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 10 years ago '04        #4321
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Allen Bailey sacked Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor on a fourth down play with 1:56 remaining and Miami took over on downs en route to their fifth straight win with a 16-14 triumph.

With the win Miami improved to 7-3 on the season, 4-2 in the ACC as they moved into a first place of the Coastal Division with two games to play.

Miami's Robert Marve completed 7-of-16 passes for 111 yards and added 44 yards on the ground. Aldarius Johnson led UM receivers with three catches for 51 yards.

Taylor scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 3:28 to pull the Hokies within 16-14. Taylor's second touchdown run of the game capped off a 10-play, 69-yard drive, taking 4:15 off the clock.

Miami was unable to get a first down on their ensuing possession and were forced to punt.

Virginia Tech took over from their own 32 with 2:57 left. Taylor completed an 8-yard pass on the first play, but was faced with a 4th-and-3 and was sacked by Allen Bailey ending the Hokies' attempt at a comeback.

Miami freshman Marcus Robinson had three sacks in the game--his first of the season. Coming into the game, Robinson had nine tackles, two for a loss.

With the game tied 7-7 at halftime, Miami drove down the field on the opening drive of the second half. Marve connected with Aldarius Johnson for 29 and 16 yards to get the ball down to the Tech 26. Marve had an 18-yard run to take it down to the 7, but the Canes were unable to punch it in and settled for a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bosher to take a 10-7 lead.

The Canes made it 13-7 on another field goal by Bosher--this one for 31 yards--as Marve picked up a key third down with a 19-yard completion to Javarris James.

Miami outgained Virginia Tech 114 to minus-11 yards in the third quarter.

Looking to complete a first down in the fourth, Marve completed a short pass to Johnson, which was ripped away by Virginia Tech star Victor Harris. However, teammate Kayne Farquharson recovered the fumble and advanced the ball to the Tech 2. Miami was unable to score a touchdown once again and settled for a 23-yard field goal for Bosher to stretch the lead to 16-7 with 12 minutes remaining.

James started the scoring for Miami with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to cap off a 12-play, 76-yard drive. It was the first touchdown for James since the season opener.

During the drive, Miami's LaRon Byrd recovered a fumble by Marve at the Virginia Tech 15-yard line to keep the drive alive after Cam Martin knocked the ball loose. Marve accounted for 31 yards on the ground during the drive.

Virginia Tech answered as Taylor rushed in for a 14-yard score. Dustin Keys missed a 51-yard field goal wide right just before halftime as Jarrett Boykin came down with an impressive bobbling one-handed 38-yard catch to set up the field goal attempt.

Next Up

Miami will travel to Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3) for their second straight Thursday night game.

Georgia Tech has won the last three in the series including a 17-14 victory last season.
 10 years ago '04        #4322
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Read here for what we learned and what we can expect from Miami the rest of the season after their 16-14 win over Virginia Tech Thursday night.

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Miami is a second half team

For whatever reason, Miami has become a very good second half team this year. The offense puts a lot more points on the board and the defense becomes very tight. Against Virginia Tech, the defense came out strong, so it was the offense who came out in the second half and looked much more crisp. Quarterback Robert Marve came out of halftime and led UM to a nine play, 66-yard drive that ended in a field goal and set the tone in Miami's favor for the rest of the game.

On defense, Miami limited Virginia Tech to just 59 total yards offensively in the second half. For the first time all season, UM's defensive line really dominated the line of scrimmage and ended the game with six sacks. One thing has become certain this season, if Miami can keep the score close at halftime they are in every game.

The offensive line protected well

Give a lot of credit to offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland for having his unit ready without their best player. Reggie Youngblood stepped in and did a magnificent job filling in for Jason Fox, protecting the quarterback's blindside all game long. Stoutland had his players ready for Virginia Tech's strong pass rush and allowed just four sacks. The line not only protected well, they also cleaned up their false start penalties that plagued them in the Virginia game. UM's offensive line should feel very good about their performance going into the Georgia Tech game.

Third down defense was very good

Miami's third down defense continues to get better as the season progresses. Miami allowed Virginia Tech to convert just 2-of-11 third downs in the game and k!lled multiple Tech drives by making sound tackles and picking up crucial sacks in big situations. Miami got off the field and played their best defensive football on the down where it mattered most.

Marcus Robinson established himself as a pass rushing force

Robinson received his second start this season against Virginia Tech and he did not disappoint with his performance. Robinson, who entered the game with zero sacks this season, showed a very good motor as a pass rushing specialist and sacked the quarterback three times and led Miami with seven tackles. Robinson was a big key in stifling Virginia Tech's offense and getting the defense off the field in third down situations.

You don't want to play Miami on Thursday night

With the win, the Hurricanes are now 13-1 all time on ESPN Thursday night games--including an 11 game winning streak. Miami always plays with an extra emotion in primetime games and they thrive under the spotlight. UM fans have to feel good about Miami's chances as they head into another Thursday night game next week at Georgia Tech.

The run defense was outstanding

Miami knew they had to stuff the run to have a chance against Virginia Tech and they did just that, limiting running back Darren Evans to just 43 yards and a long of 13 yards on the night. The week before Evans ran for over 200 yards, but Miami really keyed in on him and made him work hard for every yard he gained. This was a matchup of whose will would be stronger and Miami's defense dominated this battle from the beginning of the game.

The special teams were special

Miami's kicker/punter Matt Bosher and the coverage units deserve some attention for the outstanding job they did in limiting Virginia Tech's special teams to make an impact in the return game. Miami's coverage units--led by wide receiver Sam Shields--did an outstanding job of getting downfield. On five kickoffs, Virginia Tech averaged just ten yards per return and on punt returns Virginia Tech averaged -1 yards. Bosher again did a solid job with his field goal kicking, going a perfect 3-for-3 in the game in helping UM put crucial points on the scoreboard.
 10 years ago '04        #4323
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Once again, freshman linebacker Sean Spence turned in a very strong performance Thursday night against Virginia Tech.

Spence finished the game second on the team in tackles with six as he continues to be one of Miami's most productive defenders.

Read here to see what Spence had to say after UM's 16-14 win over Virginia Tech.

What does this win mean to you guys for the final two games of the year?

"It definitely rises our confidence and it gives us more confidence going into each game. We are going to celebrate the win [Thursday] night and then it is on to Georgia Tech and focusing on that game."

Talk about Marcus Robinson and his performance and what it meant to the defense tonight:

"I was messing with Marcus Robinson all week about stepping up in this game and making a sack. He is so fast off the edge and he finally put it all together. He is a tremendous player on the field and every time he is out there he tries to get to the quarterback. He did a good job tonight."

What do you think was the main reason for all the sacks tonight?

"The defensive backs did a tremendous job of covering downfield. They allowed for the defensive line to get to the quarterback and get those sacks."

What was it like going up against Tyrod Taylor and containing him for most the game?

"It is very stressful covering a great athlete at quarterback like Tyrod Taylor. He runs around everywhere and you have to cover their receivers and then go chase him around. It is a very tough task, but the defense stepped up to the occasion."

How great was it to help the seniors go out in their final home game with a victory?

"We wanted to send our seniors out right and with this being their last game it is very emotional and they shed some tears. We just wanted to go out and leave it all on the field for them."

The defense came up big on that last drive. What was the mindset on that final drive?

"That is our job. If they don't score, they don't win. They scored two touchdowns on us with Tyrod, but when it was time to step up and stop them we did."

Did you feel a little lucky in that game with the fortunate bounces Miami got in the turnover battle?

"I think it was meant for us to win that game. When Aldarius fumbled and it went into Kayne Farquharson's hands I just felt that way."

Marcus Forston had his first sack of his career, did you get a chance to talk about that with him on the sidelines?

"That is my roommate and I had been telling him this whole week, whey are you going to get a sack? And he told me that he was going to do this little swim move to get the sack and he did it."

How much does this win mean to the team from the standpoint that you had 11 days off coming into this game and played very sharp?

"It feels good to know that all of the hard work is paying off. Getting after it in practice everyday is paying off and we are seeing that now."
 10 years ago '04        #4324
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Miami quarterback Robert Marve threw for just 121 yards and completed just 44 percent of his passes against Virginia Tech.

But his performance will have the Miami coaching staff smiling when they watch the game film.

That's because Marve stayed under control for the entire game and didn't throw any interceptions, which helped UM's offense control the tempo of the game.

The only moment Marve made a mistake was on a fumble he had that wide receiver LaRon Byrd pounced on during UM's touchdown drive.

"I was scared," Marve said of that play. "I was worried I popped my head up and all I saw was Virginia Tech players and LaRon Byrd came out of nowhere and got it. I think it was one of those nights for us where the ball definitely fell our way."

One area of his game Marve showed off against Virginia Tech was his running ability. Marve ran the ball 14 times and gained 65 yards against the Hokies' defense. Marve said many of those quarterback runs were designed plays and that was part of the gameplan going into the game.

"We felt like we could go empty a little bit and take our chances there," Marve said of running the ball out of the no-back set. "When we got great receivers like Kayne and Baby J one-on-one with their guys, then we feel great about that too."

Prior to the game Marve briefly met with former University of Miami quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, who was being inducted into Miami's ring of honor at halftime of the Virginia Tech game.

Marve said he had heard so much about Kelly growing up because his father, Eugene, played with him at Buffalo for a few seasons.

"I met Jim Kelly and I think my heart skipped a beat," Marve said. "My dad played with him in Buffalo, so I had always heard stories about him since I was little, so to finally put a face with all the tales was pretty awesome."

After the game, Marve said this young team has learned how to win and the team is starting to get on a little roll now heading into the final two games of the year. Marve says compared to earlier in the season, Miami is playing with more confidence and that confidence equals wins.

"If you look back at the two games we have lost besides the Florida game, we lost by a total of six points. I think it was more lets just get out there and get some wins. Central Florida gave us some confidence and after that we just kept winning. We would like to have those two games that we lost, but they are gone now and we are making the most of our opportunities."

"I think every team needs some time to win. That is the biggest thing and once you learn how to win you see how it goes and everything begins to roll a lot better. Now we are starting to f!ght as a group and f!ght together."
 10 years ago '04        #4325
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Going into the Virginia Tech game, Miami's defensive coaches told freshman defensive end Marcus Robinson how important he would be in limiting Tech's offense.

That's because Robinson's pass rushing ability could be disruptive enough to get to Virginia Tech's athletic quarterback Tyrod Taylor and quick enough to beat the Hokies' offensive line all game.

So Robinson responded with a great week of practice leading up to the Thursday night game and he earned himself his second start of the season against Virginia Tech.

Robinson responded in a big way, totaling a team leading seven tackles and three sacks along with four tackles for loss. Coming into the game, Robinson had totaled nine tackles and two tackles for loss.

"All week the coaches had been telling me I could use my speed off the edge, so when I went in a couple times during the game I beat them with my speed," Robinson said. "Coach just told me to keep getting off the ball and keep running and use my pass rush moves and I will get to the quarterback."

Robinson was a big reason why Taylor ran for just 43 yards on 14 carries for the night. Coach Shannon says a big reason for the success of the defensive line was because of their ability to read whether the play was going to be a pass or run before the snap.

"We did some things where we worked on getting the defensive line to recognize run-pass situations and we worked on that for two weeks and that really helped us out this week," Shannon said.

It was the best game Robinson said he had played since he had a six-sack game in high school. He admits that he is feeling more comfortable at this point in the season now that he has perfected a few pass rushing moves and his ability to get off the ball.

"That is my thing," Robinson said. "I know I can beat people with my speed. The coaches just said to keep using my speed rush because I got them. They were telling me to keep using my speed because I was beating them and I just used the technique that he taught me."

Miami is going into the Georgia Tech game next week on a five game winning streak and during that stretch, the UM defense has vastly improved. Robinson credits much of that improvement to the players understanding the scheme of defensive coordinator Bill Young.

"Early in the year we were just getting used to the system," Robinson said. "We had a few bumps here and there that teams were capitalizing off of. Now that we are playing the same defense over and over, everybody is getting used to it."

With young players like Robinson coming into their own as they understand the demands of college football and feel comfortable in the college defense, the potential of the UM defense at the end of the season is scary.
 10 years ago '04        #4326
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Miami senior offensive tackle Reggie Youngblood shook his head and let out a sigh. It was the only thing he could come up with since he was at an utter loss for words to describe just how much the Canes' 16-14 win over Virginia Tech meant to the seniors.

"You can't, you really can't," he said. "It's just something you've got to experience. I believe everything happens for a reason and now everything seems to be paying off."

So much attention has been paid to this year's freshman class -- and deservedly so -- but they weren't on the field for last year's embarrassing senior sendoff at the historic Orange Bowl. The 48-0 loss to Virginia in front of so many former Miami greats punctuated a miserable season in which the Canes won only two league games and were denied a bowl bid for the first time in a decade.

This season's home finale, though, was different.

This team is different.

This time, in front of a crowd that included former Hurricanes Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto and Gino Torretta, the bowl-eligible Hurricanes knocked off the defending ACC champions and won their fifth straight game. This is the same team that was predicted by the media to finish fifth in the Coastal Division and appeared headed in that direction with its 0-2 start in the conference. Now, for at least 48 more hours, the Hurricanes can enjoy sole possession of first place by a half game over North Carolina.

"It feels real good," Youngblood said, "especially after last year's senior night, how those seniors went out."

Miami coach Randy Shannon hesitated to call it a statement win, but acknowledged the significance of it.

"I think it's a big win for us because it's our last regular-season game playing in Dolphin Stadium, and I think for these seniors and this football team that was tremendous because we have a lot of seniors on this football team who have been through a lot," Shannon said. "For us to come out and win this football game the way we did and played hard for the senior class was tremendous for us."

Most of the 28 freshmen in this year's signing class know nothing but winning, and that attitude has been infectious. It seems like every week a true freshman is making his "first collegiate" catch, or tackle, or touchdown. Against the Hokies, true freshmen defensive linemen Marcus Forston and Marcus Robinson earned their first sacks.

They're not ahead of schedule, Shannon insisted, because the young players are only 10 games into their career. They're still making mistakes. But far fewer than they make plays.

"The thing that I like about them, they won't quit," Shannon said. "They're going to keep f!ghting and keep trying to do the things that we put them in situations to execute and get us better all the time."

Miami still needs to beat Georgia Tech and NC State in order to have a chance at its first ACC title, and the Hurricanes need North Carolina to lose.

Regardless of how the season plays out, though, Youngblood and the other 19 seniors on this roster can leave knowing they at least gave themselves the chance for one more game in Dolphin Stadium.

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 10 years ago '04        #4330
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Shannon: We didn't get conservative Staff

A day after Miami's 16-14 victory over Virginia Tech, coach Randy Shannon summed up the game by saying, "Evaluating the tape I thought it was a tremendous effort from this team to come out with a big win. You can look at how this team has been through adverse situations throughout the season of coming back from losing two games in the ACC, starting off 0-2, rebounding back and getting on a winning streak. There were games we put ourselves in bad situations, but they never quit. They kept competing, playing for 60 minutes. When you have a team that does those type of things you'll be successful at anything you want to get done."

In injury news Shannon said Travis Benjamin "was nicked but could have gone back in the game."

Shannon also said tailback Javarris James is still rounding into form and he expects James to finally be back to where he was pre-injury for this Thursday's game at Georgia Tech.

"It takes some time mentally (to come back from injury)," Shannon said.

Here's what else Shannon was talking about:

Q: Every week it's someone else coming up with a big play. This week it was Allen Bailey, Marcus Robinson. Is that a good thing or is it frustrating that you see guys do it one week and not the next?

Shannon: It's pleasing to see you have different guys step up each week. The thing we have to keep working on is when we have opportunities to do certain things offensively and defensively we have to capitalize on them. Like last night the turnover with (Graig) Cooper, having a chance on some throws to get a big play. Those get you - when you have opportunities to seal the deal and you don't. Those are things now - we have to take that next step of sealing the deal, not waiting for someone to make the play in the fourth quarter.

Q: There was just one penalty, no offsides or false starts. And no Jason Fox.

Shannon: When you play steady - we improved from two weeks ago to this week when we had all the penalties. Now we cut down all the penalties, and it kept us in the game. Offensively what we did is what we wanted to do. That means don't turn the ball over, win the field position battle, but also keep the defense off the field. We threw the ball deep. Travis Benjamin, Javarris James and Kayne Farquharson - three big throws, big plays that could have made a difference in the game, I thought. When you are able to go for 10 minutes in the third quarter, control the ball game, that's tremendous. Everyone points, points, points, points (at the offense struggling), but when you're able to control the game and win the field position battle, it's tremendous.

Q: Some might say it was conservative play calling.

Shannon: We were aggressive in the first half, going empty stuff, no backs, did all those things. The thing people always think is you should take shots down the field. The one thing they adjusted to, they went max blitz, weren't press coverage anymore. They played 10 yards off, throw the ball in front of us and we'll just tackle. Once you see those type of things - if a guy's 10 yards back (can I) run past him? Those are things you have to look at. We didn't get conservative. We just recognized what they were doing so we went to underneath routes. The screen game - when we went to our two-back stuff early in the game we were running the football pretty well. The second half when they started packing it inside we went outside with the toss game to take advantage. (They're) going to fix the play you got eight yards on on the next play. It's always back and forth. That's what coordinators do, play guessing games. We were able to control the ball game on offense (and) that's tremendous.

Q: Did you get the feeling that this was a dominant win?

Shannon: I thought the third quarter we did a good job. The first half we did a good job moving the football. At one point we said, `Let's just pound the football.' Special teams, the kickoff team with what Sam Shields did, that set the stage. That got the players on the team going. We were physical.

Q: Are you a little ahead of schedule with this program?

Shannon: No. We still have a lot to get fixed. Last night we cut down the penalties, which was tremendous for us, but now we have to work on the red zone. Which is what I mean by we're not there yet. Cut down the penalties, great. Now we get in the red zone, let's finish it. On tape it's the same run plays, just we're not taking that extra push. That's what we'll do this week. When we get in the red zone, take that extra push. This season we've been pretty good in red zone, but now, like anything, we have to go back and work on it again.

Q: Are the players ahead of schedule?

Shannon: No. Marcus Forston, Allen Bailey did a great job. But did they make a lot of mistakes? Yes. Allen Bailey should have had another sack, Forston should have had two more opportunities on the quarterbacks. But they weren't playing the right defense. We have more things to grow and grow. The more games they play the better they're going to be. Us playing so many guys has helped us. When you play a bunch of guys, guys are playing 35 plays, 30 plays. They tend to get tired. Put a guy 60 plays, and (he'll be too tired). It forces us as coaches to coach everybody now.

Q: Talk about your rush defense.

Shannon: It's been tremendous for us, guys concentrating on the run game, doing a great job in the run game of stopping the run. When you look at it, it comes down to guys being fresh and guys being active. If you see a linebacker make a play, that means the defensive tackles are getting double teamed. If you see defensive lineman come free in the backfield, that means they're trying to single block us in front and go to the linebackers. It goes hand in hand. It's all going to start up front. If those guys up front can have people double team us, we're going to be okay. If they single block us we have to be able to make the plays, which we're doing right now.

Q: The offensive line managed well in the game.

Shannon: They did a nice job. Matt Pipho, Tyrone Byrd and Reggie Youngblood did a nice job filling that void. (Chris) Rutledge - four offensive tackles played in the rotation. Offensive linemen get tired quick. It keeps them fresh, keeps them going. A guy may play eight plays, sit out six minutes. So it keeps them fresh, keeps them going.

Q: Even when these youngsters are older, do you still want everyone sharing time, going 30, 35 snaps?

Shannon: Yeah. Me being a coordinator, we were always successful in great defenses (with) a bunch of defensive linemen. You have a bunch of guys that have a role. If you find a role, get something out of them, you'll be successful.

Q: How hard will it be to face Georgia Tech's running attack?

Shannon: It's going to be very difficult because it's option football. We haven't faced the option. They've been doing a great job running the football. It has to start with the fullback. If we don't stop the fullback it'll be a long day. It's a.ssignment football, and no one can take chances. You have to get them in third and six, long yardage situations.

Q: Marcus Robinson had a big day.

Shannon: It was great to see him come around. He was doing a great job. The biggest thing that happened with him getting his sacks, he did a great job of forcing the edge to make them step up, and what was even better is the tackles got a push so when he came back there was nowhere for the quarterback to go. That's how he was getting his sacks. That's what you work on in practice. He countered back underneath to get his sacks. The more they keep playing the better off it's going to be.

Q: You hadn't gotten to the quarterback that much before this game.

Shannon: We worked on it last weekend, the week before. Coach (Clint) Hurtt came to me, said we're not doing a good job reacting to run-pass reads. When you don't know if it's pass or run you have to react to it. That's the thing we did the last two weeks to help those guys out. Another guy that helped us out is Josh Holmes. He's very active inside, which is getting that push in the pocket that is helping the defensive ends out.

Q: Did you think Robinson was going to be a linebacker when you signed him?

Shannon: We thought he was going to be a pass rusher. Speed is his biggest thing. That's what he did in high school. He learned the run game, is playing the run now. But we don't give him a lot. He can easily lose all that strength and weight by playing him a lot more. With those ends, it's pretty good that you can rotate five guys the way we do. Whenever the ones get hot, they get hot. That's helped out also.

Q: Talk about the growth of both quarterbacks.

Shannon: They've gotten better each week, still have a lot of things they have to do and correct. Sometimes as a quarterback all you have to do is manage the game; you don't have to win it. Those two guys do a good job of managing the game.

Q: On the last play was Bailey even touched?

Shannon: We ran a double D line game. He came around and the guy was in front of him. He came off and was able to grab him. Allen came underneath (of the tackle).

Q: Could Bailey be at tackle more?

Shannon: That's in our bandit defense. Otherwise no, unless he gets to 320, then he'll play defensive tackle. He's doing fine right now.
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Q: This team seems mentally strong, really believes in themselves.

Shannon: That's what I mean by you have to change the culture of your team. Guys are believing in themselves. We have young guys making a lot of plays. But their mentality is that they can't lose. Like anything, if I'm around a bunch of happy people and I'm sad, eventually I'm going to have to get happy. With this team, you're around a bunch of guys that don't know anything else but winning - eventually you'll say, `Well, I'm going to join in.' We count on these guys coming from winning programs and other guys see it and say `I might as well join in too.'

Q: How do you keep them from looking ahead to the ACC title game?

Shannon: They don't talk about it. When you have guys - (Jason) Fox's high school was always going to the state championship. Young guys we have now, the only thing their coaches ever talked about was winning. They didn't worry about All-Americans, state championships. When you have those types of teams that makes a big difference.

Q: It was Senior Night. Did you and Xavier have a moment?

Shannon: I told him to go to the right, that's where your mom was standing. No, we joked around. I called him on the phone.

Q: Did you think about going on the field for when Xavier ran through the tunnel before the game with the families out there?

Shannon: I could have. I was trying to get ready for the game. He knows I care about him, love him. It was more for the team and stuff. It was a good time. You look at all the families out there, (what) the seniors went through being at the University of Miami, and to run through the tunnel that last regular season home game, the way we won was tremendous for them.

Q: How did Reggie Youngblood do?

Shannon: He did well. We alternated him and Pipho last night. He's starting to come back better than he was (coming off injury). He did a nice job, especially in pass protection. It was really pleasing to see how he responded, because they have two really good defensive ends. They did a lot of different blitzes. He was able to pick them up and move around.

Q: How much did that fourth down stop by Sean Spence on Virginia Tech's opening drive set the tone?

Shannon: I thought it kept the crowd and the team going. It set the tone that, `Hey, we're ready to play. We're a physical team.' That was a big, big lift for the team and for the defense.

Q: Were you surprised the Hokies went for it on that fourth down?

Shannon: No. Fourth and inches, fourth and one, coach (Frank) Beamer, to him that should have been a first down. Sometimes you take those chances. I do it. You have to have a gut feel for it, confidence in your players doing it.

Q: The team's getting some national attention now. You might be ranked.

Shannon: It doesn't make a difference. You just have to win games.

Q: Matt Bosher did well.

Shannon: Great job, unbelievable. His kickoffs weren't deep, but his hang time was unbelievable. It brought time for those guys to run downfield. The three field goals were tremendous, and the field position with the punts, kicking us out of tough situations, was really, really good. What he did in all three phases, that was probably his best performance in all three phases at one time in a game.

Q: You didn't let Victor Harris return punts, kicking it up real high.

Shannon: We wanted to kick it up, hang it and let Ryan (Hill) and Sam (Shields) go down. We have two pretty good fliers in Ryan and Sam. People double team them we have other people that should be able to get down on the punt team like Sean Spence. Last night (Chris) Zellner and Dedrick Epps went downfield and were on top of tackles also. When they doubled Sam and Ryan those two other guys were there to make the play.

Q: Could you have blocked any punts?

Shannon: Last night Sam did a good job getting a push off the edge. One time Ramon Buchanon had a chance to block one. He was free. That's a freshman. He just didn't pull the trigger on it. He'll get a whole lot better as time goes on.

Q: Does this game help with recruits that are watching?

Shannon: I don't know. High school kids, you don't ever know what they're thinking. They're 17, 16 (years old). They change their mind so much. Recruiting starts in December. That's what it all comes down to. You have to keep going.

Q: Georgia Tech has had Miami's number lately. Is there one trend from those games - penalties, turnovers?

Shannon: It's always come down to the fourth quarter the last couple of years.
 10 years ago '05        #4332
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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 10 years ago '05        #4333
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ya'll do realize ya'll still play GT right? in Atlanta.... GTech is no joke, if Nesbitt plays they have the ability to beat anybody... just saying all ya'll are talkin bout Tampa here we come like ya'll play Duke next week
 10 years ago '04        #4334
KiNgJaMeS305|M 58 heat pts58
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we better be ranked this week n lets not get over confident bout gt. They have a great defense and the way our O played last week, this wont be an "easy" game
 10 years ago '04        #4335
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god bless the university of maryland
 10 years ago '05        #4336
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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dunno why ive always preferred road games...and this yr weve played our best on road lets get it!!
 10 years ago '05        #4337
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Props on being ranked
 11-16-2008, 01:27 PM         #4338
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We ranked 23rd boys
 10 years ago '04        #4339
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MIAMI, Fla. -- When Allen Bailey sacked Tyrod Taylor to seal Miami's 16-14 win over Virginia Tech Thursday night there was no telling how big of a play that would be towards the future success of the University of Miami football team in 2008.

The 'Canes were still scoreboard watching because with two games left on the schedule in order for Miami to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game in Tampa on December 6, the 'Canes needed North Carolina to lose.

That's now happened after Maryland sent Miami an early Christmas present by beating the Tar Heels 17-15 on a late field goal.

Now, let's put that sack by Bailey into perspective and see what it saved. A potential ACC Championship Game appearance, a potential BCS bowl game, something no one could have envisioned at the beginning of this season and a fifth straight win for the 'Canes who are now sitting pretty at 7-3.

"We ran a stunt. We ran the same stunt the last play, but the guard didn't get me. I finally got a grip on him (Taylor) and didn't let him go," Bailey said of his sack.

His teammates surely knew how big of a sack it was as well. They mobbed him after the sack and continued to mob him on the sideline following the sack.

"I couldn't breathe for a minute because all my teammates were on top of me," Bailey said. "It feels real good to get a win, make the plays and celebrate with my teammates."

Making a big play is something that the Hurricanes defense has started to make a habit of late in games no matter what happens earlier in the game.

Against Virginia Tech, it was no different as the 'Canes defense struggled with its tackling in the first half, but in the second half it was a different story as the defense swarmed and surrounded Hokie quarterbacks putting constant pressure and wrapping up.

However, nothing was bigger than the final series capped by Bailey's sack. With Taylor at quarterback and his ability to move around the pocket and run for first downs, there's no telling what could have been if Bailey had not been able to take Taylor down. A couple of first downs and the Hokies could have set up for a game winning field goal.

Instead the 'Canes came away with a huge win over one of their biggest rivals.

"We wanted to make a big play to get them off the field and get our offense back on the field to finish it off. That was crunch time," Bailey said.

Making it more special for Bailey is that he is still a very young guy playing a new position at defensive end.

"I try to work on something each week to get better," Bailey said.

Response to Bailey, it's definitely working.
 10 years ago '04        #4340
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Running back Javarris James is glad the Miami Hurricanes are ranked, that is a good accomplishment, but he and his teammates aren't done.

James recognizes that while UM is riding high on a five game winning streak, but they still have plenty of work to take care of the next few weeks before they can pat themselves on the back.

"We still have work to do," James said. "Every team in America wants to be in the top 25, but we can't get satisfied. It is an accomplishment, but we are going to put it behind us and focus on Georgia Tech."

James ran the ball seven times for 29 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech last week. He also caught one pass for 19 yards.

James didn't watch the Maryland-North Carolina game last weekend because he was driving home to Immokalee so he could spend time with his family while the game was being played.

James said his teammates were excited with the result of that game, but he feels like that won't change the way Miami will play this week at Georgia Tech.

"I feel like no matter what the results of the Maryland-North Carolina game, we were going to treat this game important," James said. "We know from here on out we know we control our own destiny. Guys are talking about how they want to get back to practice and get back to work."

"We still feel like it is us against the world. Some people looked at us and thought we had a disappointing with the way we started. We weren't worried about what everybody else was thinking, just the guys in the locker room. We aren't going to relax and we know the way we got here was to work hard and that is what we are going to keep doing."

Javarris credits the way Miami has played during this five game winning streak and how they have particularly played well in the second half to how Miami has practiced during that stretch. According to James it is a drill at the end of practice that has forced Miami to learn to finish.

"It is a credit to how we practice," James said. "We always start practice with going up against the scout team, but then we always finish practice with the ones on offense going against the ones on defense. We keep score and guys take much pride in that. Whoever wins gets to talk trash."

James also says he is encouraged by the fact that this year's team doesn't rely on just one player to win games. Each week a new player emerges to lead UM to a win.

"The thing that is real special about this team is every week somebody new makes a play. If somebody goes down, then there is somebody else who comes in and makes a play. That is just how Miami football has always been."


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