Miami Kyle Wright was drilled on Miami's first play and lost a toenail on his lone touchdown pass.
Other than that, he came away unscathed and victorious in his first Orange Bowl start.
Wright threw for 264 yards and ran for another touchdown, and No. 12 Miami's defense frustrated Colorado in the Hurricanes' 23-3 victory Saturday.
"Once you get a couple of positive plays, the offense really gets in a rhythm," Wright said. "Today, with the University of Colorado down here, we wanted to get them huffin' and puffin' and runnin' in that nice hot, humid weather we had out there. Our guys felt great, and you could see they were subbing in and out."
Wright completed 20 of 39 passes for Miami (2-1), wasn't sacked - impressive, considering he was dropped 14 times in the first two games - and even ran a two-yard bootleg into the end zone for the final score.
Only Mason Crosby's 58-yard field goal - the second-longest of his career - with 11:57 left kept the Buffaloes (2-1) from being shut out for the first time in nearly two decades. Colorado got 120 of its 331 yards in the fourth quarter with the game decided, plus was penalized 16 times for 104 yards.
"We shot ourselves in the foot too many times," said Colorado coach Gary Barnett, who was on the Orange Bowl sidelines for the first time since the Buffs beat Notre Dame for the 1990 national title. "Miami's a good physical team, and they have great speed, but I thought we matched up decently. They just didn't make the mistakes."
Sinorice Moss had 111 yards receiving, including a 53-yard score for Miami. Jon Peattie kicked three field goals, and Quadtrine Hill and Tyrone Moss combined for 99 yards rushing for Miami.