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Miami handles Georgia Tech with ease

Jacory Harris is cool again as he throws for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-17 victory.

September 18, 2009|Associated Press

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris raised some eyebrows this week when he suggested the Hurricanes' offense couldn't be stopped.

Georgia Tech did nothing to disprove that theory.

Cool and in control throughout, Harris completed 20 of 25 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, and the 20th-ranked Hurricanes put an emphatic end to a four-game losing streak against No. 14 Georgia Tech with a 33-17 victory Thursday night at Miami.

"One thing I congratulate this team on is how we stay focused," Harris said. "You know, there's a lot of people around campus and in the community, they praise us now and they've got our back and all this. But the thing I know about this team, we're not [letting] anything go to our head."

Miami (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched its best league start since 2004, outgained Georgia Tech 453-228 and set up a Coastal Division showdown at Virginia Tech on Sept. 26. Graig Cooper ran for 93 yards, Javarris James rushed for 72 more and a touchdown, and LaRon Byrd caught five passes for 83 yards and another score.

Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1) blew Miami out a year ago, dooming the Hurricanes' conference title hopes by rushing for 472 yards. This time, Miami handled the triple option with relative ease, holding the Yellow Jackets to 95 yards rushing -- nearly half of those on the game's first drive.

Tech's reigning ACC player of the year, fullback Jonathan Dwyer, was slowed by a shoulder injury and finished with seven yards in five carries. Josh Nesbitt completed six of 15 passes, all to Demaryius Thomas, for 133 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown.

Florida's Debose has surgery

Florida receiver Andre Debose had surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon in his left thigh.

Debose is expected to fully recover in four to six months, making it possible for him to return for spring practice.

Illinois linebacker out for season

Illinois starting linebacker Martez Wilson will miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury.

Illinois Coach Ron Zook said Wilson will have surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

Ohio State loses lineman

Starting right tackle Jim Cordle, the most experienced offensive lineman for No. 11 Ohio State, will sit out the next three to four weeks because of an ankle injury.

Coach Jim Tressel said Cordle, a fifth-year senior who has started the last three seasons, had complained of pain in his ankle and it got steadily worse.

Quick hits

Running back Collins Okafor is back with the Nebraska football team, a day after Coach Bo Pelini announced the redshirt freshman had left the team of his own volition. . . . Kent State freshman quarterback Spencer Keith will start Saturday's home game against Iowa State in place of Giorgio Morgan.

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