Former Genesis drummer and singer-song writer Phil Collins once sang: "I can feel it coming in the air tonight...hold on."
Those lyrics and that song became a staple at football stadiums all across the Country and was a mainstay on the playlist at the historic Orange Bowl whenever the Hurricanes would take the field for warm-ups. Even now I can still recall the goosebumps I got when that song played at The Old Lady.
Well, before the Georgia Tech game last Saturday in Atlanta you could feel the tension, no make that fear, in the air and all around Miami Hurricane fans. It was so thick on the blog that you could barely read the comments through all the smoke and fire that was coming from the destruction and havoc that was predicted by some bloggers and most national media types to be waged upon the poor players wearing orange and green by the mighty Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech.
Even some hard-core, long-time, tried and true Canes fans had their panties in a bunch or their knickers all in a wad about Miami's chances on the road against a tough, physical team like GT and the Yellow Jackets potent triple option offense.
And though I am tempted I am not going to resort to naming names but let's just say they were out there. It seemed that unlike the good old days of the Miami Hurricanes' domination of college football over a 20 year period between 1983 and 2003, many of these fans over the years had lost more than a few of the letters needed to spell out S-W-A-G-G-E-R.
But that fear was either cast aside or met head on by several Canespacers who showed that they were not afraid and walked directly into the belly of the beast known as Bobby Dodd Stadium. These fearless fans stared right into the mouth of the the wolf and didn't even blink.
Canespacers like SarasotaCane, UMike, AlpharettaCane, TSully, and even someone who goes by the interesting blog name of "The Brown Recluse" came from near and far to cheer on their Hurricanes.
For four quarters these fearless road warriors supported their team, through the ups and downs of the tumultuous game, when Miami was leading early and trailing late, they kept their faith in the team from the 305. They stood and stomped and screamed and cheered their hearts of for the players from The U.
And in the end these road warriors and their Miami Hurricanes brought home a huge ACC win in a game that none of the so called "experts" predicted that they would win.
Except one, and that would be me. Now I didn't get the score exactly right, and I didn't get to go to Atlanta to watch the game in person, but I did predict the win. And what a win it was!
This win by this young Hurricane team at Georgia Tech, and the manner in which it occurred, simply cannot be understated. In fact this game may turn out to be the turning point of not only the 2012 season but of Al Golden's tenure at Miami.
It was game of monumental momentum swings and lead changes and major injuries and comebacks by a team that easily could have quit. Down 36-19 in the third quarter on the road in Atlanta your Miami Hurricanes could have packed it in and headed home. But they simply refused to lose.
Al Golden's hardened troops didn't give in and and they didn't give up.
These players, this team, would not quit on their coach or on each other.
Instead they played together as a team, like a team of fearless road warriors.
And when the game was over, the only smell in the air was not that of fear, but the wonderful smell of sweet, sweet victory.