Well. It wasn't always pretty, but it ended in a gorgeous 62-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left that clinched Miami a 44-37 win over North Carolina State.
Asked what he was thinking when the ball was in the air, head coach Al Golden was succinct: "Holy shit."
The toss also earned Stephen Morris a school record at Quarterback U. The Canes QB threw for 566 yards and 5 touchdowns Saturday, besting College Football Hall Of Famer Gino Torretta's mark of 485 yards from a 1991 game against San Diego State.
Morris had good help from sophomore receivers Phillip Dorsett (7 catches, 191 yards, 2 TDs) and Rashawn Scott (6 catches for 180 yards, 2 TDs). The pair notched the Canes' second consecutive week with two receivers earning over 100 yards, something the program hadn't achieved once since 2002.
The Miami defense also forced 6 turnovers, but the Canes offense struggled to capitalize. After ratcheting up a 23-7 lead to end the first quarter, Miami managed only 49 yards of offense in the second and third quarters before a 90-yard drive ended with a Duke Johnson touchdown run with 3:24 left in the third.
Usually reliable kicker Jake Wieclaw also missed three field goals as the Wolfpack surged, but in the end NC State couldn't hold off Morris.
Golden admitted the wobbly game took a few years off his life.
"I accepted a long time ago that's who we are this year," he said after the game. "We're gonna have a no excuses mentality, we're not going to listen to everybody say we're too young to do this. You know, we're not dominant in any one phase yet, so it's just survive and advance. We're staying together, which is important."