Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 7:07 p.m.
While we and others were trying to frame today's game around the question "Is Miami Back?" others, including the ABC/ESPN commentary crew were wondering "Is Miami for real?"
Well, if we're talking matters of reality here, I guess the Hurricanes were proven to be the figment of some possessed 5 year old girl's imagination who I guess decided to check out today and watch the Sponge Bob marathon on Nickelodeon instead or something.
We'll keep the jeers steered at the media, but if we wanted to go after the team we could.
The big story will be the Virginia Tech defense living up to their history, but Miami's D has a storied history itself. One head coach Randy Shannon played on, and then as defensive coordinator lead to a string of top ten finishes. But damn, today they looked sloppy in the heavy rain having tackle trouble, and letting VT get 370 yards.
Jacory Harris looked as cool, calm and collected as ever, just, you know, not as good.
After a sack and VT defense domination in the first half, their were still a few glimpses of what made him so exciting the first two games. Most notably during the start of the second half, until former Basketball player Jimmy Graham dropped two passes -- along with them, it turned out, any hope of a momentum shift in the second half.
Let's keep things in prospective though. This is a team that was supposed to go 0-4, and the chances of finally bringing Randy Shannon's record as head coach above .500 still seems reasonably certain. Hell, this being the ACC and all our conference chances aren't completely out of the window.
And in the bigger picture of the entire NCAA, the embarrassment factor of this loss should be muted somewhat by FSU having their asses served to them at home by an unranked USF missing their starting QB. Add into that #4 Mississippi's loss on Thursday, and whatever it is #6 Cal did to deserve a 42-3 routing by an unranked Oregon, and losing against #11 in an away game doesn't look so bad.