Welcome to college football, Stephen Morris. The true freshman, in his first career start, made some mistakes early in the game for Miami but came back and hit clutch passes to help lead the Hurricanes to a 26-20 win over the Maryland Terrapins.
Miami, playing in front of a sparse homecoming crowd at Sun Life Stadium, put up a season high in total yards at 504. Morris finished the game 18/30 for 286 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Not a bad debut whatsoever.
Getting the ball back at their own 18 yard line with 3:13 remaining and down 20-18, the Hurricanes drove 82 yards down the field for the winning score. Morris completed a beautiful 35 yard pass to Leonard Hankerson for the touchdown.
The Maryland loss, combined with N.C. State's loss, puts Florida State in first place in the Atlantic standings by themselves. Maryland still has FSU remaining however, and so still controls their destiny with a big matchup looming between the two schools.
Miami moves to 4-2 in the ACC and heads to Georgia Tech next Saturday. If Miami is able to win out, the Hurricanes will need for Virginia Tech to lose to either UNC or Virginia for the Canes to make a trip to Charlotte.