It would be unfair to evaluate the Miami Hurricanes’ 6-7 record based solely on bowl play.
But it will take us a while to forget how badly Manny Diaz’s first season ended. Louisiana Jets spoke to Miami 14-0 at the Bowl Independence Walk-on in a matchup that once again exposed how far the Hurricanes are from the national lead.
Miami shuffled through three blocks and took over three turnovers, hours after reports that the hurricanes would part ways with offensive coordinator Dan Enos. It was a disorganized offense at its worst, and quarterbacks Jarren Williams, N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell combined to go 15-of-34 passing for 153 yards and two INTs.
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Miami rushed 28 times for 74 yards. on average 2.6 meters per carriage. The hurricanes did not move more than 40 meters until the time of despair at the final 1:15.
This monumental depiction of bowl futility is sure to create the usual social means of accumulation from former blinds who still seem to be missing out on a golden age that they simply could never return to.
Louisiana Tech took advantage of the final giveaway to hand the Hurricanes their second loss to a team of 5 opponents this season. Which was worse? That goose-egg in the Bulldog or the 30-24 loss to Florida International and former Miami coach Butch Jones on November 24?
The answer is this bowl game disaster. He continued a trend where hurricanes do not appear for games after the season. Miami is 2-10 in bowl games in the last 15 seasons – a trend that began with a 40-3 loss to LSU at Peach Pot on December 30, 2005. We’ve seen Cal, Notre Dame, Louisville, South Carolina and Washington State. has hit the blind players ever since. Only Wisconsin has beaten Miami three times in that stretch.
But at least these were Power 5 schools. This was a strong Louisiana Tech team. Granted, the Bulldogs were playing close to home, but is it really a rationalization that you want to do as a Miami fan?
This was not a Louisiana state. This was Louisiana Tech.
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It is a program that built on its legacy, bringing together the victories of the Orange and the national championships in the 1980s and 1990s.
Now, they can’t win a spot in the post-Christmas special. Louisiana Tech was one step ahead of the offense all afternoon.
This is not the story of Diaz’s first hurricane season. Miami nearly beat Florida in a 24-20 loss to the opener and continues to beat Florida State 27-10 in a series of three-game winning streak in November. Miami beat Louisville 52-27 but lost to Duke 27-17. The game-to-game inconsistency was misleading, but the loss to Louisiana Tech highlighted the biggest difference between these legendary Miami teams and recent teams.
Miami needs to find a striker who can get the ball to his players. Williams showed flashes as an emerging champion, but was a double against Louisiana Tech. Martel, a state transfer in Ohio, never popped up. Perry, who received most of the snaps in 2018, couldn’t even move the offense.
The Blues need a QB they can trust. It is so simple.
So if Enos comes out, the next job of the next offensive coordinator is to make the most of the quarterback position. Four-star coach Tyler Van Dyke can get a chance. It was part of a recruiting class that ranked 17th on the FBS and second on the ACC according to 247Sports.
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That’s exactly the thing. Even at this point, Miami is the next best thing on the Clemson recruiting route when it comes to the ACC. Now we expect them to compete with the Tigers and the other greats.
The defense is top rated now and should improve under Diaz, but the offense should follow suit in Year 2, and September includes a nonconference matchup in the state of Michigan.
Of course, hurricanes cannot afford to look to the Spartans. They must first go through the Temple and the UAB. Given what happened in the Independence Cup, they can’t take the game for granted.
This is the fairest assessment after a year and Diaz will take the next step in 2020.
This kind of flop just can’t happen again.