Miami coach downplays big win, spot in rankings

CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- Miami is back in the national rankings, on top of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and spent Tuesday savoring a drama-filled win over a huge rival.

It all made coach Randy Shannon yawn.

"It's one win," Shannon said. "That's all it is."

Maybe it was just the late flight and sleepless night after a 38-34 victory at Florida State that left Shannon feeling a bit fatigued. Or maybe it was all the day-after-game responsibilities that awaited, like breaking down game films and taping his weekly television show.

More likely, he was already coming to terms with the realization that this season is far from over. Case in point? Two years ago, Miami won another back-and-forth tussle in Tallahassee. It finished the year 5-7.

"The only thing you can worry about is the next opponent," Shannon said. "That's Georgia Tech."

Oddly, Miami finds itself in a similar spot entering the Sept. 17 game against the Yellow Jackets. A year ago, Miami hopped into the AP Top 25 poll immediately before playing Georgia Tech, and got beat 41-23 in Atlanta -- a game that wasn't even as close as the score indicated -- to lose any shot of winning the ACC title.

This week, Miami went from unranked to back in the Top 25 again, checking in at No. 20.

"It won't even faze this team," Shannon said. "The only thing they want to do is win and get the ranking at the end of the season. The only thing this team is worried about is taking care of the things it has to get done. This team is different, remember."

Miami sophomore Jacory Harris, making only his third career start, threw for 386 yards -- the third-most in the country on college football's opening weekend, and the most by a Miami quarterback since Ken Dorsey threw for 422 against West Virginia on Oct. 26, 2002 -- and put together a game-winning drive in the final minutes.

There was plenty that Shannon didn't like from Monday's game; sloppy penalties, some miscommunications on coverages that exposed linebackers when Florida State's Christian Ponder threw the ball, and some struggles getting off the field on third-downs.

Ultimately, the positives far outweighed the negatives.

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