Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Nearly a month had passed since I last photographed a Miami Hurricanes home game. It felt like eternity, but luckily it only felt like eternity. Even though the Miami Hurricanes were coming off two straight road losses, I was hoping for a better showing at home against their ACC Coastal foes, the Virginia Tech Hokies. Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies, ACC football at it’s best.

As I mentioned prior, with 2 straight losses the Miami fan base were less than enthusiastic with showing up to the game to support their team. Empty seats always find their way into photographs no matter what angle I try to take. That is just how all Miami fans are, they’re fickle when their team is losing.

I have a little routine when I photograph the Miami Hurricanes games. I get to the stadium early then I go up to the pressbox and get the roster sheets along with other marketing material laying around that talks about the teams. I always like to read up on the other team’s top performing players so I know who to look for on the field. After that I walk around the field and just soak in the quietness of an empty stadium. Once that walk is done, it’s time to start shooting as the teams arrive to the stadium and begin to warm up.

The game itself was a bit frustrating photography wise as the sidelines were filled with sponsors and they aren’t used to being on the field and they were walking into shots etc. The same could be said for the referees. This game I countless shots of a referee’s backside. It’s just the way it goes some times. On the Virginia Tech sideline there was this one guy who was standing way outside where he was allowed and as I was walking to approach him to ask him to move back because he was blocking my shot, he turned around and it ended up being All-Pro and NFL legend, Bruce Smith. I snapped a few pics of him and was like, he’s ok; I’ll move instead.

The Hurricanes won the game, even though it wasn’t a really well played game on either team’s part. Next Saturday the #6 Clemson Tigers come to town and I’m expecting a high scoring game and I can’t wait.

Miami head coach, Al Golden, walks to the stadium
Miami head coach, Al Golden, walks to the stadium
Miami head coach, Al Golden, looks up at all the planes carrying
Miami head coach, Al Golden, looks up at all the planes carrying banners prior to the game
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver #3, Stacy Coley, comes out to warm ups looking at the planes flying the banners
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver #3, Stacy Coley, comes out to warm ups looking at the planes flying the banners
Miami Hurricanes safety, Dallas Crawford, walks out to warm ups
Miami Hurricanes safety, Dallas Crawford, walks out to warm ups
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, leads the quarterbacks group onto the field
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, leads the quarterbacks group onto the field
Miami Headcoach, Al Golden, leads his team out before the game
Miami Headcoach, Al Golden, leads his team out before the game
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, takes practice throws
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, takes practice throws
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, leads the team captains out for the coin toss
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, leads the team captains out for the coin toss
Miami Hurricanes head coach, Al Golden, leads his team through the smoke
Miami Hurricanes head coach, Al Golden, leads his team through the smoke
Miami Hurricanes WR #3, Stacy Coley, runs through the smoke
Miami Hurricanes WR #3, Stacy Coley, runs through the smoke
Miami Hurricanes LB #51, Juwon Young, runs through the smoke
Miami Hurricanes LB #51, Juwon Young, runs through the smoke
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, looks out to the field as he walks to the coin toss
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, looks out to the field as he walks to the coin toss
Miami Hurricanes student section get ready for kickoff
Miami Hurricanes student section get ready for kickoff
Sebastian the Ibis flexes his muscles prior to kickoff
Sebastian the Ibis flexes his muscles prior to kickoff
Virginia Tech's mascot
Virginia Tech’s mascot
Virginia Tech OL #77, Wade Hansen, walks back to the lockerrom after warmups
Virginia Tech OL #77, Wade Hansen, walks back to the lockerrom after warmups
Miami Hurricanes DB #22, Sheldrick Redwine, tackles Virginia Tech WR #3, Greg Stroman, during a kickoff
Miami Hurricanes DB #22, Sheldrick Redwine, tackles Virginia Tech WR #3, Greg Stroman, during a kickoff
Miami Hurricanes RB #1 Mark Walton, tries to score a touchdown
Miami Hurricanes RB #1 Mark Walton, tries to score a touchdown
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, looks to throw a pass
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, looks to throw a pass
Virginia Tech RB #34, Travon McMillian, tries to elude the Miami Hurricanes defense
Virginia Tech RB #34, Travon McMillian, tries to elude the Miami Hurricanes defense
Miami Hurricanes safety #26, Rayshawn Jenkins, tries to stop Virginia Tech RB #34, Travon McMillian, from scoring
Miami Hurricanes safety #26, Rayshawn Jenkins, tries to stop Virginia Tech RB #34, Travon McMillian, from scoring
Virginia Tech players celebrate a touchdown by RB #34, Travon McMillian
Virginia Tech players celebrate a touchdown by RB #34, Travon McMillian
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, throws a pass against Virginia Tech
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, throws a pass against Virginia Tech
Miami Hurricanes cheerleaders
Miami Hurricanes cheerleaders
Miami Hurricanes RB #1, Mark Walton, tries to jump over the pile for a touchdown
Miami Hurricanes RB #1, Mark Walton, tries to jump over the pile for a touchdown
Miami Hurricanes RB #2, Joe Yearby, tries to escape the grasp of Virginia Tech LB #40, Deon Clarke
Miami Hurricanes RB #2, Joe Yearby, tries to escape the grasp of Virginia Tech LB #40, Deon Clarke
Virginia Tech WR #1, Isaiah Ford, runs after a catch
Virginia Tech WR #1, Isaiah Ford, runs after a catch
Virginia Tech defense sacks Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya
Virginia Tech defense sacks Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya
Virginia Tech LB #37, Ronny Vandyke, wraps up Miami Hurricanes RB #2, Joe Yearby
Virginia Tech LB #37, Ronny Vandyke, wraps up Miami Hurricanes RB #2, Joe Yearby
Battle in the trenches
Battle in the trenches
NFL legend and former Buffalo Bills great Bruce Smith
NFL legend and former Buffalo Bills great Bruce Smith
Virginia Tech QB #9, Brenden Motley, throws a pass against Miami Hurricanes
Virginia Tech QB #9, Brenden Motley, throws a pass against Miami Hurricanes
Sunlife Stadium
Sunlife Stadium
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, throws a pass
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, throws a pass
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, walks back to the lockerroom after beating Virginia Tech
Miami Hurricanes QB #15, Brad Kaaya, walks back to the lockerroom after beating Virginia Tech

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