There were not too many positive takeaways from the Miami Hurricanes’ performance against a 4-3 Wake Forest team on Saturday. As the No. 7 team in the country, one which trailed at halftime for the second straight week, the Hurricanes did not live up to expectations against the Demon Deacons.
However, one-handed catches and wild acrobatics are just what is expected of top-10 teams with potentially explosive offenses. And with two such catches, the Hurricanes’ record remained unblemished (7-0, 3-0 ACC) in a last-minute 24-21 win.
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In the first half, tight end Clive Walford, a 6-foot-4 junior, helped to keep Miami’s lone first-half TD drive alive with this solid 20-yard catch late in the second quarter on Saturday … helping to keep the halftime deficit at a manageable 14-10. Here’s the snag:
Not too shabby.
Now, this is not on the level of one-handed grabs we’ve seen in past weeks. In the southeastern portion of the country alone, we’ve seen the likes of Georgia’s Chris Conley and Alabama’s DeAndrew White— not to mention Kodi Whitfield’s current catch of the year for Stanford — upstage Walford’s highlight. In fact, Walford’s grab was not even the top receiving highlight from a Hurricanes player in this game.
Freshman receiver Stacy Coley pulled this magic trick out of his hat in the fourth quarter:
Al Golden’s Hurricanes needed these two highlights to stage yet another comeback — and he might need a few more with a dangerous Florida State team next week.