Big Plays in Win Over BC

After taking the field at the Orange Bowl for the first time without teammate Bryan Pata, the Hurricanes were able to salvage some pride after a forgettable season.

After giving up seven points early, the Miami defense turned one of it's strongest performances of the year, holding the Eagle offense to only 193 yards of total offense and only seven points. The offense wasn't pretty but they were able to hit on a couple of big plays to put them over the top.

Here is a look at some of the games big plays:

-Boston College's second drive, 2nd and 7, quarterback Matt Ryan completes a 24 yard pass to running back Andre Callender, this would set up a Callender touchdown run two plays later. This was the Eagles only offensive score of the game.

-11:50 to go in the second quarter, BC quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked and fumbled the ball which would be recovered by Miami linebacker Jon Beason at the BC 29 yard line. This would later lead to a Jon Peattie field goal to cut the lead to 7-3

-With about four minutes to go in the second quarter, Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman threw his first of three interceptions. The Eagle defense was in a cover two coverage, Freeman was baited into trying to fit the ball between the flat defender and the safety and ended up turning the ball over. Eagle cornerback DeJuan Tribble intercepted the pass. Led by a Calais Campbell third down sack, the Cane defense held the Eagles to four yards and would take the ball over on downs.

-Freeman would suffer another early mental mistake as he tried to force a play under pressure and DeJuan Tribble intercepted the pass once again, this time taking it back for a touchdown. The Eagles went up 14-3.

-After a long kickoff return by Ryan Hill was called back, the Cane offense had to start on their own 26 yard line with 50 seconds to go. After a short Javarris James run, the Canes took to the air. With all four receivers running vertical, the Canes were able to influence one of the safeties inside, allowing Freeman to hit senior receiver Ryan Moore for a 49 yard pass play. Now at the Boston College 24 yard line, Freeman hooked up with Javarris James out of the backfield for 17 yards. Freeman then hit Lance Leggett on a fade route for the touchdown. An extra point brought the score to 10-14 going into halftime.

-With 10:18 to go in the third quarter, Miami started its go ahead touchdown drive. Freeman breaking Boston College's cover three defense on consecutive plays highlighted the drive. After a 28 yard Ryan Moore pass play, Freeman then hit tight end Greg Olsen for a 30 yard pass, bringing the Canes down to the one yard line. Javarris James would punch the ball in on a one yard run, bringing the score to 17-14, which would end up being the final score.

-Kirby Freeman's third interception came around the 10 minute mark in the fourth quarter. Keeping with the theme of the night, it was simply a forced pass on a covered route.

-With a little over two minutes left in the game, Boston College's last drive was ended by a Glenn Sharpe interception. The Miami defense was in a standard cover three and BC quarterback Matt Ryan simply did not read the defender well when he threw the pass.

Players Of The Game:

Boston College:

Cornerback DeJuan Tribble. only gave up one big play on defense but his three interceptions on the night were impressive.

Miami:

Miami Defense, led by linebacker Jon Beason, cornerback Glenn Sharpe and defensive end Calais Campbell, the Canes defense rose to the occasion and held the BC offense to only seven points. Senior receiver Ryan Moore stepped up with two key big plays in the game that set up scores later in the drive.

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