‘U’ got to be kidding me: Clemson tops Hurricanes in historic beatdown

Is Al Golden's time in Miami rapidly approaching the washout stage?

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Miami head coach Al Golden’s seat was smoking hot heading into the Hurricanes’ matchup with No. 6 Clemson on Saturday. It’s an all-out 10-alarm fire now.

The Tigers (7-0, 4-0) followed a pre-game scuffle with Miami (4-3, 1-2) by hitting the Hurricanes with a 58-0 knockout blow that will no doubt continue to allow private plane owners to line their pockets with “Fire Al Golden” banner money.

This one was bad. Historically bad, as the 58-0 beatdown was the worst in the 90-year history of the Hurricanes.

“I told the team that’s completely my responsibility for not getting them ready to play,” Golden said after the game.

Clemson bullied Miami from the start, racking up 21 points in each of the first two quarters. Up 42-0, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney didn’t even bother to head into the locker room at halftime, opting to hang with his players on the field.

It wasn’t too long ago that the swagger-filled Hurricanes used to be the alpha males of the college football world, running up the score on teams like Notre Dame. Now, Miami’s play just leads to fans running out of the building.

On Saturday, the Tigers churned out 567 yards of total offense to Miami’s 146, and picked up 27 more first downs (33-6) thanks in large part to a 416-53 rushing advantage.

The Hurricane passing game wasn’t much better. With star QB Brad Kaaya forced to the sideline with a head injury, Miami completed only 13 of its 32 attempts for 93 yards and was intercepted three times. The Hurricanes averaged a measly 3.6 yards per pass attempted and finished the game completing only four of its 18 third-down attempts.