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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: 2023 Pinstripe Bowl vs Rutgers Edition

Hey! Miami made a bowl game! It....didn’t go well..

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 28 Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl - Rutgers vs Miami (FL)
Rutgers gave the ball to Kyle Monangai over, and over, and over again. And it worked, over, and over, and over again.
Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Miami Hurricanes closed the 2023 season with an appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl. Miami unfortunately ended the season with a loss, falling to Rutgers 31-24.

Mike Schiffman gave the final 3 Stars of the season after the game

And now, for the final time this season, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good

  • Miami played in a bowl game! That hasn’t been the case every season (I mean, just look back to 2022), so this was a good thing.
  • Miami got the 15 extra practices that come with making a bowl game. That is the most important thing for the youth on the roster; additional structured practices to continue their development.
  • WR Xavier Restrepo made his 80th catch of the year, a 3rd quarter TD to give Miami a 17-14 lead, and thereby broke the single-season record for catches for the Miami Hurricanes. Congrats, X!
  • And, for the day, Restrepo had 11 catches for 99 yards and a TD. He was pretty much the entire passing game for Miami in the bowl.
  • QB Jacurri Brown. It wasn’t perfect, but Brown showed flashes of the immense talent Miami hopes to bring out of him down the line. 20/31 passing (65% completions) for 181 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, and 15 carries for 57 yards and 2 TDs.
  • Brown’s performance was the dual-threat passing and running game that you could see scaling into something very dangerous in the future. He showed growth (though it wasn’t on every play) from the player we saw in 2022. And, with another developmental season in 2024, Brown COULD be on track to be a major player in the QB battle for 2025.
  • WR Isaiah Horton. 5 catches for 54 yards. He’s slowly coming on, and has a chances to start at X next year since Colbie Young has moved on from the roster.
  • LB Francisco Mauigoa. 12 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU. He was pretty much everywhere, and needed to be since Rutgers ran the ball a million times.
  • DL Rueben Bain. 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 QB hurry, 1 FF. I said during the game that he’s a monster, because he is. I can’t WAIT to see what he develops into during his career at Miami.
  • DT Jared Harrison-Hunte. 6 tackles and plenty of movement up front on the day.
  • K Andres Borregales made his only FG attempt from 35 yards, was perfect on PATs, and solid on kickoffs. You know, the usual.
  • P Dylan Joyce had 3 punts for an average of 47.3 yards per punt. But that 4th punt....
  • 21 first downs
  • 3-3 redzone scoring
  • Held Rutgers to 7/15 passing. Their QB sucks real bad, but when you’re able to run at will (which Rutgers largely was), does it matter?

The Bad

  • Losing. It sucks and I hate it. Yes, even if it’s a bowl game.
  • Losing to Rutgers. Puke.
  • Advanced stats sheet was.....a mixed bag. I’m putting it in the Bad tho.

The Ugly

  • Rutgers’ opening drive against the Miami defense: 13 plays, 75 yards, 8:06 time of possession. 11 runs, 2 passes, walked down the field and scored a touchdown. IDC who we’re missing, that’s ugly.
  • Rutgers RB Kyle Monangai ran 25 times for 163 yards and a TD. That’s among the biggest days Miami allowed to an RB this year. That, by definition, is ugly.
  • That was Monangai’s 2nd biggest yardage game of the year. Even for the B1G’s leading rusher, that’s ugly ugly for Miami.
  • Monangai is good. He was the B1G’s leading rusher. But holy SHIT all the missed tackles by Miami defenders today was infuriating. Looked like the North Carolina 2020 game at times.
  • Miami allowed Rutgers to hold the ball for nearly 35 minutes of gametime. Played right into Rutgers’ hands smh.
  • WR Jacolby George. An absolute nightmare of a game for him. Dropped a perfect throw from Jacurri Brown on a deep shot on the first play of the game. Dropped what would have been another massive play (if not a touchdown) on a perfectly designed and called trick play. And, he had multiple penalties: holding, an accepted unsportsmanlike conduct (blindside hit behind the play for no reason), and an offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct (hand fighting and jawing with a DB in front of a ref after a run play).
  • George had 2 catches for 13 yards on 5 targets. But, reasonably, left 100+ yards and maybe a touchdown on the field with those 2 drops. And that’s not even getting into the fact that he lost is damn mind with all those penalties. What are you proving by doing that stupid shit? NOTHING
  • RB Mark Fletcher Jr. went down without contact it seemed on his 2nd carry of the day. He was helped off the field and wouldn’t/couldn’t put weight on his left foot. Thanks, I hate it.
  • Playing Luis Cristobal at LG. That’s the HC’s nephew. I’m gonna keep this short: he can’t play here, and he missed a block on 4th down that caused a turnover on downs. Let this be the last time we see him on the field, because I KNOW we have better options (Matthew McCoy was RIGHT THERE).
  • 1 turnover - interception.
  • 0 sacks
  • Only 5 TFL
  • This clear targeting on Rutgers went uncalled. I mean, come on man.
  • Rutgers dialed up a punt block, and Miami was happy to let them have it, for whatever reason. Blocked punt. Touchdown Rutgers. Score and momentum now to the Scarlet Knights.
  • Miami dialed up a PERFECT trick play. But Jacolby George’s nightmare game continued. This would have gone for 50+, if not scored. Damn.

Team Grades

Offense: C

Miami had chances to make plays, but they didn’t capitalize. Jacurri Brown showed flashes of the talent that could lead him to be Miami’s starting QB in time. But the TE’s were still invisible. The replacement linemen were sub-par. And key players had horrible games (looking at you, Jacolby George). Credit to Restrepo for his performance today and season overall.

Defense: D

Lots of tackles...but lots of MISSED tackles, and tons of rushing yards for Rutgers. A one-dimensional team, Rutgers held the ball for nearly 35 minutes. I mean, what else is there to say? And, I know the majority of Miami’s opt outs were on defense, so this was a depleted unit, but the performance was still lacking, regardless.

Special Teams: D

Borregales was good. Joyce was good...when he wasn’t having a punt blocked. Returns were bad when they happened. Not a great day. The bad outweighed the good by miles here.

Coaching: D

As it was asked to me during the game: when will Miami outcoach an opponent? When will Miami be the prepared team who punches another team in the mouth and takes them by storm? IDK, but it sure wasn’t in the Pinstripe Bowl, that’s for sure. This season as a whole was a step forward, but the bowl game wasn’t the best showing by a longshot.

That’s is for this season finale edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

Into the offseason we go.

Go Canes