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REGIONAL ROUNDUP

No. 1 Miami Dominates Connecticut

October 06, 2002|From Associated Press

No. 1 Miami couldn't be any more ready for rival Florida State.

Ken Dorsey threw three touchdown passes, Willis McGahee ran for 107 yards and three scores and the Hurricanes dominated Connecticut, 48-14, Saturday night at Miami to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 27 games.

Next up: No. 11 Florida State--the team the Hurricanes call their annual "measuring stick." Miami has won two in a row in the series, and after losing to Louisville and struggling against Iowa State and Clemson, the real question is: Are the Seminoles ready for the Hurricanes?

Miami (5-0) scored on five of its six first-half possessions and added a defensive touchdown. Then they took the opening kickoff of the second half 86 yards for another score and a 48-0 lead over the overmatched Huskies (2-4).

Dorsey completed 19 of 26 passes for 216 yards. The three touchdown passes gave him 14 this season and 79 for his career. He also threw his fifth interception, the lone time the offense stalled in the first half.

McGahee logged his fourth consecutive 100-yard game on only 11 carries. He scored on Miami's first three possessions.

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The Pittsburgh defense gave up only 39 yards in the first half and Brandon Miree scored twice as the Panthers (5-1, 2-0) rolled to a 48-24 victory over Syracuse (1-4, 0-1) at Syracuse, N.Y., to end an 11-game losing streak against the Orangemen. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Pitt and its first in the Carrier Dome in 20 years.

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ATLANTIC COAST

Tarence Williams scored on a 10-yard run with 5:29 left to lead Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2) to a 24-21 upset over Georgia Tech (4-2, 2-1) at Atlanta. Williams, a senior running back who gained more than 1,000 yards last season, rushed 19 times for a season-high 99 yards.... Freshman reserve Josh Allen rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, helping Maryland (4-2) to a 28-point first quarter on its way to a 48-17 victory over West Virginia (3-2) at Morgantown, W.Va. The bright spot for West Virginia was Avon Cobourne, who rushed 30 times for 123 yards, setting a school record with his 22nd 100-yard game.... Matt Schaub completed 27 of 45 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown to compensate for Virginia's poor ground game as the Cavaliers (4-2, 2-1) held on for a 27-22 victory over Duke (2-4, 0-2) at Durham, N.C.

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CONFERENCE USA

Luke Clemens rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Miami of Ohio (4-2) took the lead for good on a third-quarter fake field goal in a 31-26 victory at Cincinnati (2-3).... Art Brown rushed for 161 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead East Carolina (2-3, 2-0) to a 59-24 victory over Army (0-5, 0-3) at Greenville, N.C.... J.P. Losman passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns to lead visiting Tulane (3-3) to a 52-9 over Louisiana Monroe (0-5). Losman threw touchdowns of 13, 10, two and 43 yards, the longest going to Carl Davis in the third quarter to give Tulane a 38-9 lead.

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MID-AMERICAN

Josh Harris threw four touchdowns and ran for two more as Bowling Green (4-0, 1-0) had an easy time in a 72-21 rout of Ohio (1-5, 1-1) at Bowling Green, Ohio. Harris completed 19 of 24 passes for 292 yards with touchdown passes of 29, 11, 20 and 28 yards.... Byron Leftwich overcame two early interceptions and threw four touchdown passes, leading Marshall (3-1, 2-0) to a 42-21 victory over Kent State (2-4, 0-3) at Kent, Ohio. Leftwich completed 31 of 45 passes for 377 yards. Marshall outgained Kent State, 645-407.... Quarterback Joel Sambursky threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Robinson as time expired to give Southern Illinois (3-3) a 54-52 victory over Western Illinois (4-1) at Carbondale, Ill. Southern Illinois running back Mo Abdulqaadir ran for four touchdowns and 261 yards in 31 carries a week after rushing for a school-record 312 yards.... Kendrick Mosley caught a touchdown pass and had another score on a 64-yard punt return to lead Western Michigan (2-3, 1-0) to a 31-17 victory over Buffalo (1-5, 0-2) at Amhearst, N.Y.... Josh Haldi threw four second-quarter touchdown passes and Michael Turner rushed for 130 yards as Northern Illinois (3-3, 2-0) scored a 41-29 victory over Ball State (2-3, 0-1) at Muncie, Ind.

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MOUNTAIN WEST

Chance Harridge rushed for 161 yards and scored two of his four touchdowns in Air Force's 21-point second quarter as the Falcons (5-0) scored an easy 48-7 victory over Navy (1-4) at Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force needs to defeat Army on Nov. 9 to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the sixth consecutive year.... Derek Armah ran for a career-high 181 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:12 left to help Wyoming (1-4) end its school-record 12-game losing streak with a 34-30 victory over The Citadel (1-4) at Laramie, Wyo.... Eric Higgins rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown as New Mexico State (2-3) cruised to a 49-14 victory over Texas El Paso (1-5) at Las Cruces, N.M.

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WESTERN ATHLETIC

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