Hokies uprising (cont.)
Harris, who'd been sacked once in two games coming into this one, had his world rocked again in the second quarter when Worilds -- who'd been feeding right tackle Matt Pipho a steady diet of outside moves -- bullrushed the senior then used him as an orange and green welcome mat enroute to the quarterback.
"We'd seen him make some great throws," said Worilds, "But how would he respond under duress? The goal was to get in his face, let him know we'd be around all day. I think that made him a little uneasy."
More than a little. Harris completed just nine of his 25 passes, for 150 yards and no touchdowns. That said, the sophomore had his moments. He looked razor-sharp on Miami's first possession of the second half, leading a five-play, 46-yard touchdown drive that turned down the volume in the stadium. Harris looked no less impressive on the next possession -- until 6-foot-8 tight end Jimmy Graham, a converted forward from the 'Canes hoops team, dropped a pair of passes to kill the drive.
Those drops, Shannon agreed, were "crucial." The coach then emphasized that this loss was not on Harris alone. "You gotta point to the whole entire offense, and the whole entire defense." We agree.
It was a cold, wet, miserable reality check for the Hurricanes, who, it turns out, weren't quite ready for prime time, despite all those breathless proclamations to the contrary. (Mea culpa: I've been talking them up all week, myself).
It wasn't long ago that the gregarious Harris confided that he and his teammates would still prefer to be "considered underdogs."
Careful what you wish for, kid. After a dismal afternoon that had some Hurricanes fans wondering whatever became of Robert Marve, Miami should be at least a one-touchdown 'dog to Oklahoma when the Sooners come calling next Saturday.
In the end, Virginia Tech didn't care that Miami was back. As cornerback Rashad Carmichael put it, "We never left."