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Filling The Void: “The Punter to Beat”

On a Thursday Night in 2004, The Miami Hurricanes deliver an instant classic with a massive comeback at home.

Vintage Miami Postcard by Joe Haupt is licensed under CC BY SA-2.0

Filling The Void: “The Punter to Beat”

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We’re several months into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling, and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.

On another note, we at The Turf have always been of the mind that standing up for what is right and standing up in opposition to hate and violence is necessary. In that same breath, we affirm that Black Lives Matter. To donate to this fight, or for resources on how to help the fight against systemic racism in the United States here is a small portion of the many organizations and groups to consider: Black Visions Collective, LGBTQ Freedom Fund, The Okra Project, Reclaim the Block, Color of Change, Shed Light | Spread Light, and Black Lives Matter.

Today: The Miami Hurricanes Comeback to Beat Louisville at The Orange Bowl!

Let’s go back in time to 2004. A Thursday Night game between the #3 ranked Miami Hurricanes and the #17 ranked Louisville Cardinals. You might be asking why a regular-season college football game is even worth re-watching. I’ll tell you why. It had everything. Star Power in the making, Mike Tirico serenading the Orange Bowl, an electrifying comeback, and almost two kick return touchdowns. Also, it was the first game I ever experienced live at the Orange Bowl.

The Hurricanes were coming into this game boasting one of the best defenses in the country led by Brandon Meriweather. In their previous four games that season the team had only allowed one touchdown. That’s crazy! On offense, the team featured many first-round picks including Frank Gore, Greg Olsen, and the one and only DEVIN HESTER! A player that could blow the roof off a stadium in one play.

On the other side was the 17th ranked Louisville Cardinals. Led by QB Stephen Lefors, they boasted one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country. The Cardinals were coached by Bobby Petrino. Side note: What is it with Louisville and controversial coaches? Anyways, The Cardinals offense was exceptional, they had beaten all four of their previous opponents by a score of 173 to 28.

The Comeback

If you’re looking for some entertaining, hard-hitting football today. Look no further than this instant classic at the Orange Bowl.

A Florida Boy who now calls LA his home now! In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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