MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Coming off their first loss of the season to the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles, the Miami Hurricanes walked onto the field for Saturday’s pregame warm-ups in snazzy new uniforms.
From the gray jerseys with “Deserve victory” on the back to the helmets with an homage to the smoke tunnel, the Canes looked ready for the key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with Virginia Tech.
That is until a series of special teams miscues took away momentum from their first drive and eventually led to their second consecutive loss.
Here are some photos I captured before the 42-24 defeat to the Hokies:
Miami wideout Herb Waters waits in the end zone during drills. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Miami’s quarterbacks (visible: Stephen Morris, No. 17 & Gray Crow, No. 13) practice dropping back to pass in synchronization. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Miami running back Duke Johnson, out for the season with a fractured right ankle, watches on crutches from the sideline. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Head coach Al Golden advises sophomore wideout Herb Waters during pregame route-running and drills. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Miami wideout Herb Waters catches a pass during drills. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Miami players, including tight end Asante Cleveland, take in the wet conditions at Sun Life Stadium. // Photo by Christina De Nicola