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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Georgia Tech Edition

What went right, what went wrong, and everything in between Vs the Yellow Jackets. Plus team grades.

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The Miami Hurricanes beat up on a banged up, hurting Yellow Jackets team today.

When UM knocked starting GT QB Justin Thomas from the game early in the first half, it was curtains for the Rambling Wreck.

But credit the 'Canes for smelling blood and cashing in.

For the seniors who have been through a whole heck of a lot during their stay in Coral Gables, it was nice send off in their last home game.

For the underclassmen it was a positive step back toward respectability.

Just about anything would have been better than last week. Miami improved to 7-4 with a game at Pitt next week to close out the regular season.

The particulars below.

The Good:

  • Love this (not the "crowd" part though)!

Injured senior LB Raphael Kirby comes out on crutches. Great leader. Gets one of the biggest ovations from "crowd"

— J.T. Wilcox (@JTWilcoxSports) November 21, 2015

  • The next great TE at the U is David Njoku.

Njoku BEASTIN' out there. Another big third-down conversion. #BeatGTech

— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) November 21, 2015

  • Nice plays by the much maligned D.

GT QB Matthew Jordan fumbles. Looks like it was recovered by Jamal Carter. Juwon Young forced. Mark D'Onofrio fist-pumping.

Matt Porter (@mattyports) November 21, 2015

TD Miami as DE Ufomba kamalu recovers fumble after stripping ball from GT, loses ball just before E.Z. & looks like J Grace gets it for TD

— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) November 21, 2015

We have a #PIESMAN stiff arm, and it is not nice. (via @iBartonious)

— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) November 21, 2015


— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 21, 2015

  • Lawrence Cager has a bright future ahead of him. Even with one of his catches being wiped away by OPI, you could see his talent on display today.
  • This! Can you say Lou Groza Award? Badgley's 57 yard boot tied a school record (Danny Miller 1981).

IT'S GOOD FROM 57 YARDS! #fieldgoal

— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 21, 2015

  • Brad Kaaya was very good as usual, Joe Yearby plays with passion every time out, and Mark Walton finally scored on a screen with out it being called back.
  • 41 yard first down pass! @BradleyKaaya @Kaayas_Mom

    — Larry Vignola (@LarryVignola) November 21, 2015

    The Bad:

    • Miami needs this like a hole in the head. Hopefully lessons learned Brady for Georgia Tech game 21, 2015

    Three man pass rush and Kaaya under pressure. 'Canes will punt

    — (@TheStateOfTheU) November 21, 2015

    • This defense was just terrible early on (before Thomas left with injury). I don't have enough superlatives for it. The thesaurus has been worn out most of the season describing this unit.
    • Speaking of bad, the O line was inconsistent and somewhat ineffective Vs a banged up, sub par Tech front.

    • Rashawn Scott did not play. We have no idea why, as he wasn't listed on the injury report.
    • Another freaking lightning delay!?!?!

    The Ugly:

    Awful RT @mattyports: The Hurricanes' Senior Day ceremony. The ones who are here are applauding, anyway.

    — Bud Elliott (@TomahawkNation) November 21, 2015

    Al Golden's gone, but Miami fans are STILL buying plane banners (via @mattyports):

    — SB Nation (@SBNation) November 21, 2015

    Team Grades:

    Offense -


    Stop me if you've heard this before....bubble screens are not the answer.

    On a positive note, Chris Herndon looked really good getting additional PT minus Dobard.

    Kaaya did Kaaya things.

    This Yellow Jackets D was literally limping into this game. But UM did what they had to do.

    Defense -


    You're playing Georgia Tech and you look unprepared early on for the triple option. Welp.

    Takeaways remain the only saving grace of this unit.

    I think they caught a big time break with the Thomas injury, but they did hit pretty hard today.

    Al-Quadin Muhammad was much more involved today, UM needs a lot more from him next season.

    This D struggled a bit late too.

    Special Teams -


    Why is Corn Elder no longer returning punts?

    Badgley is a beast.

    Another huge hit on kick coverage by Sheldrick Redwine. Love this kid.

    Coaching -


    You're playing Georgia Tech and you look unprepared for the triple option early on. Welp.

    I like the play calling when they decide to be aggressive. Badgley's bomb was set up by not playing for the half.

    Overall a good effort by the team the week after a crushing loss. Credit Larry Scott and staff for not letting the kids quit.