Hurricane Doink: Miami Sets Up Chip-Shot Field Goal to Beat Virginia, Just to Rattle Goalpost and Lose

by Jonathan Howard

College football gives us some of the best moments in sports. The Miami Hurricanes felt the bad end of that tonight. Thursday night ACC football is wacky. This game between Miami and Virginia was entertaining, to say the least.

This one went down to the wire. A very high-scoring game went down and it left the Hurricanes wondering why. After putting up 28 points, the Canes were still down by two. They march downfield and set up for a chip shot field goal…their kicker wasn’t up for the moment.

With time expiring, so many teams have won off a short field goal. Missing like this has to be tough and no one is going to feel worse than the man who missed that kick.

Miami is not what it used to be, and Virginia is no powerhouse. However, for a Thursday night game, this was super entertaining. Watching the two teams run up the score was a treat. Then, when it came down to that kick, it looked to be all over. Just a curve to the left ruined things for Miami at home. The Cavaliers survived.

Miami Loses Heartbreaker to Virginia

As the score suggests, there was lots of offense in this Miami game. The Cavaliers would finish with almost 450 yards total. So, let’s take a look at the stats behind the game. It all starts with Brennan Armstrong on the offense. He throws the ball a lot.

A big part of the Cavaliers’ offense is the arm behind Armstong. He slung the ball 44 times tonight and connected on 25 of those. He finished with 268 yards along with a touchdown and an interception. They also had a healthy run game. Wayne Taulapapa and Mike Hollins carried the load mostly. They each had a touchdown on the night.

While Tyler Van Dyke didn’t throw an interception for the Canes, he didn’t put up enough production. The Miami offense is more run-reliant, anyway. Not only that, but the Cavaliers dominated the time of possession by about 9 minutes.

Van Dyke only completed 15 of 29 passes for 203 yards. He had a touchdown, but Cam’Ron Harris did a lot of work on the ground. Harris had 14 carries for 11 yards. That’s a 7.9 average. He found the endzone twice. Charleston Rambo, the deep threat for Miami caught the ball five times for 99 yards.

It’s amazing that the Canes were so close at the end, anyway. They had fewer yards, fewer first downs, worse 3rd down efficiency, 10 fewer plays, and still almost won the game. They even committed more penalties. It just wasn’t meant to be.

However, Miami was done in with a doinked field goal. So goes the nature of college football. This is just the beginning of the NCAA action as this weekend is filled with a full slate of college football.