Miami outmatched in ACC title game, fall to Clemson

It was another 60 minutes of follies and poor execution for Miami. A shot at the playoffs and coming off of that terrible loss to Pittsburgh, it was assumed Miami would come into the ACC title game vs Clemson with more focus and better results. Instead, they played even worse.

One big thing that was talked about all week was how Miami would have a shot at redemption in this game. A shot to erase that loss to Pitt, a second chance at that playoffs, and a shot to avenge that 58-0 loss to Clemson two years ago. Another big storyline was how that loss to Pitt could have been a wake-up call just at the right time for Miami. Turns out they just weren’t ready for this game or this moment.

The Hurricanes were completely and totally outmatched in this game from the start. You could tell as soon as Clemson scored a touchdown on their opening possession. And when Miami didn’t capitalize on an early turnover by Clemson, you knew it was going to be a long night. Malik Rosier missed more open receivers and the offensive line played poorly. All of those miscues and mishaps added up to a 38-3 loss for the Canes tonight.

All in all, It was a fun season for Miami, a resurgence of sorts took place this year and a legend was born in the Turnover Chain. There were many unforgettable moments, whether it was that game against Notre Dame, or the last second win over FSU, there are definitely plenty of bright spots to point to from this season. And many young players still to return to this team along with a highly rated recruiting class for next year.

But now as we enter bowl season, Miami sits at 10-2 and on a 2 game losing streak with one more game still to play. That final game will likely be the Orange Bowl against either Alabama or Ohio St. Not a bad consolation prize to play a major bowl game at home.

In the end though, this team was a year ahead of schedule in their progress and there should be a very bright future ahead for the Miami Hurricanes football team.

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