Miami Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier Syracuse Post Game Comments

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Behind the second 300 yard game of his career and the season, Malik Rosier led the Miami Hurricanes to their 11th consecutive victory and sixth this season.

Rosier set a career high with 344 yards passing to help the Miami Hurricanes defeat Syracuse 27-19. He finished 27-43 for the 344 yards and added two touchdowns without an interception.

Rosier’s completions and attempts were both the second highest of his career. He was one completion and attempt off of his career pinnacle.

Rosier connected with wide receiver Jeff Thomas on a big play for the second straight game. He completed a 70-yard pass to Thomas in last week’s win over Georgia Tech. They added a 48-yard pitch and catch for a touchdown in the win over Syracuse. Rosier also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Christopher Herndon.

Rosier spoke with reporters after the game about continuing to win close games, the ability for him and his team to do that, on not having a bigger lead at halftime and Herndon’s play this season.

The Miami Hurricanes have had to pull out games late while beginning ACC play 3-0. After game-winning drives the past three weeks, the defense made the game-winning play to secure the win against Syracuse. Rosier spoke about what it means to the team to keep winning close games.

On having to win close games repeatedly…

"“It’s kind of repetitive and I blame this game on the offense. I blame a lot on me. There were multiple times in the red zone that we dropped balls, that I missed targets. That’s something we have to fix. That and third downs, some things we really got to emphasize. I was trying to guys’ heads up and tell them, ‘we just got to keep driving, keep scoring, keep putting points on the board and help our defense out.’”"

The 2017 Miami Hurricanes have a different air about them. During Mark Richt’s first season the Hurricanes had trouble winning close games. Three of Miami’s four losses in 2016 came by a total of 11 points. Rosier discussed what it means to keep finding ways to win.

On what it says about the team to keep finding ways to win…

"“These guys keep fighting. It was the fourth quarter, their last drive, I walked to the defense. I was like, ‘If y’all say you’re ’86 Gang,’ they’re making stops. Bennie Blades said that we remind them of themselves, so we need the stop.’ They went out there, stopped them. So, my cap goes off to our defense. They kept us in this game the whole time.”"

The turnover chain was out frequently in the first half yesterday. The Miami defense intercepted Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey four times in the first 30 minutes. The Hurricanes were only able to turn that into 13 points. Rosier was asked about the frustration of not having a bigger lead at the half.

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On how tough it was to not have a bigger lead at halftime after getting four interceptions…

"“Like I said earlier, a lot of that was on us. When we get in the red zone, if we score those three or four times we got down there, it’s 21 or 28 [to] nothing or three, however much they scored. That’s a completely different ballgame than 13-3 or 16-3. That falls on us. Our defense did a great job. Anytime you hold Syracuse to three points . . . that’s huge. They’re high-tempo, great receivers, great quarterback, great offense.”"

After inconsistent play through the first four games, Herndon has been Rosier’s most frequent target the past two weeks. He had the best game of his career against Syracuse Saturday. Herndon set career highs with ten receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

On how comfortable he is throwing to Christopher Herndon IV…

"“A lot of our stuff is just based on what the defense gives us and he does a great job running his routes. He gets to his depth, he runs with speed and he’s physical. He fights for yards after the catch. Chris is one of those guys that, when it comes down to it, if I throw it to him, I know he’s going to be in the right spot.”"

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There were a lot of questions this season regarding Rosier at quarterback. The majority of the Miami Hurricanes fanbase wanted true Freshman N’Kosi Perry as the starter. Rosier has more than proven his ability to lead the Miami offense and the team.