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Jacory Harris sparks No. 17 Miami past No. 8 Oklahoma, 21-20

He throws three touchdown passes as the Hurricanes score 21 consecutive points.

October 04, 2009|Associated Press

MIAMI — Jacory Harris survived a shaky start to throw three touchdown passes, Javarris James ran for a career-high 150 yards against the nation's top rush defense, and No. 17 Miami knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma, 21-20, on Saturday night.

With Sam Bradford, Oklahoma's reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback watching from the sideline because of a right shoulder injury, Miami (3-1) scored 21 consecutive points to take control.

"Big, huge win for us," Coach Randy Shannon said. "It's huge."

Oklahoma led, 10-0, significant because the Sooners had won 40 games in a row when scoring at least the first 10 points in a game, dating to Nov. 9, 2002.

Landry Jones threw for 188 yards and DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown combined to rush for 151 yards for Oklahoma (2-2).

Harris threw interceptions on Miami's first two drives, the first so easy for Oklahoma's Dominique Franks to grab that it wasn't even clear who was the intended receiver. Oklahoma turned that one into a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Cameron Kenney, and stretched the lead to 10-0 in the second quarter on Jimmy Stevens' 21-yard field goal.

Murray's two-yard run late in the third quarter cut the Sooners deficit to 21-17, but Miami held Oklahoma to only a field goal on a drive in the fourth.

Miami ended its run of four consecutive ranked opponents to open the season with three wins.

"Don't think I won't enjoy it," Shannon said.

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