Moss Has Career Day

Ronald Moss had never missed one of his son's games, at least not to Tyrone Moss' recollection. Not as a youngster. Not at Pompano Beach Ely High School. Not at the University of Miami through Moss' first two-and-a-half seasons at UM.

But because of the after effects of Hurricane Wilma that pummeled South Florida Monday morning, Ronald Moss, who works for the City of Deerfield Beach and is heavily involved in the restoration and cleaning of the city and removing debris from the roadways could not get the day off to see his son have the game of his life.

"He couldn't get the day off," Tyrone Moss said. "He works for the City of Deerfield. I can't remember him ever missing one of my games. I am kind of disappointed, but he is working seven days a week right now."

It's a shame too because the younger Moss, who is built like a tank with incredibly broad shoulders, showed on the field Saturday afternoon what ‘Canes fans have been waiting since he signed his scholarship to attend UM after a spectacular high school career at Ely that saw him break records galore, including the most yards ever in Broward County and leading the Tigers to a state championship his senior year.

With the offense in a serious rut, it was Moss who carried the team as he rushed 24 times for 195 yards and four touchdowns, an 8.1 yards per carry average, leading the ‘Canes to a 34-16 come from behind win over North Carolina to set up an epic match up with Virginia Tech Saturday night in Blacksburg, Va.

But it wasn't easy as the ‘Canes fell behind early with some embarrassing play in the first half, particularly due to some poor decision making by quarterback Kyle Wright in the first half that saw him badly under throw a covered Sinorice Moss on one deep ball when there were numerous wide open receivers underneath, a gift to UNC when he rolled out and didn't throw it away, and a deep pass to a covered Darnell Jenkins in the end zone.

Moss picked Wright up though while gashing the Tar Heels for chunks of yards at a time. If he'd actually gotten more than two carries in the fourth quarter, there's no doubt Moss would have clipped the 200-yard mark.

"All the credit goes to my offensive line," Moss said. "There were some huge holes to run through, so I did my thing."

Moss, who rushed for 110 in the first half and scored the ‘Canes only touchdown as they went into the half trailing 16-7, took over in the second half combining his runs with a dominating defensive performance that saw the ‘Canes defense finally electrify the crowd that was booing them at the end of the first half.

Moss' one-yard run in the third quarter cut the lead to two capping a three play drive that covered 26 yards, all by Moss after Devin Hester returned a Tar Heels punt to the UNC 26.

After the ‘Canes took a 20-16 lead following a blocked punt and recovery in the end zone by Quadtrine Hill, Moss continued where he left off.

His four-yard scamper following a sack and forced fumble by Javon Nanton gave the ‘Canes a 27-16 lead with 1:08 to play in the third.

"Tyrone Moss was phenomenal," UM coach Larry Coker said. "He was the big difference in the game. The more he carries the ball the quicker he gets."

And it was never more evident than on his final carry of the game. It gave the ‘Canes a 34-16 when he scored on a sweet 15-yard run that saw him go right and cut back while making a couple of nice jukes on defenders to cruise into the end zone completing his career day, one he gave his offensive line all the credit for.

"I think I had a pretty good day, but all the credit goes to the offensive line," said Moss who couldn't stop praising his offensive line following the game did a great job. "They did a great job."

But others had plenty to rave about when talking about Moss' career day.

"They have won a lot of football games in the past on defense and special teams, and that certainly helped them a great deal today, as well as Tyrone Moss doing what he's done to a lot of people," North Carolina coach John Bunting said.

"We relied on him today," Wright said of Moss. "He followed the offensive line and did what he had to do."

And while Moss put on a show for the fans in the stands and a national audience on ESPN 2, unfortunately Ronald Moss didn't get the chance to see his son's outstanding performance.

Hopefully though, he'll catch a re-broadcast of it on Sun Sports and get to smile when he finally gets a day off again because there's no doubt about it, Miami would have been on the wrong side of the scoreboard at the end of the day if the ‘Canes didn't call on Tyrone.

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