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Encyclopedia > 2006 Miami Hurricanes football team
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2006 Miami Hurricanes football
Conference ACC (Coastal)
2006 Record 5-6 (2-5 ACC)
Head Coach Larry Coker
Offensive Coordinator Rich Olson
Offensive Scheme Pro Style
Defensive Coordinator Randy Shannon
Base Defense 4-3 Cover 2
Home Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
(c. 72,319, grass)

The 2006 Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami during the 2006 college football season. The team's head coach is Larry Coker. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links Sebastian the Ibis, the official mascot of the University of Miami Source: http://www. ... The University of Miami Hurricanes football team is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and one of the preeminent programs in all of college football. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Larry Coker (born June 23, 1948 in Okemah, Oklahoma) is the current head coach of the University of Miami football team. ... Rich Olson is a verteran american football offensive coordinator. ... Randy Shannon is the current defensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes college football team. ... It has been suggested that American football defensive schemes be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that American football defensive schemes be merged into this article or section. ... The Miami Orange Bowl is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, near downtown. ... The University of Miami Hurricanes football team is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and one of the preeminent programs in all of college football. ... The University of Miami, sometimes called UM or The U, is a private university, founded in 1925, with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... Larry Coker (born June 23, 1948 in Okemah, Oklahoma) is the current head coach of the University of Miami football team. ...

Contents

Preseason

Miami began the season ranked #11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #12 in the Associated Press Poll after going 9-3 (6-2 ACC) in 2005 with a #18 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll (#17 AP). USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Miami was picked as the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference by members of the ACC media. Junior quarterback Kyle Wright finished second to Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson in voting for the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.[1] The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... Georgia Institute of Technology The Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. With over 16,000 students, Georgia Tech is one of four public research universities in the University System of Georgia. ... For other people of the same name, see Calvin Johnson. ...


Earlier during the summer, head coach Larry Coker announced that running back Tyrone Moss, receiver Ryan Moore, linebacker James Bryant, and receiver Rashaun Jones would be suspended for the first game of the season against Florida State for violating team policy.[2] On August 26, Coker announced that Moore's suspension would be extended indefinitely.


After back-to-back 9-3 seasons at Miami, where expectations are to compete for a national championship every year, it is widely believed that Coker will be on the proverbial hot seat and will need to take the Hurricanes to a BCS bowl to keep his job. In the wake of last year's Peach Bowl loss, Coker fired four assistant coaches. During the offseason, Coker hired Rich Olson as his new offensive coordinator in an attempt to reinvigorate the Hurricane offense. Olson had previously served as Miami's offensive coordinator during the early 90s under then-head coach Dennis Erickson. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is designed to pair the top two teams in college football against each other for a National Championship game. ... Rich Olson is a verteran american football offensive coordinator. ... Dennis Erickson (born March 24, 1947, in Everett, Washington) is an American football coach. ...


ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit picked Miami to win the 2006 national championship, predicting the Hurricanes would defeat Notre Dame in the national championship game. ESPN (formerly an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Kirk Herbstreit (born August 19 1969, is from Centerville, Ohio). ... The 2006 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represents the University of Notre Dame during the 2006 college football season. ...


See also 2006 NCAA Division I-A football rankings Three human polls and one formulaic ranking make up the 2006 NCAA Division I-A football rankings, in addition to various publications preseason polls. ...


Award Candidates

The following Hurricanes were named to preseason awards watch lists:

Kyle Wright (born October 18, 1984 in Danville, California) is the current starting quarterback for the University of Miami football team. ... The Maxwell Football Club presents the Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. ... The John Mackey Award is presented annually to college footballs top tight end. ... The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the best all-around defensive college football player. ... The Chuck Bednarik Award, named for the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Chuck Bednarik is given annually to the College Defensive Football Player of the Year. ... The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport legend Jim Thorpe, has been awarded to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. ...

2006 Schedule & Results

Date Time Result Miami Rank# (Rank#)Opponent Stadium · City Coverage
Mon, September 4, 2006 8:00 p.m. L 10-13 #11 #10 Florida State Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL ESPN
Sat September 9, 2006* 7:00 p.m. W 51-10 #16 Florida A&M Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL
Sat, September 16, 2006* 3:30 p.m. L 7-31 #15 @ #12 Louisville Papa John's Cardinal Stadium - Louisville, KY ABC
Sat, September 30, 2006* 6:00 p.m. W 14-13 NR Houston Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL ESPN2
Sat, October 7, 2006 12:00 p.m. W 27-7 NR North Carolina Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL Raycom Sports
Sat, October 14, 2006* 7:00 p.m. W 35-0 NR Florida International Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL CSS (tape delay)
Sat, October 21, 2006 1:00 p.m. W 20-15 NR @ Duke Wallace Wade Stadium - Durham, NC ESPN 360
Sat, October 28, 2006 3:30 p.m. L 23-30 NR @ #21 Georgia Tech Bobby Dodd Stadium - Atlanta, GA ABC
Sat, November 4, 2006 8:00 p.m. L 10-17 NR #24 Virginia Tech Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL ABC
Sat, November 11, 2006 3:30 p.m. L 13-14 NR @ #24 Maryland Byrd Stadium - College Park, MD ABC
Sat, November 18, 2006 12:00 p.m. L 7-17 NR @ Virginia Scott Stadium - Charlottesville, VA TBA
Thu, November 23, 2006 7:30 p.m. Boston College Miami Orange Bowl - Miami, FL ESPN
*Non-Conference Game Homecoming #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times Eastern (UTC-5) and subject to change.

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Personnel

Coaching Staff

Position Name Yrs. in Current Pos.

(Total Yrs. at UM)

Head Coach Larry Coker 6 (12)
Offensive Coordinator Rich Olson 1 (4)
Defensive Coordinator Randy Shannon 6 (14)
Special Teams Coordinator/TEs Joe Pannunzio 1 (1)
Quarterbacks Todd Berry 1 (1)
Offensive Line Mario Cristobal 1 (6)
Wide Receivers Marques Mosley 1 (1)
Defensive Line John Palermo 1 (1)
Asst. Defensive Line Clint Hurtt 1 (5)
Defensive Backs Tim Walton 3 (3)
Strength & Conditioning Andreu Swasey 6 (9)

Larry Coker (born June 23, 1948 in Okemah, Oklahoma) is the current head coach of the University of Miami football team. ... Rich Olson is a verteran american football offensive coordinator. ... Randy Shannon is the current defensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes college football team. ...

Depth Chart

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Defense
FS
#19 Brandon Meriweather, Sr.
#35 Lovon Ponder, So.
WLB MLB SLB
#2 Jon Beason, Jr. #51 Romeo Davis, Jr. #52 Tavares Gooden, Jr.
#48 Spencer Adkins, So. #55 Glenn Cook, Jr. #58 Demetri Stewart, R-Fr.
#44 Colin McCarthy, Fr.
#59 Eric Houston, So.
SS
#1 Kenny Phillips, So.
#28 Willie Cooper, Jr.
LCB
#4 Glenn Sharpe, Jr.
#22 Bruce Johnson, So.
DE DT DT DE
#98 Baraka Atkins, Sr. #54 Teraz McCray, Jr. #95 Bryan Pata, Sr. #81 Calais Campbell, So.
#94 Eric Moncur, So. #99 Kareem Brown, Sr. #96 Antonio Dixon, So. #49 Courtney Harris, R-Fr.
RCB
#6 Randy Phillips, So.
#24 Chavez Grant, Fr.
Offense
SE
#9 Lance Leggett, Jr.
#12 Ryan Hill, Fr.
#87 Khalil Jones, So.
LT LG C RG RT
#77 Reggie Youngblood, So. #72 Andrew Bain, Jr. #78 Anthony Wollschlager, Sr. #71 Derek Morse, Jr. #64 Jason Fox, Fr.
#76 Chris Rutledge, R-Fr. #70 A.J. Trump, R-Fr. #63 Alex Pou, Sr.
TE
#82 Greg Olsen, Jr.
#88 Chris Zellner, So.
#11 DajLeon Farr, So.
FL
#83 Sam Shields, Fr.
#20 Terrell Walden, Jr.
QB
#3 Kyle Wright, Jr.
#7 Kirby Freeman, So.
#16 Matt Perrelli, So.
FB
#45 James Bryant, Jr.
#41 Jerrell Mabry, R-Fr.
RB
#5 Javarris James, Fr.
#30 Tyrone Moss, Sr.
#34 Charlie Jones, Jr.
#21 Derron Thomas, So.


Miami Hurricanes Game Notes (10/28 @ Georgia Tech) (PDF) pp. 36. University of Miami Athletic Department (2006-10-23). Retrieved on 2006-10-25. Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... A cornerback (also referred to as a corner) is a position in American and Canadian football, more broadly classified as a defensive back. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... The defensive team or defense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage not in possession of the ball. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... Bryan Pata Bryan Pata (1984 -November 7, 2006) was an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Hurricanes. ... A cornerback (also referred to as a corner) is a position in American and Canadian football, more broadly classified as a defensive back. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... In American football, the guards are the two players that line up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. ... Center (C) is a position in American football. ... In American football, the guards are the two players that line up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. ... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... Kyle Wright (born October 18, 1984 in Danville, California) is the current starting quarterback for the University of Miami football team. ... Most football games include a position called fullback or full back. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... Javarris James is a current starting running back on the University of Miami football team. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Special Teams

Position Number Name Class
K 13 Jon Peattie Sr.
KR 8 Darnell Jenkins Sr.
P 15 Brian Monroe Sr.
PR 8 Darnell Jenkins Sr.

Game Recaps & Previews

Florida State

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
#10 Florida State 3 0 0 10 13
#11 Miami 0 10 0 0 10

Pregame Line: Miami -3.5


This was the third time in the last three years that archrivals Miami and Florida State open the season against each other. The last two games were also low-scoring defensive struggles, with the Hurricanes winning, 16-10, in overtime in 2004, and the Seminoles prevailing, 10-7, in 2005.
2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Florida A&M

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Florida A&M 0 3 7 0 10
#16 Miami 7 14 21 9 51

Pregame Line: Off


This was the seventh meeting between Miami and Florida A&M. Miami continues to lead the all-time series, 6-1. The two teams had last met in 2002, with Miami winning, 63-17.


Louisville

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
#15 Miami 7 0 0 0 7
#12 Louisville 0 10 14 7 31

Pregame Line: Louisville -3.5


This was the eleventh meeting between the schools. Prior to this game, Miami had never lost to Louisville, owning an all-time record of 9-0-1. Miami won the previous meeting in 2004, 41-38, in a game in which the Hurricanes had to rally late from a 17-point deficit. After this humiliating loss to Louisville, Miami became unranked for the first time in 107 weeks - the then-longest current streak in college football. The game was highlighted by a pre-game confrontation between the teams that was sparked when several Miami players provocatively stomped on the Louisville Cardinal bird logo located at mid-field of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Four other teams (East Carolina, South Florida, Cincinnati, and Rutgers) had stomped on the logo in the past, and each wound up losing the game.[3]
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium is a football stadium located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA and serves as the home of the football team of the University of Louisville Cardinals. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university system located in Tampa, Florida, USA, with an autonomous campus in St. ... The University of Cincinnati is a state university located in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Rutgers University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is located in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden and Newark, New Jersey. ...


Houston

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Houston 0 10 3 0 13
Miami 7 0 7 0 14

In the eighteenth meeting between the schools, Miami extended the all-time series lead to 11-7. Miami won 14-13, after a 27 yard gain on 3rd and 24 which lead to a touchdown pass by Kyle Wright to James Bryant and gave Miami the win. Freshman RB Javarris James set a school rushing record for freshman by posting 148 rushing yards, breaking the previous record of 147 rushing yards set by Clinton Portis. Prior to the game, a number of planes hired by Miami fans unhappy with the team's poor start circled over the Orange Bowl while carrying banners demanding the firing of the embattled Coker, as well as Athletic Director Paul Dee.
Javarris James is a current starting running back on the University of Miami football team. ... Look up plane in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


North Carolina

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
North Carolina 0 7 0 0 7
Miami 7 10 7 3 27

Freshman Javarris James further solidified his hold on the starting running back position by rushing for over 100 yards for the second consecutive week. James carried 16 times for 111 yards (6.9 ypc), including a dazzling 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter which put the game out of reach. Tight end Greg Olsen had his best game of the season, catching 8 passes for 95 yards, while the Miami defense limited North Carolina to just 244 yards of total offense and forced 3 Tar Heel turnovers. The win gave Miami its first winning streak of the 2006 campaign as the Hurricanes improved to 3-2 overall. It was also Miami's first ACC win of the year, evening its conference record at 1-1. The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ...


Florida International

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Florida International 0 0 0 0 0
Miami 0 7 14 14 35
Main article: Miami-FIU brawl

This was the first meeting between the Hurricanes and the crosstown Golden Panthers, who began active competition as a football program in 2002. Kyle Wright threw for three touchdowns, and the Miami defense held the Golden Panthers to 148 total yards. The Miami-FIU brawl, a bench-clearing brawl between two college football teams, is one of the largest brawls in the history of collegiate sports. ...


However, this game would become one of the biggest embarrassments in the history of both schools. After trash-talk between players from both teams during the opening minutes, and an incident in which FIU wide receiver Chandler Williams dove helmet-first into a prone Kenny Phillips after Miami intercepted a pass, the game turned truly ugly in the third quarter.


After James Bryant caught Wright's second TD pass, he pointed to the FIU bench and bowed to the crowd, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for his act. At the end of the ensuing conversion, FIU's Chris Smith wrestled Miami holder Matt Perelli to the ground and punched him. Another Golden Panther, Marshall McDuffie Jr., kicked Perelli on the ground. Players from each side joined the pile, and both benches quickly emptied, with fights breaking out in several parts of the field. Several players from both teams threw punches, Miami cornerback Brandon Meriweather was seen trying to stomp on FIU players, and another Golden Panther, Amod Ned, was seen swinging a crutch at Miami players. During the melee, Canes safety Anthony Reddick ran across the field and swung his helmet at FIU cornerback Robert Mitchell, hitting him.


Five Canes were ejected—Carlos Armour, Chris Barney, Bruce Johnson, Charlie Jones, and Derrick Morse. Eight Golden Panthers were ejected as well. Coach Larry Coker also indefinitely suspended Meriweather and Reddick for their parts in the fracas, plus Bryant for his taunting gesture that arguably triggered the melee.


In the aftermath, Coker called the brawl "disgraceful," adding the following day, "I don't have many bad days. This is a bad day. And last night was a bad night." For his part, FIU head coach Don Strock said "I can promise you that this will never happen again." Other officials from both universities also publicly apologized. Don Strock (born November 27, 1950 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is a college football coach and former player who is the current head coach of the Florida International University football team. ...


The day after the game, the ACC suspended a total of 13 Miami players, and the Sun Belt Conference suspended 18 FIU players.


Duke

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 7 10 3 0 20
Duke 0 0 2 13 15

Pregame Line: Miami -20


Playing without 13 players who were suspended for their actions in the previous week's brawl with FIU, and missing starting tight end Greg Olsen and starting linebacker Jon Beason due to injury, the shorthanded 'Canes raced out to a 20-2 third quarter lead behind strong play from QB Kyle Wright. Underdog Duke would not give up, though, rallying to score two unanswered fourth quarter touchdowns to trim Miami's lead to 20-15 (Duke failed to convert a two-point conversion attempt on the second touchdown). Meanwhile, the Duke defense put the clamps on Miami's running game, holding the Hurricanes to a paltry 37 yards rushing on 25 carries (1.5 ypc) for the game. Duke, however, could not capitalize on two opportunities to take the lead. After driving down to the Miami 29-yard line with less than 3:30 remaining in the game, Duke was stopped on a fourth down attempt and turned the ball over to Miami. Duke's defense would bend, as Miami drove down to the Duke 34, but Duke was able to stop Miami on third down. Faced with a 4th-and-2 from Duke's 34-yard line with inside 2:15 remaining, Miami head coach Larry Coker elected to punt and rely on his vaunted defense rather than go for it on fourth down or attempt a long field goal. Larry Coker (born June 23, 1948 in Okemah, Oklahoma) is the current head coach of the University of Miami football team. ...


Duke took over from its own 11-yard line and strung together an impressive drive that brought the Blue Devils down to the Hurricanes' 6-yard line with :03 remaining in the game. On third down and with time expiring, Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis' threw a pass intended for wide receiver Eron Riley in the left side of the endzone. However, Miami safety Willie Cooper was lying in wait and was able to jump the route and intercept Lewis' pass at the goal line. Cooper returned the ball all the way to the Duke 15-yard line before voluntarily falling to the ground to end the game and deny Duke what would have been a momentous upset. The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ...


Wright completed 23 of 41 passes for 291 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Duke wide receiver Jomar Wright was impressive in defeat, catching 10 passes for 170 yards against Miami's makeshift secondary. Miami sophomore safety Kenny Phillips intercepted three passes, tying a school record. Phillips was named the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week for his stellar play. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


Miami improved to 5-2 on the year with a 2-1 ACC record, setting up a showdown the next week with Georgia Tech for control of the ACC's Coastal Division. The 2006 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team will represent the Georgia Institute of Technology in the college football season of 2006-2007. ...


Georgia Tech

Pregame Line: Georgia Tech -5.5

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 10 3 3 7 23
#21 Georgia Tech 3 10 0 17 30

Georgia Tech (5-2, 3-1 ACC) entered the game in first place in the ACC's Coastal Division, leading second-place Miami (5-2, 2-1 ACC) by 1/2 a game in the standings. The winner of this showdown would gain control its own destiny and be able to assure itself of a berth in the ACC Championship by winning the remainder of its games.


Miami got on the board first when Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball fumbled the ball at the Georgia Tech 18-yard line during the Yellow Jackets opening drive. Miami linebacker Glenn Cook returned the fumble for a Miami touchdown. After Miami forced a punt on the Jackets next possession, Javarris James broke a 49-yard run that setup a 38-yard field goal from Jon Peattie, putting Miami ahead, 10-0. Georgia Tech would answer with a 12-play, 53-yard drive on its ensuing possession, highlighted by a 43-yard pass from Ball to receiver Calvin Johnson that setup a 39-yard field goal from Travis Bell, cutting the Miami lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... Javarris James is a current starting running back on the University of Miami football team. ... For other people of the same name, see Calvin Johnson. ...


Miami would add another field goal early in the second quarter to push its lead to 13-3. After a 22-yard punt by Miami's Brian Monroe gave Georgia Tech the ball at the Miami 46-yard line, Tech scored a touchdown on its very first play when Ball connected with James Johnson for a 46-yard touchdown strike, bringing the Jackets within 3. Georgia Tech would later intercept a Kyle Wright pass in Miami territory, which enabled the Jackets to add a game-tying field goal before the half. Kyle Wright (born October 18, 1984 in Danville, California) is the current starting quarterback for the University of Miami football team. ...


On its first possession of the second half, Miami moved the ball 69-yards before the drive was ended when receiver Lance Leggett fumbled at the Georgia Tech 10-yard line. Miami would force Georgia Tech to go three-and-out before embarking on a long 14-play, 54-yard drive that ate up 6:59 and ended with another Peattie field goal, putting the Hurricanes back in front, 16-13.


Georgia Tech would respond with 17 unanswered fourth quarter points. The first three came by way of a 39-yard field goal from Bell. That drive was not without controversy, however, as replays appeared to show Miami safety Brandon Meriweather intercept a pass from Ball on a 2nd-and-11 from the Miami 31. The play was ruled an incomplete pass by the referees on the field. Curiously, the officials in the replay booth declined to initiate an instant replay review of the play, nor did Miami coach Larry Coker, who still had one timeout remaining, initiate a coach's challenge. Instead of Miami taking over with its lead intact, Georgia Tech retained possession, and, after picking up nine yards on third down, successfully kicked a game-tying field goal from the Miami 22.


The Jackets would force Miami to punt, and, on its next possession, Georgia Tech went 74-yards on 9-plays, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ball to Johnson. On Miami's next possession, Wright was sacked by Adamm Oliver and fumbled at the Miami 35. The ball was recovered by Georgia Tech's Kamichael Hall, who returned it eight yards to the Miami 27. Two plays later, running back Tashard Choice ran for a 25-yard touchdown, giving Georgia Tech a 30-16 lead with 3:30 remaining, seemingly sealing the game.


Miami, however, made things interesting when Wright hooked up with tight end Greg Olsen for a 41-yard touchdown pass on the third play of Miami's next possession, making the score 30-23 with just 2:10 remaining in the game. Interestingly, Coker, who only had one timeout left, elected to kick deep on the ensuing kickoff rather than attempt an onside kick. Miami was able to force Georgia Tech to punt and was set to take possession with less than :30 remaining and no timeouts. However, Miami punt returner Rashaun Jones fumbled the punt and the ball was recovered by Georgia Tech's Chris Dunlap, giving Georgia Tech the win. An onside kick is a term used in American football and Canadian football for a play on a kickoff in which the ball is kicked a shorter distance than usual in order for the team that kicked it to regain possession of the ball. ...


With the loss, Miami fell to 5-3 (2-2 ACC) on the year, causing the already intense criticism of coach Coker and quarterback Wright to only intensify. James was productive in defeat, gaining 112 yards on 19 carries, while Olsen caught 5 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.


Virginia Tech

Pregame Line: Virginia Tech -2

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
#24 Virginia Tech 0 10 0 7 17
Miami 0 0 3 7 10

Virginia Tech avenged a 27-7 loss from the previous year by dealing reeling Miami its fourth loss of the 2006 season. Miami's defense was stout in defeat, holding the visiting Hokies to just 139 yards of total offense (86 passing, 53 rushing). Running back Tyrone Moss, filling in after starter Javarris James was forced from the game early in the first half with a hip pointer, had a strong game, rushing 13 times for 103 yards. The highlight of Moss' evening was a 50-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 10. But it was not enough to overcome Miami's sputtering pass offense. Kyle Wright struggled badly, completing just 14 of 29 passes for 84 yards. Wright also threw two critical interceptions late in the game. The first led to what would prove to be Virginia Tech's game winning touchdown, while the second came on the first play of Miami's ensuing possession, essentially sealing the defeat. The homecoming loss served to only intensify criticism of the struggling Wright, who was booed lustily at times during the game. Coker, the team's embattled head coach, was also the subject of boos from the crowd.[4] The loss was Miami's fifth consecutive against ranked opponents dating back to the previous season's Peach Bowl loss to LSU, and ensured Miami of its first four-loss season since 1999.
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Maryland

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 0 10 0 3 13
#24 Maryland 7 7 0 0 14

Playing in its first game since the murder of defensive lineman Bryan Pata (see Bryan Pata Tragedy below), a mourning Miami team dropped its third straight game, 14-13, to the #24 Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium, falling to 5-5 on the season (2-4 ACC). Sophomore quarterback Kirby Freeman, starting in place of the injured Kyle Wright, played well in his first collegiate start, completing 14 of 27 passes for 140 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Freeman also rushed for 51 yards on 9 carries. However, a couple of long pass plays surrendered by the Hurricane defense early in the game proved to be the difference. Maryland took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter when quarterback Sam Hollenbach hooked up with receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on a 65-yard touchdown pass. Hollenbach would find Heyward-Bey again in the second quarter for a 96-yard touchdown pass, both the longest pass play in Maryland history and the longest pass ever surrendered by Miami. Miami would fight back, though, and cut the Maryland lead to one point in the fourth quarter. But after forcing Maryland to punt with 1:14 to go in the game, Miami returner Bruce Johnson fumbled the punt and Maryland recovered, enabling the Terrapins to run the clock out and walk away with the victory. Miami dominated the game statistically, racking up 320 yards and 18 first downs while holding the ball for 37:09, compared to just 258 yards, 6 first downs, and 22:51 of possession for Maryland, but was unable to convert that statistical advantage into a victory. Maryland fans stormed the field in celebration after the final whistle. The 2006 Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami during the 2006 college football season. ...


The loss was Miami's sixth straight against a ranked opponent, and was the third straight loss, and fourth loss overall, in which the Canes had a chance to tie or win the game on their final possession, but squandered the opportunity with a turnover.


Virginia

Pregame Line: Miami -2

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 0 0 0 7 7
Virginia 7 7 0 3 17

Miami lost its fourth straight game, losing to the Virginia Cavaliers for the first time in four all-time meetings. Miami's problems on offense continued, as the Hurricanes were only able to muster one offensive touchdown for the fourth consecutive game, while the Virginia offense picked apart the Miami defense. Jameel Sewell was the star of the Cavalier offense, connecting on 23 of 33 passes for 217 yards and running for a pair of touchdowns. Virginia also became the first team all season to rush for over 100 yards against Miami's defense, racking up 134 yards on the ground. Freshman running back Javarris James ran for 95 yards on 21 carries in defeat. Quarterback Kirby Freeman, making his second collegiate start after Kyle Wright underwent season-ending thumb injury earlier in the week, completed 11 of 18 passes for 152 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.[5]


With the Hurricanes dropping to 5-6 (2-5 ACC), they would need to win their final game of the season against Boston College in order to become bowl eligible.


Boston College

Quarter 1 2 3 4 Tot
Boston College '
Miami '

In a Thanksgiving night primetime nationally televised game, Miami and former Big East foe Boston College meet for the first time since the Eagles joined the Hurricanes in the ACC in 2005. Miami leads the all-time series, 22-3, and has defeated BC in 14-straight games. BC was a very good team. BC's last win in the series came in 1984's immortal "Hail Flutie" game. The Hail Flutie game was a college football game that took place between the Boston College Eagles and the University of Miami Hurricanes on November 23, 1984, and is considered among the greatest games of all time[1]. The game is most notable for a last-second Hail Mary pass...


Miami must win the game in order to become bowl eligible.


Bryan Pata Tragedy

Tragedy struck the program when defensive tackle Bryan Pata was shot and killed on Tuesday, November 7, 2006.[6] Pata was murdered at The Colony apartment complex in Kendall by an unknown assailant some time around 7:30 pm. Bryan Pata Bryan Pata (1984 -November 7, 2006) was an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Hurricanes. ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... Kendall is a census-designated place and an unincorporated suburban community in Miami-Dade County, Florida, on the edge of the Florida Everglades. ...


The Miami-Dade police thus far have declined to release any further information about the specific circumstances of the shooting until they finish interviewing witnesses, but have ruled the death a homicide. Etymology: Latin homicidium, from homo- human being + caedere- to cut, kill Homicide is the intentional or negligent killing of another human being by one or more persons. ...


Pata was the fourth Miami football player to die in the past ten years. Linebacker Marlin Barnes and a female companion were bludgeoned to death in Barnes' on-campus apartment in 1996 by the woman's jealous ex-lover. In 2002, linebacker Chris Campbell was killed in a car accident. A car accident in 2003 also claimed the life of safety Al Blades. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pata was described by friends and acquaintances as a "Christian" with a friendly, outgoing personality. Pata, who was projected to be a third-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, also harbored dreams of one day possibly joining the FBI when his football career was over.[7] A Christian is a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, referred to as Christ. ... The 2007 NFL Draft will take place in New York City on April 28 and April 29, 2007. ... For other uses of the initials FBI, see FBI (disambiguation). ...


Reaction

With the Hurricnes at 5-6 and mounting controversy over what appears to be a gradual erosion of the predominance of Miami's football program since its 2001 national championship, the season was perhaps one of the worst in decades. The team, which had the longest current streak of being ranked in the AP Poll, fell from the AP Top 25 for the first time in 10 seasons. The Associated Press (AP) Poll, along with the USA Today Coaches Poll, ranks the top 25 NCAA Division I college football and basketball teams, weekly. ...


The precise reason for the deteroriation of Miami's football program is in dispute, but a number of fans argue that the descent coincides with the hiring of UM President Donna Shalala in 2001. In each year since, Miami's football program appears to have taken a step back in terms of national stature and its overall record, going from an undefeated national championship in 2001 to a national championship game loss in 2002 to a two-loss season in 2003 to back-to-back-to-back three loss seasons in 2004, 2005, and now a six-loss season in 2006. Donna Edna Shalala (born February 14, 1941) is the current president of the University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, Florida. ...


The decay of the University of Miami's football program has been one of the biggest stories in collegiate football in 2006. After winning five national championships in 25 years, the University of Miami had established itself as the most successful collegiate football program of the past quarter century. Since 2001, however, the program has noticeably slipped, losing to teams with average records and being rendered to Peach Bowl appearances in each of the past two seasons. Considerable doubt remains about whether Miami will even make a bowl game at all, as the Canes must win their final game, against Boston College, to become bowl eligible. Since 1983, Miami has failed to play in a bowl game just twice: in 1995, when Miami served a one-year bowl suspension, and in 1997, when the Hurricanes, hampered by NCAA scholarship sanctions, finished just 5-6. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta, Georgia since December, 1968. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Numerous anlaysts have speculated that the failure of the 2006 season will likely mean the end of Coker's six-year reign as Miami's head coach, as well of that of Athletic Director Paul Dee. However, there also is a growing sentiment that the blame for the program's deterioriation lies with Shalala, who took over as UM President the year before the program's descent began.


Steve Spurrier coaching candidacy

On Sunday, November 19, 2006, just one day after Miami's 17-7 loss to Virginia dropped the Canes to 5-6 on the season, it was reported in numerous media outlets that Larry Coker would be fired following the last game of the season against Boston College. The big news, however, was that current South Carolina and longtime Florida head coach Steve Spurrier is the leading candidate to become Miami's next head coach. November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The University of South Carolinas 18 varsity sports teams are known as the Gamecocks. ... City Gainesville, Florida Team Colors Orange and blue Head Coach Urban Meyer League/Conference affiliations Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912-1921) Southern Conference (1922-1931) Southeastern Conference (1932-present) Eastern Division (1992-present) Team history Florida Gators (1906-present) National Championships (1) 1996 Southeastern Conference Championships (6) 1991, 1993, 1994... Steven Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach, Florida) is a former American football player and current head coach at the University of South Carolina. ...


Spurrier has since denied any interest in the job.[8][9]


References

  1. ^ UM Picked to Win ACC Championship Game in 2006 ACC Preseason Poll (English) (HTML). theacc.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  2. ^ Moss, Moore among suspended Hurricanes for FSU game (English) (HTML). ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  3. ^ University of Louisville Post-Game Notes (English) (HTML). UofLSports.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  4. ^ Hokies' defense sends Canes tumbling (English) (HTML). MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  5. ^ Virginia keeps bowl hopes alive; drops Miami under .500 (English) (HTML). ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-18.
  6. ^ Miami senior lineman shot, killed; death ruled a homicide (English) (HTML). ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-07.
  7. ^ Canes lineman Pata shot, killed (English) (HTML). MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-08.
  8. ^ Miami reportedely set to target Spurrier (English) (HTML). MSNBC.com. Retrieved on 2006-11-19.
  9. ^ Joe Schad (2006-11-18). Source: If Coker fired, Miami to target Spurrier. ESPN.com.

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