Both Miami and Notre Dame traded defensive stops until Miami quarterback Malik Rosier drove his team downfield. Rosier found his favorite target, wide receiver Braxton Berrios on a perfectly thrown fade pass for a seven-yard touchdown. Berrios gave his side an early 7-0 lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
After Miami’s touchdown, Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw an interception to Canes’ safety Jaquan Johnson on their third play of the drive. Johnson’s pick put the Hurricanes in prime scoring position on the Irish 32-yard line. Only two plays later Rosier ran the ball in for a 16-yard trip to the end zone. Rosier’s touchdown gave the Canes a 14-0 lead with under a minute left in the first quarter.
Miami kicker Michael Badgley extended Miami’s lead by drilling a 23-yard kick through the uprights to increase the Miami lead to 17-0 lead with over thirteen minutes in the second quarter.
Wimbush threw his second pick of the night to Canes cornerback Malek Young. Young’s takeaway gave ‘The U’ fantastic field position by placing them on Notre Dame’s nine-yard line. Although, Miami could not capitalize on the great field position and had to settle with a field goal from Badgley. Badgley’s 30-yard field goal extended their lead to 20-0 with just under six minutes in the first half.
With just 22 seconds in the second quarter, Wimbush threw his third pick of the half. Canes’ cornerback Trajan Bandy took his pick 65-yards to the house to increase their lead to 27-0 at the end of the half. Bandy’s pick six earned himself the notorious turnover chain, and the Canes’ first defensive touchdown of the season.
“Trajan’s we had a feeling before the snap,” said Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, “The way that they had aligned. And the coverage that we were in that if the quarterback went with the ball where we thought he would go with the ball that Trajan had a chance to pick it off. So, yeah we did say on the headset that Trajan is going to intercept this pass, and lo and behold.”
By the end of the first half it seemed apparent that the Hurricanes had knocked the fight out of the Fighting Irish.
At the start of the third quarter Miami’s offense picked up where it left off as Rosier drove his team down the field. Eventually, running back DeeJay Dallas turned the corner and jumped over the pylon for a four-yard touchdown and his first career touchdown. His trip to the end zone gave the Canes 34-0 advantage with 10:30 to go in the third quarter.
The Irish finally put points on the board with time expiring in the third quarter. Their touchdown came from a perfectly placed pass to tight end Alize Mack who went up and grabbed it over the Miami defensive back. Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelley decided to go for two, and that decision was rewarded when Wimbush ran to his right and found his way in to the end zone. Their touchdown and two-point conversion cut the deficit to 34-8 at the end of the third.
Miami’s defensive line came up big late in the game when freshman defensive end Jonathan Garvin slipped past his blocker and forced Wimbush to fumble. Garvin then proceeded to fall on the ball to give his team the ball back on Notre Dame’s 30 and earn himself the famed turnover chain.
Garvins’ forced fumble and recovery put the Canes within striking distance of the end zone. Just six plays later, Dallas ran in a touchdown for four-yards and his second of the night. This gave the Canes a massive 41-8 lead with only four minutes left in the contest.
Miami’s defense forced the Irish to turnover on downs with just under two minutes which allowed them to run the clock out.
The conversation around the nation will be whether or not ‘The U’ is back, but the players are not too focused on that at the moment.
“Yeah me and Chad Thomas talked about it after the game and he said it’s not over, we’re not back,” said Rosier on whether ‘The U’ is back, “And I told him I agree. I said we’re not back until I have a ring on my finger.”