Wisconsin embarrassed Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl. There’s no disputing that.
The Badgers posted a 35-3 victory at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, recording the second straight postseason victory over the Hurricanes. It was a humiliating end to an disappointing year for Mark Richt and Co.
Miami’s 32-point loss and 7-6 campaign in 2018 prompted Hurricanes athletic director Blake James to issue a statement about the program. His words weren’t exactly a ringing endorsement of the job Richt has done in South Florida.
“Our football team’s performance tonight — and at other times this season — is simply unacceptable to all of us who love The U,” James wrote on Twitter. “I am committed to getting UM Football back to national prominence and that process is underway. We will compete for ACC and national championships and I know that Coach Richt is alongside me in that commitment to excellence.”
— Blake James (@CanesAllAccess) December 28, 2018
Miami started the year ranked in the Associated Press top 10. While they weren’t the favorite to win the ACC, the Hurricanes were expected to at least contend with Clemson and be in the mix for a spot in the College Football Playoff at the end of the year.
Neither of those things happened.
Wisconsin has defeated Miami in back-to-back postseason bowl games. Last year, the Badgers knocked off the Hurricanes 34-24 in the Orange Bowl.