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Lackluster Miami Still Wins in Rout

September 14, 2003|From Associated Press

Frank Gore ran for 134 yards and a touchdown as No. 2 Miami beat winless East Carolina, 38-3, Saturday night at Miami.

The Hurricanes extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 24 games, but did so with a lackluster performance that has become somewhat routine during the team's recent success.

Miami (3-0) opened the game with a touchdown on its third play, then stalled against the nation's worst rushing defense.

East Carolina (0-3) gave up 361 yards on the ground in each of its first two games -- losses to Cincinnati and West Virginia -- and was outscored, 88-10.

Gore became the first player in school history to run for more than 100 yards in each of the first three games.

Quarterback Brock Berlin, coming off an impressive game against No. 19 Florida, completed 13 of 23 passes for 179 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

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Brandon Miree ran for three touchdowns and Rod Rutherford threw for three, helping No. 11 Pittsburgh (2-0) withstand a sloppy, sluggish start for a 42-21 victory over Ball State (1-2) at Pittsburgh. Larry Fitzgerald caught scoring passes of 37 and 26 yards to give him five this season. Pittsburgh improved to 21-0 against Mid-American Conference teams.... Derrick Knight rushed for 170 yards and Quinton Porter threw two touchdown passes to lead Boston College (2-1) to a 24-14 win over Connecticut (2-1) at East Hartford, Conn. Connecticut remained winless over Boston College in the 11-game series that dates to the early 1900s. The Eagles were making their first trip to Connecticut since 1927.... Gino Guidugli broke the school record for career touchdown passes and Chet Ervin kicked three field goals to lead Cincinnati (2-0) to a 15-13 victory over West Virginia (1-2) at Morgantown, W.Va. Guidugli's three-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Dawley in the second quarter was the 40th of his career, breaking the school record of 39 set by Danny McCoin from 1984 to '87.... Stefan LeFors threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns to lead Louisville (2-0) to a 30-20 victory over Syracuse (1-1) at Syracuse, N.Y.... Ryan Hart completed 16 of 24 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rutgers (2-1) to a 36-21 victory over Army (0-2) at West Point, N.Y.

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SOUTH

Marvin Young returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and Southern Mississippi (2-1, 2-0) took advantage of six turnovers by Memphis (2-1, 0-1) in a 23-6 Conference USA victory at Hattiesburg, Miss.... Ryan Schneider passed for three touchdowns and a school-record 497 yards to lead Central Florida (1-1) to a 33-29 victory over Division I-AA Florida Atlantic (1-2) at Orlando, Fla. Schneider completed 37 passes, another school record, in 52 attempts, and his third career 400-yard game tied him with Daunte Culpepper for the school record.... Kevin Kolb ran for 92 yards and threw a touchdown to lead visiting Houston (2-1) to a 21-14 victory over Louisiana Lafayette (0-3).

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MIDWEST

Jeff Perry passed for three touchdowns and ran for a two-yard touchdown with 17 seconds left to lead Central Michigan (2-1) to a 42-41 victory over Division I-AA Eastern Kentucky (1-2) at Mount Pleasant, Mich. Perry completed 17 of 31 passes for 206 yards, and freshman Jerry Seymour carried 25 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns.... DeWhitt Betterson rushed 18 times for 90 yards and the go-ahead touchdown to lead visiting Troy State (1-2) to a 20-9 victory over Alabama Birmingham (1-2).... Josh Harris completed eight of 10 passes for 128 yards with a touchdown and also ran for two scores to lead Bowling Green (3-0) to a 62-3 victory over Liberty (0-3) at Bowling Green, Ohio.... Charlie Frye passed for one touchdown and ran for another, and Matt Cherry returned a punt 58 yards for a score to lead Akron (1-2, 1-1) to a 24-17 victory over Eastern Michigan (1-2, 0-1) in a Mid-American Conference game at Akron, Ohio.

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SOUTHWEST

James Kilian threw for 244 yards and rushed for 90 more to lead Tulsa (1-2) to a 41-15 victory over Division I-AA Texas State (1-2) at Tulsa, Okla. Kilian completed 15 of 24 passes for three touchdowns, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to Romby Bryant, to give the Golden Hurricane its first win in seven games.... Jacob Elimimian had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, to lead visiting San Diego State (2-1) to a 34-0 victory over Texas El Paso (0-3).

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