12:00 PM ET, November 13, 2010
Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLANTA, GA
ATLANTA -- Freshman Stephen Morris passed for 230 yards and a touchdown to win the matchup of backup quarterbacks and Miami beat Georgia Tech 35-10 on Saturday to stay alive in the ACC's Coastal Division.
Morris, making his second start as Jacory Harris recovers from a concussion, completed 10 of 18 passes and did not have a turnover.
• Miami defeated Georgia Tech, handing the Yellow Jackets their third consecutive loss, the first time they have lost three straight games since 1997.
• Four different players rushed for a touchdown for the Hurricanes, and Leonard Hankerson caught his 11th touchdown this season, tying him with Michael Irvin in 1986 for the most in a single season in school history.
• Miami has now won two straight against Georgia Tech, outscoring them 68-27 in those contests following a four-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets.
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Miami senior Leonard Hankerson had three catches for 132 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, his 11th of the season to tie Michael Irvin's school record set in 1986.
Miami (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is chasing Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division and will play the Hokies next week.
Georgia Tech (5-5, 3-4) has lost three straight for the first time since the end of 2006.
Georgia Tech sophomore quarterback Tevin Washington also played well in his first start. Washington ran for 122 yards and completed 7 of 16 passes for 101 yards. Georgia Tech's only touchdown came on Washington's first career scoring pass, a 22-yard completion to Kevin Cone to open the second half.
Georgia Tech lost two fumbles inside the Miami 10. Bobby Dodd Stadium's stands were almost empty when Washington lost the ball on a run from the Miami 5 with less than a minute remaining.
Washington is replacing Georgia Tech senior Joshua Nesbitt, who will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a broken right forearm in last week's loss at Virginia Tech.
Morris led two 88-yard touchdown drives on Miami's first two possessions and Georgia Tech never recovered.
Miami led 21-10 in the third quarter when Georgia Tech, driving to possibly close the deficit to four points, committed a crucial turnover. Orwin Smith fumbled a pitch on a first-down play from the Miami 6. Ray-Ray Armstrong recovered for the Hurricanes to set up an 86-yard touchdown drive.
Miller had runs of 17 and 16 yards before scoring on the 12 to cap a 10-play drive that did not include a third down.
Berry's 5-yard run capped the second touchdown drive on Miami's second possession. The big play of the drive was a 45-yard pass from Morris to Hankerson.
Miami appeared to be on the verge of adding a third first-quarter touchdown when linebacker Colin McCarthy picked up a fumble by Roddy Jones and ran 41 yards for an apparent score.
A lengthy review by the officials showed Jones' knee was down before he fumbled. Georgia Tech retained possession to set up Scott Blair's 38-yard field goal for the Yellow Jackets' only points of the first half.
Washington's first career TD pass early in the third quarter gave Georgia Tech hope, but Miami had a quick answer.
On its first play following the kickoff, Morris connected with Hankerson on the 78-yard scoring pass. Hankerson caught the short pass on the 30 and then outran the Yellow Jackets' secondary for Miami's longest touchdown of the season.
Hankerson, a senior, has 20 touchdown catches for his career, tying Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne for third place on the school records.
Former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross returned for the 20-year reunion of the 1990 team that was named national champion in the coaches poll. ... Georgia Tech wore blue jerseys in a home game for the first time since 1994. The Yellow Jackets last wore blue in the Chick-fil-A bowl against LSU following the 2008 season.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-10||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-3|
|TD||11:21||Lamar Miller 12 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick)||7||0|
|TD||04:13||Damien Berry 5 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick)||14||0|
|FG||13:05||Scott Blair 38 Yd||14||3|
|TD||12:01||Kevin Cone 22 Yd Pass From Tevin Washington (Scott Blair Kick)||14||10|
|TD||11:39||Leonard Hankerson 79 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris (Matt Bosher Kick)||21||10|
|TD||01:39||Mike James 7 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick)||28||10|
|TD||02:18||Graig Cooper 3 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick)||35||10|
A funny thing happened to the teams that had gone the most consecutive seasons without a 3-game REGULAR SEASON losing streak... they lost 3 in a row this season. Georgia Tech became the latest victim, losing to Miami for its 3rd consecutive loss.[+]
Longest Time Since Losing 3 Straight Regular-Season Games - Entering 2010 Season
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