Badgers Hold Off Miami, 20-14 in Champs Sports Bowl

by Terry Bender

Hurricanes versus Badgers

Hurricanes versus Badgers

The Miami Hurricanes and Wisconsin Badgers had a common goal:  to reach 10 wins for the 2009 college football season by winning versus their opponent in the final game of the year in Orlando, Florida.  Both teams would enter at 9-3, with conference records of 5-3 in the ACC and Big Ten, respectively, but only one could emerge victorious in their last game of the year.  Unfortunately for the Canes, it was not them.

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the Canes offense was flat for most of the game.  The defense did not play bad, but tailback John Clay, Wisconsin’s beast of a player who resembles the great Ron Dayne, beat the Canes for over 100 yards as the Badgers controlled the clock and pounded the football.  Jacory Harris was sacked multiple times, and Miami lost tailback Graig Cooper late in the first half, a major blow that would leave Javarris James as the lone tailback with bowl experience.

Miami added a late score and even recovered an onside kick, but on 4th and 14, the Jacory Harris pass that would have seemed like a miracle if completed, would slip through the hands of his intended target (it was thrown a bit behind the receiver) and Miami’s season would end at 9-4.

The Hurricanes were certainly fun to watch this year – nobody will forget the magical performances early in the year during that grinding schedule that included games versus Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma.  Jacory Harris made many strides in becoming Miami’s next big prolific quarterback, and Randy Shannon seemed to have  a firmer grip on his team as they earned their way into national prominence once again.

We’d like to thank the Seniors for their effort and wish them luck in any future endeavors.  For the rest of the team, we’ll look forward to covering you next year.

Congratulations on an exciting season, and remember to keep that “U Swagga” alive.