Mistakes, drops doom Hurricanes in 41-3 loss

Associated Press Published: October 6, 2012

Not long after Dorsett's drops, Miami's Gabriel Terry was whistled for roughing Irish punter Ben Turk and then Eddie Johnson was called for a late hit personal foul, helping the Irish to their first touchdown.

"There's no excuses. We had too many penalties, too many drops," Miami coach Al Golden said. "We lost our poise at times. We didn't play well enough in this environment against a really good team and that's my fault. I've got to get it fixed."

Everett Golson, who didn't start the game because he was late for a practice while meeting with a professor, led the Irish to scores on their first three drives, and would have made it four out of five if Kyle Brindza's 34-yard field goal attempt hadn't missed right.

Notre Dame ran for 270 yards in the final 30 minutes — with the Irish scoring on all four of their drives.

"We felt like we found a way to run the football today," coach Brian Kelly said. "Our game plan was situated on running the football, which equals time of possession for us.

"We felt like if we could keep them from getting the big plays, and we could run the football, that was going on our recipe for success."

Miami didn't have the strength to stop Wood or George Atkinson III.

"Obviously they are big, strong and physical and ran it with three running backs," Golden said. "We didn't tackle really well and our defense was on the field there too long.

"We didn't play smart enough, we didn't play disciplined enough and we didn't make enough plays. It's that simple."