We pick up the story late in the fourth quarter...
All hope was gone. Faith had long since been erased. Since the opening kickoff and first few minutes of the game, your Miami Hurricanes had failed miserably. The game was all but lost. We had given up.
The tailgate party had gone so well, how could this all be happening? Even "The Playa" (seen below) who is a confident, solid and dependable Canes fan was confused and off his game.
Yet still, the Hurricanes somehow managed to find a few miracles that allowed them to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Trailing 20-7 with just over 4 minutes left in the game, your Miami Hurricanes found a way to win 21-20 over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Champs Sports Bowl on cold, breezy Orlando night.
UM QB Jacory Harris, who struggled with injuries, pain and pressure the entire game eventually found his bag of magic tricks and pulled of one of the most miraculous comebacks in the history of Miami football.
Harris completed 5 consecutive passes that included a touchdown toss to Thearon Collier with just over a minute left. Miami had narrowed the lead to 20-14 and still had a pulse.
Then the miracles multiplied exponentially. Matt Bosher nailed the perfect onside kick and then managed to recover it himself. Yeah I know, I didn't believe it either! The Hurricanes were back in business. What would happen next would surprise everyone.
As the Badgers blitzed, Whipple called the perfect play. Jacory hit RB Mike James on a screen pass and the freshman went for 22 yards. Then Harris would hit Miami's best WR in Aldarius Johnson for 11 and 17 yards on consecutive plays. Next Harris went to Thearon Collier in the corner of the end zone for the final and winning score. Bosher added the extra point that had Miami fans giddy with joy.
Yeah we all wished that was the story, but it is not. It helps to dream, but reality often gets in the way of our dreams. The Canes lost the game, some national respect and any hope of entering the 2010 season as a top 10 team. Nice work boys!
Your University of Miami Hurricanes are far from being a very good team or one that can challenge for an ACC title much less a National Championship. After suffering three losses in their conference and an embarassing loss in their bowl game there is still a lot of work to be done in Coral Gables.
Of course, there is always next year, or the next year or never.
I am going with NEXT YEAR for now...