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Explosive Ending

C-A-N-E-S, ‘CANES! UM beat FSU after a failed last-second, 43-yard field-goal attempt by Xavier Beitia.

“I read somewhere that Saturday’s game is nationally recognized as Wide Left I,” said Josue Gonzalez. “Previous games include Wide Right I, II and III.”

“I like to think that us UM fans are psychic,” William Peterson said. “If you think about the 43-yard field-goal flop and how the number 43 is recognized as the popular numeric code for ‘f*** you,’ then you’ll realize that the UM chant for the Seminoles [‘F*** you, Seminoles; Seminoles, f*** you’] kind of predicted this whole thing.”

The media headlines for the game ranged from “FSU can’t kick this feeling” to “FSU’s Xavier Beitia inconsolable after missed kick.”

“I saw one guy cross out the ‘UM vs. FSU’ writing he had put on the back of his SUV and replace ‘UM’ with ’27’ and ‘FSU’ with ‘Wide Left,'” Jill Johnson said. “It was hilarious.”

According to Orange Bowl staff, organizers and event security, extra steps were taken to ensure a smooth and safe event.

Organizers said that Cane Cards were checked twice before anyone could enter the stadium and that everyone purchasing alcoholic beverages had to present valid identification to confirm that they were of legal drinking age.

Also, certain rows of the student section were reserved for event staff so that security and staff could have easy access to unruly students or safety hazards.

“I am really impressed by all of the precautions that were taken for this game,” Julia Baleiro said. “All of the event staff was friendly, helpful and strict about the rules.”

“I must say that I did not notice one single problem throughout the game,” John Lester said. “The yellow security shirts and uniformed cops helped curb the drinking and fights that usually happen at football games.”

“The whole thing was awesome,” said junior Mo Thomas, who watched the game from the stands. “The atmosphere gave me chills the whole way through.”

UM fans watched the game from wherever they could.

“I watched the game on television with my family,” said Lisette Diaz, a UM fan. “My sister’s boyfriend looked like a maniac during the last few minutes of the game. He almost threw the TV set across the room.”

“This was one of the biggest games in the history of college football,” junior Jeffe Benea said.

“I always knew UM would win,” said Katie Delorenzo, an FSU student who attended the game. “I brought a green bandana and an orange shirt with me just in case.”

Some commented on the fact that they felt as though UM did not play to its full potential.

“To tell the truth a lot of people felt that we were lucky we even got a win,” Thomas said. “We didn’t really play our best throughout the game.”

“Even though I’m a ‘Noles fan, I have to give it up to UM,” Jessica Gardner said. “It takes a really talented team to come back and win the game as quickly and aggressively as they did.”

“This Thanksgiving I will be giving thanks to FSU,” Fred Guillen said. “I am grateful that they handed Saturday’s game to us so effortlessly and with so very few tears. They should be commended for their generous gift.”

Some FSU fans were not as enthusiastic about the game as ‘Canes fans were.

“Just because UM won doesn’t mean they’re better,” said Carter Lewis, a student who traveled to the game with FSU. “I’d rather lose a football game than live in this city.”

According to some fans, the last few seconds of the game were the most exciting.

“The funniest part of the game was when the Seminoles started to run out into the field in celebration of their field goal victory,” Julio Guerrero said. “They probably figured they had scored the field goal since it didn’t go wide right.”

Many noticed the feeling of unity that resulted from the victory.

“I was very happy to see the feeling of community around Miami after the game,” Hillel Mendez said. “There were people of all races cheering, honking and celebrating the UM win.”

According to a group of UM students, a local tugboat operator had a few words to say to Seminole fans waiting for the Miami River Bridge to lower on their way from the Orange Bowl to the Metro Station after the game:

“Why all the long faces?” said the tugboat operator. “Didn’t you know that you couldn’t mess with Miami?”

The UM bookstore is currently selling UM victory T-shirts.

October 15, 2002

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The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


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