MIAMI GARDENS — Keep it locked here for in-game updates and commentary as the Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0 ACC) look to extend their 10-game winning streak — the second-longest in the country — by defeating the Orange (4-3, 2-1) at Hard Rock Stadium:
Syracuse turnover on downs (1:31 4Q)
On fourth-and-7 near midfield, Eric Dungey’s pass was incomplete. Miami will take over and seal this.
No. 8 Miami 27, Syracuse 19 (2:48 4Q)
Travis Homer’s 33-yard rushing touchdown gave UM permission to breathe.
Jeff Thomas had a 13-yard catch early in the drive. Darrell Langham made a leaping 19-yard catch (it is the fourth quarter, after all).
No. 8 Miami 20, Syracuse 19 (5:23 4Q)
Cole Murphy’s 53-yard field goal made it a 1-point game.
Eric Dungey somehow gained 33 yards — and tried to hurdle a defender, Michael Jackson — on second down.
Miami turnover on downs (7:15 4Q)
UM needs a big stop here, with Syracuse starting at its own 40.
Michael Badgley’s career long is 57 yards, but instead of go for it — on fourth-and-3 from the 31, a would-be 48-yard try — Mark Richt went for it. The field conditions were likely the reason.
Malik Rosier’s pass to Darrell Langham was too and incomplete.
A big-time return by Jeff Thomas — from the 1 to the 35 — put Miami in fine starting position. But it didn’t work out.
No. 8 Miami 20, Syracuse 16 (9:52 4Q)
Miami’s defense bent, but didn’t break, and allowed a 45-yard field goal.
The Orange got to the Miami 10, but Demetrius Jackson hauled down Eric Dungey for a loss of 5, and a Trent Harris-and-Michael Pinckney sack went for a loss of 9, forcing the Orange to third-and-goal on the 24. A trick play — Dungey to Devin Butler to Dungey — went for a 3-yard loss.
Syracuse, which began at its own 45, went 29 yards in 11 plays lasting 4:53. That’s a good hold for UM.
Dungey made an outstanding throw on third down to get Cuse in the red zone, hitting Steve Ishmael for 13 yards beyond the reach of Malek Young.
Miami punt (14:45 4Q)
UM is in dangerous territory, giving Syracuse good field position and a chance to tie. The Orange will start at its own 45.
Injury note: Ahmmon Richards (hamstring) was hobbling after slipping and falling on the turf.
END 3Q: No. 8 Miami 20, Syracuse 13
No. 8 Miami 20, Syracuse 13 (1:03 3Q)
Syracuse answered, emphatically.
Things broke down when Miami allowed another QB run on third down. Eric Dungey, on third-and-2, scampered ahead for 28 yards and fought off a would-be tackler for extra yardage. He later threw a high knee into the face of Sheldrick Redwine as he tried to hurdle him on a 14-yard gain. Moe Neal rushed for a 15-yard touchdown on the next play.
UM’s run defense is struggling. The Canes are allowing 5.6 yards per carry, which would be a season-high. This is a game in which Dungey has completed 10 of 35 passes with four interceptions.
Yet, Miami leads by 7.
Attendance note: 56,158 tickets were sold today.
No. 8 Miami 20, Syracuse 6 (2:51 3Q)
Miami has its second touchdown of the day, and Jeff Thomas has the first of his career.
With Syracuse blitzing, the freshman caught a 48-yard rainbow from Malik Rosier and dove across the line to make Miami’s lead a bit more comfortable. Thomas, the MVP of the high school Under Armour All-American Game last January, roasted cornerback Devin Butler with pure speed.
Syracuse punt (3:39 3Q)
Eric Dungey gained 18 yards on third-and-10, and looked like he was set to lead the Orange on a tying, 99-yard drive. However, Miami’s defense held at the Syracuse 37.
Defensive notes: R.J. McIntosh batted a pass for the second drive in a row. He has five pass break-ups today. … Malek Young is doing a nice job on Steve Ishmael. He forced yet another incompletion.
Miami punt (5:40 3Q)
DeeJay Dallas downed a second consecutive punt near the Syracuse goal. UM is playing the field position game, thanks to its lack of offensive pop. Cuse will have to go 99 yards to tie the score.
Good things to start that last drive, though poor run blocking hurt matters.
Dionte Mullins picked up 22 yards and threw a stiff-arm. Rosier scrambled for 6. Miami went hurry-up, and Travis Homer gained a yard. He ran right into a mass of green jerseys (as in, his teammates, who haven’t opened big holes). Rosier slid for a first down, but UM couldn’t get anything else.
Injury note: Mike Harley (ankle, per WQAM) and Chris Herndon (sore shoulder) are still on the sidelines. Herndon, who has 10 catches today, would have helped.
No. 8 Miami 13, Syracuse 6 (8:55 3Q)
A 40-yard field goal by Cole Murphy was good, despite his slip-and-fall. The turf, replaced late this week, was in rough shape.
The Hurricanes allowed two straight first-down plays — a 10-yard catch by Ervin Phillips and a 17-yard Dontae Strickland rush — before R.J. McIntosh nearly one-handed an interception. He wound up with a PBU. Strickland found a huge hole in the line and gained 27.
On fourth-and-2 at the 30, UM couldn’t stuff Moe Neal, who gained 3. On second down, Sheldrick Redwine broke up a pass to force third down. Malek Young, matched up on a now-hobbled Steve Ishmael, forced him out of bounds on third down. Syracuse kicked for points.
UM’s run defense is allowing a bit more than it’d like (30 carries, 123 yards, 4.1 per) but the Syracuse pass game is nearly nil (9-for-28, 84 yards, four interceptions).
Miami punt (11:37 3Q)
UM moved the chains a couple times, but couldn’t keep it going, and punted to the Syracuse 8.
Chris Herndon caught his ninth and 10th passes of the game. We’re checking to see what the record is for a Miami tight end. Braxton Berrios had a chance to make a diving catch on a deep ball, but couldn’t hold on.
Injury note: receiver Mike Harley appeared to roll his left ankle. He limped off the field.
HALF: No. 8 Miami 13, Syracuse 3
A killer opening 30 minutes from the Miami defense, Chris Herndon going off and Ahmmon Richards returning added up to a very good start for UM, though the Canes stalled a couple times close to the Syracuse goal.
Orange quarterback Eric Dungey finished the half with horrific numbers: 7-for-22 for 62 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. The Orange gained 2.9 yards per play, and ran 47 of them. Miami had two sacks, four tackles for loss, and other than a 24-yard rush and a 27-yard catch, didn’t allow much to one of the nation’s more prolific offenses.
“They played great,” Mark Richt told WQAM at halftime. “We keep it up, we win.”
A win would extend Miami’s 10-game winning streak, and give the Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0 ACC) its first 4-0 start in ACC play since joining the league in 2004.
Malik Rosier opened 16-for-24 for 196 yards and a touchdown. Herndon tied his career high in catches (eight) and had a career-high 91 yards (and a touchdown) in the first half.
Richards (67 yards on three catches) dropped three balls, two of which might have been touchdowns. “If we catch the ball, we’ve got 21 points right now,” Richt said. The sophomore missed three of Miami’s first five games with a bad hamstring.
On that last series of the half, Michael Pinckey sacked Eric Dungey for a 12-yard loss and nearly a safety. He has two sacks. Cornerback Michael Jackson has two interceptions. Demetrius Jackson and Jaquan Johnson have the others.
Miami punt (0:48 2Q)
A couple deep shots for Miami, but nothing doing. Punt.
Travis Homer was the first man down covering a 52-yard punt. He works hard, that guy.
Turnover Chain, Part III (1:27 2Q)
Michael Jackson, go get that chain again.
The junior cornerback grabbed his second interception of the day (and his third of the season) by sealing off receiver Jamal Custis and securing a deep ball in his belly.
Jackson nearly had a fumble recovery earlier in the drive. Demetrius Jackson forced a fumble and Jackson recovered — but UM was called for 12 men on the field. The play didn’t count. The Hurricanes gave the Orange a third-down conversion on a facemask — Zach McCloud was the offender.
So, a shiny end to a sloppy drive.
Matchup note: Syracuse cannot block Miami defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh, try as they might.
Personnel note: Chad Thomas (shoulder) returned. Romeo Finley got in at safety. Freshman Derrick Smith was in at safety on the previous drive.
Miami punt (4:24 2Q)
Zach Feagles’ punt wasn’t pretty, but it took a Miami roll to the Syracuse 2. Travis Homer was there to tap it.
The good part of that otherwise nothing-doing drive: Ahmmon Richards hauled in a 31-yard reception. He has made three catches for 67 yards and dropped three balls.
Personnel note: With backup Michael Irvin out (not sure why, but he was not spotted during warmups; UM has no comment yet) Scott Patchan was in at TE. Chris Herndon took a couple plays on the sideline, resting.
No. 8 Miami 13, Syracuse 3 (6:19 2Q)
A third-and-25 conversion helped Syracuse score its first points of the day, in a game that’s become physical.
After a 17-play, 71-drive lasting 4:22, Cole Murphy’s 22-yard field goal put Cuse on the board.
Syracuse tight end Ravian Pierce, a Plantation native, was called for a personal foul for knocking off Sheldrick Redwine’s helmet after the play.
Miami, however, allowed the aforementioned bust on third-and-25. Ervin Phillips had no one around him, and raced through coverage before Jaquan Johnson tackled him. It was a bad bust for the Hurricanes.
It got the Orange rolling. Dontae Strickland rushed for 20, and Cuse’s quick-strike attack forced Miami to use a timeout to substitute inside the 5. Mark Richt ran onto the field, shouting, to try to get the stoppage. Officials didn’t grant it at first, calling UM for too many men on the field. They picked up the flag.
Steve Ishmael, Cuse’s top wideout, landed hard on his left side as he tried to make a touchdown catch. Malek Young broke up the pass. Ishmael laid on the turf for several minutes before he was helped up and slowly walked off.
Injury note: Chad Thomas writhed on the turf in pain after taking a foot to a sensitive area. He was also favoring his left arm/shoulder. WQAM reported he was expected to return to the game.
No. 8 Miami 13, Syracuse 0 (10:41 2Q)
Michael Badgley, apparently recovered from slipping on the wet turf during a recent kickoff, booted a 39-yard field goal to extend UM’s lead.
This happened: Ahmmon Richards, on a 21-yard reception, hurdled a defender. The defender was standing, nearly straight-up. Rodney Williams was his name. Williams is listed at 5-foot-10. Richards supposedly has a bad hamstring.
Richards also had a drop on a ball behind him. He would have walked in for a touchdown. That’s his fourth drop of the day (one didn’t count because of a penalty). He’s been in and out of practices, but he needs to make those catches.
I’ve got four drops for Miami so far, and one that didn’t count via penalty.
Turnover Chain, Part II (13:31 2Q)
Jaquan Johnson raced and dove for an interception. Third of the day for Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey, and the game is not yet 18 minutes old.
He has completed four passes so far, and three have been to Miami defenders. He is 1-for-10, for 12 yards, with three interceptions.
No. 8 Miami 10, Syracuse 0 (14:22 2Q)
Chris Herndon, who had 28 catches all of last year, has 23 already — and UM’s first touchdown of the day.
His 10-yard touchdown catch gave him six catches for 74 yards and a score in the first 16 minutes of the game. Miami is using screens and quick passes to great effect, like the final moments of the Georgia Tech game, and Herndon is eating.
Rosier, though three of his passes have been dropped, is 9-for-13 for 118 yards and a touchdown.
End 1Q: No. 8 Miami 3, Syracuse 0
The Hurricanes were inside the red zone after the first quarter, and finding big holes in the Orange defense.
Malik Rosier was 7-for-11 for 103 yards. Chris Herndon had four catches for 59 yards. Syracuse quarterback Eric Duney was 1-for-8 for 12 yards and two interceptions — that’s a QB rating of minus-24.9.
On the drive:
Travis Homer had a drop — Miami’s third so far — but caught a pass as he broke a tackle and gained 24. That’ll make up for it.
Ahmmon Richards dropped another pass on the next play. The ball flew through his hands.
Chris Herndon’s 35-yard reception on third-and-6 — he was wide open — put Miami at the Syracuse 20. Malik Rosier’s slide for 5 on first down was the last play of the quarter.
Turnover Chain (for real this time, 2:04 1Q):
Michael Jackson made a leaping interception on an overthrown ball intended for Syracuse’s Ervin Phillips. Jackson has a pair of picks this year and leads Miami. As Jackson rocked the ball to sleep and played to the cameras, his teammates jumped around him.
Miami punt (2:38 1Q)
The Hurricanes had a big play, but couldn’t convert, and punted into possible trouble.
Zach Feagles’ punt from the 1-yard line landed at the 43 and bounced backward, setting up Syracuse at the Miami 38.
Ahmmon Richards dropped a wide-open pass, which could have been a 90-yard touchdown. He had it at the 40, and dropped it, but it didn’t count. The play was called back on an illegal man call — Kc McDermott was too far downfield on an RPO play.
Personnel notes: Jeff Thomas in the slot, Dayall Harris taking his first snap in three games.
Syracuse punt (4:20 1Q)
Malek Young allowed a 12-yard catch on third-and-4. Local product Steve Ishmael (North Miami Beach High) got him. After a 12-man penalty on UM, Miami’s pressure got to Eric Dungey. Michael Pinckney battered him for a 4-yard loss, and R.J. McIntosh chased him into a throwaway.
On third-and-8, Moe Neal gained 5. The Orange punted to Miami’s 10.
Personnel notes: Linebackers Mike Smith (replacing Shaq Quarterman) and Charles Perry (Zach McCloud) were on the field to start the second drive, along with Pinckney.
No. 8 Miami 3, Syracuse 0 (7:25 1Q)
Miami moved the ball with apparent ease — all of its first eight plays went for more than 5 yards — on its opening drive, but stalled inside the 3. An 18-yard Michael Badgley field goal gave UM its first points.
That’s a win for Syracuse’s defense, which was Swiss cheese until things got real near the goal.
A positive note for UM: Ahmmon Richards is back. After sitting out last week with his nagging hamstring injury, Richards took a slant 15 yards and fought through hard contact on the way down. However, he couldn’t hold onto a contested third-and-goal pass, despite clearly overmatching the defender. Call it a dropped touchdown.
Personnel notes: Hayden Mahoney started at right guard. Navaughn Donaldson, who was listed as “probable” after missing last week’s game with a sprained ankle, was on the sidelines to start. … Scott Patchan (tight end) and Michael Parrott (fullback) were in on third-and-goal.
Near-turnovers, Syracuse punt (12:56)
A gang of Canes, led by Kendrick Norton, bowled over Eric Dungey on the first play. But running back Dontae Strickland went untouched up the middle for 24 yards on the next play. Pressure on Dungey made it third-and-10, and Miami nearly broke out the Turnover Chain.
R.J. McIntosh tipped a pass at the line, Demetrius Jackson recovered — but Jackson was stripped by an unidentified Syracuse defender. New drive for the Orange. Michael Jackson had an interception in his hands on third-and-10, part two, but dropped it as he dove to the turf.
Cuse got a punt away to Braxton Berrios, who fair-caught at his own 25.
Personnel notes: Trajan Bandy started at cornerback with Dee Delaney out. Sheldrick Redwine returned at safety.
Current temps in Syracuse: 72, “feels like” 72. Currently in Miami: 82, “feels like” 94, rain starting soon.
Miami won the toss and deferred to the second half.
We’ve got a “color rush” game here: Syracuse in all-white, Miami in all-green.