NCAA Football Pre-Review: Clemson Tigers Vs. No. 10 Miami Hurricanes

Harry KaneContributor IOctober 24, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 3:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes looks to pass the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter of the game on October 3, 2009 at Landshark Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Pre-review. Pre-review. Pre-review?

For a better understanding of what, exactly, a pre-view is, please refer to the introduction of my inaugural pre-review:

The Clemson Tigers look for a season-changing victory against the Miami Hurricanes.  The Canes look to start the second half of their season with a statement win against a tough conference opponent.


First Quarter

Clemson receives the opening kick-off and starts the game with a quick screen to wide receiver Jacoby Ford, hoping to get positive yardage and early momentum.

After a couple runs to Ford and running back C.J. Spiller, the Tigers are forced to punt.

Miami answers with a 33-yard return, setting up Jacory Harris and the offense with the ball in Tiger territory.

Javarris James finishes the 42-yard drive with a nine-yard run up the middle.

Both defenses control the final 6:47 of the quarter as freshman quarterback Kyle Parker realizes he is in for a long day.

End of First quarter: UM 7 – Clem 0

Second Quarter

Miami regains possession of the ball and puts together a nice drive.  A nice mix of quick passes, good runs, and well-time play-action passes puts the Canes in the red zone at the 18-yard line.

In order to neutralize the defensive end combo of Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, the Canes execute a wide-receiver screen to Thearon Collier, who finds his way to the corner of the end zone after some shifty moves.

Clemson receives the ball and tries to get Spiller and Ford involved again. 

The Canes D tightens after giving up a couple of first downs.  On third-and-seven from the UM 43-yard line, defensive end Olivier Vernon sacks Parker, causing a fumble.  Linebacker Sean Spence recovers and returns the ball for a touchdown.

Clemson is able to put together its best drive of the game as Parker finds a wide open Ford on a play-action screen which results in 29 yards.

Miami’s defense bends but does not break and Clemson kicks a field goal to get on the scoreboard.

End of Half: UM 21 – Clem 3

Third Quarter


The Canes get the ball to start the half and immediately go to the running game.  James reels off a couple of nice runs.  Damien Berry breaks a 23-yard run.

With 7:57 on the clock, Harris finds tight end Jimmy Graham at the goal line on a 12-yard touchdown completion.

Parker is able to get the Tigers some field position with short passes in the middle of the field.  A couple of first downs allow the Tigers to take a shot downfield.

Safety Ray Ray Armstrong is able to close the gap on the receiver and comes up with a demoralizing pick with 4:36 on the clock.

The quarter ends with an exchange of punts.

End of Third Quarter:  UM 28 – Clem 3

Fourth Quarter


Back-up quarterback Willy Korn is summoned for duty.  He is quickly introduced to defensive tackle Joe Joseph, resulting in the fourth sack of the day.

After a three-and-out, the Canes receive the ball and resort to grinding it out on the ground.

Miami is able to take some time off the clock and punts with 8:18 left to go.

Not wanting to give up a touchdown, the Canes allow short runs and passes, yet keep everything in front of them. 

The next possession results in a UM field goal.

Another exchange of punts results in Clemson having the ball with 2:23 left in the game.

The Tigers are able to get to the UM 10-yard line, but a four-play stand keeps the Tigers out of the end zone—again.

Final: UM 31 – Clem 3


Notable stats

Jacory Harris: 19-27, 237 YDS, 2 TD

Javarris James: 17 rushes, 106 yards, 1 TD

Sean Spence: 13 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD

C.J. Spiller: 14 rushes, 45 yards

                    5 receptions, 16 yards

Jacoby Ford: 3 receptions, 59 yards

                      6 rushes, 22 yards


The Canes dominated the Tigers all afternoon as Jacory Harris put together another nice performance, this time in the rain.

The defense was the key to the game as the relentless pressure hounded Parker and kept C.J. Spiller in check.

Miami proved that they are ready to finish the season as one of the best teams in the country.


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