Game Recap: Miami Hurricanes vs Florida International Panthers
Florida International Panthers leave Miami Hurricanes shocked and in awe after their match on Saturday, November 23.
The Florida International University Panthers defeated the Miami Hurricanes 30-24 at the former site of the Orange Bowl, which is now Marlins Park.
The Florida International Panthers were led by the former Miami Hurricanes head coach, Butch Davis. Davis coached the Miami Hurricanes from 1995 through 2000 and was prepared to have his new team prevail in this game.
With this win, the Florida International Panthers were able to qualify for a bowl game. Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes lost their chances of qualifying for the Capital One Orange Bowl entirely.
For this matchup, the Florida International Panthers were considered the underdogs by 20 points. So, the outcome of this game was astounding for the teams and fans alike.
Before Saturday’s game, the Miami Hurricanes had a 3-0 all-time winning streak over the Florida International Panthers, where the Panthers were never even in the lead at any of those games.
The Florida International Panthers came to win and put up an intense fight.
Not only were the Miami Hurricanes not once during this game in the lead, but they also experienced quite a few impairments to their athletes. Running back, DeeJay Dallas had to pull out from the game early in the second half due to a dislocated left elbow.
The Florida International Panthers were quite bold throughout the entirety of the game and acquired 14 penalties for 144 yards. They were also not opposed to bending the rules as there were about five instances where players went down and pretended to be injured solely for the sake of slowing down the Miami Hurricanes.
The Florida International Panthers were strong in the lead at half time with the Miami Hurricanes having scored 0 points and the Panthers having scored 13. The Panthers closed out the first half of the game with a 50-yard field goal by Jose Borregales, leaving them to head to the locker room with high confidence.
The second half of the game started off on the wrong foot for the Miami Hurricanes. Jarren William’s pass, which was intended for Dee Wiggins, bounced off a Florida International Panthers player and shot up into the air before getting caught by Panthers linebacker Sage Lewis.
The Miami Hurricanes entered the fourth quarter having only scored 3 points in the entire game. They made up for their lack of points in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points in this quarter alone.
The Miami Hurricanes are left distraught and discouraged after such an unexpected loss.
“Obviously a very, very dark night,” head coach Manny Diaz said in his post game interview. “One of the lowest points ever in this proud program’s history. I take full ownership of that, full responsibility for the way that we played tonight. We did nothing to give ourselves a chance to win the football game. Turnovers, penalties, red zone, third-down defense, the things that good football teams do, we could not do. We had challenged our guys all week. We had talked about how we had played off a bye before. We talked about how we played in the Central Michigan game. Obviously, the lesson was not taught, and that goes on to me. It just didn’t happen, and I’ve got to take the responsibility for that,” Diaz said.
“Utter dissappointment,” Diaz said. “We’ve got to do a lot better job getting our guys prepared for this kind of game.”
The Miami Hurricanes twitter account tweeted out a short but solemn tweet about their loss to the Florida International Panthers.
For more information or statistics on this game, please visit this link from ESPN’s box scores.
Visit this link for some game highlights from this incredible match.