Friday Stock Report - 10/15

In this week's edition of The Friday Stock Report I decided to take a look back on last night's thrilling come-from-behind victory over Louisville. It had everything you look for in a college football game: solid teams, individual performances, lead changes, and late-game heroics in a great atmosphere. Here are the top 9 plays of the game.

TOP 9 PLAYS OF THE GAME

9. Devin Hester, Miami, 34-yard kickoff return

To set up Miami's game-winning drive the Hurricanes first needed good field position. Hester, who already had returned a punt for a touchdown earlier in the game and a kickoff that was called back with a holding call, danced around trying to switch fields before finding a seam in the coverage before being tackled on the Miami 44-yardline.

8. Montrell Jones, Louisville, 17-yard diving reception

Montrell Jones, a transfer from Tennessee, had a team-high 67 yards receiving in the game. His toughest yards came on a diving catch on a pass thrown by Stefan LeFors in the second quarter. LeFors was 13-of-15 passing for 202 yards in the first half.

7. Lance Leggett, Miami, 26-yard reception on 3rd-and-10

On the game-winning drive for the Hurricanes they faced two third-and-long plays. The first came from the Louisville 45-yardline. True freshman Lance Leggett had an opportunity for a touchdown earlier in the game, but could not come up with the catch. This time, he did. Leggett came up with a 26-yard reception in the middle of the field and a 5-yard facemask penalty was tacked onto the end of the play giving Miami a 1st-and-10 from the Louisville 14.

6. Lionel Gates, Louisville, 17-yard touchdown reception

Miami has been down before and they knew it would be a tough game with Louisville. However, they did not expect to be down 17-7 heading into half, much less 24-7. Gates came out of the backfield as a fullback catching a Stefan LeFors pass and taking in for a score after slightly bobbling the catch. The play came on a 3rd-and-3. With only 1:29 left until halftime and down 24-7 the Hurricanes knew they were in for a dogfight.

5. Santonio Thomas, Miami, fumble recovery in the fourth quarter

Miami began the fourth quarter down 31-24 and Louisville faced a 3rd-and-1. Stefan LeFors fumbled the snap and Santonio Thomas recovered for the Hurricanes at the Louisville 22-yardline. Miami would kick a field goal to narrow the lead and LeFors did not return to the game after the play after he reportedly "had his bell rung."

4. Tiger Jones, Louisville, 22-yard touchdown reception

Immediately following a fake punt Stefan LeFors threw his third touchdown pass of the day to Tiger Jones in the left corner of the end zone as Jones faced man coverage. The touchdown, his second of the game, came on 3rd-and-12 and it gave Louisville a 31-14 lead in the 3rd quarter. It appeared the game was over.

3. Lionel Gates, Louisville, 39-yard rush on fake punt

With the Cardinals hanging on to a 24-14 lead in the third quarter and momentum beginning to sway Miami's way coach Petrino called for a fake punt run from their own 41 and needing 10 yards for the first down. The run by Gates set up a Tiger Jones touchdown to give Louisville a 31-14 lead and momentum.

2. Darnell Jenkins, Miami, 5-yard catch on 4th-and-4

Jenkins finished the day with seven catches, but none was bigger than his final catch. The Hurricanes faced 4th-and-4 from the Louisville 8-yardline down 38-34 with less than two minutes left in the game. Jenkins ran a drag route and made a tough catch with two defenders on him to give the Hurricanes a first down en route to Frank Gore's game-winning touchdown.

1. Devin Hester, Miami, 78-yard punt return

With less than nine minutes remaining in the game the Hurricanes trailed 31-27. Hester fielded the punt and took it right up the middle exciting the crowd with his third punt return for a touchdown on the season. He had a 103-yard kickoff return to start the second half called back because of a holding call.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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