Hurricanes Beaten By More Experienced Clemson Team

Hurricanes Beaten By More Experienced Clemson Team

Miami seems to be a year away before it's ready for the CFB.

It was a tough end to a great regular season by the Miami Hurricanes. Now, the team must turn its attention to the Wisconsin Badgers, who the Hurricanes will be facing in the Orange Bowl.

Although the loss against Clemson was crushing, Miami accomplished its pre-season goal of making it to the ACC championship game. Hopefully next year, Miami can make more progress and make the CFB Playoff.

The game against Clemson was tough throughout. The Tigers opened the game with a strong drive that ended with a 4 yard rushing touchdown. Miami had a chance to respond on its opening drive when Jeff Thomas was wide open on a streak, but the pass was underthrown. After a Miami punt, Clemson returner McCloud dropped the football, allowing the Hurricanes to recover. However, Miami failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunity as Michael Badgley missed a tough 46 yard field goal. During the following Clemson drive, McCloud caught a 20 yard pass before fumbling once again. However, the Hurricanes could not recover the fumble, and the Tigers eventually scored on an 11 yard run by QB Kelly Bryant. Clemson would get a 1 yard touchdown from RB Adam Choice on its next drive, making it 21-0 at halftime.

The second half was similar to the first half because it was tough for Miami to get anything going. The first Hurricanes drive ended in a sack, Clemson score a field goal, and then the next Canes drive ended in a fumble. This all transpired during a time in which Miami desperately needed to put points on the board. On the next Hurricanes drive, a tipped Rosier pass was intercepted by Clemson. The Tigers would convert on their chance with a touchdown, making the score 31-0. The final score was 38-3.

After a tough two weeks, Miami has a chance to please its fans one more time at Hard Rock for the Orange Bowl. Let’s finish the season off right and send this team out with a bang against Wisconsin!


Trent Harris recovered a muffed punt to give the Hurricanes good field position.

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After taking an extensive period of time to recover following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ loss to the Washington Capitals in the second round of the NHL Playoffs, I have taken the time to dissect what went wrong with this team. Many fans have taken the optimistic view of the season because of the great success the team has had over the past decade, but they fail to realize that the window on this team is closing faster than they may realize.

Losing to the Washington Capitals was not just the product of this season being the Capitals’ year. It has been the Caps’ year for the last several years, but each time, Washington fans get excited for the playoffs only to watch the Caps run into the impenetrable black and gold wall. The Penguins have consistently outmatched the Capitals. They have had their number for years and Sidney Crosby proves time and time again that he is able to match and outdo his counterpart Alex Ovechkin. (Counterpart really does not do the true comparison justice because Sid brings so much more to the game than Ovechkin.) The Penguins have always been able to overcome adversity and rise above teams like the Flyers who loved to throw the Penguins off their game and rough them up a bit. The Pens have never let that kind of play affect their mentality. This year however, Tom Wilson of the Capitals was able to completely derail the Penguins with his nasty cheapshots on Brian Dumoulin and Zach Aston-Reese. It was very evident how how distracting his presence was on the ice for the team. The NHL shares a lot of the blame for not suspending Wilson after his first incident in Game 2. The NHL’s failure to get out in front of the situation after Wilson’s hit on Dumoulin led to the demise of Zach Aston- Reese who suffered a broken jaw and a concussion at the hands of Washington’s bruising winger. In both games when Wilson injured a Penguins player, they went on to lose. The officials on the ice and in Toronto repeatedly failed to protect the Penguins’ players and it took a serious toll on their ability to win the series.

Washington advancing past the Penguins is also the result of a number of poor decisions made by General Manager Jim Rutherford over the last calendar year. Despite glaring deficiencies, Rutherford failed to fill the huge holes in Penguins’ defense and even created new ones. Jeff Schultz, Brian Dumoulin and Ian Cole were the Pens’ best defensemen in 2017 while Kris Letang was sidelined for a large chuck of the season with a serious injury. Pittsburgh showed great weakness on the back line during the Stanley Cup playoffs a year ago. The Penguins still managed to win the Stanley Cup with offensive talent and willpower. After the departure of Trevor Daley, Mark Streit and Ron Hainsey in the offseason, Rutherford decided to plug the holes they left with Matt Hunwick, Chad Ruhwedel and occasionally Frank Corrado. Unsurprisingly, only on of those players even managed consistent playing time during the 2018 Playoffs. At the trading deadline, Rutherford was forced to patch another leak that he himself created by sending Ian Cole to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a multi-team deal for Derick Brassard. Brassard was needed to fill the space left by the Penguins’ bottom two centers, Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen, leaving in the offseason uncontested. Bonino especially was an essential part of the Pittsburgh identity and came up big more than once during the Stanley Cup runs. The departure of Ian Cole meant that Kris Letang and Olli Maata were given a lot more responsibility, which they both proved that they could not handle. Derick Brassard seemed to disappear in the playoffs which made Rutherford look even worse for the deal. The Penguins were also very sloppy in the playoffs this year.

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