What a sports weekend it was for the Miami football teams.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes were able to squeak past always frisky Georgia Tech and their triple offense, with an incredible drive to set up a game winning field goal. Even better news for the Canes, they cracked the top 10 in the polls, going up as far as number 7 in the coaches poll.
As for your world famous Miami Dolphins, they were in Hot-Lanta on Sunday, taking on the defending NFC champion Falcons. Down 17-0 at halftime, it looked as if Adam Gase’s would falter under the bright lights at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. However, behind the greatness of Jay Cutler, Miami rallied and shocked the Falcons 20-17.
Back to the Hurricanes, Miami took the field at home on Saturday, following an emotional victory over FSU a week prior. Taking on Georgia Tech, a team that has always scared the daylights out of me. I remember all too well years like 2005, when the Yellow Jackets came into Miami to take on a third-ranked Canes, and upset the Hurricanes 14-10. Or even worse, in 2008, when Miami had just notched the top 25, and in Atlanta, Ga Tech thrashed the Canes for over 400 yards of RUSHING. So yeah, I had reason to worry.
Down 14-3 in the second quarter, it looked as if my fears had come true. The Yellow Jackets and their triple offense seemingly looked unstoppable in front of a half empty Hard Rock Stadium.
Then again in the fourth quarter, Miami found themselves down 24-22, on their own eight yard line, with 2:30 left to play.
However, I shouldn’t have worried, because as we found out last week, Malik Rosier is a gamer. Driving the Canes down the field to set up a field goal, Miami was cut short by penalties, that left them with 4th and 10, and out of field goal range. Remember Darrell Langham? The receiver who caught the game winning touchdown against FSU, yeah, he came up big again. Double covered by Yellow Jackets, Langham somehow made a bobbling catch set up a Michael Badgley game winning goal.
Just like that, the Canes are 5-0, having won their 10th straight game dating back to last year, their longest win streak in over ten years. Syracuse looks to invade Joe Robbie this weekend, coming off an upset of Clemson.
Looking to match their stadium roommates, the Dolphins traveled to Atlanta, coming off an incredible offensive performance the week prior against the Titans, (obviously that’s a joke, it was probably the worst win I’ve ever seen). In all honesty, I predicted Matt Ryan and company to run the Fins into the ground.
The first half, that’s exactly what happened. My boy Jay Cutler, fresh off a near 100 yard performance the week prior, struggled in the first two quarters, and the Falcons went up quickly 17-0.
However, in the second half, Cutler showed MVP-like glimpses, going 11 for 19 and two touchdowns. And while I don’t really care about any of the other players on team, Jarvis Landry caught those two beautifully thrown balls from Cutler for touchdowns, and Jay Ajayi had himself a day with 130 yards on the ground.
Kicker Cody Parkey knocked in two late game field goals, the second one giving the Dolphins the lead with 2:30 to go, ultimately giving Miami a 20-17 win.
The 17 point comeback was the teams largest since 2005, and its largest comeback on the road since the “fake spike” game in 1994, when Dan “The Man” Marino fooled the Jets.
With the win, the Dolphins move to 3-2, tied for second in the AFC East. The New Yorkers (Jets) come into Miami on Sunday, having defeated the Fins just three weeks prior.
The Heat begin their season on Wednesday, not sure if the excitement level is a 1 or 2 for Miami fans. Also, the Marlins haven’t made the playoffs since 2003.