The Miami Hurricanes were absolutely demolished by the Wisconsin Badgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday, losing 35-3.
What. A. Disaster.
If the score line isn’t bad enough, the actual game was even worse. From wire to wire, the Miami Hurricanes looked like a team that did not belong on a football field.
Let’s run down the opening three and a half minutes. You may want to grab a trash can to puke in, Canes fans. The game opened with Bubba Baxa shanking a kickoff out of bounds giving the Badgers fantastic field position to start the game. Miami’s defense, who is way too familiar with having their backs against the wall, would meet a challenge early. Wisconsin’s first three plays from scrimmage were hand offs to Jonathan Taylor (shocker) which went for a combined 29 yards. Not a great start, but the Canes stuffed the next two runs to set up a 3rd and nine.
Something positive, yay!
This set up nicely for the country’s best 3rd down defense, but in case you haven’t been paying attention, that’s not how this game was going to go. The Hurricanes managed to give up not just a first down but a 35-yard touchdown pass. So, with only three minutes gone, Richt’s men were in a 7-0 hole.
WHY IS HE ON THE FIELD???
Then, with an audible groan from every Miami fan in the country, Malik Rosier trotted onto the field. I would like to pause here and say I like Malik Rosier. I do. He’s a great guy and he puts everything on the line for this team and I love him for that, but he should not have started a single game this year. At this point in the game I personally was still optimistic. However, this optimism quickly vanished as Rosier proceeded to throw an interception on the very first play. On the following play, Jonathan Taylor put Wisconsin up 14-0. So, as if that start wasn’t bad enough, the first play of Miami’s following drive was a fumbled snap. THIS WAS ONLY THE FIRST THREE AND A HALF MINUTES. Again, what a disaster. The game didn’t get any better for us Miami fans as the Badgers continued to destroy our beloved Hurricanes.
Malik Rosier finished the game going 5 for 12 for 46 yards and three interceptions. Midway through the third quarter, Richt FINALLY pulled Rosier for N’Kosi Perry but Perry did not fare much better. He went 1 for 5 for two yards and an interception. Jarren Williams, who many thought should have started the game, didn’t see the field. The passing game, which has been abysmal all year, completed more passes to Badger linebackers than it did to Miami wide receivers. The offense also only ran 30 plays compared to Wisconsin’s 69. That’s ridiculous.
Jonathan Taylor, the Badgers Doak Walker winning tailback, tallied 205 yards and a touchdown. That man is a monster of a running back and will be a problem in the NFL. Jack Coan threw for only 73 yards, but it didn’t matter since Wisconsin had 333 total rushing yards and four touchdowns.
This was definitely not the send off that our seniors wanted or deserved but it is what it is. The sad part is, at the moment there is very little reason for optimism with this team. Manny Diaz is gone. Jaquan Johnson is gone. All-American Gerald Willis is gone. Sheldrick Redwine is gone. The list goes on and on top of those departures, the quarterback situation does not look to be any better than it was to start the season. I could go on and on about the issues this team must overcome if we want to turn this train wreck around, but we will save that for another day. As of right now, we will begin a long offseason which will seemingly be the most important of Mark Richt’s coaching career. Here’s to hoping he can figure things out.
As always, thanks for reading and go Canes!