Another weekend, another two days of both Miami football teams coming away with the W. Two New York teams entered in South Florida, both went back up East with losses, only leaving behind their elderly.
The Hurricanes started things out on Saturday against Syracuse, with a 27-19 win, while the Dolphins came from behind to beat out the hated Jets 31-28.
First things first, the Canes are riding high right now. Coming into Saturday, Mark Richt’s team was ranked eighth in the country, coming off two emotional victories over FSU and Georgia Tech. They were also looking for their first 4-0 ACC start in the schools history.
Coming to Miami was Syracuse, the little Orangemen who just the week before, knocked off defending national champion Clemson. Syracuse was led by their shifty quarterback Eric Dungey, who showed fans how their QB could play so poorly and yet still almost win.
Meeting for the first time since 2003, the last three meetings between these two teams, Miami had won by a combined score of 125-17. However, during those games, the guys who were running the ball was Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee.
Playing on a wet torn up field at Hard Rock Stadium, the Hurricanes offense moved fast their first few drives, and it looked as if the Syracuse victory the week before over Clemson was a just a fluke. Those promising drives however, with the lack of efficiency in the red zone, turned into just 13 first half points for the Hurricanes.
Miami fans however, know that this is a second half team, this point being proven in the last two weeks. Malik Rosier had a career high 344 yards through the air, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Mark Walton’s replacement Travis Homer continues to look promising, rushing for 95 yards, including a 33-yd dash to the endzone, giving the Canes an eight point lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
While Syracuse’s Dungey rushed for 100 yards on Saturday, his passing skills were as ugly as the grass in the stadium during the game. Dungey threw four interceptions, and had a QBR of 24.0.
While the Orangemen sure did make it a game, it was the Hurricanes who walked away with a win, riding high with a 6-0 record, with a trip to Chapel Hill on Saturday to take on the Tar Heels.
Now to your world-famous Miami Dolphins. Coming off a come from behind victory the week before in Atlanta, the Jets rolled into town, with more than half of their fan base already in South Florida.
When thinking of this great rivalry, its hard not to think about the incredible quarterbacks that have also been involved with the Fins and the Jets. Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Ken O’Brien, and heck, even Brett Favre.
Taking the snaps on Sunday, Jay Cutler and Josh McCown.
The Jets got the better of Miami earlier in the season, defeating them in New York 20-6. Since that day 4 weeks ago, the Dolphins had played better, and were looking for their third consecutive win.
Early on though, it seemed as if the Jets were on their way to another win over Miami, going into the locker room with a 21-7 lead.
Early on in the third quarter, tragedy struck. Our beloved quarterback Jay Cutler, left the game early on in the second half after injuring his shoulder.
Though I don’t care as much about the Dolphins if Jay Cutler isn’t in, I should mention that Matt Moore entered the game for the first time since Bud Dupree killed him in a playoff game this past January.
Down 28-14 in the fourth quarter, Moore engineered yet another Dolphins comeback, tying the game at 28 with two touchdown passes to Kenny Stills.
Then, with less than a minute to go, “Ricky” Bobby McCain stepped in front of a McCown pass to set up Moore for a game winning drive.
A 39 yard field goal by Cody Parkey with 22 seconds to go sealed a Dolphins victory, and another Jets collapse.
The Canes are 6-0 and still ranked in the top 10, and the Fins are 4-2 and well in the AFC playoff hunt. Rock on Miami.