Listless Hurricanes show little in losing to Cavs
Virginia extends Miami's skid to four 17-7 and leaves it needing to beat BC to be bowl eligible.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published November 19, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Larry Coker sounded tired as he talked about the latest chapter in a season to forget for Miami, Saturday's 17-7 loss to Virginia.
Apologizing as he did it, Coker said his team struggled to focus on football while in mourning.
"It's been draining on everybody," he said. "And maybe it culminated (Saturday) because we didn't play with a lot of energy."
The loss capped a month to forget for the Hurricanes. Since a brawl-marred victory against Florida International on Oct. 14, the Hurricanes have endured the suspensions of 13 players for the incident, four losses in five games and, most recently, the death of popular lineman Bryan Pata.
Coker apologized for using Pata's death as an excuse but said, "The bottom line is sometimes when you make plays, you develop energy, and we didn't generate enough plays to feed off one another."
Virginia, on the other hand, got plenty of energy from freshman quarterback Jameel Sewell and its defense, which held Miami to 263 yards.
"It's just clicking right now," defensive end Chris Long said.
Miami had not allowed a team to run for 100 yards this season. But Jason Snelling had 57 on 28 carries and Sewell four runs of 10 yards or more as Virginia finished with 132.
Virginia must win at No. 19 Virginia Tech to become bowl-eligible. Meanwhile, Miami must beat No. 20 Boston College.
The Cavaliers drove 92 yards for a touchdown on their first drive. Sewell was 6-for-7 for 72 yards and scored on a 12-yard run.
"That first drive set it all up for us," Sewell said.
In the second quarter, Virginia's Antonio Appleby stripped the ball from Sam Shields. Clint Sintim recovered at the Hurricanes 28. Four plays later, Sewell ran it in from the 2 for a 14-0 lead.
"That felt great," Appleby said. "Causing a turnover and seeing the offense punch it in for six, it doesn't get any better than that."
Down 17-0, Miami scored with 3:08 left on Kirby Freeman's 77-yard pass to Lance Leggett.
"I'm sick of losing. Miami's sick of losing. This football team is sick of losing," Freeman said. "We've been busting our tails in practice. We're doing what we need to be a good football team. Things aren't clicking."
First downs 11 21
Rushes-yards 29-111 42-132
Passing 152 217
Comp-Att-Int 11-18-1 23-33-0
Return Yards 14 22
Punts-Avg. 6-36.7 4-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 3-35 0-0
Time of Possession 26:30 33:30
Miami 0 0 0 7 - 7 Virginia 7 7 0 3 - 17
UVa-J.Sewell 12 run (Gould kick), 7:16.
UVa-J.Sewell 2 run (Gould kick), 11:58.
UVa-FG Greenbaum 22, 4:18. Mia-Leggett 77 pass from Freeman (Peattie kick), 3:08. A-54,552.
RUSHING-Miami, James 21-95, Freeman 6-10, Moss 1-5, Thomas 1-1. Virginia, Snelling 28-57, J.Sewell 10-41, Ogletree 2-38, Team 2-(minus 4).
PASSING-Miami, Freeman 11-18-1-152. Virginia, J.Sewell 23-33-0-217.
RECEIVING-Miami, Olsen 5-57, Leggett 2-81, Shields 2-8, Moore 1-9, K.Jones 1-(minus 3). Virginia, Stupar 7-42, Snelling 6-61, Ogletree 5-43, Mines 3-23, John M.Phillips 1-44, Covington 1-4.