Miami stomps Irish to enter playoff conversation

by Gary Shelton on November 12, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 2:30 a.m.

There has been so much talk about where the University of Miami has been.

Now, it only matters where they are going.

Oh, Warren Sapp will be impressed. And Ray Lewis and Michael Irvin and Vinny Testaverde and Jonathan Vilma and the rest. At Miami, a team is always trying to keep up with the legends. But no one is going to make fans forget those guys. These guys? The way they are playing, they might be worth remembering, too.

Also worthy of a memory: It is the first time Miami has advanced to the ACC title game.

"This is a big day to win the Coastal," Richt said. "So much is put into that very thing. We wanted to win the Coastal.We wanted to go to Charlotte. We wanted to win the game when we got there. We talked a lot about that. That was one of the things we thought we could control. We weren't ready to talk much bigger than that.

"By the time we got to this game, it became more than a Coastal Division championship. It became an opportunity to truly be in the conversaation for a playoff. We didn't run from it, but we didn't dwell on it either."

UM smoked Notre Dame Saturday night, trampling the No. 3 ranked fighting Irish 41-8. The Hurricanes ran for 237 yards to clobber Notre Dame, a team whose only previous defeat had been by one point to Georgia.

Travis Homer had 146 yards rushing for Miami. Deejay Dallas scored two touchdowns.

The Irish entered the game with just five turnovers on the season. The Hurricanes forced four of them (three interceptions and a fumble).

The Hurricanes started this season as an afterthought for the national title. They ranked 18th in the preseason, AP poll. They should be in the top five next week. Perhaps the top three. Last week, the Hurricanes were seventh, behind four one-loss teams.

Miami now has 14 straight wins, the longest streak in the nation.

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