Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2000

Hurricanes blow past Tech

Miami knocks Virginia Tech out of national title contention

November 5, 2000


— Whether he was healthy or hurt, No. 3 Miami was ready for Michael Vick.

"We wanted to show him that he wasn't going to work his magic against us," linebacker Dan Morgan said.

Hobbled by a sprained right ankle that limited him to 19 first-half plays, Vick sat on the bench with a white towel draped over his head in the second half and watched the Hurricanes beat No. 2 Virginia Tech, 41-21, on Saturday.

"It was disappointing. This was a big game. It determined our season," Vick said. "It hurt me inside deep inside."

Ken Dorsey threw three long touchdown passes two to Santana Moss and James Jackson ran for 145 yards and a score as Miami (7-1, 4-0 Big East) took a giant step toward playing for the national title in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Virginia Tech (8-1, 6-1) saw its 19-game regular-season winning streak end along with its bid to return to the title game. The Hokies were beaten 46-29 by Florida State in last season's championship game at the Sugar Bowl.

In ending a five-game losing streak to Virginia Tech, Miami is poised to replace Virginia Tech at No. 2 in the AP poll, while the Hurricanes hope to move up in the Bowl Championship Series standings, where they were in fifth place. The Hokies were second in the standings that will determine who plays in the title game.

Dave Meyer, a fifth-year senior, started in place of Vick but was unable to move the Hokies in the first three series. Vick, wearing a custom-made brace, walked onto the field in the first quarter with the Hokies already behind 14-0.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Heisman Trophy contender was clearly hampered by the injury. Even when the Hokies made a first down, Vick walked up the field to the huddle.

Vick called 19 plays and accounted for 14 yards three carries for 5 yards; 2-of-5 passing for 9 yards. He fumbled once setting up Miami's third touchdown and threw an interception. His final play was taking a knee to end the first half with the Hurricanes leading 21-0.

Meyer, who was 13-of-25 for 225 yards and a touchdown, played the second half.

"I thought our best chance at that point was to get a healthy quarterback in there," Tech coach Frank Beamer said.

Miami joins Oklahoma in beating the No. 1 and No. 2 teams this season: Miami beat then-No. 1 Florida State 27-24 on Oct. 7; the Sooners beat then-No. 2 Kansas State 41-31 and then-No. 1 Nebraska 31-14.

Miami, which leads the nation in scoring at 45 points per game, scored five of its six touchdowns on plays of 42 yards or longer. The Hurricanes led 28-0 before the Hokies finally scored on the first of two TD runs by Lee Suggs a 1-yarder 2:37 into the fourth period. Suggs carried 23 times for 121 yards.

Dorsey, disappointed with himself after three interceptions in last week's win over Louisiana Tech, completed 11 of 23 passes for 283 yards, including TD passes of 42 and 80 yards to Moss and 44 yards to tight end Jeremy Shockey. Moss had four catches for 154 yards.

Jackson had a 17-yard TD run, Najeh Davenport a 50-yard scoring run and Edward Reed returned the second of his two interceptions 44 yards for a TD with 7:35 left in the game. At that point, oranges were thrown on the field by some of the fans in the Orange Bowl crowd of 77,410.

No. 4 Florida St. 54, No. 10 Clemson 7

Tallahassee, Fla. Chris Weinke threw for 521 yards, and Bobby Bowden kept his starters on the field well into the fourth quarter in his second coaching matchup against son Tommy Bowden. The Seminoles (9-1, 7-0 ACC) improved to 37-0 in home conference games and clinched the title for the ninth straight time.

The Seminoles had 771 yards, the most ever allowed by Clemson (8-2, 6-2). Weinke threw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Snoop Minnis in the first quarter, the longest TD pass in school history. Weinke completed 27 of 43 passes and has 3,490 passing yards this season, breaking Thad Busby's school single-season record.

No. 6 Florida 43, Vanderbilt 20

Nashville, Tenn. Rex Grossman threw for a career-high 334 yards and two TDs. Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC) also intercepted five passes en route to its 10th straight win over Vanderbilt. The Gators will play South Carolina next week for the SEC's Eastern Division title.

No. 7 Oregon 27, Washington St. 24, OT

Pullman, Wash. Josh Frankel kicked a 47-yard field goal for Oregon's second consecutive overtime victory. After Frankel's kick, Jed Boice blocked Anousith Wilaikul's 39-yard field-goal attempt. The Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-10) edged Arizona State 56-55 in double overtime last week. Oregon trailed 17-16 at the half, but Joey Harrington threw a 38-yard TD pass to Marshaun Tucker, then hit Maurice Morris for the two-point conversion to tie it at 24 with 9:08 left in regulation. Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser broke his left leg.

No. 8 Washington 35, Arizona 32

Seattle Marques Tuiasosopo scored on a 2-yard run with 1:10 left, and Anthony Vontoure blocked Sean Keel's 51-yard field goal attempt as time ran out. Willie Hurst scored on a 65-yard run, and led the Huskies (8-1, 5-1 Pac-10) with 116 yards. Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 34 passes for 196 yards, and ran for 53 yards. Lee Mills ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns for Arizona.

No. 21 Northwestern 54, No. 12 Michigan 51

Evanston, Ill. Northwestern's Zak Kustok threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Sam Simmons with 20 seconds left. Michigan's Hayden Epstein attempted a 57-yard field goal on the last play, but the ball went through the hands of the holder. Northwestern (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) and Michigan (6-3, 4-2) combined for 1,189 yards. Northwestern's Damien Anderson rushed for 268 yards and two TDs. Kustok was 27-of-40 for 322 yards and four touchdowns. Michigan's Anthony Thomas ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Drew Henson was 23-of-35 for 312 yards and four TDs, three to David Terrell.

Louisville 49, No. 13 Southern Miss. 28

Hattiesburg, Miss. Dave Ragone ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as Louisville beat Southern Mississippi. Jeff Kelly threw four interceptions as Southern Miss (6-2, 3-1 Conference USA) allowed more touchdowns (7) than it had in its first seven games (6). Anthony Floyd had three interceptions, including one in the end zone and another he returned 36 yards for a touchdown.

No. 14 Oregon St. 38, California 32

Berkley, Calif. Ken Simonton ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns to help Oregon State to its first 8-1 start. Patrick McCall added 116 yards rushing, and Jonathan Smith was 12-of-29 for 317 yards for the Beavers (5-1 Pac-10).

No. 16 Ohio St. 27, Michigan St. 13

Columbus, Ohio Derek Combs ran for 153 yards and a TD, and Michael Doss scored on a 73-yard fumble return. After giving up 115 yards in the first quarter, the Buckeyes (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) allowed 96 yards in the final three periods.

No. 18 Mississippi St. 35, Kentucky 17

Lexington, Ky. Dicenzo Miller and Dontae Walker each ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown, and Mississippi State forced seven turnovers and returned two for scores. Miller carried 19 times for 117 yards and had an 11-yard touchdown run, and Walker ran 15 times for 101 yards and a 1-yard score.

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