Oct. 9, 2010 - The Hurricanes were brimming with swagger after back-to-back victories versus Pittsburgh and Clemson. But Miami's fiercest rival, Florida State, came into Sun Life Stadium to make a statement. They let their actions speak for themselves.
Frankly, this game is just a blur to me (I know what you're thinking but no, I was not drinking). I mean to say that the Seminoles executed so many big gains—12 plays of 15+ yards—that I can hardly distinguish between them.
The defense was trounced, especially on the ground. I specifically recall the 90-yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter that sealed the deal. It would be the lone time in the 2010 season that I left a Miami home game early.
As you may have guessed, Jacory struggled again. He completed barely 40-percent of his pass attempts and threw his ACC-leading ninth interception. Hurricane fans, myself included, were calling for his head.
Oct. 30, 2010 - Apparently the Virginia Cavaliers had a similar bounty because they slammed his noggin against the turf pretty hard during the 2nd quarter. Harris would not return to the game. In his place, Spencer Whipple and Stephen Morris took some snaps under center.
Whipple was a short-lived disaster: 2-6, 22 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT. He would not attempt another pass for the remainder of the season.
Morris, meanwhile, showed flashes of ability. He nearly led Miami back from a 24-point deficit. However, turnovers ultimately doomed the Hurricanes. Five interceptions proved to be a few too many and Virginia pulled off the upset, 24-19.
With the loss, Miami dropped to 5-3 overall and more importantly, 3-2 in the ACC. That proved troublesome because red-hot Virginia Tech stood at 6-2 (4-0) atop the ACC's Coastal Division. This meant that the Hurricanes no longer controlled their destiny. A win in their November 20th matchup would be pointless if the Hokies didn't slip up at least one additional time. Without winning the Coastal, Miami could not qualify for the ACC Championship Game or a BCS bowl game.
I learned all of this later that evening because I spent the afternoon enjoying myself on South Beach. Nice weather, nice food and nice people made my 2010 "beach days" a ton of fun. Needless to say, my 2010 game days didn't stack up.
Oct. 31, 2010 - Miami dropped from the AP Top 25. Their No. 22 ranking prior to the Virginia game hasn't been exceeded since.
Also, it was announced that Jacory Harris had suffered a concussion, putting his next start in jeopardy.