Miami Hurricanes Woes Continue After Missing Game-Winning 33-Yard Field Goal, ‘Canes Fall to Virginia 30-28

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MIAMI, FLORIDA (Miami Hurricanes) – With three seconds left, the Miami Hurricanes, who were down by as many 13 points, lined up for a game-winning 33-yard field goal.

The field goal attempt clanged off the left upright as time expired, giving the Virginia Cavaliers a 30-28 win over the Hurricanes Thursday evening at Hard Rock Stadium.

“There is a lot of hurt in that locker room right now,” Miami head coach Manny Diaz said. “It was a game of missed opportunities. Our guys believe thought and that was on the verge of being something remarkable with what this team has gone through.”

Miami (2-3, 0-1 ACC) trailed Virginia (3-2, 1-2 ACC), 27-14, with 2:56 remaining in the third quarter.

Second-year freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who started his first career ACC game, completed four consecutive passes, moving the Hurricanes to their own 43-yard line.

Then, junior running back Cam’Ron Harris broke off a 57-yard touchdown run, pulling the Hurricanes with one possession.

The Cavaliers answered with a field goal in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to push their advantage up to, 30-21.

Despite Miami having its backs against the wall, Van Dyke wasn’t fazed.

He orchestrated a 9-play, 75-yard drive, capped off by a 24-yard quarterback keeper, bringing the Hurricanes back within two.

Miami’s defense forced a Virginia punt, setting up the potential game-winning drive.

“What I know is what I just saw in the fourth quarter when there was not a lot of evidence that we could do what we did right there and give us a chance to win the game,” Diaz said. “The guys believe in each other. There’s not a person I’d rather line up to kick that field goal than Andy Borregales. I think everyone on that sideline thought we were going to win the football game and that we had done enough to win the football game.”

The Hurricanes scored on three of their final five possessions. Meanwhile, Miami held the Cavaliers to just three points over the final five minutes and 50 seconds.

Van Dyke threw for 203 yards and totaled two touchdowns, stepping in for veteran quarterback D’Eriq King.

“I have to give credit to the offense, they really kept me up when things weren’t going well,” Van Dyke said. “They told me to keep my head up and I just went out there and made plays in the second half. Guys made plays for me. Mike Harley, Cam’Ron Harris ran the ball really well, Charleston Rambo, too. I’m just really proud of all those guys.”

Harris tallied 100-plus yards for the second straight week. Harris’ fifth multi-rushing touchdown performance moved him past Clinton Portis for the 10th-most rushing touchdown in Miami history

Harley recorded six catches for 45 yards and one touchdown. The fifth-year senior moved him into sole possession of third place in career receptions in program history.

Virginia entered Thursday evening’s contest leading the country in passing yards per game with 430.5. The Hurricanes held the Cavaliers to a season-worst 268 yards through the air.

The Hurricanes celebrated the life of Howard Schnellenberger Thursday night with an on-field ceremony and a special jersey patch. At halftime, Miami revealed Schnellenberger as the first coach ever inducted into the Miami Hurricanes Ring of Honor.

“As a team, we all have the understanding that we still have a lot to fight for. Everything else on the outside, we can’t really focus on that. We care about each other. We want to play better for the man next to us,” sixth-year senior defensive end Zach McCloud said. “Going into this bye week, if we spend the whole time being sad about a loss without taking the time to get better and learn a lesson from the loss, then that will show and we can’t let that happen.

Following a bye week, the Hurricanes hit the road to face preseason Coastal-favorite North Carolina (2-2, 1-2 ACC) on Oct. 16 at Kenan Memorial Stadium.