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Miami beats BC in what could be Coker's last game


If this was Larry Coker's final game at Miami, at least the Hurricanes sent him off with a victory.

Kirby Freeman threw for 181 yards and a touchdown, Javarris James' 2-yard run in the third quarter put Miami ahead to stay, and the Hurricanes' defense stifled No. 18 Boston College in rallying for a 17-14 win on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak and became bowl-eligible. Soon, they'll know if they'll actually get an invitation to the postseason -- and if the embattled Coker will be coaching. A decision on his future at Miami could be announced as early as next week, and speculation has been widespread for weeks that his six-year tenure leading the Hurricanes is about to end.

But after a season in which Miami endured the death of a senior standout, the fallout over a sideline-clearing brawl and a litany of injuries, something finally went Coker's way.

DeJuan Tribble had three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown for Boston College (9-3, 5-3) -- which saw its hopes of winning the ACC championship end.

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