believe Golden is these players coach.In case you all don't believe he loves the U- check out Kareem Brown's locker room video of this U family celebrating after the game! It will change many of your opinions- and if it don't thhen you pi55ants need to get stepping off this blog and dont call yourself a cane

2001 Miami Hurricanes --Wikipedia

"Miami started with a 9–0 lead over the Boston College Eagles, but Miami's offense began to sputter as Dorsey struggled with the swirling winds, throwing four interceptions. The Hurricane defense picked up the slack by limiting BC to just seven points. However, in the final minute of the fourth quarter, with Miami clinging to a 12–7 lead, BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre led the Eagles from their own 30-yard line all the way down to the Hurricanes' 9-yard line. With BC on the verge of a momentous upset, St. Pierre attempted to pass to receiver Ryan Read at the Miami 2-yard line. However, the ball ricocheted off the leg of Miami cornerback Mike Rumph, landing in the hands of defensive end Matt Walters. Walters ran ten yards with the ball before teammate Ed Reed grabbed the ball out of his hands at around the Miami 20-yard line and raced the remaining 80-yards for a touchdown. Miami won 18–7."

All teams have games like this, were it looks like you didn't show up, were everything is going against you, people go down, the QB struggles. For the past..at least 8 years...we would lose a game like this. Over the past 4-5, we would have been crushed and embarrassed. I was at the game, and we didn't play a great game; but this was a GREAT win. Great teams go through and win games like this. You see it over and over, every year. I don't think we're a great team, yet. But, last night was a big and necessary step to becoming one.

DCrawford, THoward, and another big 3rd down sack by T McCord.

Love this years Miami Hurricanes!!

The thing that is most disturbing to me is the last 16 seconds of the game. How in the world can a defense, any defense, give up large swaths of yardage in that amount of time and give the other team a legitimate shot to win the game. Why do you rush 3 and put no pressure on the QB letting 5 receivers run around at will and get open? Why don't you protect the sidelines and contain in the middle of the field forcing them to use more time? Why do you concede 30 yards at a time? How do you let the UNC receiver get two hands on the ball in the endzone? Sickening. I almost threw a brick through my TV screen on that last drive.

As for Morris, he has a strong arm and makes some good throws but he is erratic and makes many poor decisions. I think we can all agree we need someone consistent who can read defenses like Walsh and Dorsey. From what I've seen, Williams may be more like them than Morris. I think it's time to give him a shot. You can't be worse than throwing 4 picks.

Duke Johnson could learn a lot from his backup. It seems like every other time he carries the ball he comes away gimping, limping, grimacing, waving to the sidelines for a substitution. And he gets what 15-20 carries a game max? If you can't handle that kind of load I. College then you're in trouble because it's gonna get way harder than that. Dallas is a totally different back but is also one tough sob, reminds me of a high quality SEC back. I'm fine with him carrying a much bigger load if Duke can't handle his starting role.

Jacory, again?

I could care less about what Jacory Harris did or did not do or could our could not do. Morris is the problem now. Just because he could stand on a field and compete in static throwing drills at some summer quarterback camp has no bearing how he performs in a game. He cannot throw short or intermediate passes well, and has trouble reading defenses. He is not a Rhodes Scholar by any stretch of the imagination.

I sure hope that he can show tremendous improvement or we could be in for some real trouble for the rest of this season.

I think that Al Golden has done a tremendous job turning this program around and feel that this team will be very strong in the future. I sure hope we can survive the rest of this season, get to a good bowl, and tell the ncaa to f**ck off.

Yeepee!!! We barely beat a 1-5 team... Come on, when the U was the U before "DONNA the TROLL", made it her priority to decimate the CANE football program, the CANES would beat a 1-5 team at least 56-7. How good is this team? I wish I could say it is a good team. But the facts are we have only played one decent team, UF, and got lucky against them. FSU has a very good team, in two weeks we see how good we are. They have a very good QB. Morris is OK. Bridgewater should be our QB. He is from Miami but Golden did not pursue him. FSU will be the test. If Morris plays like he has lately, THE U will lose, which will probably make the TROLL. DONNA ahould have been fired when Shannon was fired. Until the TROLL is gone, Miami will stay mediocre. GO CANES!!! GOODBYE DONNA!!!

" Duke is still in the locker room with his wooby and baba.

Vinny Scavo singing him sweet lullabies and rubbing his booboo head.

Kid is a talent but really starting to piss me off with the injury nonsense.

" Squirts soft until further notice. " " CANEZ1, eoth
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Some Cane bUbba's bloody LABEL moi a bandwagon fan and what not. So what! Because I don't have to DEFEND my DECADES-LONG pom pom waving for M-Y University of Miami, Florida Hurricanes. hUh

Now on the other hand, the quote above is typical of some Cane " followers " in 2 other Cane blogs.

For instance, that CANEZ1 calls THE DUKE soft and what not. Again, so what.

By the way, that CANEZ1 opined that... " he HOPES the Canes can hang tough with the big boys ( Florida Gators. ).

Chit, that bUbba didn't even have the confidence to SEE-r a Miami victory against that Gators. Go bloody figures'.

duke got walked down, and he's not slow, just not Truth miller fast, cause that guy from boston college got speed for days, he tried to catch Truth miller, but you not catching that man with only above average speed, you're going to need elite speed like this:

http://youtu.be/WLw3ewIo8Ws

http://youtu.be/llLK99rjZ9A

Posted by: Calvin | October 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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Maybe that extra 15 pounds of muscle " slowed " down THE DUKE a few tenths of a second, Calvin.

Nevertheless, Miami has 2 Mighty Mites in the backfield to rely on the rest of the season. Crawford with his rugged running between the tackles and THE DUKE with his breakaway speed. dUh

Hey Manny......has anyone told you that you look like George Zimmerman?

Yall trippin , Don't forget N.C. lost two away games to v-tech and ga-tech by close games, so naturally they will play us better at home, and against a Miami who is on the rise, this was a season saver for them. So of course.
Now, Stephen Morris, In the S.Florida game when we went up 21-0 I was wishing we would have sat him and let Williams come, Because on the next drive we went up 28-0 but paid for it as Stephen re-injured his ankle I believe worse.
Now we have a Qb controversy But the problem is if you let Williams start next week, and he plays flawless, then you have to ride with Williams against Florida State. If we beat Flrida State, You now have a situation where your forced to continue with Williams. You in essence destroys Sthephens chances to go pro,
Coaches might not be willing to do it, I think Sthepen mislead coaches on how bad he's hurting because he knows Williams is staring down his throat and his starting job isn't safe any more.
Tell the OC when you run the ball up the field on a drive and the Defense hasn't stopped you, then you do not have to run a play action pass,
Play action pass is a trick play in a sense you want to trick them into thinking you are running but then pass, Well why trick them into thinking you are running when they cant stop your run any way.
So what if you run the ball 8 or 9 or 10 straight TIMES if you are getting 5-10 yards a pop,
The DC almost blew the game and let them gut us in the end the receiver actually dropped that hell marry , rush three , are you kidding,
The coaches almost blew that one, and to keep throwing when they could not stop the dive play, The got discouraged with the run because the were running stretch running plays allowing the defensive speed to knife threw the O-line, but if we ran right at them it nullified their speed and we were to big for them
why the coaches couldn't see that I don't, know, The DC should have told The OC since he had an upstairs view,

I didn't hear any Georgia fans, much less the Gatr maggoty trash, make any apologies when Georgia barely squeaked by the worst Tennessee team in 2 decades.

A W is a W. This not a NC-caliber team. It can still be a good team and go to a solid bowl. The better days are still ahead of the Canes. Not so for the Gatr Trash. Their best days died the day Timmy Yahweh left.

Well, at least there's one absolute positive Miami can take learn from it's last seconds victory against moribund Carolina Blue.

It's the fact, that EVERY team the rest of the season will give the Hurricanes it's best effort to derail Goldie's squad.

Because, maybe some of the younger Miami players didn't FATHOM how much opposing squads love defeating the Canes. No matter what Miami's record is at the time of the game.

Well, last night's come from behind win has GOTTEN everybody's attention now!!

Sometimes thru adversities teams personnel are put position where they need to be. Duke should not be in on 3rd and passing long taking on big defenders. Should not be running up the middle. Not that durable. Just because you are fast doesn't' make you the best receiver..Kenny Kelly was from my home town. Much love for Kenny. He couldn't move the offense with all those weapons at his disposal. Too many bone head plays or hints. Change was needed. The right decision was made.How many bone head plays are we going to allow Morris to make before it's bites us in the tush. You can win games without going for feast or famine on every passing down.

The right decision was made.How many bone head plays are we going to allow Morris to make before it's bites us in the tush. You can win games without going for feast or famine on every passing down.

Posted by: canesallnight | October 18, 2013 at 12:41 PM

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Goldie is going to ride his stud Stallion the rest of the season. So Cane zealots can put the notion of playing Williams to bed! hUh.

Because, Goldie and Coley had the grand opportunity to sit Stevie EARLY in the 2nd quarter and CHOSE NOT to play Ryan.

For stark instance, it was apparent that Stevie was having an off-game in the 1st quarter and continued his inconsistent play going into the 2nd quarter.

Yet, both Goldie and Coley decided not to give Ryan some snaps in the first-half.

In other words, Goldie is betting all his Green nd' Orange marbles on Morris to lead Miami to the A.C.C. championship game and what not!!!

oh I also think the odds makers tinker with the games and their scores.
The body language of the players showed it.
The anouncers all week was forshadowing that we had to throw the game away until we had a last chance drive. If we passed that test, we could move on but we weren't allowed to cover the spread , illuminat told Miami to throw the game unless you could win in the end by 4, why else you would take out duke im pretty sure he passed the concussion test. I bet a lot and I see lots of games where vegas got their hands in it some were apparent others were less obvious, but all I am saying is they tinker with the games, Its not 100% rigged, but certain games are tinkered with, and not always going in their favor but, for example go re look at the jaguars broncos game , or saints bucs game ..lol I can name a few but yall wont believe me.
Why you think ladarius gunter was crying when he had to give up that touchdown makin it appear to be a safety corner mis que , and they never actually put a man directly on that NFl tight end , watch, never seen any thing like it. he was allowed to roam the field at will, it was as if are d-fense didn't even see that he was on the field. the nfl prospect ghost tight end.
ladarius thought we were gonna loose the game something was gonna go wrong in the final drive, but it didn't , and to win a championship you will have one of these close games ,watch how we destroy wake next week , like

Calvin posting nothing but the facts!! B.S. his facts make as much sense as that DUMMY GALLO list's.

Calvin and GALLO are not my dummies, there not your dummies...( EVERYONE ALL TOGETHER NOW) there our dummies... SHHHHH little ones SHHHH

Lol at espn....must have went to sec schools...
AP top 25 poll by conference:
Sec 8 teams
4 pac12 teams
4 big 12 teams
4 acc teams
2 big ten teams
2aac teams
2 mountain west teams
2 mac teams
Now if my math is correct....thats 28 teams in the top 25.
Esecpn are morons...lmao

EPIC COMEBACK!!!

Stephen Morris showed a steely grit last night and reflected how much the great coaching he has received has improved him as a player in the clutch.

A lessor player, Morris, and team, would have panicked and even quit last night, but this Al Golden coached team doesn't ever quit.

For those who know Canes football they will remember the East Carolina game in the Orange Bowl when Miami was going after their first national championship where for almost 4 quarters East Carolina was smothering the Canes, but they didn't quit and came back to win and go on to win the title that year. There was the game at Boston college where the Canes came in as heavy favorites only to be almost run out of the stadium, yet they miraculously came back to win and went on to win the national title. There was the Virginia Tech game where the Canes once again came in as favorites and seemed to do everything in their power to lose until with only minutes left in the game they pulled out a victory and went on to...wait for it...win a national championship.After last nights game this Miami team will be much, much better and hardened for the experience and now may truly be national championship worthy.GREAT COME BACK CANES!!!

Posted by: Ron Zook | October 18, 2013
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Epic comeback? Are you serious? It wasn't like we were down 3 scores to a good team. Just like GT, this was a trap game. The team not folding up like a $2.00 lawn chair was one of the few positives (the win, Crawford, O-line, etc) that came out of last night.

How could you watch that game last night and come away with the impression that coaching made Morris better in the clutch? By taking the ball out of his hands and running it the majority of the last drive? That's not being clutch.

Calvin...

Jacory's hand being injured, and leading to poor play, is parallel to Morris' leg being hurt, and him playing poor. It's a two-way street, boss.

Also,
Have you forgotten (or chosen to disregard) the numerous multi-int games Harris had while he was here...whether in a win, or a loss?

I ain't got no problem saying that Morris makes bad decisions, and needs work, but run him alongside somebody....Please stop suggesting Jacory Harris.
Especially since he could've EASILY thrown 4 picks, and hurtled us towards a loss, as well as he could've lit UNC up.

Posted by: Phinsane | October 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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I'm sorry sir, but jacory's hand injury is in no way in comparison to smo17's ankle injury, smo17 doesn't need surgery and if you want to use the ankle injury this year than what was the excuse last year when we played Unc with morris being in the same offensive system for 2 years straight. The worst interception year was in 2009 when j70 was hurt to go along with a bozo oc.

Have you disregarded the type of offensive scheme mark nipple tried to run here, if you know anything about the principles of that offense, hall of fame qb's(see dan fouts & kurt warner) had a high rate of interceptions in that same type of offense coach nipple tried to run.

CampbellvilleCane | October 18, 2013 at 07:19 AM

Couldn't have said it better.

How many picks did Jacory throw and lose games? You guys are something. The kid had a bad game, worst of his career and I bet he'll never play that bad again. He makes throws and needs an offense that allows him to do that. First receivers were dropping balls on him and now he makes some errors. Give him a break. He's had a tough stretch. He wakes up as one of the most talented QBs in the nation and hopefully Coley can figure out how to channel that.

Jim I know that Morris was trying his best to deliver something more than talk on the sidelines after those intercepts, but the rest of the team had to rally around him as a LEADER going in to hang together and fight their way our.

I almost threw my beer at the Big Screen many times, but it made me realize that these guys had a challenge and as a fan I wanted to see how they would play it out, and utilize the maturity, and experience the Coaches have been mentioning.

In MHO I think that Steven has not fully recovered from his injuries and compensating by throwing off the wrong foot has messed up his timing and throwing actions. He also is not reading and checking down like he did the latter part of last season, but all that can be fixed.

The question is will he be able to step up in the pocket comfortably, or will he be able to move out of the pocked and scramble?.

A healthy Steven would not have had any issues of eluding and avoiding the sacs.

All the issues with Steven have occurred after his injury.

I am convinced that if we had a healthy Steven in there this game would not have been close.

It is way more physical than mental.

Does he trust his legs to play without pain?. Commentators drew our attention to the fact that he was limping in the first quarter.

The kid has guts and is a fighter.

This is a REALITY check on the progress of him being healthy enough to play with the other teams knowing this going in to the game.

He just needs to heal and correct those tendencies developed in over compensating for his injury.

He is a leader. Proved it last night. Win baby!!!!
Go 'Canes

I'm very proud of the way the Canes responded when they were down 10 in the fourth quarter. They never gave up. The defense was able to come up with key stops and Dallas Crawford and the offensive line really came through. There is no way last year's team, or any of the Canes teams of the past few years, would have come back like that. Carolina played their best game and they do have talent, even though they are now 1-5. A win is a win.

Obviously, the Canes will have to improve tremendously if they are to have any shot at beating FSU. I would make sure Ryan Williams gets plenty of reps against Wake Forest and would not hesitate putting him in against FSU if Morris continues to struggle. I'm not sure what is going on with Morris. I know his ankle is not 100%, but that is no excuse for his poor decision making and rush to escape the pocket. That sack he took on second down during the Canes first drive of the second half was just awful. I agree with those who say he has regressed this year. It seems like he is always trying to hit a homerun instead of checking down and making simple throws that gain 5 yards.

The play-calling also must improve. I still can't believe they are not using the TEs more. TE out patterns and screen plays are the best ways to keep the defensive pressure in check. Also, it was clear from the beginning of the game that UNC's biggest weakness was run defense. I'm not sure why it took until the fourth quarter for Coley to figure that out. If Williams does end up playing, Coley will have to play more conservative on offense which actually may be a good thing.

Defensively, they took a step back. But the offense did not do them any favors. The defense came up with some big 3 and outs at several stages in the game only to let the offense return the favor. The defense came through when needed, forcing key interceptions and holding UNC to field goals when they should have been getting touchdowns. The lack of pass rush was concerning. Again, the play-calling on defense was not very good. They played better when they brought pressure but did not do it enough throughout the game. The Canes DBs were outmatched by the big UNCs WRs and TE so they do need some help up front from the pass rush.

I would expect Miami to drop a spot or two in the polls (unless there are a series of upsets this weekend), but who cares. Miami needs to get better if it wants to be in the Top 10. If they work hard, improve, play smarter, and beat FSU in two weeks they will be well inside the Top 10. Go Canes.

Is Calvin Jacory Harris or did he just use to humm on Jacory?

Posted by: GatorKillerCane | October 18, 2013 at 02:01 PM

I think Calvin must be Jacory's Dad or some close relative. I still cannot believe why he is dwelling on Jacory now. We right now have Morris. We do have good coaches and they prefer Morris to Williams.

Seems like the back up QB is always the fan favorite.

The only thing that pisses me off, Duke was held accountable for his FUMBLES, WHY IS MORRIS NOT BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE....MORRIS IS A SR

the turn overs are most disconcerting... but they're in the top 10, in the national conversation, and I'm back to counting down the days, hours and minutes until the next kick off. GO CANES!

I MAYBE JUMPING AHEAD BUT I FEEL WE WILL BE 7-0 GOING INTO FLA.ST AGAINST A 7-0 FLA.ST TEAM. CLEMSON DOES NOT PLAY DEFENSE AS GOOD AS FLA.ST. NOW HERE IS WHY I THINK WE WILL HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE AGAINST THE SEMINOLES IF:
1) OUR DC GETS AGGRESSIVE AND GOES AFTER WINSTON WITH OUR THE FURY YOU CAN MUSTER. TURN "MR SACK"MCCORD LOOSE. 2) RUN THE BALL DOWN THERE THROAT AND CONTROL THE CLOCK, THIS WILL NEUTRALIZE MR WINSTON AND PUT MORE PRESSURE ON HIM TO PERFORM. 3) IN LAST YEAR'S GAME I SAW THE CANES DB MATCHED UP WELL AGAINST FSU WR AND THEY COULD NOT GET SEPARATION BUT THEY RAN THE BALL DOWN OUR THROAT. IN THIS SERIES THE TEAMS THAT RUN THE BALL BEST ALMOST ALWAYS WIN. WE CAN RUN THE BALL. COLEY KNOWS THE PERSONEL ON DEFENSE AND KNOWS WHAT THEY TEND TO DO WELL AND WHAT THEY TEND TO DO NOT WELL THIS GIVES US AN EDGE. 4) THIS IS WINSTON'S 1ST FLA.ST/MIAMI MATCHUP THAT WILL BE ON NATIONAL TV IN FRONT OF MILLIONS HE WILL BE NERVOUS AND WILL MAKE A MISTAKE IF PRESSURED SO FORGET THE RECORDS IF U THINK THE CANES CANNOT WIN THEN LOOK AT THIS STAT OVER THE LAST 3-4 TIMES GOING INTO TALLAHASSEE UNDEFEATED WHO WON MOST ? CASE CLOSED!!

Calvin was Randy and Jacory's butt boy...

Stephen Morris had a bad game, and he's definitely not 100% healthy. He will learn from this experience and be better for it. Hell, he shook off the mental scars and led a nice game winning 90-yard TD drive. That is very hard to do in a game like that in front of a hostile crowd.

But you DO NOT change QBs at this point in time. It's asinine to even suggest it. Putting in a new QB is a huge adjustment for the entire offense. Not something you consider unless it's a dire situation, so stop with the stupidity even suggesting it. If Morris is hurt and can't go, then go with Williams. Otherwise, you ride it out with Morris.

The coaches need to adjust the play-calling to help Morris out a bit. He's not healthy enough to make the tough throws as he has virtually no push off his back foot. And he definitely can't scramble. So call for quick, short throws. Use the TEs more.

The defense is what scares me the most. That's not the same defensive effort we saw against UF. The front seven were a non-factor most of the game, and the secondary got gashed way too many times. We gave up 400 passing yards to a team that is far from an offensive juggernaut.

The entire defensive unit needs to stiffen up and play much better or we are going to get mauled by FSU up in Tally. We are going to have to make critical stops and avoid giving up the big play or we won't stand a chance against those guys.

When Duke and Dorsett went down the O Coordinator lost his way. He became a believer in Dallas Crawford lastnight. There was doubt when those two went down. The way Crawford responded in the moment will change the attitude of this program. Hey look what Dallas did, all by himself, he carried us to victory. He stepped up I can to.

Now meat and potatoes, screen pass inside the 20 is absolutly dumb. 20 yards is nothing to cover. We need crossing routes and TE usage. The flats are wide open for us to use. get the backs out in the flats. Keep Morris under the center runnning out of the pistol and shotgun is a dead give away cause Morris is not a known running QB and the defense pin their ears back and attack, Some get caught by the play action, but a good team with good or great d ends will do what carolina did. I was at the game and arguing with the UNC fans and told them as soon as Morris go under center you will see your team defeated, because they will have no idea what is being run. Guess what Dallas Killled them when Morris went under the center.

For those who are interested, Go to ESPN and look at UNC. Click on the score of each game and u will see that UNC out passed everyone the played except maybe ECU. In those losses the were out rushed, held under 100 yards each game. We held them collectively under 100. They pass the ball thats what they do. Now passing on the part of the cames was not so good off a game plan. We clearly out rushed them and could have chewed up the clock limiting there passing game and Morris' INT's. Only if we ran from under the center. For those that know so much and always critize the cans do your home work I do before each game. Florida State will be beat by a balanced team they can't stop the run either. BC only had one WR to throw to, one other person would have stepped up and FSU would have went down.

Don't Waiver on the defense. Spread option is tuff to defend UF ran a more triditional offense. Ebron is a lot of TE to account for at sub 4.4. Miami played to soft trying not to give up the big plays but indeed did. Tracy Howard blew a TD saving tackle. That tackle changes the game had he made it. Defense is alright Gunter and Howard are commanding attention. They had some miscuse's that I say come from watching there brand named players go down they almost gave up hope until Dallas bust a couple moves.

Morris drove the team on a game winning drive, WHAT R U SMOKING DUDE, HE LED THEM ON A GAME WINNING DRIVE LMFAO>>>>> KC IS SMOKING SOMETHING SPECIAL

It was a very hard fought game in which either team could have one. UNC gave it all it had but the U never bent and they came thru together as a team to win. A win is a win even when it is not pretty. One thing about the U this year, they never give up. That is why they are 6-0...You have to love them. Great job guys...

It is ridiculous to jump on the defense after that game. Only giving up 23 points when your offense commits five turnovers is a great performance.

Been a Cane for 30 + yrs, Golden has made his first mistake, U hold Duke accountable, BUT MORRIS GETS A FREE PASS ON MISSING WIDE OPEN RECEIVERS, LEAVING THE POCKET WHEN IT WAS PERFECT, THROWING THE BALL TO THE OTHER TEAM>>>>> HE IS A SR....KEEP LISTENING TO THE NFL EXPERTS, HE WILL BE IN CANADA JUST LIKE HARRIS...

Last night must have been a living hell for all the trolls who post on this site.

For almost 4 quarters the Canes appeared to be a beaten team, then with approximately 16 seconds remaining in the game the Canes spit in the faces of the trolls, which has them especially angry today.

I still remember the Miami Dolphins undefeated season when they played the Bills in the Orange Bowl. That game was reminiscent of last nights game where the Bills were thought to be horrible, yet, they had the Dolphins on the ropes all day only to see a mistake riddled Miami team rally to eek out a win.

Stephen Morris had a tough night, which is an affliction every great QB has suffered with from time-to-time, but eventually those QB's came back to show their greatness as Stephen will soon do.

Hey Ron Zook when he plays against a team that is horrible>>>> IS WHEN HE DOES GOOD, BUT STILL THROWS INTERCEPTION....U SAY A ROUGH NIGHT, LOOK AT THE SEASON STATS>>>> 8 interceptions and he has not played all year....AND WE HAVE HAD A WEAK SCHEDULE

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