The Miami Hurricanes finished their frustrating 2023 regular season by getting a win against a tricky Boston College Eagles squad today in Chestnut Hill, 45-20. The Canes finish 7-5 and now await their bowl game destination.
Let’s get to the three stars of the game.
1. Xavier Restrepo
Miami’s most reliable receiver had another great day today, finishing with 6 catches for 117 yards. He made a nice jumping grab on a fourth down, moved the chains on a catch-and-run on a third down, and seemed to be open most of the game. Restrepo finishes the regular season with 992 receiving yards. Assuming he plays in Miami’s bowl game, he will have over 1,000 yards for 2023. That’s a nice accomplishment for him and something to build on for next season. I love the way X played this season. He was tough and always went forward after catching the ball, showing his moves in the open field.
2. Kiko Mauigoa
The Washington State transfer was Miami’s defensive MVP this season, no doubt. Rueben Bain Jr. was awesome and had a few huge games, but Kiko was a much-needed leader and playmaker. He finished today’s game with 9 total tackles, 2 TFLs, and 1 sack. Mauigoa now has 6.5 sacks on the season. That is damn impressive for a middle linebacker. I am excited to see him come back and lead Lance Guidry’s defense again next season. I don’t want to think of what Miami’s defense would’ve looked like without him. Great season for Kiko.
Boston College scored on a 10-play, 75-yard drive to open today’s game. Since then, Miami has scored 28 points, and its defense has held the Eagles to 57 yards with no scores.#Canes LB Francisco Mauigoa leads the way with 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. pic.twitter.com/kAxZQwULS6— Geo Milian (@GeoMilian) November 24, 2023
3. Henry Parrish Jr.
Parrish had one of his best games of the season today. He had 11 carries for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. He broke a few big runs and hit the hole hard when he saw some daylight. I think Mark Fletcher Jr. will be RB1 going into 2024, but there are still plenty of carries for Parrish. I hope he comes back and finishes his college career strong.
ACC referees (sarcasm) - My goodness. Where should I start? Miami was robbed of forcing a safety twice this season. Two times! There were a ton of other missed or bad calls throughout the season. To be clear, not all were towards the Canes. There were plenty of awful calls for other ACC teams all year long. Today, they huddled up before halftime after a BC Hail Mary attempt was intercepted by James Williams and returned to midfield. The head ref announced there were offsetting penalties and that there would be one untimed down. He then said the play was under review and went to the replay monitor. After all that, he announced the teams declined the penalties and it was halftime. Wow.
Who were your three stars of the game? Let us know in the comments below.