Miami running back Melvin Bratton scored three touchdowns Saturday, including a 69-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback Vinny Testaverde, to lead the Hurricanes to a 48-20 victory over Rice at Houston.
Bratton scored on runs of 24 and three yards to help the Hurricanes to a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead.
Then, with 6:19 remaining, Bratton caught a pass from Testaverde and eluded five defenders en route to the game-breaker.
Miami's backup quarterback, Geoff Torretta, continued the late surge with an 80-yard touchdown pass to David Kintingh with 2:59 left in the game and scored on a one-yard keeper with one second remaining.
Miami (1-1) took a 14-10 halftime lead over the 0-1 Owls, who are 2-32 over the past three seasons, but pulled away in the third quarter on Bratton's second touchdown run, a three-yard dive.
That touchdown, and field goals of 31 and 48 yards by Greg Cox in the fourth quarter, followed Rice turnovers.
The Hurricanes, who lost to Florida, 35-23, last week, took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter on a 24-yard run by Bratton and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Testaverde to Mike Irvin.