Los­ing skid hits 4

Turnovers, penal­ties too much for the Hur­ri­canes to over­come vs. Jack­ets

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos

CO­RAL GABLES — Through­out their mis­er­able three-game los­ing streak, the Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes have been plagued by a plethora of is­sues.

Their of­fense has strug­gled to score. They’ve of­ten lost the field-po­si­tion bat­tle. And some early de­fen­sive break­downs have proven too costly and too much to over­come.

Satur­day night at Ge­or­gia Tech, Mi­ami found two new ways to ex­tend its mis­ery — turnovers and penal­ties.

The Hur­ri­canes, who com­mit­ted just 18 turnovers in all of 2017, sur­passed that sea­son to­tal on Satur­day, their three turnovers against the Yel­low Jack­ets prov­ing costly in what was even­tu­ally 27-21 Ge­or­gia Tech win.

The Yel­low Jack­ets, who se­cured bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity with the vic­tory and de­nied the Hur­ri­canes the op­por­tu­nity to do the same, scored 13 points off turnovers and then added an­other touch­down af­ter a Mi­ami penalty on fourth down ex­tended a Ge­or­gia Tech drive.

With the loss, the Hur­ri­canes (5-5, 2-4 ACC) have now lost four straight for the first time since 2016, coach Mark Richt’s first year as coach of his alma mater. And Richt him­self saw one of his own streaks come to an end Satur­day night, the coach –

who spent 15 years at Ge­or­gia be­fore tak­ing over at Mi­ami — los­ing his first game at Bobby Dodd Sta­dium, where he’d pre­vi­ously been 9-0.

And now, Mi­ami has to deal with a bru­tal re­al­ity – merely mak­ing a change at quar­ter­back, which the Hur­ri­canes did against Ge­or­gia Tech when they gave Perry his first start since Oct. 13 at Vir­ginia — won’t solve all of their prob­lems.

Though Perry, who re­gained the Mi­ami start­ing job this week, played well and more than once ex­tended Hur­ri­canes drives with his legs, he alone couldn’t win this game, es­pe­cially not af­ter all the mis­takes.

But the red­shirt fresh­man, whom fans have been clam­or­ing to see for weeks as red­shirt se­nior Ma­lik Rosier strug­gled, tried pretty hard to carry the Hur­ri­canes him­self, par­tic­u­larly late in the game.

Mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, Perry en­gi­neered a 15-play, 92-yard scor­ing drive that was capped by a 2-yard touch­down run from Travis Homer that cut Ge­or­gia Tech’s lead to six.

On that drive, Perry – who fin­ished the game 14-of-23 for 165 yards and who rushed for an­other 38 yards — twice ran for first downs him­self and twice con­nected on drive-ex­tend­ing third-down passes, once to Dee Wig­gins and once to Travis Homer.

But while the 21 points marked Mi­ami’s high­est of­fen­sive out­put since a 28-27 win over Florida State on Oct. 6, it wasn’t enough af­ter sev­eral of the Hur­ri­canes’ most re­li­able play­ers com­mit­ted some un­char­ac­ter­is­tic Mi­ami run­ning back DeeJay Dal­las es­capes from Ge­or­gia Tech de­fender Tariq Car­pen­ter.

mis­takes.

De­fen­sive tackle Ger­ald Willis, who has been a force for the Hur­ri­canes and is among the na­tional lead­ers in tack­les for loss, com­mit­ted a costly off­side penalty on a Ge­or­gia Tech fourth down play in the first quar­ter that led to the Yel­low Jack­ets’ first touch­down, a 28-yard scor­ing run by TaQuon Mar­shall.

Then DeeJay Dal­las, who fum­bled twice last week against Duke, fum­bled again, this time on a kick­off deep in­side Mi­ami ter­ri­tory. That re­sulted in

an­other Mar­shall touch­down, this one an 8-yarder that gave Ge­or­gia Tech a

14-7 lead.

Perry him­self fum­bled a snap in the sec­ond quar­ter that re­sulted in a Yel­low Jack­ets field goal and in the third quar­ter, Jeff Thomas fum­bled a Ge­or­gia Tech

(6-4, 4-3) punt early that four plays later re­sulted in an­other field goal from Wes­ley Wells, this one from

38 yards that pushed the Yel­low Jack­ets lead to 17-7.

Penal­ties proved costly, too, with Mi­ami to­tal­ing 7 for 49 yards and Ge­or­gia

Tech, as it typ­i­cally does, cap­i­tal­ized on its time-of­pos­ses­sion ad­van­tage, hold­ing the ball for 34:45 to Mi­ami’s 25:08.

Now, the Hur­ri­canes have just two more op­por­tu­ni­ties to try and ex­tend their sea­son with a bowl game by pick­ing up a win ei­ther against Vir­ginia Tech on the road or Pitts­burgh at home in the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

Christo­pher Bell won the NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race in Avondale, Ariz., to snag a spot in the cham­pi­onship . ... Lewis Hamil­ton clocked a record lap of 1 minute, 7.281 sec­onds to win the pole for the F1 Brazil­ian Grand Prix in Sao Paolo . ... Two-time F1 champ Fer­nando Alonso and his McLaren team will re­turn to the In­di­anapo­lis 500 next year.

AUTO RAC­ING:

Yuki Yanagita home­red and drove in four runs to lead Ja­pan to a 12-6 win over the MLB All­Stars and a 2-0 lead in the six-game se­ries in Tokyo. J.T. Real­muto hit a three­run homer for the U.S.

BASE­BALL:

Matt Kuchar shot a

6-un­der 65 to open a four­shot lead over Whee Kim

(66) at the Mayakoba Clas­sic in Playa del Car­men, Mex­ico. Richy Weren­ski and Danny Lee each shot

67 and were five shots back, fol­lowed by a group that in­cluded Aaron Wise

(63). Kuchar is seek­ing his first PGA Tour ti­tle in more than four years . ... Ser­gio Garcia fired a 1-un­der 71 and leads by two strokes go­ing into the fi­nal round of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in Sun City, South Africa. Louis Oosthuizen

(72) was sec­ond, with Lee West­wood three shots off the lead . ... Scott McCar­ron shot a 5-un­der 66 for a one-stroke lead at the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship in Phoenix. He’s at

18-un­der 195.

GOLF:

The Saints placed newly ac­quired WR Dez Bryant on IR with what re­port­edly is a torn Achilles ten­don. Bryant was in­jured Fri­day in his sec­ond prac­tice with the Saints . ... The Bills ruled out

NFL:

rookie QB Josh Allen and said Matt Barkley would start Sun­day against the Jets . ... The Jets signed QB Davis Webb from the prac­tice squad, and he will be the backup to Josh McCown with rookie starter Sam Darnold out with a strained right foot . ... The Giants cut G Pa­trick Omameh, and coach Pat Shur­mur said newly claimed Ja­mon Brown would start Mon­day against the 49ers . ... Saints WR Michael Thomas was fined $30,000 for us­ing a cell­phone as a prop for a TD cel­e­bra­tion last week. Also, Pan­thers DT Ver­non Butler was fined $40,110 for a hit on Bucs QB Ryan Fitz­patrick.

More than 1,000 Ira­nian women watched Kashima Antlers of Ja­pan de­feat Ira­nian cham­pion Perse­po­lis 2-0 on ag­gre­gate to win the Asian Cham­pi­ons League in Tehran. Women have been barred from at­tend­ing sports events in Iran since the 1979 Is­lamic rev­o­lu­tion. FIFA has been work­ing with Iran to end the ban . ... Juan Foyth scored to earn Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur a 1-0 win over Crys­tal Palace and forge a tie with sec­ond­place Chelsea and Liver­pool in the English Premier League . ... Borus­sia Dort­mund’s Paco Al­cacer scored late to se­cure a 3-2 come-from-be­hind Bun­desliga win over Bay­ern Mu­nich. Robert Le­wandowski scored twice for Bay­ern, which fell seven points be­hind its ri­val.

SOC­CER:

Barbora Strycova and Ka­te­rina Sini­akova won sin­gles matches to give the Czech Re­pub­lic a com­mand­ing 2-0 lead over the de­fend­ing cham­pion U.S. in the Fed Cup fi­nal in Prague.

TEN­NIS:

JOHN AMIS /AP

Ge­or­gia Tech quar­ter­back TaQuon Mar­shall scores a touch­down against Mi­ami on Satur­day in At­lanta. UM has lost four straight.

JOHN AMIS/AP

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