For the third time this year the Miami Hurricanes had a chance late in the game to win, but for the third time this year they came up short. Miami fell on Saturday to Virginia Tech 42-35. There are some positives to get to in this game, but unfortunately the negatives far outweigh them. 5 drives in the 1st half ended in turnovers which included 4 interceptions and the benching of QB Jarren Williams. Manny Diaz and Dan Enos also inexplicably dialed up 4 pass plays on 1st and goal from the 4. Blake Baker and his “vaunted” defense had 2 different chances on the 2nd half to keep the momentum on Miami’s side, and of course there is Bubba Baxa.
The Canes did make a valiant comeback attempt, and for the first time all season, the passing attack led the way back. Miami will now go into the Virginia game all but eliminated in the Coastal division, and now with a QB controversy.
3 Stars of the Game:
N’Kosi Perry - Say what you want about the 2018 season for Perry, but the fact that he has matured, stayed out of trouble, and didn’t pout when he lost the job, speaks volumes about his character. Perry came on in relief of an ineffective Jarren Williamsto go 28-47 for 422 yards and 4 touchdown throws. He was blitzed and battered by Virginia Tech’s defense, but gave Miami a chance to win the game. There were moments where he made bad decisions and was bailed out by penalty, but all in all a very encouraging performance by Perry.
Brevin Jordan - One of the best Tight Ends in college football, Jordan had his best game as a Miami Hurricane. Brevin is a mismatch all over the field and should be used even more than he is now. He has 7 catches for 136 yards and a TD. Brevin should’ve also had a PI called on VT down by the goal line, but it wasn’t meant to be. Look for Dan Enos to use him even more as the year progresses.
Jeff Thomas - Welcome to 2019 in a big way number four. Jeff had a monster game against the Hokies with 6 catches 124 yards and 2 TDs. It has be very puzzling as to why Miami’s most explosive player hasn’t been more involved in the 1st four weeks, but it is clear Thomas and Perry have a very big connection. Does Perry at QB make the offense and specifically Thomas more potent as the year goes on? Obviously this week that question was a resounding yes.