The latest game in the storied rivalry between Florida State and the University of Miami just concluded less than two hours ago.
And praise be to the football gods, what a magnificent game it was.
The purpose of this article is not to tell you why Miami triumphed over FSU (although I will). It is to hear from my colleague's in the college football writing communities.
This is not simply laziness I promise.
I know why I think UM won. I just want to hear from you.
To get everyone started, a few talking points:
QB Jacory Harris passed for 386 yards against the FSU pass defense. That's more than anyone in a Hurricane uniform EVER; more than Testaverde and Dorsey!
Crucial stats such as total yards (UM - 476, FSU - 404), first downs (UM - 22, FSU - 21) and turnovers (UM - 2, FSU - 2) were all nearly identical.
UM's offensive stars lived up to their billing:
QB Jacory Harris was 21 of 34 for 386 yards, 2 TD's and 2 Int's; RB's Graig Cooper and Javarris James both had important TD runs with Cooper providing a couple of outstanding kick returns to set up the UM offense in fantastic field position; WR Travis Benjamin finished the game with four catches for 128 yards and a TD.
Miami's defense had a few lapses, including several blown assignments that led to first down conversions on third down and a couple of long runs by FSU QB Chris Ponder including a 10-yard scramble for a TD in the third quarter.
But when it counted most, the Hurricanes defense held out for three straight plays, backed up into their own end zone. After a not-so-anxious review by the officials, game over, the Hurricanes had upset the No. 18 Seminoles.
Please comment until your heart's desire is fulfilled on this game. Ultimately, I think the 'Canes won because this team is fundamentally more talented and more hungry. Agree or disagree but I think this crop of players wants nothing more but do make their sporting alumni proud and prove that indeed the U is back.