The Miami Hurricanes have everyone’s attention now including the Hurricane fans who nearly went into cardiac arrest for a third straight week.
Hurricanes defeated the Syracuse Orange 27-19 with the help of turnovers, big plays, and a bipolar football field.
The turnover chain barely made an appearance for the Georgia Tech game. In this game, it was like a coming out party. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey threw four interceptions in the first half alone. Hurricanes cornerback Michael Jackson donned the chain around his neck twice because he intercepted Dungey two of the four times.
Dungey started 1 for 11. Dungey finished the game 13-for-41 with 137 yards passing, 100 yards rushing on 20 carries and those four interceptions.
“It’s football. They came up to me after the game everyone was being very respectful,” Dungey stated. “I have a lot of respect for them, they have respect for me.”
“The U” held Syracuse scoreless in the first quarter, ending a streak of 11 consecutive quarters with points. “The Cuse” is now 0-8 when facing a top-10 Miami team.
Miami did not capitalize the way a top ten team who forced four turnovers should. The Hurricanes had drop passes in the game. Syracuse kept their confidence entering the second half. That portion of the game is where part three of the drama-filled season continued.
Miami needed last-second plays to beat Florida State two weeks ago and Georgia Tech last week. Cole Murphy kicked four field goals for Syracuse including a career-best 53-yarder with 5:23 left to get the Orange within 20-19. However, Miami answered with a nine-play, 85-yard drive capped by Travis Homer’s 33-yard TD run that helped the Hurricanes escape undefeated.
“It’s kind of repetitive and I blame this game on the offense. I blame a lot on me,” Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier stated. “There were multiple times in the red zone that we dropped balls, that I missed targets.
Rosier did not hurt his team, closing 26 for 43 for 344 yards, numbers that would have been even better without five drops, including four by Ahmmon Richards. Rosier is now 7-0 as a starter.
Miami as a team is now 6-0 and 4-0 in the ACC conference. You play who is on the schedule, however, is this an undefeated team who can make it to the college football playoffs? We will have answers in November where those are the games you remember.
The field itself was a topic on social media during the game. The field at Hard Rock Stadium was touched up earlier this week, and it was not impressive. Players including the placekickers for both teams were slipping and falling. Both teams played on the same field, so there was not true advantage however it was not pleasant to view at times.
Cuse has a bye after they visit Florida State who is still seeking its first home win this season. The beat goes on for the Hurricanes who play at North Carolina next Saturday.