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Game Photos – Hurricanes Embarrass Notre Dame

On national tv, in front of a sold out Hard Rock Stadium, Miami mercilessly embarrassed Notre Dame. It was supposed to be the David vs Goliath battle in college football. Another chapter added to a hated and historic rivalry. Instead it was beat down reminiscent of Miami’s 58-7 bludgeoning on Notre Dame back in 1985.

The Miami Hurricanes were underdogs, ranked #7 in the nation, but a ranking many felt was a little generous. Notre Dame was ranked #3 and Miami was just an obstacle in the way of their quest for a college playoff game. A mere bump in the road that many felt Notre Dame would run over easily, however; on this day, the good Lord wasn’t on Notre Dame’s side and neither was luck.

The intensity of this game was palpable, reverberating through the tailgaters and all the way into the stadium. The raucous Hurricane fans filled Hard Rock Stadium and from before kickoff until the clock ran out, their energy swirled through the stadium like a leaf in the autumn wind.

Hurricane players, who were normally jovial and boisterous in warm-ups, were dialed in with laser focus. Intensity filled their eyes. They knew what was at stake. Their pride, their respect and their chance to be considered one of the best teams in the nation. When all was said and done Miami would have all that and then some.

The game played out like a dream come true to long suffering Hurricanes fans. The team played fast and efficient. The Hurricanes defense with their speed neutralized all the advantages Notre Dame thought they had. And with each turnover the Hurricanes defense produced the “Turnover Chain” made its cameo to the delight of players and fans alike.

It might have been one night, but it felt like the start of something. It felt like the old Orange Bowl. It felt like Miami Hurricanes football has finally made it’s presence felt.

Notre Dame’s season wasn’t the only thing that died on the field that night. The national disrespect of the Miami Hurricanes died as well. For a night at least, the U was back and that mere thought was enough to send shock waves across the landscape of college football.

Miami Hurricane fans greet the Notre Dame team buses

Miami Hurricane fans greet the Notre Dame team buses

Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier wears a patriot U shirt for warmups

Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier wears a patriot U shirt for warmups

Some of the fans had creative signs

Some of the fans had creative signs

Michael Pinckney is ready for work

Michael Pinckney is ready for work

Notre Dame mascot was full of bravado before the game

Notre Dame mascot was full of bravado before the game

Braxton Berrios (8) is all business coming out of the tunnel

Braxton Berrios (8) is all business coming out of the tunnel

Hurricanes fever was quite contagious

Hurricanes fever was quite contagious

Sebastian leads the team out

Sebastian leads the team out

DeeJay Dallas

DeeJay Dallas

KC McDermott was pumped for the game

KC McDermott was pumped for the game

Sheldrick Redwine with the hit stick

Sheldrick Redwine with the hit stick

Notre Dame players take a knee in prayer before the game

Notre Dame players take a knee in prayer before the game

Chad Thomas (9) wraps up Josh Adams (33)

Chad Thomas (9) wraps up Josh Adams (33)

Bradon Wimbush (7) throws under pressure

Bradon Wimbush (7) throws under pressure

Malik Rosier (12) waits for the snap

Malik Rosier (12) waits for the snap

Josh Adams (33) runs the ball

Josh Adams (33) runs the ball

Braxton Berriod (8) hauls in a touchdown

Braxton Berriod (8) hauls in a touchdown

Brandon Wimbush (7) looks downfield for a pass

Brandon Wimbush (7) looks downfield for a pass

Malik Rosier (12) rushes in for a touchdown

Malik Rosier (12) rushes in for a touchdown

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly

DeeJay Dallas (13) runs upfield

DeeJay Dallas (13) runs upfield

Hurricanes TE Chris Herndon (23) tries to run between two would be tacklers

Hurricanes TE Chris Herndon (23) tries to run between two would be tacklers

Travis Homer (24) looks for a hole to run through

Travis Homer (24) looks for a hole to run through

Ian Book (12) anticipates being hit as he throws

Ian Book (12) anticipates being hit as he throws

Shaq Quaterman (55) hits Ian Book (12) after he threw a pass

Shaq Quaterman (55) hits Ian Book (12) after he threw a pass

Chad Thomas (9) celebrates a tackle

Chad Thomas (9) celebrates a tackle

Brandon Wimbush (7) throws a pass from his own endzone

Brandon Wimbush (7) throws a pass from his own endzone

Shaq Quarterman just wants to keep on eating

Shaq Quarterman just wants to keep on eating

Hurricane fans hold four fingers in the air for the 4th quarter

Hurricane fans hold four fingers in the air for the 4th quarter

Brandon Wimbush (7) runs past Darrion Owens (58) to convert the 2 point conversion

Brandon Wimbush (7) runs past Darrion Owens (58) to convert the 2 point conversion

Miami Hurricanes Linebackers

Miami Hurricanes Linebackers

Ed Reed speaks to reporters after the game

Ed Reed speaks to reporters after the game