Whenever I see the Canes schedule I can’t help reflect on one particular Miami vs. Georgia Tech game from 2012 and it’s so much fun that former SOTU contributor Craig T. Smith wrote it up two years ago. With the Canes in the heart of the NCAA investigation related to the booster who shall remain nameless this early season game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta had plenty of drama.
Miami took an early 19-0 lead in the first quarter highlighted by a 65 yard touchdown pass from Miami QB Stephen Morris to Phillip Dorsett in the opening minute. UM would add a Jake Wieclaw field goal and a safety on the ensuing kickoff and the first of 4 touchdowns from running back Mike James.
The Canes jubilation would be short lived as Malcolm Lewis dislocated his ankle after getting his foot trapped under a Yellow Jacket defender’s body, leaving Lewis in excruciating pain. In what I’m sure all Canes fans will say was one of his finest moment as Miami’s coach, Al Golden ran onto the field to hug the fallen receiver to comfort Lewis.
From there, G-Tech ran off 36 unanswered points before the Canes scored 17 straight on two James touchdowns, including a miraculous two minute 91 yard drive capped by a 10 yard James TD catch with 27 seconds left in regulation, ultimately sending the game into overtime.
The first series belonged to Georgia Tech, who were stuffed on a fourth and 1 on the two yard line. That gave Miami the ball and two plays later Mike James scampered into the endzone untouched on a 25 yard run to give the Canes the 42-36 victory.
On the day Morris passed for 436 yards, on 31 for 52 with one interception and no sacks. Mike James ended the game with 113 total yards (89 rushing, 24 receiving) and 4 touchdowns. What a roller coaster game!