Miami Hurricanes Beat Up On Yellow Jackets, Literally [Videos]
Total Pro Sports – The Miami Hurricanes and their fans have been hoping that 2009 is the year they regain the swagger that has come hand-in-hand with the school known simply as “The U”. Since joining the ACC Conference, the Canes have yet to win a conference championship and have not come close to claiming the school’s sixth national championship.
In their first game of the season, they showed signs that their streak of futility may be over when they defeated what was then a number eighteen ranked Florida State team. Last night they met their next big challenge and it came in the form of a number fourteen ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets team. The same team that has defeated them the previous four meetings, including last season when Tech rushed for 472 yards in a 41-23 blowout.
This time around, “The U” was looking to erase all those bad memories, and they did, not only by putting points on the board, but by putting Yellow Jacket players on their backs, or in some cases, their heads.
The potent Georgia Tech rushing attack was not a factor this time around as they held them to only 95 yards on the ground, and laid some big hits in the process. One came on a 1st-and-10 play with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Roddy Jones came in motion and took a pitch from Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt. As he raced for the edge on the left side, Miami defensive back Vaughan Telemaque chopped him down at the knees and sent him somersaulting into the air. Jones would land on his head then continue the rotation onto his back. It was one of many devastating blows laid on what would end up being a banged up Georgia Tech team.
Another one of those crushing hits came from a block delivered by Canes’ Jordan Futch on Tech’s Steven Sylvester during a Travis Benjamin punt return late in the second quarter. That block is likely the hardest we will see this NCAA season and may be the hardest hit next to Georgia Bulldogs’ Rashad Jones anialhation of OSU’s Justin Blackmon.
These are they types of tone setting, game changing plays that the University of Miami became known for during the years of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Warren Sapp. It is only three weeks into the 2009 season, but “The U” may have finally regained that swagger, and that could mean trouble for the rest of the ACC and NCAA.
Here is a look at the Vaughan Telemaque hit and Jordan Futch block from last night’s game.