Saturday, October 3, 2009
Final: Miami 21, Oklahoma 20
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
MIAMI -- A quick overview of the game:
Turning point: With about four minutes left, Oklahoma got as close as Miami’s 22-yard line and threatened with the go-ahead score, but Miami’s defense stopped Chris Brown twice for a loss of a yard. DeMarco Murray, who had put Oklahoma in position to score on that drive, was held to a 1-yard catch on third-and-12 and Miami held the Sooners to a field goal and clung to the 21-20 lead.
Stat of the game: Miami had 12 penalties for 115 yards.
Player of the game: Miami quarterback Jacory Harris. He regrouped after his two early interceptions on the Canes’ first two possessions and put Miami in position to win. He controlled the clock on the final possession in the fourth quarter and redeemed himself for his performance against Virginia Tech.
Unsung hero of the game: Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal. He came into the game with just three sacks, and had two sacks, a pass breakup behind the line of scrimmage and got pressure on Harris all night. He sacked Harris in the first quarter and later in the third for a loss of 4 yards, which eventually forced the Canes to punt.
What it means: Miami is a top-10 team. The Canes have knocked off three ranked opponents in four tries, including the No. 8 team in the nation in Oklahoma. Aside from getting a win over Virginia Tech last weekend, there’s not much more the Canes could do to get some national respect. It also means that Oklahoma is more than likely out of the running for the BCS national title, as two losses is usually an eliminator. (The 2007 season was the only exception to that in the BCS era.)