UM swarms Virginia Tech, awaits Notre Dame

by Gary Shelton on November 5, 2017 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 2:30 a.m.

They hadn't beaten anyone big enough.

They hadn't beaten anyone badly enough.

There for a while, the University of Miami Hurricanes were unbeaten, untied and unimpressive. They were winning, but they lacked the style points. They had the record, but they didn't have the respect.

Then came Virginia Tech.

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Time to take another look at the Miami Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes bashed 13th-ranked Virginia Tech 28-10 Saturday night to move to within one game of the ACC Coastal Division title. Miami is now 8-0 and sure to move up from its 10th-place rank in the college football playoff after both Ohio State and Penn State lost.

“We’re so excited,’’ said UM coach Mark Richt. “We beat a very good team, very well-coached — a team that came in with good reason to believe they could take care of business.”

Malik Rosier finished 10 of 21 for 193 passing yards, two touchdowns and a career-worst three interceptions. He rushed for a career-best 84 yards and a touchdown.

“It was a great night of not flinching,’’ Richt said.  “(Rosier) really did a good job of keeping him even-keeled and saying, ‘Look, man, we’re going to take shots. Some of those things happen and you can’t flinch. We believe in you, we trust you and you’re our guys, so just get used to it.’

“I heard some of the things Jon was saying over the headphones, and he was saying the right things to Malik to help him know that we’re behind him and he’s doing a pretty darn good job against a great defense.’’

Convinced? If not, UM plays against fifth-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday. A win there would put the Hurricanes squarely in the title hunt.

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