Rarely has the term “raucous crowd” been associated with Miami football in recent years. Frankly, home-field advantage is something the Hurricanes have been lacking.
That’s changing this year, as we saw against Virginia Tech. Players and coaches – on both sides – spoke about the electric environment at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. In a season full of unpredictable storylines around the country, this is near the top of the list.
Here are some noteworthy quotes from Miami and Virginia Tech players and coaches, from Miami’s official website. More of the same should help the Hurricanes against Notre Dame.
“It was magical. This was the liveliest game I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve never seen so much love for our team, the way our fans showed up. It took me for surprise, honestly, coming out running out the smoke. The smoke is always amazing, but when you see every seat filled and everybody standing up. We rarely saw any other color that wasn’t orange and green. We walked on the field for the first drive and it’s bonkers in there. It’s just amazing.” –Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman.
“They’ve been through a lot with us throughout the years. They deserve just as much as a lot of people on this team. They’ve been through the bad times and now they’re finally in the good times. They change everything, they really do. That is a huge advantage when Hard Rock gets going like that.” – Miami receiver Braxton Berrios.
“I have been to a bunch of games here. I think the closest to the atmosphere they had here tonight was when [Michael] Vick came in his sophomore year. They beat us. We were a top-five football program at that time. I have not seen the atmosphere here like this in a long, long time. It was a good night for the Canes.” – Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“It was pretty loud and a good environment, better than I had thought it would turn out to be. It was their homecoming and they had their blackout and all that, but like I said, I think Miami played their best game and they are going to win some more games.” – Virginia Tech defensive lineman Ricky Walker.
“It was an hour before kickoff, one of the guys came out and they just noticed the difference of the energy. The student section brought it and the fans brought it. Two hours before kickoff, just when the buses pulled up and seeing the scenes that were going on in the parking lot, let our guys know that the city is different and that’s the relationship between Hurricane football and South Florida.” – Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
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