Scores

Final

(14) Georgia Tech 17

(2-1, 1-1 ACC)

(20) Miami (FL) 33

(2-0, 2-0 ACC)

7:30 PM ET, September 17, 2009

Sun Life Stadium, MIAMI, FL

1 2 3 4 T
#14GT 3 0 7 717
#20MIA 7 10 16 033

Top Performers

Passing: J. Harris (MIA) - 270 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. James (MIA) - 14 CAR, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Thomas (GT) - 6 REC, 133 YDS, 1 TD

Harris' 3 TDs fuel No. 20 Miami's defeat of second straight ranked opponent

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Jacory Harris watched Georgia Tech run over, past and around Miami's defense on the opening series of the game, barely showing any emotion on the sideline.

He saved it all for the field.

And Georgia Tech's hex over Miami? It's over.

Cane Mutiny

What a difference a year makes. After being gashed for 472 rush yards in last year's meeting, Miami allowed just 95 in its 33-17 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday.

Miami Defense vs. Ga. Tech
Last Two Seasons
2008 2009
Points 41 17
Rush yards 472 95
Yds per rush 8.4 2.4
Result Lost by 18 Won by 16

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

Miami scored on its first three possessions, built a 24-3 lead shortly after halftime and outgained the Yellow Jackets by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

"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."

Maisel: Hurricane Warning

With a 2-0 start and both wins coming against ranked opponents, a young but enthusiastic Hurricanes team is beginning to resemble the Miami of old. Story

Miami (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched its best league start since 2004, outgained Georgia Tech 454-228 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.

It's the first time Miami has won consecutive games against ranked opponents since the end of the 2003 season.

"Big win for us tonight," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "Big, huge win. Big for this football team and this program."

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 -- 60 of those coming on the game's first drive.

Tech's reigning ACC player of the year, fullback Jonathan Dwyer, was slowed by a shoulder injury -- only a stinger, he said afterward -- and finished with 7 yards on five carries. Josh Nesbitt completed 6 of 15 passes, all to Demaryius Thomas, for 133 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

"We could never get them off the field," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "In a game like that, you better maximize and we didn't. We played very poorly on offense."

Miami didn't.

Other than two late missed field goals by Matt Bosher, there wasn't much for Miami to complain about, and the Hurricanes sauntered off celebrating their most significant win in years. Even tight end Jimmy Graham -- who spent four years on Miami's basketball team -- got into the act, catching a 14-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Graham was the only Miami player ever to beat Georgia Tech before: He was 4-1 against the Yellow Jackets in basketball.

"This offense is not selfish," Byrd said. "As long as we're winning."

Since taking a 24-0 lead against Clemson last Thursday night, Georgia Tech has been outscored 60-23.

"We just killed ourselves," Dwyer said. "We didn't play Georgia Tech football. I think we finally learned our lesson. We realized that if we don't go out here and work hard, we're going to get our butts kicked."

Georgia Tech ran the ball on its first 12 plays, quickly forcing Miami into a series of frantic substitutions. Eric Moncur -- Miami's sixth-year defensive end who was injured most of last season and was held out of this year's opener -- got a big stop on third-and-6, forcing Tech to settle for a field goal.

The Yellow Jackets ran for 60 yards on that drive -- and managed only 27 more the rest of the half.

Meanwhile, Harris was the picture of cool, setting the tone for the Miami sideline.

A 35-yard pass to Leonard Hankerson was immediately followed by a 40-yard toss to Byrd for Miami's first touchdown. Dedrick Epps caught a 13-yarder for a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter, and Bosher connected on a 34-yard field goal with 5:45 left in the half.

"As long as we play as a team," Harris said, "we'll come out with victories like this."

Meanwhile, even when Georgia Tech caught a break, the Jackets couldn't cash in. A pass interference call against Vaughn Telemaque on fourth-and-12 from the Miami 29 extended one drive; the Yellow Jackets went for it there because kicker Scott Blair was 0 for 7 lifetime from outside 40 yards.

Three plays later, he tried a field goal from 39 yards: Wide right it sailed off the Florida Marlins' infield dirt, only Blair's second miss in 19 career tries from that distance or less, according to STATS LLC.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GT
MIA
1st Downs1221
Total Yards228454
Passing133270
Rushing95184
Penalties8-449-74
3rd Down Conversions6-148-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers00
Possession26:2533:35

Passing Leaders

Georgia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nesbitt6/151338.910
Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harris20/2527010.830

Rushing Leaders

Georgia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Allen6427.0119
Nesbitt14292.1021
Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper17935.5031
James14725.1114

Receiving Leaders

Georgia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas613322.2156
Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Byrd58316.6140
Epps33712.3114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGTMIA
FG08:09Scott Blair 32 Yd 30
TD06:30LaRon Byrd 40 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Matt Bosher Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERGTMIA
TD13:33Dedrick Epps 13 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Matt Bosher Kick) 314
FG05:45Matt Bosher 34 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERGTMIA
TD11:50Javarris James 3 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick) 324
TD08:07Anthony Allen 3 Yd Run (Scott Blair Kick) 1024
TD03:08Jimmy Graham 14 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Matt Bosher Kick) 1031
SF00:32Ball Through End Zone 1033
FOURTH QUARTERGTMIA
TD08:37Demaryius Thomas 56 Yd Pass From Josh Nesbitt (Scott Blair Kick) 1733