Canes Lose in Peach Bowl, Finish 9-3

ATLANTA, Ga. - The #9 Miami Hurricanes lost 40-3 against the #10 LSU Tigers. Miami was outgained 468-153 in total yardage and only had three yards in the second half while failing to get a first down.

The game really could not have been worse for the 'Canes.

They were embarrasseed and humiliated on national TV and in front of a crowd of 65,620 in the Georgia Dome.

It was Miami's worst loss since November 28, 1998 when they lost 66-13 to Syracuse.

The offense and defense combined to play their worst game of the season and it happened to be in the same game against a very good LSU team.

"They showed up and we didn't," said University of Miami head coach Larry Coker. "I am very disappointed."

Not only did the 'Canes fail to play well during the game, but things didn't go well after the game either.

There was an incident with a ball being taken by LSU player Dwayne Bowe and Miami players took offense to it causing two Miami players, Andrew Bain and Khalil Jones, to be knocked unconscious according to Coker.

Also, following the game Baraka Atkins and Kareem Brown stormed out of the lockerroom and had to be restrained by UM coaches, staff members, and police officers in the area.

Following the incident police moved the media out of the area and were not allowed to talk to players in the lockerroom after the game.

"I am the head coach of the University of Miami and I certainly want to take full responsibility," Coker said.

The game started off well for Miami as they led 3-0 on a 21-yard field goal by Jon Peattie and Devin Hester had four offensive touches in the first drive for the 'Canes. He would only have four more the rest of the game.

Hester, who might have played in his final game at UM, had 64 yards in total offense (24 yards rushing on 7 carries and 40 yards receiving on 2 catches).

He also had three kickoff returns for 39 yards giving him a total of 12 touches in the game.

Miami quarterback Kyle Wright was 10-of-21 for 100 yards and was sacked four times.

LSU quarterback Matt Flynn made his first collegiate start and was named the game's most outstanding offensive player.

Flynn was 13-of-22 with 196 yards and two touchdowns including a 51-yard touchdown pass to former UM commit, Craig Davis that gave the Tigers a 13-3 lead in the second quarter.

"I have to give all the credit to the guys on the team," Flynn said. "I couldn't have done it without them."

Charlie Jones had the biggest play in the game for Miami when he rushed for 42 yards. Jones finished the game with 50 yards on eight carries.

LSU running back Joseph Addai controlled the offensive pace for the Tigers as he rushed for 130 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns in the game.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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