MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Miami's run defense had yet another
poor showing, so Ken Dorsey came to the rescue with his best game
Willis McGahee had 112 yards rushing and three TDs for No. 1 Miami.
Dorsey threw for a career-high 422 yards and two touchdowns as
top-ranked Miami defeated stubborn West Virginia 40-23 Saturday.
He set school career records for completions (564), yards
passing (8,024) and total offense (7,981), all previously set by
Gino Torretta from 1989-92.
Except for two career categories, Dorsey now has surpassed
Heisman Trophy winners Torretta and Vinny Testaverde, along with
Bernie Kosar, Craig Erickson and Steve Walsh.
"Ken has been so steady and so good that you sometimes take him
for granted as a football coach,'' Miami coach Larry Coker said.
The Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Big East) pulled away from a 17-all
third-quarter tie to extend the nation's longest winning streak to
29 games, which equaled the school record set from 1990-92. The
current streak started in Morgantown two years ago.
West Virginia (5-3, 2-1) stayed in the game because it was able
to run on the Hurricanes.
Just like two weeks ago against Florida State, Miami's run
defense was pummeled. This time it was Avon Cobourne, backup Quincy
Wilson and quarterback Rasheed Marshall doing the damage, as the
Hurricanes allowed a season-high 363 yards on the ground.
It was the most allowed by Miami since Syracuse compiled 318
yards rushing in 1998.
"Every team is going to try to rush on us,'' Miami defensive
end Andrew Williams said. "Other teams will get 300 yards also if
they don't pass.''
Cobourne, the nation's third-leading rusher, finished with 26
carries for 175 yards, his sixth 100-yard effort of the season.
"I don't know what happened. I can't explain it until we
actually watch the film,'' linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "We
made a couple of adjustments and played better ball the second
Although the Hurricanes were held to a season-low 102 yards
rushing, Willis McGahee showed he was healed from a turf toe injury
with 112 yards and three short scores.
Dorsey overcame a sluggish first half to finish 22-of-36. His
previous high for yards was 362 against Nebraska in the Rose Bowl
last January and against Florida State two weeks ago.
"Gino can't give me a hard time after today,'' Dorsey said with
a smile. "We have such a good friendship that we can joke about
things like that.''
Dorsey, who is 33-1 as a starter, also is within one TD pass of
tying the Big East mark of 77 set by Syracuse's Donovan McNabb from
Only after West Virginia ran out of steam late in the third
quarter did Miami finally take control by scoring the final 16
"We're not into moral victories, so don't even ask that,'' West
Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "In the fourth quarter, we had
a couple of breakdowns and we couldn't make plays. They did. That
was the difference.''
Leading 24-23, Dorsey hit Andre Johnson with a 12-yard scoring
pass late in the third quarter. On its next possession, Miami
needed just 51 seconds to go 87 yards. Dorsey passed for 82 yards
on the drive, which was capped by McGahee's 1-yard plunge for a
37-23 lead one minute into the fourth quarter.
Johnson, who finished with six catches for 111 yards, also
caught a 42-yard TD pass on Miami's fifth play from scrimmage. But
Dorsey had eight straight incompletions as Miami's offense failed
to find the end zone on five consecutive possessions.
Dorsey recovered to complete 4 of 5 passes on a drive late in
the second quarter, including a 22-yard pass to Kevin Beard that
set up McGahee's 1-yard TD run to make it 17-7.
But McGahee fumbled on the first play of the second half, and
West Virginia's Kevin Freeman recovered at the Hurricanes 14. On
third down, Marshall reacted to a blitz by darting to his left for
a 13-yard TD run to tie the game at 17.
The Mountaineers couldn't keep the momentum and started coming
unglued after a personal-foul penalty on a punt. Miami needed just
three plays to take the lead for good.
Dorsey faked a handoff to McGahee, then found him down the right
sideline for a 57-yard gain to the West Virginia 2. McGahee scored
two plays later for a 24-17 lead.
Miami's Quadtrine Hill, who had 50 yards receiving all year,
caught six passes for 108 yards.