UM pulls out another miracle to take over division

by Gary Shelton on October 15, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 2 a.m.

The Miami Hurricanes evidently like pulling out games at the end.

After all, they did it again Saturday.

The 'Canes have now won two straight games with a combined 10 seconds to play, and as a result have taken over the ACC Coastal Division. Miami trailed FSU by three and Georgia Tech by 13 in the second half of each game.

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"There’s something going on that’s really good right now,’’ UM coach Mark Richt said. “Who knows what’s going to go from here? The train could come off the tracks at any time. That’s just the way football is. But to do what we did two weeks in a row was pretty darn good.’’

For the second straight week, receiver Darrell Langham and quarterback Malik Rozier played key parts. This time, Rozier hit Langham for 28 yards on fourth down, a juggling, miraculous catch. Kicker Michael Badgley kicked the winning field goal from 24 yars away.

Miami, ranked 11th, went to 5-0.

The Langham catch, after last week’s 23-yard touchdown reception with six seconds left to give UM the victory at FSU, pulled out the game.

"I had a seven-man protection and let three guys run routes and just said, ‘Launch it in play,’ ’’ Miami coach Mark Richt said. “I really thought Langham was being doubled up and we had a better one-on-one situation to his left. But I guess he believes in Langham and somehow the ball popped up in the air and landed in his gut.

"Minor miracle. Those things do happen in football, but they usually don’t happen when you need it the most.’’

Langham said his thoughts were simple.

"Be big and get the ball,” he said. “Just like he tells me everyday in practice, use my body to my advantage. It bounced off (cornerback Lamont Simmons), and I was able to focus on the ball the last minute and pull it in. It felt amazing.’’

"It wasn't easy for UM. For a long time, things seemed to be going Tech's way. For instance, Miami tried an onside kick that was returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

Miami is home against Syracuse Saturday at the Hard Rock Stadium.

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