Miami football makes North Carolina State pay for trolling

Oct 23, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

A tweet from injured Hurricanes cornerback Al Blades Jr. following their win at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night shows North Carolina State trolling the Miami football team. Wolfpack wide receiver Thayer Thomas threw up The U apparently after one of the two touchdowns he scored in the second quarter.

Thomas had seven receptions for 71 yards in a 31-30 North Carolina State loss to the Miami football team. Miami and true freshman safety Kamren Kinchens had the last word against Thomas and the Wolfpack. Kinchens tackled Thomas two yards short of the first down on fourth and eight late in the fourth quarter.

The turnover on downs caused by the open-field tackle by Kinchens gave the ball back to Miami with 2:49 remaining. A 21-yard completion from Miami second-year freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke to fourth-year junior Will Mallory on third and 16 clinched the win for Miami. Miami ran out the clock from there.

The trend of trolling the other team in college football has become frequent. NC State also reportedly flashed the U sign upside down. Similar occurrences have happened with Big XII teams flashing the Texas hook em’ horns upside down. The Big XII has instituted a rule that upside-down Hook ’em Horns will result in a taunting penalty.

After a home and home the last two seasons, Miami and North Carolina State are not scheduled to play each other through 2024. As a member of the ACC Coastal Division, Miami plays one crossover team in the ACC Atlantic that NC State is in through 2024. Miami is scheduled to play at Clemson in 2022.

The Hurricanes trip to Death Valley will be it’s second in three seasons. Clemson defeated Miami 42-17 in 2020. Miami will host Boston College in 2023 and play at Syracuse in 2024. The ACC has not released a schedule rotation beyond the 2024 season. Miami and North Carolina State could meet in the ACC Championship Game.

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The Wolfpack has never played in the ACC Championship game in its 16 years of existence. Miami only qualified for the ACC Championship Game in 2017 as the outright winner of the ACC Coastal Division. With their win on Saturday night, Miami leads the all-time series against North Carolina State 11-5-1.