Miami Mercilessly Embarrassed Notre Dame

On national tv, in front of a sold out Hard Rock Stadium, Miami mercilessly embarrassed Notre Dame. It was supposed to be the David vs Goliath battle in college football. Another chapter added to a hated and historic rivalry. Instead it was beat down reminiscent of Miami’s 58-7 bludgeoning on Notre Dame back in 1985.

The Miami Hurricanes were underdogs, ranked #7 in the nation, but a ranking many felt was a little generous. Notre Dame was ranked #3 and Miami was just an obstacle in the way of their quest for a college playoff game. A mere bump in the road that many felt Notre Dame would run over easily, however; on this day, the good Lord wasn’t on Notre Dame’s side and neither was luck.

The intensity of this game was palpable, reverberating through the tailgaters and all the way into the stadium. The raucous Hurricane fans filled Hard Rock Stadium and from before kickoff until the clock ran out, their energy swirled through the stadium like a leaf in the autumn wind.

Hurricane players, who were normally jovial and boisterous in warm-ups, were dialed in with laser focus. Intensity filled their eyes. They knew what was at stake. Their pride, their respect and their chance to be considered one of the best teams in the nation. When all was said and done Miami would have all that and then some.

The game played out like a dream come true to long suffering Hurricanes fans. The team played fast and efficient. The Hurricanes defense with their speed neutralized all the advantages Notre Dame thought they had. And with each turnover the Hurricanes defense produced the “Turnover Chain” made its cameo to the delight of players and fans alike.

It might have been one night, but it felt like the start of something. It felt like the old Orange Bowl. It felt like Miami Hurricanes football has finally made it’s presence felt.

Notre Dame’s season wasn’t the only thing that died on the field that night. The national disrespect of the Miami Hurricanes died as well. For a night at least, the U was back and that mere thought was enough to send shock waves across the landscape of college football.

Miami Hurricane fans greet the Notre Dame team buses
Miami Hurricane fans greet the Notre Dame team buses
Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier wears a patriot U shirt for warmups
Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier wears a patriot U shirt for warmups
Some of the fans had creative signs
Some of the fans had creative signs
Michael Pinckney is ready for work
Michael Pinckney is ready for work
Notre Dame mascot was full of bravado before the game
Notre Dame mascot was full of bravado before the game
Braxton Berrios (8) is all business coming out of the tunnel
Braxton Berrios (8) is all business coming out of the tunnel
Hurricanes fever was quite contagious
Hurricanes fever was quite contagious
Sebastian leads the team out
Sebastian leads the team out
DeeJay Dallas
DeeJay Dallas
KC McDermott was pumped for the game
KC McDermott was pumped for the game
Sheldrick Redwine with the hit stick
Sheldrick Redwine with the hit stick
Notre Dame players take a knee in prayer before the game
Notre Dame players take a knee in prayer before the game
Chad Thomas (9) wraps up Josh Adams (33)
Chad Thomas (9) wraps up Josh Adams (33)
Bradon Wimbush (7) throws under pressure
Bradon Wimbush (7) throws under pressure
Malik Rosier (12) waits for the snap
Malik Rosier (12) waits for the snap
Josh Adams (33) runs the ball
Josh Adams (33) runs the ball
Braxton Berriod (8) hauls in a touchdown
Braxton Berriod (8) hauls in a touchdown
Brandon Wimbush (7) looks downfield for a pass
Brandon Wimbush (7) looks downfield for a pass
Malik Rosier (12) rushes in for a touchdown
Malik Rosier (12) rushes in for a touchdown
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly
DeeJay Dallas (13) runs upfield
DeeJay Dallas (13) runs upfield
Hurricanes TE Chris Herndon (23) tries to run between two would be tacklers
Hurricanes TE Chris Herndon (23) tries to run between two would be tacklers
Travis Homer (24) looks for a hole to run through
Travis Homer (24) looks for a hole to run through
Ian Book (12) anticipates being hit as he throws
Ian Book (12) anticipates being hit as he throws
Shaq Quaterman (55) hits Ian Book (12) after he threw a pass
Shaq Quaterman (55) hits Ian Book (12) after he threw a pass
Chad Thomas (9) celebrates a tackle
Chad Thomas (9) celebrates a tackle
Brandon Wimbush (7) throws a pass from his own endzone
Brandon Wimbush (7) throws a pass from his own endzone
Shaq Quarterman just wants to keep on eating
Shaq Quarterman just wants to keep on eating
Hurricane fans hold four fingers in the air for the 4th quarter
Hurricane fans hold four fingers in the air for the 4th quarter
Brandon Wimbush (7) runs past Darrion Owens (58) to convert the 2 point conversion
Brandon Wimbush (7) runs past Darrion Owens (58) to convert the 2 point conversion
Miami Hurricanes Linebackers
Miami Hurricanes Linebackers
Ed Reed speaks to reporters after the game
Ed Reed speaks to reporters after the game

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