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Final: Miami 6, South Florida 3

11/19/2011

Miami coach Al Golden was smiling. His players were dancing, bobbing their heads and waving their arms.

And this was before Jake Wieclaw kicked the winning field goal against South Florida in a 6-3 game.

This is why Al Golden is a good coach. Because in crunch time, with the game and bowl eligibility on the line, he got his players to relax, have fun, and win. South Florida couldn't ice that.

The Bulls' defense was smothering all game. Miami quarterback Jacory Harris was sacked six times and the Canes went nowhere. When it mattered most, though, Miami was able to move the ball enough to get Wieclaw in field goal position, and he sealed the deal with a 36-yarder. It wasn't pretty, but Miami got its sixth win of the season, and the Canes did it on the road against a gritty, relentless, in-state opponent. That's a win no matter how you look at it.