Orange Bowl interceptions weren’t Malik Rosier’s fault, Mark Richt says

Malik Rosier looks on before playing in the 2017 Orange Bowl. (Getty Images)

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Mark Richt, offering a final review of the Orange Bowl, said he didn’t fault Malik Rosier for his interceptions.

Rosier threw three in that 34-24 loss last Saturday. On a conference call Thursday, Richt spoke mainly about two.

The first, which came at the start of the second quarter with UM leading 14-3, happened when linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel shook off left tackle Kc McDermott’s attempt to cut-block him and corralled Rosier’s pass intended for Braxton Berrios. Wisconsin scored three plays later, cutting the Hurricanes’ lead to four points. After a Miami three-and-out, the Badgers scored on their next drive and never again trailed.

“Obviously if we’d have cut-blocked a little bit better, we wouldn’t have had the issue.” Richt said. “In hindsight, I don’t think it was a good call. Malik was doing what he was coached to do. … You assume guys are going to get knocked down or at least cut. He played the cut block well and made the play. That changed the momentum of the game.”

Miami pulled within 24-21 before the second interception. After UM forced a punt with 9:40 left in the third quarter, Rosier was looking for Lawrence Cager, who caught a 38-yard touchdown pass on the Canes’ previous offensive series. Cager was outmaneuvered in the end zone by cornerback Derrick Tindal, who grabbed his jersey before slingshotting into position to make a pick.

Richt felt it was “pretty obvious” Tindal “grabbed our receiver.” It was a significant swing: Miami had a chance to take a lead midway though the third quarter, but Wisconsin tacked on a field goal to make it 27-21.

“Two of those interceptions, I don’t sit there and say Malik did a poor job of those,” Richt said, adding that the third pick — UM down 10 with 1:19 to go — was catchable. “Sometimes you look at the bottom line of the interceptions and you blame the quarterback, but I don’t feel that way about those,” he said.

Miami didn’t do a good enough job of defending Wisconsin’s quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who carved the UM defense for 258 yards and four scores and was named game MVP. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said after the game players didn’t attack the Badgers at the catch point; they didn’t fight hard enough to force incompletions. Richt said Hornibrook had too much time (uncalled holds in the trenches, he and every other person in Miami colors felt at the time, were a reason. That issue wasn’t revisited Thursday).

“Long story short, Wisconsin did a great job,” Richt said. “They deserved the victory. We’ve got a ways to go. Overall I think we’ve come a long way. We’re a team that got a taste of what it’s like to be in contention for the playoffs and I think that’ll serve us well when it comes to the future and the offseason.”

Mark Richt waiting to see which Miami Hurricanes will rise in 2018

DeeJay Dallas, shown here rushing for a touchdown in the Orange Bowl, could be a bigger factor in 2018. (Getty Images)

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It has been five days since Miami’s season ended with a 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl. Mark Richt is already seeing the 2018 team take shape. Such things move quickly.

“I’ve already had guys texting me, excited about the future and wanting to take on leadership roles and things of that nature,” he said Thursday. “I feel really good about us moving forward.”

Part of that feeling comes from a consensus top-10 recruiting class, several members of which are competing in high school All-American games this week in Tampa and San Antonio. Richt estimated nine or so of those players — a group that includes highly touted running back Lorenzo Lingard, receiver Mark Pope, and quarterback Jarren Williams — will enroll for the Jan. 16 start of classes. Much of the affirmation, naturally, comes from the players who are already in the program.

Miami will lose some steady hands, valuable players who both produced on the field and guided the proceedings off it. Veterans like Chad Thomas, Braxton Berrios, Chris Herndon, Mark Walton, Kc McDermott and Trent Harris will leave holes. Richt is encouraged by the next wave on defense, like safety Jaquan Johnson and linebacker Shaq Quarterman, a pair of All-ACC candidates. Defensive end Demetrius Jackson, returning from injury, is another respected voice.

“Those guys have already been leaders, as far as I see it,” Richt said. “Offensively, I would think some of the linemen, [seniors-to-be Tyler] Gauthier and Tyree [St. Louis], those guys you would expect to do that. You’ve got [quarterback] Malik [Rosier]. One guy who stepped up his game and his leadership started to grow, I thought, or at least sprout, was DeeJay Dallas. The guy played big in some big games. He’s got an energy about him that’s contagious. That’s outstanding. [Receiver] Ahmmon Richards will be a leader for us. There’s a lot of good candidates that can do that.

“What happens too, you’ve got a freshman class that comes in. There will be leadership in that bunch. … There’s a couple of them that may be able to step up and play enough and gain enough respect of their teammates to have a voice.”

Lingard, a five-star prospect, could be one of those players. He is considered one of the ambassadors for UM’s 2018 recruiting class, as Dallas was last year, and could play quite a bit with UM losing Walton to the NFL. He no doubt feels the same as one of his future teammates, rising sophomore wideout Mike Harley, who on Thursday posted a photo of a Hurricanes ACC Coastal Division Champions hat with the caption, “Not good enough.”

Lingard will play in the Army All-American Bowl on Saturday (1 p.m., NBC) with signees Pope, Williams and receiver Brian Hightower, and commit Nesta Silvera, a defensive tackle.

Another potential freshman standout, tight end Brevin Jordan, will play in Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game with offensive linemen Delone Scaife and Cleveland Reed and safeties Gurvan Hall and Al Blades Jr. The game begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

“We’ve heard a lot of good reports about our guys,” Richt said, when asked what he’s heard from sources at this week’s All-American game practices. “Obviously it’s an all-star game, and there are a lot of good players. From what I hear, our guys are doing exceptionally well and people are pleased with them.”

Schedule updates: “Somewhere around nine” midyear enrollees will join the program this month, Richt said. UM’s spring semester begins Jan. 16. UM is expected to begin spring practices after spring break, which ends March 18. UM’s offseason “mat drills,” he said, will begin “when coaches get off the road from recruiting.” The contact period for recruiting, during which coaches are permitted to visit recruits off-campus, ends Feb. 3. Players who didn’t sign in December can sign letters of intent again beginning Feb. 7.

Former top recruit DJ Johnson to leave Miami Hurricanes

UM’s DJ Johnson (1) and Jeff Thomas (4) cool off in a tub of ice water after the second day of University of Miami football camp at Greentree Field on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

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Miami’s defensive line of the future will not include DJ Johnson.

Johnson, considered the best defensive recruit Miami signed last season, has left the program. UM confirmed the news in a brief press release distributed Tuesday.

“DJ indicated to me that he would like to continue his playing career closer to his family,” coach Mark Richt said in the release.

In a tweet, Johnson said:

“Loved miami, close family members going through severe health issues. Thank you to the miami fan base and staff for embracing me and giving me some great memories and molding me as a better player and growing man. God bless.”

Johnson, a true freshman defensive end from Sacramento, Calif., played in eight games and recorded three tackles in his only season in Coral Gables.

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he was a four-star prospect who reportedly had more scholarship offers — 100 — than any recruit in the 2017 class. He chose to play at UM over schools like UCLA, USC, Alabama and numerous others, calling it his “dream school.” He briefly left the team in November for personal reasons.

UM, which loses graduating ends Chad Thomas and Trent Harris, returns junior-to-be Joe Jackson (6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss), redshirt senior Demetrius Jackson (injured in November; 7.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks in seven games) and sophomore Jonathan Garvin (2.0 sacks, 3.0 TFL, two forced fumbles as a newcomer). Johnson would have been a part of that rotation, which could also include oft-injured former four-star recruit Scott Patchan (who flipped between DE and TE last year).

Johnson’s departure could help create more playing time for 2018 signee Greg Rousseau, a 6-6, 222-pound three-star prospect who will enroll next week, and whomever else UM may add during the signing period that begins Feb. 7.


Darrion Owens reportedly leaving Miami Hurricanes; Ryan Fines leaves program

Linebacker Darrion Owens. (Matt Porter)
Linebacker Darrion Owens. (Matt Porter)

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Redshirt junior linebacker Darrion Owens will transfer from Miami, according to a report from reporter Peter Ariz.

UM did not immediately confirm the report.

Owens, 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, played in 38 games for the Hurricanes after signing as a three-star recruit in 2014. The Orange Park-Oakleaf High graduate was expected to be a major part of the team in 2015, in which he earned his only career start, but he badly injured his right knee in Week 2 at Florida Atlantic.

The injury — a pair of torn menisci and a torn ACL — robbed him of some of his speed and agility, but Owens made a return and became a reliable backup behind starter Michael Pinckney the last two seasons. He played about 20 percent of the defensive snaps, according to numbers tracked by Post contributor Daniel Gould.

Owens, who recently graduated, would be eligible to play immediately for an FBS school. One option could be Houston, where the defensive coordinator who recruited him to UM, Mark D’Onofrio, now holds that title.

In other news, reserve defensive tackle Ryan Fines announced through UM he will transfer.

In a press release distributed by the school, coach Mark Richt said he spoke with Fines, and “he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school,” Richt said. “Ryan has been a great representative of our program. We appreciate all the hard work he has put in and we wish him all the best in his future plans.”

Said Fines, according to the release: “I would like to thank Coach Richt, the coaching staff and my teammates for all of their support. I look forward to this new opportunity.”

UM said Fines, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound redshirt sophomore from Bradenton, is on track to graduate in the spring. He played in two games in 2017, recording a tackle and a fumble recovery, in a total of seven snaps.

Sunday, one of Fines’ classmates, linebacker Jamie Gordinier, announced he was stepping away from football.

Elsewhere …

Defensive end Demetrius Jackson took to Twitter to express his displeasure over criticism of UM quarterback Malik Rosier.

Mark Richt starts new year by apologizing for Orange Bowl outburst

Mark Richt speaks to an ESPN reporter during a game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Post photo)

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Mark Richt didn’t like what he saw on the replay, missed calls aside.

Richt took to Twitter on Monday to apologize for his behavior during UM’s 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl, during which he vented his frustration over an apparent lack of holding calls going Miami’s way (more on that here).

“I want to apologize for my language and the putting of my hands on the official and my staff,” Richt wrote. “I did not show the proper respect for the authorities of our game.”

Mark Richt shouts at an official during the Orange Bowl. (ESPN screengrab)

In a wildly uncharacteristic move, the normally serene Richt grabbed an official Saturday night as he protested a non-call late in the first half — a no-no that could have got him ejected. He was given a 5-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Wisconsin scored to go up 24-14 with 28 seconds left in the half. The Badgers won the Orange Bowl 34-24.

The play that sent Richt over the edge, apparently, was a no-call after defensive end Trent Harris was held back from sacking Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Harris, UM’s sack leader (8.5), was interfered with as Hornibrook, later named Orange Bowl MVP, as he completed a key throw on third-and-11 from the UM 31.

Richt, incensed, was shown on replay grabbing head linesman Gus Morris of the SEC-based officiating crew, screaming at Morris and referee Matt Loeffler, as UM strength coach Gus Felder grabbed him around the torso. Richt was also shown pushing Ed Hudak, the Coral Gables Chief of Police who has long served as security for UM’s coach during games.

After Richt’s tweet Monday, his son, UM quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, added some levity:

The 2017 Miami Hurricanes were very good. The 2018 team hopes to be great

Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt observes the team during warmups before the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday, December 30, 2017. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

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MIAMI GARDENS — Players know it, and in the locker room after the Orange Bowl, some expressed it.

They underestimated Pitt, couldn’t share the stage with Clemson, were a notch below Wisconsin. They know Florida State — which unlike that trio, they beat — was down this year.

The 2017 Hurricanes were very good, but not great. After finishing 10-3 with three straight losses, there will be soul-searching. But Miami felt this season was more evidence they’re on the right path.

“I told the defensive players, can you imagine two years ago, this team wins 10 games and we end up disappointed?” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “But what we saw was Wisconsin is an elite team. Clemson is an elite team and we can play with those guys but we’ve got to do a few more things to really compete at this level. I think we responded better tonight than in Charlotte, so I think there is some learning with that.”

The Canes lacked the depth and maturity needed to compete with the best programs in the land. Injuries – to star tailback Mark Walton, receiver Ahmmon Richards and tight end Chris Herndon – hurt the offense, as did inconsistent blocking and shaky quarterback play. A high-caliber defense was asked to get too many stops, and faltered down the stretch.

“We had a great start. We had a crazy season,” sophomore defensive end Joe Jackson said. “The way we ended, it’s not what you want for your program. It’s something in the back of our minds. We’re focused to come in with an edge next year.”

Expectations will always be high in Miami, and this season gave thirsty fans a taste of the sweet success that was once so familiar. Mark Richt wants to be in the College Football Playoff conversation for longer than a month. He wants people talking about the Canes every weekend.

“We will get better,” Richt said. “I can promise you that.”

That means competition in his offseason program, which begins in a couple weeks, and in spring drills. UM will be looking for answers at quarterback, tight end and along both lines, especially if starting tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton turn pro. During the early signing period Dec. 20-22, UM landed all but a few players of what could be a top-5 recruiting class. The traditional national signing day is Feb. 7, and more talent could be coming.

Players like Jackson, safety Jaquan Johnson, linebackers Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud, and running backs Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas will be key players for next year’s team. In March, spring drills will feature a hot competition for the quarterback spot, as Malik Rosier tries to hold off redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry and incoming freshman Jarren Williams. In recruiting, UM upgraded in a major way at running back, fullback, receiver, tight end, offensive line and in the secondary. The team that takes the field against LSU next Sept. 2 will undoubtedly be deeper and more talented.

“I think we have unfinished business,” Johnson said. “I want to get my degree and win a national championship with my brothers.”

As the calendar turns to 2018, Miami salutes seniors like Braxton Berrios, who had 55 catches – more than his first three years combined – 679 yards and nine touchdowns and was ultra-reliable as a punt returner. They’ll toast to Herndon, a versatile weapon at tight end; to happy-go-lucky kicker Michael Badgley, UM’s all-time leading scorer (403 points); and to durable offensive linemen Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling. Canes coaches sang the praises of heart-and-soul defensive end Chad Thomas (team-high 12.5 tackles for loss), the eternally underrated Trent Harris (team-high 8.5 sacks), reserve tackle Anthony Moten and one-year cornerback Dee Delaney. They’ll miss Walton, the passionate, productive tailback who declared for the draft.

Miami’s 2014 signing class improved in went 6-7 in their first season, and endured an 8-5 season and coaching change in 2015. In Richt’s first year, they went 9-4, won UM’s first bowl game since 2006 and finished in the top 20 for the first time since 2009. This year, they continued UM’s longest winning streak since 2000-02 (15 games), reached 10 wins and the Orange Bowl for the first time since 2003, reached the ACC Championship for the first time since joining the league in 2004.

Clear progress this year, and clear motivation for the next.

“I’m proud of the way we turned this program around and reestablished The U,” McDermott said. “I want the young guys to understand they’ve got to keep working hard. Just because you won the Coastal this year, made it to the ACC championship game and the Orange Bowl doesn’t mean anything. You’ve got to keep winning.”



Miami Hurricanes LB Jamie Gordinier says he is done playing football

Miami linebacker Jamie Gordinier (Matt Porter)
Jamie Gordinier. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

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After two major knee surgeries and other injuries, Jamie Gordinier said he is done playing football.

On Sunday, the redshirt sophomore linebacker from New Jersey posted a note on social media explaining his decision.

“After multiple reconstructive knee surgeries and other football related injuries, I’ve made the decision that this season was my last,” Gordinier wrote on Twitter (later deleted) and Instagram.


Gordinier, 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, played in one college game. He redshirted in 2015 after signing as a three-star recruit, tore the ACL in his left knee in Miami’s 2016 season opener against Florida A&M and injured his right knee in camp last August.

Last camp, the Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic graduate was competing for time at weak-side linebacker. He also trained at middle linebacker. Coaches described his development and recovery from previous knee injuries as positive; defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz tabbed him as a key reserve.

“This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life,” Gordinier wrote. “I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, trainers, and doctors for always being there these past few years when things weren’t easy. I gave this sport and this program everything I had, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

“Without football, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s provided endless opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. I look forward to this next chapter in my life, and I’m excited for what’s to come. I am and always will be a Miami Hurricane.”

Mark Richt: uncalled holds in Orange Bowl ‘a shame’; Miami DL say they’ve been held all year

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes looks on during the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

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MIAMI GARDENS — Mark Richt was hot at halftime, and still cooking after after the Orange Bowl.

“What do you think? Can you guess?” he asked a reporter in a press conference, who inquired what it was that had him so upset. The answer: holding calls he and the rest of the Hurricanes believe officials missed.

In a wildly uncharacteristic move, the typically calm, serene 17-year head coaching veteran bumped and grabbed an official as he argued one of the non-calls in the first half, leading ESPN’s commentators to state he should be ejected from the game (he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, a 5-yard penalty). On the play, a video replay showed defensive end Trent Harris being held before Wisconsin scored to go up 24-14 with 28 seconds left in the first half. The Badgers won the Orange Bowl 34-24.

“I know I lost my cool, I thought rightfully so as far as being mad, but not rightfully so using some of the language I used,” Richt said. “Not particularly proud of myself there. I apologize to anybody who can read lips.”

UM fans were also incensed over a perceived hold against Lawrence Cager on a Malik Rosier interception in the end zone:

The non-calls were “a shame, in my opinion,” he said. “But I’m probably not supposed to say that.”

In the locker room, his players echoed his comments. Miami’s speedy defensive linemen, who drew one holding call this game and three all year despite being one of the top units in the country, had no issue speaking up on what they termed a year-long problem.

Defensive end Joe Jackson estimated opposing linemen hold UM’s D-line “70 percent of the game. You can see it on film. Nothing’s lying. We just try to play no matter what. You’re going to get some calls, some you’re not.”

Jackson was glad Richt stood up for his players, since it’s “frustrating to see when it’s a blind hold, the refs ignore it or stare you down and tell you it’s not a hold, or they’ll look for it next play. It makes you want to go ballistic. … I’ve been held a lot this year. Coach tells us all the time, don’t worry about the calls. Definitely gets frustrating.”

Who gets held the most?

“Probably me or Norton,” McIntosh said. “Everybody gets held a lot.”

“All of us get held our fair share. I would say the D-ends get held the most,” Jackson said. “We have a lot of speed coming off the edge. Their last resort is to hold.”

Norton said all of Miami’s defensive linemen have drawn would-be holding calls this year. “Frustrating,” he called it.

Richt, still annoyed in the press conference, was asked if the lack of calls could be addressed in another way, other than his outburst.

“Well, let’s just be hypothetical, OK,” he said. “When the ball is in the air, a defender is not supposed to be able to have a lot of contact before the ball gets there. That’s not supposed to be legal. When a guy is rushing the passer and is about to get to the quarterback and somebody grabs him and keeps him from getting there right in front of the official — again, this is a hypothetical situation — that’s not supposed to be allowed, over and over and over, in my opinion. That’s just how I feel right this minute. I’m sure I’ll cool down in a minute.”

He then asked if the reporters could turn their focus away from him, and toward the players sitting next to him at the table.

“They deserve to be asked some questions,” he said, nodding toward Malik Rosier, Jaquan Johnson, Lawrence Cager and Shaq Quarterman. “I know you’re probably loving what I’m saying right now, but we can continue that later.”

2017 Orange Bowl: What’s next for Miami Hurricanes with NFL Draft potential?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Chad Thomas #9 of the Miami Hurricanes reacts during the first quarter of the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chad Thomas

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MIAMI GARDENS — Miami Hurricanes defensive linemen Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh, both juniors who are eligible to declare for the NFL Draft, said after the Orange Bowl they have not decided to do so.

Coach Mark Richt said both players and cornerback Michael Jackson, another junior, have not informed them of their plans.

“Man, I don’t know,” McIntosh said. “I know that’s the big question, but I don’t know yet. I’m going to sit down and talk to coach Richt and my family, and see what’s going on.”

Does he think he put enough on tape to impress NFL scouts?

“Yeah,” McIntosh said. “I think I had a decent year. Better year than last year, definitely. There’s some things I need to work on. I think I had a decent year, a good enough year.”

Norton echoed McIntosh’s comments — he put a lot on film, can improve “as a pass rusher” in particular, and will talk to his family before making his decision. Jackson told the Miami Herald he had yet to make a call.

Junior running back Mark Walton, recovering from right ankle surgery (Oct. 7 at Florida State was his injury), informed UM he will turn pro. Junior safety Jaquan Johnson said last week he will return.

The deadline to declare for the NFL Draft is Jan. 16.

“I always want to give them as much legitimate advice from the NFL as I can, and talk about all the things, not just the business decision, but also the educational decision,” Richt said. “Just lay everything out there, as plain and simple as you can, just give them  good information. Them and their family will decide and pray, and decide what’s the best thing for them.”

Meanwhile, several seniors will play in postseason bowl games in order to improve their NFL prospects.

* Kicker Michael Badgley and wide receiver Braxton Berrios will attend the Senior Bowl, and both are motivated to make the league.

“I think one of the main things that people look for, and what I showed, is that I love this game,” Berrios said. “I get it all the time: ‘You can make money elsewhere.’ Don’t discredit me and take away something that I’m good at. I love this game and you can tell when you turn on the film. … There’s nothing I’d rather be doing.”

Said Badgley: “Hopefully go to the combine and get drafted and play in the NFL.”

* Tight end Chris Herndon was selected, but will not play in the Senior Bowl because of a knee injury (left knee, MCL).

* Defensive end Chad Thomas and left tackle Kc McDermott will play in the East West Shrine Game.

“I think I put out some solid film for them to look at,” McDermott said, adding that he has received feedback from NFL people but declined to discuss it.

Thomas, a budding music producer, said he was not done playing football.

* If defensive end Trent Harris has received an invite to a game, it is not yet public.

* Richt said on WQAM recently cornerback Dee Delaney will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

2017 Orange Bowl: Five takeaways from No. 10 Miami’s 34-24 loss to No. 6 Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor picks up yardage during the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Getty Images)

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MIAMI GARDENS — The roller-coaster ride that was the 2017 Hurricanes, is over.

Five takeaways from 10th-ranked UM’s 34-24 loss to sixth-ranked Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl:

All done

This team ran from Hurricane Irma in September, spending 21 days between games and spending more than a week in Orlando. They beat Florida State in October, snapping a seven-year losing streak via a last-second catch in Tallahassee (Darrell Langham, forever a hero). They made Hard Rock Stadium a home field to fear in November, whipping Virginia Tech and hated Notre Dame to shove their way into College Football Playoff contention.

The Hurricanes stumbled and fell flat with losses at Pittsburgh and in the ACC Championship, and in a heartburn-heavy Orange Bowl in front of 65,042 largely hometown fans, Miami stayed with Wisconsin until Michael Badgley clanked a 23-yard field goal off the right post with 4:34 left. With UM down 10 points, that was enough for the Badgers to drain the clock, and any chance of a comeback.

It kept the Canes (10-3) — playing in the Orange Bowl for the first time since the 2003 season — from winning 11 games for the first time since that year. That was also the last time they finished ranked in the top 10, which is unlikely to happen after this loss.

Overall, the program took a step forward, but an 0-3 close is sure to make Miami mouths sour until spring ball begins in March — and certainly by Sept. 2, 2018, when the Canes line up against LSU in Arlington, Texas.

Looking for answers at QB

Malik Rosier said recently he’ll welcome a challenge from the younger quarterbacks on UM’s roster, who will enter the spring looking to unseat the redshirt senior-to-be as the starter. He believes it will make him better.

In 2018, either an improved Rosier or a high-quality freshman must be under center for UM to keep building.

Miami’s offense was greatly hurt by the early season-ending injury to star tailback Mark Walton and the late losses of receiver Ahmmon Richards and tight end Chris Herndon. But Rosier just wasn’t good enough this season. He went 11-of-26 for 203 yards Saturday, with a touchdown and three interceptions. His inaccuracy was a major drain on UM’s attack, which rushed well enough (6.0 yards per carry, 174 total yards and two scores) against an excellent Wisconsin defense, but couldn’t capitalize on an early fumble by Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, or the Badgers’ few miscues.

Rosier did set a UM record this season, with 31 total touchdowns (25 passing, six rushing). He broke the record set in 1986 by Vinny Testaverde.

Defense on hold

Richt was incensed shortly before the half, bumping and grabbing an official as he screamed at the man in stripes. By rule, he should have been ejected.

During a pre-scheduled halftime interview with ESPN’s Molly McGrath, Richt replied, “If you watch the tape, you’ll see,” when asked what got him hot. Then he jogged away.

The tape showed officials missed several holding calls against UM’s defensive line, including a clear-as-day grab on end Trent Harris before a Badgers touchdown. They also seemingly missed a hold committed by Wisconsin on receiver Lawrence Cager before Rosier’s third-quarter interception in the end zone.

Hornibrook on fire

That extra time certainly didn’t hurt Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook, not known for his prolific completion percentage (below 48 percent in two of his three previous games).

Hornibrook was named game MVP after completing 23-of-34 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns. In the second quarter, he had a stretch in which he hit on 10-of-11 for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Seven of those throws went for 10 yards or longer.

He marched down the field on a drive that made it 34-24 with 7:44 left, going 6-for-6 for 74 yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Danny Davis. UM seemingly couldn’t cover anyone.

What didn’t help: UM lost arguably its best cover man, cornerback Malek Young, early in the first quarter to an undisclosed issue. He did not return.

Special season for Badgers

The Badgers (13-1), who won 13 games for the first time in program history, will be remembered as the second-best team Miami played all year. Clemson, ranked No. 1 heading into Monday’s playoff semifinal against No. 4 Alabama, is the standard Miami is trying to reach.

The Badgers were more than worthy, though. They also rode tailback Jonathan Taylor, who broke the FBS record for rushing yards for a freshman previously held by Adrian Peterson (1,925 in 2004). Taylor went for 130 yards on 25 carries. His teammates combined for 12 yards on 18 carries.

The Wisconsin defense had a tough time covering Lawrence Cager (76 yards, touchdown on four catches), and both Braxton Berrios (45 yards, three grabs) and Jjeff Thomas (48-yard catch) burned them. But a previously inconsistent passing game shined when  it counted, and sent Miami into the offseason with weighty questions to answer.