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.
With Miami Hurricanes coming off two come from behind victories against Florida State and Georgia Tech it seemed like the match up against Syracuse would provide the same drama. Just a week prior the Syracuse Orange knocked off the number 2 team in the country, Clemson. And truth be told, it wasn’t necessarily drama, but it did take the full game for the Miami Hurricanes to defeat Syracuse.
The Miami Hurricanes vs Georgia Tech game was filled with last minute drama as the Canes came back to win the game with a last minute field goal by kicker Michael Badgley. Of course how can one forget the torrential downpour in the 4th quarter that made the field and surrounding sidelines a gigantic kiddie pool. In theory it was just a typical day in the life of a Miami sports photographer.
The 2016 Boca Raton Bowl featured two high scoring offenses; the Memphis Tigers and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL was the backdrop for the game in which the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Memphis Tigers 51-31. While the defenses for both teams didn’t fully show up to the game, they made sure to bring their offenses as both teams marched up and down the field at will.
Photographing the Hurricanes vs. Virginia game was a bit of a weird one. It was the first home game since Clemson crushed Miami and the first home game since they fire their head coach, Al Golden. I was so used to driving to the stadium to see planes carrying banners calling for the Al Golden to be fired that at this game the skies were eerily quiet. I guess even with all the weirdness the only thing that really mattered was that Miami Beats Virginia.