The Miami Hurricanes Football Team kicks off the 2009 season with a win against arch rival Florida State Seminoles. No Wide Right. No Wide Left. No such things. This time around, the Hurricane defense stood firm at their 2 yard line to prevent Seminoles from scoring in their last drive towards Miami endzone.
This highly exciting and intense game ended Miami 38 – 34 FSU. Both teams showed off their offensive prowess. 72 points were scored in total. 32 points in the fourth quarter alone. Both defenses was unable to stop the other team’s aerial assault. Both quarterbacks registered high numbers in the game.
Miami’s Jacory Harris gobled up 386 yards. That’s a record for a Canes QB in a first start against the Noles. Over at the other side, Seminole’s Christian Ponder also chewed up high yardage. He collected 294 yards in total. A career high in passing for him.
Miami – Seminoles rivalry has always attracted a lot of fanfare. This season’s opening clash is no different. They basically had everyone glued to the tube watching the game. Approximately 8 million viewers watched the game live on ESPN. A close second to the Miami – FSU match in Orange Bowl in 2006.
This win puts Miami up 31-23 against FSU in their rivalry which dates back to 1951. Hurricane Sports have a brief writeup on the history of the Miami-FSU rivalry. Miami is also the only team in the NCAA that have been able to shutout the FSU. They also have done it twice in the 33 years Bobby Bowden’s charge at FSU.
The win against the Seminoles have also put the Hurricanes into the Top 25 again. Miami is now ranked at #20 in the AP Polls, and #22 in the USA Today Coaches Polls. Next up for the Miami Hurricanes is #15 Georgia Tech at home in Dolphin Stadium.
The first home game for the Hurricanes will kick off at 7:30pm Eastern, September 17th 2009. Have you got your Miami Hurricanes Gear and tickets for the game?
The match against Georgia Tech will certainly test the Miami Hurricanes Football Team. Is the team prepared to challenge for the National Championship? Will we see an All-Florida National Championship game between Gators and Hurricanes? Lets just focus on the upcoming matches first, shall we?
While the win against FSU is always a morale booster, the National Championship is still too far away to think of at the moment. Win the next few games against higher ranked opponents and that #1 spot will soon be achieved.