With seconds to go before the half, Miami just scored its first touchdown of the season, to take the lead on Florida. After the score, the program unveiled its latest piece of sideline bling: the touchdown rings.
Two years ago, Miami's turnover chain was a national sensation, which has now been copied by a number of other programs. Now, the offense gets a chance to show out on the sideline as well.
Down 7-6, Jarren Williams found Brevin Jordan open across the middle for a big 25-yard score. Williams has had to take what the defense has given him most of the night, but delivered an impressive strike here to take the lead.
Williams shushed the Florida-heavy crowd in Orlando after the score, and then went to the sideline to show off the Touchdown Rings, which the program didn't show off before this game.
After they made their national television debut, Miami released a prerecorded video showing the rings off.
The rings go with an audacious third edition of the turnover chain, which reps the 305 area code this year. Miami's forced a pair of big turnovers already today.
Every Miami head coach has looked to get the program back to what it was in the 1980s and 90s, when swagger was abound and titles were a regular thing.
Manny Diaz is a Miami native, and clearly sees the value there as well. Of course, none of it means a thing if wins don't come with it, as The U learned all to well when the success of the 2017 season fizzled out at year's end, leading into a pretty mediocre 2018.
Beating an in-state rival like Florida would be a heck of a start to Diaz's tenure. The 'Canes lead 13-7 at the half.