Miami quarterback Malik Rosier played with a little more inspiration during the Hurricanes' 41-8 drubbing of then-No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Days before the biggest game of Rosier's college career, he received the news that his father had suffered a stroke nearly 500 miles away, in Tallahassee.

"It's one of those things that really changes how you look at life," Rosier told ESPN. "My life was 8-0 as a quarterback, everything was going fine, and then you get that news and you realize means so much, but it's not everything. You have to take account of the people that are in your life and don't take them for granted.

"I could have woken up Monday morning and lost my dad."

Eli Rosier was checked into a Tallassee hospital on Nov. 6 after he lost all feeling in the left side of his body. He wasn't released until the following Thursday.

His symptoms fluctuated over the next few days, but after they flared up with more intensely last Wednesday, Eli Rosier was forced to stay at home, for the first time missing a game in which his son started.

"It was scary," Eli Rosier told ESPN. "It was a wake-up call, I can tell you that. I'm pretty much a miracle because I came back with about 85 percent of my strength back on my left side."

Eli Rosier didn't notice the symptoms at first, but family and friends did when he showed up on their televisions during the ABC broadcast of Miami's 28-10 win over No. 13 Virginia Tech on Nov. 4. Eli Rosier said that he received phone calls and text messages after the game from people wondering whether he was OK because he didn't look well on TV.

His mother called and said the left side of his face looked different and his eye was drooping.