Speechless. Tim Hasselback of The ACC Network said “This is one of the biggest coaching mistakes I have ever seen.” With third and 10 on the Georgia Tech 30 and with no timeouts, The Miami football team led by Mario Cristobal and Shannon Dawson chose to hand the ball off to Don Chaney Jr. who lost a fumble.
Georgia Tech went 74 yards in four plays and 25 seconds to score the game-winning touchdown. Haynes King completed a 44-yard pass to Christian Leary who got behind Kamren Kinchens for the game-winning TD. The loss was just shocking, unexplainable, inexcusable and unprecedented for the Miami football team.
There were other reasons the Miami football team should have won. Miami outgained Georgia Tech 454-250. The inability of Miami to close drives haunted them throughout the game. Despite getting into Georgia Tech territory four times, Miami scored three points in the first half. That included twice inside the 21.
On the penultimate drive of the first half, Tyler Van Dyke threw an interception from the 21-yard line. Miami drove to the Georgia Tech 12 on the last half drive before an Andres Borregales 30-yard field goal put the Hurricanes in front 3-0 at halftime. Miami extended the lead to 10-0 on the second drive of the third quarter.
Tyler Van Dyke threw an interception from the Miami 25 on the next drive. Georgia Tech went four plays, 26 yards in 1:26 to cut the Miami lead to 10-7. Miami drove to the Georgia Tech 25-yard line on the next drive with a chance to extend the lead. Georgia Tech gave the ball back four plays later when King threw an interception.
The Miami football team drove to the Georgia Tech 21 before the drive stalled again. Borregales kicked a 39-yard field goal that should have been the game-winner to put Miami up 23-20. After getting the ball back from Georgia Tech, Miami drove 10 plays and 52 yards in 5:06 and should have run out the clock.
The Chaney fumble came on third and 10 with 33 seconds remaining. Miami still had the opportunity to win the game. The Miami defense stopped Georgia Tech most of the night. Georgia Tech finished with 250 total yards. The Yellow Jackets had 74 on the last drive. Miami plays at North Carolina next week with the time TBA.