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Hurricane Victory No Breeze

November 03, 2002|From Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Miami Hurricanes are making a habit of playing close games. Whether the latest one hurts them in the polls remains to be seen.

For the third consecutive game, the top-ranked Hurricanes had to rally to win. Lowly Rutgers put a fright into them on Saturday, taking a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter before Ken Dorsey led them to a 42-17 Big East Conference victory.

Despite injuring his non-throwing hand, Dorsey completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson early in the fourth quarter, then added a one-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow.

The Hurricanes added two more touchdowns in the final eight minutes to push their winning streak to 30, a school record.

"I don't think we ever thought we were going to lose the football game," Miami Coach Larry Coker said.

Willis McGahee added 187 yards rushing and two scores for Miami (8-0, 4-0 Big East), which struggled for three quarters against the Scarlet Knights (1-8, 0-5), much like it did against West Virginia and Florida State.

Miami broke the school record for consecutive victories set by Dennis Erickson's teams from 1990-92.

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