The Miami Hurricanes on Saturday were at home taking on a Syracuse Orange squad coming off the huge upset over #2 Clemson last week. The Orange were looking for beating top 10 teams for the fist time in school history. Miami were looking to finally have a game where they put together four quarters of solid football. On an evening where Miami was honoring the 1987 National Championship team, this would be yet another exciting contest.
Last week the Canes didn’t break out the infamous turnover chain against Georgia Tech. Against Syracuse it would indeed be a focus as the Orange hurry up offense, requires turnovers to slow it down. Demetrius Jackson would intercept a deflected Eric Dungey pass, only to have the ball stripped by Dungy. It would be marked down as a turnover, however since Dungy got the ball back Cuse would maintain possession with a new set of down.
The Canes would stop Syracuse and force a punt. They would assemble a nice drive but were forced to kick a field goal to take the early 3-0 lead. Miami would get the chance to break out the turnover chain when Michael Jackson snatched a Dungy throw for his second INT of the season. Miami would capitalize as Malik Rosier would find TE Chris Herndon IV for a 10 yard TD pass.
Miami would intercept two more of Dungy’s passes in the first half, including a second one by Jackson. Despite the three functional turnovers, Miami would only have a 13-3 halftime lead.
Third quarter the Orange defense did a very good job in holding back Miami’s offense, especially in the run game. It wasn’t until Malik Rosier connected with freshman speedster Jeff Thomas for 48 yards that it finally looked Miami’s offense would finally come alive.
Syracuse however wouldn’t go quietly as they took their next possession when Moe Neal caught a 15 yard TD pass to make it a one possession game. In the fourth quarter Syracuse defense continued to flex their muscles ad they were shutting down Miami for most of the quarter. Syracuse field goal kicker Cole Murphy nailed a 45 yard and a 53 yard field goal to make the score 20-19.
Miami would get the ball with over 5 minutes left with the pressure back on this cardiac pack to hold the lead. Travis Homer would finally break out a long run finding a wide open seam to score from 33 yards out to give the Canes an eight point lead. Syracuse wasn’t able to convert on four downs with over two minutes left and Miami once again pulled off a cardiac win 27-19.