After suffering a frustrating 16-13 loss to Virginia two weeks ago, the Hurricanes turned their sights on the Boston College Eagles tonight. With both teams coming off a bye week, there was sure to be a bit of rust in this contest — and it certainly showed. However, after a 27-14 defeat, perhaps the pitchforks need to stay out… at least for a little while.
With a few exceptions, nothing appeared to go the Hurricanes way. It was a horrifying performance for the Miami fans coming off a week where UM had ample time to prepare for a pivotal ACC contest. It’s the third loss of the season for Mark Richt’s team, the second conference loss in as many games. Miami has now lost two consecutive games and their chances of contending for the Coastal Division has been dealt a significant blow.
The senior safety led all Miami defenders tonight with 14 tackles and a pass breakup. Redwine often came into the box to set the edge in run support. After injuring his shoulder late in the game, Redwine exhibited the toughness in the face of adversity that coaches, teammates will appreciate.
In a game where Boston College RB AJ Dillon draws plenty of fanfare, the Miami back was not going to run quietly into the night. Doing his best Jason Voorhees impression, the junior tailback slashed and gashed the Boston College defense to the tune of the 40 rushing yards, with a 3.1 yards-per-carry average. Homer led all Canes with 46 receiving yards on four receptions.
RB Deejay Dallas has been quoted on occasion as saying that this Miami team is “built to crush dreams.” If anything, that plays right into the wheelhouse of Freddy Krueger. Based on his ability to turn a run that looks like it should be stuffed for a minimal gain into a rush that gains modest yardage, Dallas was a living nightmare — at least to Boston College supporters. Rushing for 30 yards, on nine carries, Dallas produced a 27.6 yards per return average, with a 138 yard return average. At least they brought back Dallas’s wildcat package back to the field, which resulted Dallas’ lone score of the game.
DeeJay Dallas takes the direct snap and follows Travis Homer off the edge for a 10-yard touchdown. Both teams are showcasing a diversified offensive playbook tonight--thoroughly entertaining to say the least. BC still leads, but only 17-14. pic.twitter.com/yzLRVm9TVn— Andy Backstrom (@AndyHeights) October 27, 2018
It’s the weekend before Halloween, so go out , dress up and have some fun, because this game was far from dazzling. If we must dole out some more superlatives, perhaps we can give a small golf clap to P Jeff Feagles who has earned his starting job back, and averaged 35 yards per punt with two of his four punts being downed within the 20.
You know who looks pretty good after tonight, QB N’Kosi Perry. No, we didn’t get to see the redshirt freshman take a snap tonight, but his value certainly has been raised after tonight’s performance from fellow QB Malik Rosier.
Darrell Langham’s 13-yard TD reception helped got the Hurricanes on the board, as well as swing the momentum in favour of the Canes. Well, at least until the next drive. It was the senior WR’s second TD of the season.
After getting burnt on the WR pass for a big gain in the first half, sophomore CB Trajan Bandy settled down to turn in a decent performance. ‘Muddy’ stuck his helmet into the pile to wrap up BC RB AJ Dillon a couple of times. Bandy finished the game with six tackles, and two pass breakups on the evening.
The result is certainly not what any Cane supporter could have hoped, but one player that continued to give it his all was TE Brevin Jordan. Hauling in a team-leading seven receptions for 35 receiving yards, Jordan continued to fight throughout the game. What won’t show on the stat sheet is Jordan’s commitment as a blocker, which was key to RB DeeJay Dallas finding his way into the endzone in the first half.
Miami’s defense was not it’s usually TFL self. The group secured three tackles for loss on the evening, with contributions from DT Gerald Willis III, LB Zach McCloud and S Romeo Finley. A special daps to Finley who also secured the lone defensive turnover for the Canes defense.
IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE U!