BOSTON (AP) -- Miami once again proved it's in a different league
than Boston College.
Roscoe Parrish set a school record with a 92-yard punt return
and Sean Taylor returned an interception for another score as the
second-ranked Hurricanes won their final Big East meeting against
the Eagles, 33-14 Saturday night.
Miami (4-0, 1-0) is departing the conference for the ACC after
the season, giving even more meaning than usual to this game. But
the Hurricanes were businesslike in their approach and finished
with a perfect record against Boston College (2-2, 0-1) in
"We really don't try to get all hyped up about something people
want to hype up," Miami quarterback Brock Berlin said. "Obviously
it's a very good rivalry, but we've got to move on."
Boston College has lost 14 straight to Miami since the "Hail
Flutie" game in 1984, seven years before the Big East began
playing football. Temple and Rutgers are the only other Big East
schools to lose every conference game against Miami.
"This is a lost cause," BC running back Derrick Knight said.
"It's something we'll never get back. It's too bad it's our last
chance against them."
After waiting until the final seconds to put away wins on their
last four trips to Alumni Stadium, the Hurricanes started quickly
this time, taking a 7-0 lead on Parrish's punt return before their
offense even took the field.
"We've heard a lot about that," Parrish said. "We heard about
every time we come up here it will be a dogfight with Boston
College. The coaches reminded us of that all week."
Punts were a recurring problem for the Eagles. Jeff Gomulinski
bobbled a snap to set up Frank Gore's 1-yard touchdown run that
made it 14-0 and Chris Miller snapped a ball over Gomulinski's head
for a safety in the third quarter.
BC made plenty of other mistakes. The Eagles had an interception
wiped out in the second quarter when Al Washington roughed
quarterback Brock Berlin. It turned into 30 yards of penalties when
Boston College was flagged for excessive celebration.
That was about all the Eagles could celebrate. By the time
Knight scored on a 5-yard run with 11:28 to play, they trailed
"We had trouble moving the ball on offense and couldn't make a
snap on a punt," BC coach Tom O'Brien said. "Too many big plays
against a team like Miami. You have to give credit to them. They
took advantage of that."
Boston College counted on joining Miami in the ACC but was
passed over in a surprise last-minute move when Virginia Tech was
invited instead of the Eagles and Syracuse.
Despite the bitterness over the Hurricanes' departure, Miami
president Donna Shalala said she was greeted warmly by Eagles fans
as she walked through the stands. Shalala also said she assured
BC's president, the Rev. William Leahy, that Miami wanted to resume
the series soon.
"We don't know when," she said. "We like playing here."
And with good reason.
This game was a mismatch from the start. Miami stopped BC on its
opening drive and Gomulinski punted from his 43. Parrish fielded
the ball at the 8, broke two tackles and ran up the sideline for
"He's probably the most exciting football player I've ever been
around," Miami coach Larry Coker said. "He loves to play. He's
tough. Every time he touches it, he's one of those you say, 'He
The return broke the record set by Kevin Williams, who ran one
back 91 yards in 1991 against Penn State.
Trailing 14-0, BC moved into Miami territory with help from a
double-penalty on Vince Wilfork -- an offsides and personal foul --
and a 13-yard run by Knight.
Backup quarterback Paul Peterson, who usually comes in for the
first series of the second quarter, then threw a ball right to
Taylor, who went 67 yards for the score that made it 21-0.
It was Miami's seventh return for a touchdown this season and
40th since 1999 -- the most in the nation.
"Two years ago when we were a very good team we had a lot of
touchdowns on defense," Coker said. "As long as we do things like
that it gives us a chance to grow up on offense.'
Miami's offense wasn't spectacular but didn't need to be in its
25th straight Big East win. Berlin was 18-for-30 for 151 yards and
one interception and Gore ran for 74 yards on 16 carries. Jarrod
Payton scored on a 5-yard run to make it 33-0 in the third quarter.
Knight, who came into the game fourth in the nation with 156.7
yards rushing per game, had 83 yards on 21 carries.