Friday, September 18, 2009

Canes Swat Yellow Jackets in Convincing Fashion

Quarterbacks Robert Marve, Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith knew what they were doing when they transferred out of the University of Miami during the off-season. Marve knew he wasn’t going to share time with Jacory Harris as the starter. Cook and Cannon sensed they were going to ride the long bench if Harris decided to stay at UM until his senior year.

After last night’s game, they know they made the right choice.

Harris led the Hurricanes (2-0, 2-0 ACC) down the field with ease, going 20-25 with 270 yards and 3 touchdowns en route to a 33-17 win over the visiting Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1, 1-1 ACC). The capacity crowd welcomed the Canes to their new home at LandShark Stadium, which only fueled Harris' fire. Cool and confident in the pocket deciphering Georgia Tech’s defense, the freshman QB used the play-action fake to gain big dividends.

Miami’s first touchdown came on a 40-yard strike to WR LaRon Byrd, who beat man-to-man coverage on a post route. A 13-yard bootleg to Dedrick Epps gave the Hurricanes a 14-3 lead. Jacory Harris’ third touchdown came on 14-yard pass to TE Jimmy Graham.

The best part: He made it look easy out there.

Georgia Tech entered Thursday with a 4-game winning streak against the Hurricanes, including last year’s embarrassing loss, where the Yellow Jackets' triple option offense ran for 472 yards.


New Defensive Coordinator John Lovett was not about to allow a sequel.

Keeping Georgia Tech under 100 yards of rushing was a stamp of the night for Miami, keeping Tech's offense to a one-dimensional passing game. The Yellow Jackets only mustered 95 yards on 39 carries, averaging out to 2.4 yards per rush.

That's what you call run stuffing.

And if that wasn't good enough, the Canes thwarted both of Georgia Tech's fourth down attempts and forced turnovers on downs. Getting stops when they needed, Miami kept the game at a comfortable distance and cruised onto victory.

Matt Bosher

Not all was wines and roses for the Hurricanes. K/P Matt Bosher had a night to forget. Bosher’s opening kick-off sailed wide left to give the Yellow Jackets prominent field position that led to their only points in the first half. After Miami countered with a touchdown, Bosher’s ensuing kick-off sailed wide left again. In the 4th quarter Matt missed two field goals. He missed two all of last season. Don’t be surprised if Coach Shannon brings in some competition with nine days to prepare for Virginia Tech.

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