The Miami Hurricanes led 20-10 with three minutes left in the game, but Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst ran for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 9-play, 81-yard drive to narrow the Miami lead to 20-17.
After Miami was unable to pick up a first down and run out the clock, Clemson got another opportunity with 1:20 remaining in the game from their own 44-yardline.
Whitehurst completed 3-of-4 passes for 46 yards to give the Tigers 1st-and-goal from the 10-yardline. After two straight incompletions, Whitehurst overthrew a wide open Chansi Stuckey in the endzone with 19 seconds left. Clemson settled for a game-tying 27-yard field goal by Jad Dean, which set up the overtime battle.
Clemson won the toss and elected to play defense giving Miami the ball on the opening possession with the score tied 20-20.
After a holding call that set up a 2nd-and-19 from the 34-yardline, quarterback Kyle Wright found Greg Olsen for an 8-yard gain followed by a huge catch by Ryan Moore giving the Hurricanes a first down from the 6-yardline. Tyrone Moss would run in for a touchdown two plays later.
Clemson took the field and began their drive with three straight positive plays giving them a first down on the 8-yardline. Miami's defense held their ground and forced Clemson in a 4th-and-2 from the 5-yardline. Since they needed a touchdown they had to go for it. With the pocket collapsing Whitehurt stepped up and found Curtis Baham, who made an outstanding catch in the endzone for the game-tying touchdown.
Clemson started off with the ball and only managed three yards of offense and settled for a 37-yard field goal by Dean.
Moore made another huge play picking up 15 yards on a 2nd-and-11. Two plays later and Miami faced a 3rd-and-1 from the 2-yardline with a chance to win the game with a touchdown. Unsuccessful on third down, Miami settled with a 19-yard field goal by Jon Peattie.
Moss broke loose on the second play of the overtime with a 25-yard run to the right giving him his third touchdown on the game. Since it was the third overtime, Miami was forced to attempt a 2-point conversion. The pass by Wright failed and Miami held a 36-30 lead.
Clemson had bounced back all game in tough spots much like they had in their first two games of the season--both victories. Unfortunately for the Tigers their string ended this week. With a heavy rush put on Whitehurst he threw a bad pass that was intercepted by Kenny Phillips, who was making his first career start, that ended the game.
Moss led the offensive attack for the Hurricanes with 139 yards on 31 carries and three rushing touchdowns.
Wright was unable to get into a rhythm during regulation, but made some tough throws in overtime. He finished 16-of-26 passing for 152 yards and one touchdown.
Moore led the receivers with 54 yards and four catches. Sinorice Moss added 47 yards on three catches.
On defense safeties Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips had 10 tackles each.
Clemson outgained Miami in total offense, 378-347.
Miami hosts Colorado next Saturday at 12:00 noon.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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