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#FlashbackFriday 1992 #1 Miami 16, #8 Syracuse 10

Crushing defense, on field vomiting, a last minute drive foiled

Gino Torretta

Lost in the incredible season that the Miami Hurricanes had in 1992 was a gem of a defensive game on November 21st. On that day the Canes traveled to the Carrier Dome to take on then #8 Syracuse before a record 49,857 fans.

Miami escaped with a 16-10 win to extend their current win streak to 28 games and staved off a late rally led by Cuse QB Marvin Graves. After getting literally pummeled all game by the Miami defense, Graves was literally sick to his stomach on the final drive. After scrambling 14 yards to the Miami 22, Graves was on his way back to the huddle when he experience chest pains and proceeded to vomit on the field. Syracuse was forced to waste a vital timeout. “I felt a sharp pain in my heart," Graves said. "I don't know what happened." "We're just looking into their huddle and he's throwing up in the open," said Miami freshman defensive tackle Warren Sapp. "It was like, 'Yeah, we got him.' “ Senior Linebacker Michael Barrow had another take. "Here's a guy who's laying it on the line," Barrow said. "You just respect the guy. You respect the competition, that he's putting everything on the line and you're putting everything on the line. You don't think about anything else. You just think, 'We've got to keep it going.' "

Graves after chewing some gum to get the taste out of his mouth would continue on and after a 5 yard gain on an option play with 39 seconds left in the game, Sapp would sack Graves for a 6 yard loss to the 23 yard line, forcing the Orangemen to use their last timeout. Then on 3rd and 12 Miami defensive end Darren Krein hit Graves for a 9 yard loss. As the final seconds ticked down, Syracuse had one last play and took the last snap with 4 seconds to go. Graves would hit tight end Chris Gedney for a completion at the 5 yard line but senior safety Chris Greer raced toward him and hit Gedney so hard it knocked him off his feet, bringing him down at the Miami 3 yard line as time elapsed and Miami escaped victorious.