I’m not going to tell you it doesn’t hurt. It does.
Several times yesterday, Miami flirted with the possibly of winning this game. But mental errors and breakdowns prevented UM from pulling off a monumental upset. Not to mention four turnovers on the road against a good football team.
Harris was 22-of-39 for 232 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions. Harris didn’t look sharp and seemed unfocused. He threw some great balls, but largely he had a sloppy game, even though two of his four interceptions were not his fault.
Despite Harris’s struggle, several players had great efforts. Damien Berry toted the rock 16 times for 94 yards, and looked fast and physical doing it. Leonard Hankerson hauled in seven catches for 90 yards. Lamar Miller had an 88-yard kickoff return for a score. Sean Spence had 11 tackles.
And as a unit, I think there were some positives defensively. When the #2 team in the country starts six drives inside the Miami 29 yard line and is held to 36 points, I think you have to see a silver lining there. UM’s defense and special teams (kick and punt return) kept them in the game, and if those units had played like the offense did, it could have gotten embarrassing.
I think you have to tip your hat to the Buckeyes. Miami made mistakes and Ohio St. made them pay, a sign of a good team.
Let’s switch gears for a moment and take a look at what some of our opponents in the ACC did yesterday: #10 Oklahoma pounded #17 FSU, 47-17. #15 Georgia Tech dropped their game with Kansas, 28-25, and #13 Virginia Tech lost to James Madison 21-16.
The ACC took a pounding yesterday regarding national perception. As a conference, teams have to start winning some out-of-conference games. But this leads to a larger point.
There weren’t many fans calling for an undefeated National Champion. I think most of us were optimistic that we could get to 10 wins and win the ACC title. The way the conference looks this year, its Miami’s for the picking. There are no elite teams in the ACC again this year. There are some good ones, but not Top 10 good, at least not at the moment.
This season isn’t lost and the goals of winning the ACC and reaching the BCS for the first time since 2003 are still within reach.