Posted by Chip Patterson
After falling out of the polls for the first time all season, and without Jacory Harris to help lead the offense, Miami looked to the quarterback of the future in freshman Stephen Morris. Morris played well in the fourth quarter against Virginia, but the three touchdown drives were not enough to overcome the deficit in Charlottesville. With 3:06 remaining and the Hurricanes down 20-18 to Maryland, head coach Randy Shannon sent the freshman out with the daunting task of driving the length of the field for the win.
Morris delivered the type of performance that launches a career, orchestrating a 7 play, 82 yard drive that finished with a 35 yard touchdown toss to Leonard Hankerson to put the Canes up for good with 37 seconds remaining. Morris completed 18 of 30 passes on the day for 286 yards, but threw two interceptions. The good outweighed the bad in the end, with Morris' only touchdown coming on the final play of that winning drive.
"Great throw, great catch. I'll take that," said Shannon after the game. The 26-20 victory keeps Miami alive in the Coastal Division race, though they will need victories over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech (and some help) in order to win the division with two losses. The victory also makes Miami bowl eligible for the third season in a row.
"I'll take that." Sounds exactly like the kind of reaction that Shannon would have after a spectacular performance by your fourth-string quarterbacks. A hard, emotionless response. One that certainly was delivered with a side of RANDY SHANNON FACE.