Canes Become Bowl Eligible, Win 17-14

MIAMI, Fla. – Glenn Sharpe intercepted a pass with 2:19 left in the game as Miami won 17-14 over Boston College to become bowl eligible.

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Miami (6-6, 3-5 in the ACC) is in contention to receive an invitation from the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 27 or the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise on Dec. 31.

The defense held No. 18 Boston College (9-3, 5-3) to 24 yards rushing and overcame a 14-3 deficit to win their 15th straight game over the Eagles.

"It was great to see us come back and win against a top 20 team, who was competing for an ACC championship," Miami coach Larry Coker said.

Rumors have circulated the future of Miami head coach Larry Coker, who is 18-12 in his last 30 games after starting 41-3 to begin his career.

"All that is speculation," Coker said. "On Sunday we are going to go out and recruit. We will have a phenomenal recruiting class. We are going to go to work. Our plans are made and our trips are scheduled."

Although Miami did not have the season they had hoped, it was a positive for the program who came in losing their previous four games including two straight after Bryan Pata's death on Nov. 7.

Pata, who was a senior, was honored before the game along with 11 other seniors. His family was in attendance and walked out of the tunnel with Pata's No. 95 jersey in their hands.

After the seniors came out of the tunnel individually the entire team went over to Pata's family standing on the field.

There were chants by the fans before and after the game as they clapped saying, "Bryan Pata".

It has been a tough year for Coker's squad, who had their worst offensive football team since 1978, when they averaged 17.4 points per game. This year's team is averaging 19.5 points per game.

"This team has 19 starters returning for next year. We have been down here, but we won't be down for long. You can print that," Coker said.

The win over Boston College is Miami's first over a ranked opponent after losing all five of their previous contests against ranked opponents.

Miami took the lead with 7:09 remaining in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Javarris James, who finished with 45 yards rushing on 20 attempts.

Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman overcame three interceptions to win his first career start in three games. Freeman completed 13 of 26 passes for 181 yards. He threw a 7-yard touchdown to Lance Leggett just before halftime.

Senior wide receiver Ryan Moore had two catches for 77 yards.

Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan completed 17 of 34 passes for 169 yards, but his lone interception was costly.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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