Miami football comeback falls short against Oklahoma State in Cheez-it bowl

Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team fell behind 21-0 then lost D’Eriq King before rallying in a 37-34 loss to Oklahoma State in the Cheez-it Bowl.

Falling behind 21-0 the Miami football team ultimately dug themselves too big of a hole in a 37-34 loss to Oklahoma State in the Cheeze-it Bowl. The Hurricanes lost D’Eriq King with a knee injury in the second quarter. N’Kosi Perry tried to rally Miami but Oklahoma State answered when they had to.

Miami nearly tied the game in the third quarter. Brevin Jordan got in on a two-point conversion that was reversed on replay. Close to a half dozen drops, including one close to the five-yard line on the last drive by Mark Pope, hindered Miami all night. Perry deserved better from Pope and Dee Wiggins.

Perry finished completed 19 passes in 34 attempts for 228 yards, two TDs and no interceptions and had six carries for 10 yards. King was 10-13 for 113 yards and one TD and Jordan completed one pass in one attempt for 15 yards. Miami outgained Oklahoma State 512 to 418. Miami held OSU to 16 points in the last three quarters.

Oklahoma State came out throwing. Cowboys QB Spencer Sanders was 27-40 for 305 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. Oklahoma State freshman wide receiver Brennan Presley who had one reception in the regular season finished with six receptions for 118 yards and three TDs.

The Miami defense did a good job on a very good Oklahoma State run offense. Oklahoma State had 43 carries for 113 yards and one rushing TD. There were several questionable calls throughout the night that also hurt Miami. Oklahoma State had nine penalties for 81 yards, Miami eight for 76.

Jordan went out with an outstanding game as he passed 100 career receptions. The junior who can leave for the 2021 NFL Draft finished with eight receptions for 96 yards and two TDs. Cam’Ron Harris had six carries for 52 yards and one TD. Freshman Don Chaney Jr. six for 50 and three receptions for 44 yards.

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Mike Harley also contributed with eight receptions for 69 yards and a TD and two carries for 13 yards. The biggest story coming out of the loss to Oklahoma State was the injury to King. Perry played exceptionally well which was encouraging. King returned to the sideline on crutches. King will be evaluated Wednesday.