Miami Gardens, FL — On 4th and 10 from the Georgia Tech 43-yard-line, trailing by two points under a minute to play, Darrell Langham made magic happen.
For the second consecutive week, Langham made an incredible catch that propelled the Miami Hurricanes to victory.So what was the redshirt junior
So what was the redshirt junior wideout thinking when Malik Rosier’s pass went in the air?
“Be big and get the ball,” said Langham
And that’s exactly what Langham did – after the ball was tipped, he caught it while falling on his back.
Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt called the play a “minor miracle” saying that usually when you need big plays like that in football, they never happen.
“I max protected, had a seven-man protection and let three guys run routes and just said, ‘Launch it in play. Put the ball in play,” Richt said post game.
Rosier threw it and Langham came down with the grab in another highlight reel-worthy catch to help win a game. And now having done so in two consecutive weeks, Langham says he’s embracing his “big play receiver” role.
“I’ve been here a long time…hadn’t played much. I’m happy to help the team in a really big way,” Langham said.
Last week his game-winning touchdown as time expired gave Miami a 24-20 win over rival Florida State and stopped an ugly seven-game losing streak against the Seminoles.
That alone was probably enough to make Langham a campus rock star. But Saturday’s catch will only amplify the resonance behind his name.
“It felt amazing,” he said.
Canes fans probably feel the same way.
His teammates were obviously impressed.
“My jaw dropped,” said starting middle linebacker Shaq Quarterman. “When Darrell does the things Darrell does, it just makes it sweeter.”
Yes, indeed…5-0 is pretty sweet.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hurricanes honored past UM greats Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis and Warren Sapp by inducting them into the Ring of Honor. Their names will be hung at Hard Rock Stadium during every Hurricane home game moving forward. During halftime, Irvin talked about how significant the honor was and to go in with such an incredible group saying it was truly ‘special.’