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Rapid Recap – Malik Rosier’s late game poise lifts Miami over Georgia Tech

Ari Russell



(Photo by Monica Herndon/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

For the second week in a row, the Miami Hurricanes were involved with some crazy last minute heroics. Also the second week in a row the drama would include the same guys from last week in Malik Rosier and Darrell Langham.  

The Miami Hurricanes once again had a slow start this time at home against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Looking to avoid a let down loss after such an emotional win over FSU last weekend. Miami was going to have to stuff the triple option of the Yellow Jackets. Certainly not an easy task considering, Miami was already missing two starters in the defensive back field in CB Dee Delaney and safety Sheldrick Redwine

The Canes would strike first with a field goal, but the Yellow Jackets would just roast Miami on the ground in the first half, 172 yards to be exact. Holding the ball for much of the half, Georgia Tech would score two TDs and hold onto a 14-6 lead. After stopping a Georgia Tech drive on 4th down, Miami would have the ball with under 2 minutes left in the half.

Once again QB Malik Rosier who started the game 0-4, went 9/13 mostly late in the second quarter, including the final drive where he would lead an 81 yard drive, which included a 24 yard pass to Travis Homer, who made a nice effort reaching over the pylon. The Canes would go into the half trailing 14-13, but finally with some momentum.

What would happen on the 2nd half kickoff would boggle the mind. Place kicker Michael Badgley would attempt an onside kick, but it never went ten yards as Lamont Simmons picked it up and ran it back for a TD. All of a sudden the momentum Miami thought they had was erased and now trailed 21-13. Georgia Tech would tack on another field goal to take a 24-13 lead. Miami would add a field goal to bring the deficit back to eight points.

In the fourth quarter, Miami would put together a nice drive capped off by a Travis Homer 27 yard TD rush. After missing the two point conversion try Miami would be still trailing 24-22. Miami’s defense would step up as the rain began to pour down on Hard Rock Stadium. Georgia Tech wasn’t able to sustain drives and would be forced to punt in their final possessions.

Miami would once again have the ball deep in their territory and once again it was the Malik Rosier show. Miami would march down the field using pretty much bubble screens to get within field goal range. After a questionable low block call, Miami would be penalized 15 yards and out of range. Miami would be forced into a 4th and 11th, then it was Darrell Langham’s turn to shine. Langham would make a miracle catch after it’s deflected to earn the first down and get back down into field goal range. Miami would run the clock down to 9 seconds and Michael Badgley would punch through a 24 yard field goal. Miami wins 25-24.

Two weeks in a row Malik Rosier had a last minute drive. Two weeks in a row he finds Darrell Langham late in the game. Two weeks in a row Miami wins to remain unbeaten at 5-0, and getting in the drivers seat for the ACC Coastal Division.

Langham would have 100 yards receiving off 5 catches, none more important than his last. Travis Homer had 170 yards off 20 carries and a TD with 2 catches for 18 yards and a TD. Not bad for filling in the big shoes of Mark Walton. Rosier would finish 24/38 302 yards and a TD. But once again it’s Rosier in the clutch and Miami will find itself in the Top 10 for sure this week.


Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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