Just under 6 minutes remained in the 3rd quarter. Miami was down big against Georgia Tech at home, a 24-13 deficit in the pouring rain. Just one week after a breath-taking, 24-20 win over Florida State, all the air had left the building for the 11th ranked Canes.
But Miami showed tremendous heart, the leaky defense shutting down the Tech triple option attack late, while the Hurricane’s offense came back to life. A field goal closed it to an 8 point margin as the third quarter ended. Travis Homer broke lose for a 27-yard score but a failed 2-point conversion meant Miami still trailed, 24-22. Still, nearly 14 minutes were left for Miami to complete their furious comeback.
But it wasn’t that easy, as nothing was (except maybe Notre Dame) for the 2017 Cardiac Canes. The defense kept up the pressure, allowing just 12(!) total yards to GT in the entire 4th quarter. Up until their final drive, the offense had stalled in the rain, totaling 36 yards on two drives that ended in punts. Time was running out. 2:24 remained and Miami had the ball. This was their last chance.
Braxton Berrios got himself open, catching Malik Rosier’s first three passes for 26 yards. Chris Herndon caught the next three, another 29 yards gained. Miami was at the Tech 34-yard line with just over 1 minute left. But the drive stalled once more. The Canes needed to convert a 4th & 10 moments later. Darrell Langham was there.
After Langham secured another miraculous grab, saving the Canes’ bacon for the second straight week, Michael Badgley kicked Miami to victory, 25-24. And just like that, Miami won their 5th straight game.