‘We aren’t overlooking teams anymore’: Inspired Miami heading into stretch run

  • Sydney Hunte
  • Diehards
9:46 p.m Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 Sports

Miami picked up a landmark win in its blowout victory over Notre Dame on Saturday. The win catapulted the Hurricanes into the No. 2 slot in the weekly College Football Playoff rankings. If they win their final two regular season games and the ACC Championship against Clemson in Charlotte, they will have punched a ticket into one of the two national semifinal games on New Year’s Day.

The Hurricanes certainly came out with something to prove to not just the playoff committee, but themselves. According to the Palm Beach Post, it was coach Mark Richt who did his part in lighting a fire under the team in the lead-up to the contest against the Fighting Irish.

“Coach Richt is really big on physical dominance,” quarterback Malik Rosier said Wednesday. “You watched the UNC game. We weren’t that physical. He took that to heart. He was pissed off all week going into the Virginia Tech game. He told the offensive line, if you guys aren’t physical up front, we won’t win this game.”

When it was all said and done, it looked like Richt’s message was heard loud and clear by the team. The Hurricanes rolled to a 27-0 halftime lead and did not look back en route to a 41-8 laugher, holding Heisman hopeful Josh Adams to just 40 yards rushing and all but ending the Fighting Irish’s playoff hopes. They now face Virginia at home on Saturday for Senior Day before ending the season on the road against Pitt.

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