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Miami vs. Virginia 2012: Reaction to the Hurricanes' 41-40 heartbreaker

Miami fell to Virginia on Saturday, closing the gap in the ACC costal division race

Geoff Burke

A strange season in Miami only became curiouser and curiouser on Saturday.

The Hurricanes dropped a 41-40 heartbreaker to 3-6 Virginia in Charlottesville, closing the gap in the ACC coastal race and making the last two games of the season - against South Florida and Duke - critical to the Hurricanes' bowl hopes and ACC coastal division hopes.

Miami and Georgia Tech are now tied in the division race with identical 5-5 overall records and 4-3 conference records.

Perhaps the best way to sum up Miami's season so far comes from SB Nation's Miami Hurricanes blog, State Of The U:

Miami nearly overcame the absence of 3 missing defensive starters, and Duke Johnson (16 carries 150 yards, 1 TD passing, 1 return TD) played the best game of his young promising career, but they still find themselves at 5-5. Yet somehow they remain in 1st place in the ACC Coastal. In an odd season, UM fans have to be asking,

"What's next?!?!"

Indeed, it's hard to imagine things could become any more strange in Coral Gables - but the next few weeks may make things even that much stranger.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.