Stephen Morris was part of something special for the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, doing something better than the likes of Jim Kelly, Charlie Ward, Philip Rivers, Steve Fuller, Chris Weinke, Vinny Testaverde and Bernie Kosar while they were quarterbacks in the Atlantic Coast Conference or under center with the Miami Hurricanes. In a huge win for the Hurricanes against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Morris set an ACC passing record by throwing for 566 yards.
The previous mark was held by former Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback, Rusty LaRue, who threw for 545 yards back in 1995. That feat also took place against the Wolfpack.
Unfortunately, due to increasingly embarrassing crowds for the Hurricanes, not nearly as many people were on hand to witness Morris’ record breaking performance. Attendance is becoming pathetic for the once proud Hurricanes. The swagger is gone, and has seemingly been replaced by suspensions.
It now appears as if ‘The U’ stands for underwhelming, at least in terms of fan support.
But it stood for unbelievable when it comes to Morris’ performance on the field on Saturday. In a big conference win that helped Miami raise their record to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play, Morris completed 26 of 50 passes and tossed five touchdowns in the victory.
Morris broke the previous Hurricanes school record of 485 passing yards held by another former Heisman Trophy winning Miami quarterback, Gino Torretta.
Miami will take on the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish next Saturday night at Soldier Field in Chicago in prime time. Attendance for that game will not be an issue, as it is a road sell out in what is being deemed as the “Shamrock Series.” But the attendance in Coral Gables is downright shameful.
Hurricanes head coach Al Golden says that one thing and one thing only will turn the poor numbers around.
“We’ve got to get back to being the type of team that Floridians and the Miami faithful are accustomed to,” Golden said. “Once we do that, the rest will take care of itself. We have a great stadium. They’ve played the World Series there. They’ve played Super Bowls there. They’ve played national championships there. The stadium is not the problem. We’ve got to take care of our business. We can’t make any excuses.
“The fans will come out… . The way you make (games) meaningful is you win, right?”
Beating Notre Dame next Saturday night could go a long way in helping increase attendance in Miami. That being said, it will be no easy task. The Irish were the No. 10 ranked team in the country entering a bye week this weekend.