Friday, October 28, 2011

VIRGINIA 28, MIAMI 21

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College football teams and the young men who play for them are inconsistent by design, but Virginia (5-3, 2-2 ACC) and Miami (4-4, 2-3 ACC) are taking it to an extreme of sorts.

In the span of less than two weeks, the Wahoos have defeated Georgia Tech and Miami while losing to N.C. State (at home).  The Canes are giving rookie head coach Al Golden quite the roller coaster ride -- defeating Ohio State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina while losing to Maryland and Virginia.

Mike London’s five-win Cavalier squad is almost bowl eligible with Maryland and Duke coming up in the next two weeks.

That said, it was a smorgasbord of Wahoo big plays including a fake field goal, a halfback option for a touchdown, a 53-yard catch-and-run on a screen for a score, and 78-yard reception by a running back who slipped out wide for another.

Michael Rocco passed for 226 yards and two scores, running back Perry Jones threw one touchdown pass and caught another, and the Cavaliers held off Miami 28-21 to snap a seven-game ACC road losing streak.

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On a night where the explosive play carried the Cavaliers, simple, gritty football saved the day. LaRoy Reynolds stopped Miami’s Mike James in the backfield on fourth-and-2 at the Virginia 15 with 2:10 remaining, and the Cavaliers (5-3, 2-2) held on from there.

Jacory Harris completed 21 of 30 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns for Miami (4-4, 2-3), which saw its two-game winning streak snapped and saw its chances in the Coastal Division take a huge hit.Tommy Streeter caught seven of Harris’ passes for a career-best 176 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes.

A few select quotes:

“I’m tired of doing this. Tired of always having to do a comeback victory. We’re always putting ourselves in bad situations. We’ve got to come out and do better.” -- Miami QB Jacory Harris

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“It’s my job to get (receivers) the ball and kind of control the game, and I feel like we did a great job of that tonight.” -- UVA QB Michael Rocco.

“We can’t have the penalties and the mental breakdowns that we did. We weren’t sharp and we didn’t execute as well as we needed to and that starts with me, period.” -- Miami coach Al Golden.

“Faith, family and football. Those are the things. … It’s a great win. Road victory against a really good team.” -- Virginia coach Mike London.

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