Another Instant Classic: Sound Off on Why Miami Won and FSU Lost

Angel MelendezCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates victory over the Florida State Seminoles as he leaves the field at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 38-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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.