Wow, a lot happened today to justify a reappraisal of the staff... (a) CDP finally put together a game plan that really seemed to work. Our RB corp is obviously the strength of the team, yet who would've thought we could run the ball so effectively against such a strong run defense? Yet once we saw it would work, we went back to it time and time again. Good job by CDP IMHO, the first time this year he's given me some hope for his future. (b) What's up with the OL? Seems like the CJP hangover is in full effect... could barely stop a guy on a drop back, but could open up lanes here and there for 6-8 rushing gains. Were we doing a lot of cut blocking? It didn't seem like it to me, but I have an untutored eye. (c) The second half improvement was again so very marked today – but that means so much more in a competitive game. Don't know what kind of juice we're feeding those guys at the half, but we need to start giving it to them before the game. (d) Really impressed with the execution on the fake punt. Granted that the Miami guy covering Nate took a down off at the very best moment, but it was a great pass, too. I'm reminded of the 2pt conversion against UNC that was perfectly executed. Good to see that we're able to do the trick plays well. (e) I'm getting kinda concerned about the discipline/mental aspect of the game. We were playing such clean (penalty-free) ball initially, but over the past couple of games we've had a number of dumb plays that have had a pretty big impact on the game. Today the procedure call when they roughed Pressley Harvin was huge, as was the false start on Brenton King's FG. We were lucky to overcome both of those in the end. (f) Speaking of kickers, a pretty strong game from both of them, and Wells actually got us a touchback I believe. Obviously we were incredibly fortunate that 2 Miami kickers missed 3 FG's between them, but that kind of stuff cuts both ways and in the end we did what we needed to do to win. Acknowledging that Miami isn't real good, nevertheless, this was all in the all by far the best game of the CGC era. Miami's not real well coached but they have some real talent and some good playmakers and we battled them as equals. Let's hope an off week full of the groovy vibes of victory heals us up and gets us ready to finish strong. While I still think beating UGA is a highly unlikely, I don't think any of the remaining ACC teams has looked unbeatable. I realized we're still a pretty bad team, but we showed definitely signs of improvement today. For the first time since the start of the season, I've got some tangible (non-juice, post-game) hope for the our future under CGC.