Michael Badgley Kicks Game Winning Field Goal As Miami Hurricanes Avoid Choking Against Nebraska Cornhuskers

It wasn't the Miami Hurricanes that put the pressure on the Nebraska Cornhuskers early in the game on Saturday, but instead it was the severe heat and humidity that caused things to be difficult as the Huskers conditioning under new Head Coach Mike Riley appeared suspect.

The Hurricanes didn't even start out with the ball, but they were able to score merely ten plays into the game. Miami forced a quick three and out with their defense and then had possession. Then the ball was in the hands of the early playmaker in Sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya. He only threw one incompletion on the opening drive as they were quickly down the field and scored with just five plays on offense. As would be expected Senior receiver Rashawn Scott caught a big touchdown on their opening drive. It was a 32 yard catch and run that got the ball all the way down to the ten yard line. Scott had the big catch but then Christopher Herndon IV got the glory as he scampered the remaining ten yards on a catch to score the touchdown.

Nebraska's next drive stalled out at midfield and then Sam Foltz had another disastrous Nebraska punt as he shanked it off the side of his foot and only went ten yards before it went out of bounds. Senior receiver Herb Waters had the big catch on this four play scoring drive, catching the ball for a 38 yard catch this time and getting the ball into the red zone. Just two plays later is when Kaaya threw his second touchdown of the game to Tyre Brady for the score.

Nebraska had another three and out on their next drive. It was a tough first quarter for the Huskers as they would be scoreless throughout the first one. Miami again marched down the field before a critical false start penalty on them during a third and goal at the one yard line, and Kaaya throwing an incompletion on the longer third and six. Michael Badgley then kicked his first of several field goals in the game to give Miami a 17-0 lead.

A few drives later is when Terrell Newby started getting things going together. He couldn't do everything but he managed 32 yards on the next drive. It ended with Nebraska finally getting on the board on a 49 yard field goal. Drew Brown is the man who got Nebraska on the board.

Miami would again quickly respond as Scott had yet another big play. This time he went for 52 yards on the reception back into the red zone. Badgley kicked his second field goal of the afternoon to put Miami back up by 17.

Nebraska tried to score again before the half but would run into trouble in the red zone. That was when Tommy Armstrong Jr. would throw his first interception of the game. Artie Burns had the pick and sealed the score to be 20-3 going into the half.

The second half started and it was a very fast start to the scoring. Joseph Yearby had 51 yards running on the drive, including a very quick 41 yarder that got them into the end zone to take a 27-3 lead. Yearby would finish the game with 125 yards and the touchdown. It was a wonderful game for the Sophomore running back.

Nebraska came onto the field and had their backs against the wall and decided to do something themselves. It was something where the running quarterback Armstrong ran for two first downs on the drive and then was able to get the Huskers first touchdown of the game on a 22 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp. What made the drive all the more interesting is that the Huskers were able to convert a third and three on an obscure Miami penalty. The Hurricanes were given a penalty for sideline interference that gave Nebraska the first down near midfield. Nebraska then trailed by 17 again down just 27-10.

Badgley got another field goal as Miami was able to directly respond yet again. Brady had a big 34 yard reception from Kaaya to get them into scoring position before Badgley would hit a 41 yarder. It was crazy and Nebraska was down 30-10 just with a few minutes left in the third quarter.

A few interceptions were exchanged between the two teams and then a few punts as the defenses were starting to hold their own. Badgley kicked another field goal, this time from 28 yards on a fourth and one. They were up 33-10 and it was the fourth quarter and they felt like they firmly had the ball in the game.

Armstrong Jr. then got his act together as they started doing more of a no huddle offense and they ended up getting the ball in the hands of Alonzo Moore for a ten yard touchdown reception. Cethan Carter had a two point conversion to bring the Huskers within 15 points. On their next possession Brandon Reilly caught a 21 yard touchdown pass on fourth and 12 to bring the Huskers back within  eight as Brown kicked the extra point on this drive. They forced a three and out and Reilly had a 41 yard reception and Miami was penalized for targeting. Stanley Morgan Jr. would be the man with the touchdown on this drive and Westerkamp caught the two point conversion to tie up the game. After being down 23 points to being all tied up Nebraska had to feel the momentum going in their favor.

But that was not how the game was going to be decided though. On the first play of overtime, when Nebraska had the ball first on their 25 yard line, Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw an interception to Corn Elder. Yes, that's the real name of the Junior defensive back of the Hurricanes. Anyway, they moved down closer to the end zone and then set it up for Badgley to be the hero. He easily hit the 28 yarder, his fifth field goal of the evening, to give the Miami Hurricanes their third win of the season as they remain undefeated.

Statistical Leaders

Passing: Brad Kaaya, Miami Hurrcanes (25-42, 279 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception)

Rushing: Joseph Yearby, Miami Hurricanes (17 carries, 125 yards, 1 touchdown)

Receiving: Rashawn Scott, Miami Hurricanes (9 catches, 151 yards)

Next Up

The Miami Hurricanes (3-0) maintain hope for a bright future in the ACC this season. Next up for them is a bye week and then a trip to face the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1) on Thursday, October first. The Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) will head back home to face the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (2-1). They will be looking to try and break even before going into the Big Ten Conference schedule and do what they can to salvage their season.