EL PASO TX - DECEMBER 30: Safety Harrison Smith #22 celebrates a pass interception with Robert Blanton #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during play against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Bowl on December 30 2010 in El Paso Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sun Bowl, Miami Vs. Notre Dame: Irish Hold Off 'Canes Rally To Win 33-17

The 2010 Sun Bowl is underway in El Paso, and things aren't going so sunnily for the Miami Hurricanes.

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Sun Bowl, Miami Vs. Notre Dame: Irish Win Handily, 33-17

The Miami Hurricanes will outscore the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 14-3 in the fourth quarter of the 2010 Sun Bowl, but thanks to the first three quarters, it will not matter.

The 'Canes complete a three-and-out as the period opens, and Notre Dame begins to run the clock out, with Cierre Wood rushing on three straight plays for a three-and-out in response. The next Miami drive has some life in it: Stephen Morris gets pass-happy, and with connections of 28, 12, and 11 yards, sets up the 'Canes for a 6-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson. Notre Dame 30, Miami 10.

The Irish take to the ground again, this time leaning on Robert Hughes for the bulk of their touches. The 'Canes get it back with six and a half minutes remaining, and in short order Morris is winging a 42-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Streeter. Notre Dame 30, Miami 17.

The Irish listlessly drive again, and send on wee kicker Nick Tausch in place of the just de-perfected David Ruffer, who had his season-long streak of field goals snapped earlier in the afternoon, and he'll make the last score of the game, a 34-yard field goal. Morris attempts one last drive that's stymied when Streeter loses his bearings on the icy endzone and crashes face-first into a barrier. Final score from El Paso: Notre Dame 33, Miami 17.

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Sun Bowl, Miami Vs. Notre Dame: An Action-Free Third Quarter In El Paso

The third quarter of the 2010 Sun Bowl is as football-free as the second quarter was football-ful. The 'Canes get the ball to start things off, and need less than a minute to reel off a three-and-out.

In sharp contrast, the Fighting Irish take six and a half minutes off the clock with their opening drive. Tommy Rees, apparently recovered sufficiently from his first-half injury, hands off to Robert Hughes most of the way, but the drive is stymied at the goal line and Notre Dame must settle for a 19-yard David Ruffer field goal.

Two longish, fruitless drives are traded for the remainder of the period, but 'Canes fans should perhaps be thankful that at least freshman quarterback Stephen Morris, injured himself, is not intercepted during this time. At the end of the third quarter, Notre Dame still leads Miami, 30-3.

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Sun Bowl, Miami Vs. Notre Dame: 'Canes Getting Flattened Early, 27-3

The second quarter of the 2010 Sun Bowl, you'll be shocked to hear, is going even more badly for Miami than did the first. Three plays into the quarter, Jacory Harris throws his second pick of the afternoon to Harrison Smith, who returns it for 16 yards. A 15-yard Miami penalty moves the Irish to the Hurricanes' 34-yard line, and on the first ensuing play from scrimmage, Cierre Wood breaks free through the right side of the line for a 34-yard touchdown run. Notre Dame 21, Miami 0.

On the 'Canes' second play from scrimmage in the following possession, Smith picks off Harris again, this time for no gain, and the Irish bestow a merciful three-and-out. Freshman quarterback Stephen Morris, already nursing a sprained ankle, is inserted in place of a horrifyingly beleagured Harris, and does convert Miami's first set of downs. He blows by the second set with a 24-yard pass to LaRon Byrd ... and is then himself intercepted by Smith. The Irish convert this boon into a 40-yard David Ruffer field goal. Notre Dame 24, Miami 0.

The 'Canes burn two and a half minutes off the clock, are not intercepted, and give the ball back without incident. The Irish kick a 50-yard field goal. Notre Dame 27, Miami 0.

A 31-yard kickoff return by Travis Benjamin puts the 'Canes in favorable field position to start what will be the last drive of the half. This is about where we see Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees, himself a freshman backup for most of the season, being escorted to the locker room to check on an undisclosed injury. Two passes from Morris of 24 and 15 yards set up Miami to get on the board at last, and Matt Bosher boots through a 47-yarder as time expires. At the half, the score is Notre Dame 27, Miami 3.

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Sun Bowl, Miami Vs. Notre Dame: Hurricanes Downgraded To Tropical 'Eh'

You're going to hear a lot about this postgame, no matter who wins, but the 2010 Sun Bowl is already a story because of LOOK AT THIS FIELD IN SOUTH TEXAS. That is snow being pushed off the field with a table. The Miami Hurricanes, you may have heard, play in warm weather. So even if they play really really well today, without their old head coach or their new head coach and a shaky situation at quarterback, the story is already the wilting blossom Hurricanes against the mean old snow. Enjoy that.

To football! The first quarter is an unexciting, if productive affair, with a pattern established like so: Tommy Rees throws touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. Miami fritters away own series. Repeat. At the end of fifteen minutes of play, Rees-to-Floyd has netted the Irish 14 points, and Jacory Harris has thrown one interception. Notre Dame 14, Miami 0.

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