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Postgame Notes

Dec. 28, 2008

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TODAY’S CAPTAINS: Today’s captains for Miami are Jason Fox, Glenn Cook and ChavezGrant.

HIGH MARKS FOR HARRIS: Freshman quarterback Jacory Harris made his second careerstart tonight and set new career-highs for pass completions (25), pass attempts (41) and passingyards (194) in a single game.

BOSHER MOVES INTO UM’s TOP 5: Sophomore kicker/punter Matt Bosher’s 22-yard fieldgoal in the fourth quarter moved him into UM’s all-time Top 5 for field goals made in singleseason.Bosher is 18-for-20 this season in field goal attempts and with that field goal, he movedinto a tie with Danny Miller (1981) and Carlos Huerta (1989) for fifth place on the all-time list. JonPeattie’s 22 (2003) is the most in a single season while Huerta (1988) and Todd Sievers (2001)rank in a tie for second with 21.

CHAMBERS EMERGES: Redshirt freshman running back Lee Chambers had an increasedrole in tonight’s game, and in turn, set new career highs for carries (9) and rushing yards (61).

TEN OVER 100: Leonard Hankerson’s 41-yard reception on the last play of the first quartermade him the 10th Hurricane with at least 100 receiving yards in a season. The last time, UM had10 receivers with 100 yards at the end of the season was 2000 when Santana Moss, ReggieWayne, Jeremy Shockey, Najeh Davenport, Daryl Jones, D.J. Williams, Andre King, Ivan Mercer,Robert Williams and Clinton Portis all finished the season with 100 or more receiving yards.

FOR THE LONGEST TIME: Twenty-five of Miami’s 38 offensive touchdowns this seasonhave come on drives of three minutes or shorter with 10 of those 38 touchdowns coming under aminute. Miami’s 10-play, 80-yard drive for its first touchdown lasted 4:28 and its secondtouchdown drive of 10 plays, 69 yards last four minutes. It was just the second time this seasonthat Miami had two scoring drives in a game go for more than four minutes. The last time was awin at Virginia.

Miami’s TD Drives This Season

Opponent TD Drive Plays Time
Cal Laron Byrd 9-yd pass from Harris 10-80 4:28
Cal Thearon Collier 6-yd pass from Harris 10-69 4:00

BIG ZELL: Senior tight end Chris Zellner had career highs in receptions (8) and receivingyards (48). Zellner had a career-high four receptions for 35 yards against Virginia in 2007.

MORE ZELLNER: With his team-high eight catches, senior tight end Chris Zellner alsobecame the 10th different Hurricane to have led or tied for the team lead in receptions in a gamethis year.

CANES PART OF ATTENDANCE RECORD: Miami was part of an Emerald Bowl recordattendance of 42, 268.

THE SERIES: Miami moves to 2-2 all-time versus Cal, 13-6 all-time versus teams from thestate of California and 9-9 all-time against current Pac-10 teams.

BOWL RECORD: The University of Miami football team is 19-15 in 34 bowl appearances inits history.

FOR THE LONGEST: The Hurricanes have 24 plays of 30-or-more yards this season. JacoryHarris’ 41-yard completion to Leonard Hankerson in the first half of tonight’s game tied for the12th-longest play from scrimmage this season for the `Canes.

2008 Longest Plays (30+ yards)

Yards Player Play Opponent
69 Dedrick Epps Reception (TD) NC State
66 Graig Cooper Punt Return (TD) Charleston Southern
57 Travis Benjamin Kick Off Return Florida State
51 Graig Cooper Rush (TD) Texas A&M
51 Travis Benjamin Reception Florida State
48 Travis Benjamin Reception Wake Forest
45 Travis Benjamin (10), Sam Shields (35) Kick Off Return Wake Forest
44 Travis Benjamin Punt Return Texas A&M
43 Thearon Collier Reception Virginia
43 Robert Marve Rush Wake Forest
41 Brandon Harris Kick Off Return Texas A&M
41 Leonard Hankerson Reception California
37 Kayne Farquharson Reception Virginia Tech
37 Travis Benjamin Punt Return North Carolina
37 Graig Cooper Rush Duke
36 Dedrick Epps Reception Texas A&M
35 Dedrick Epps Reception Charleston Southern
34 Derron Thomas Rush Texas A&M
32 Travis Benjamin Kick Off Return Duke
31 Shawnbrey McNeal Rush Charleston Southern
31 Graig Cooper Rush North Carolina
30 Travis Benjamin Reception Virginia
30 Jacory Harris Rush (TD) Charleston Southern
30 Dedrick Epps Reception Georgia Tech

RED ZONE RESULTS: The Hurricanes have converted on 30 of their last 31 red zoneattempts and 44 of 47 overall attempts (93.6%) this season. UM has 29 touchdowns and 15 fieldgoals in its 47 red zone appearances.

FIVE FOR DVD: Sophomore cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke recorded a career-high fivetotal tackles (all solo).

FOUR FOR BYRD: With his 9-yard TD reception in the second quarter of tonight’s game,freshman wide receiver Laron Byrd tallied his fourth receiving touchdown the season, the most ofany UM player this season.

LONG PASS: Cal QB Nate Longshore’s 74-yard pass to Verran Tucker in the first quarter waslongest pass allowed in a bowl game by the Hurricanes.

STARTING SENIORS: Senior linebacker Glenn Cook and senior center Xavier Shannon arethe only two Hurricanes to have started all 13 of UM’s games this year.

FOURTH DOWN FORTUNE: The Hurricanes converted both of fourth down attempts tonight,improving their season total to 13 conversions in 19 attempts. At the end of the regular season,the `Canes ranked 21st nationally after converting 11 of 17 through their first 12 games.

SHANNON’S FIRST BOWL GAME: Today’s game marked Randy Shannon’s first bowl gameas the head football coach at the University of Miami.

TOP OF THE HILL: Junior safety Ryan Hill led the `Canes with six total tackles (four solo, twoassists), leaving him just one tackle shy of his career-high of seven total tackles set earlier thisyear at Duke (10/18).

GROUND GAME: Miami dropped to 2-5 this season when it is held under 125 yards rushingas a team. The Hurricanes just missed that mark tonight, totaling 119 yards on the ground.

PUNT STOPS HERE: Miami kept the Bears from returning any of its six punts tonight, holdingits opponents punt return total to just 24 yards allowed in its last seven games. Since UM’s gameat Duke (10/18), the Hurricanes have only allowed their opponent to gain positive yards on puntreturns twice (15 at Virginia; 10 at Georgia Tech). Overall this season, the `Canes have allowedjust 156 yards on 17 punt returns for an average of just 12 punt return yards per game.