Nov. 13, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Roscoe Parrish returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a clinching touchdown pass in the final minute Saturday as Miami got back into the ACC title race by beating No. 10 Virginia 31-21.

Frank Gore ran for 195 yards and a touchdown for the No. 18 Hurricanes.


Parrish took a punt at his own 38 with just over 7 minutes left, cut across the field and then down the sideline to make it 24-14. He later grabbed Berlin's pass in the right corner of the end zone with 51 seconds left to complete the victory.

The Hurricanes (7-2, 4-2) ended a two-game losing streak and put themselves back in position to win the league title and its Bowl Championship Series bid with victories in their last two games. They play Wake Forest next weekend and Virginia Tech on Dec. 4, both in Miami.

The Cavaliers (7-2, 4-2) started the day tied with No. 16 Virginia Tech for first in the ACC and in control of their destiny, but fell back for the second time after losing to a team from Florida in a big game. Almost a month ago, they lost 36-3 at Florida State.

A 47-yard run by Marques Hagans highlighted a four-play, 79-yard drive to get the Cavaliers within 24-21 with 3:19 left, giving a record crowd of 63,701 at Scott Stadium hope that an amazing comeback was in the offing.

But Brock Berlin hit Talib Humphrey for 44 yards on a third-and-5 from the Miami 35, and Berlin finished the drive with the scoring pass to Parrish.

Berlin was 18-of-33 for 177 yards, including a 3-yard scoring throw to Humphrey in the second quarter. The Hurricanes also had a number of drops, the most glaring by a wide open Lance Leggett in the end zone.

Virginia tied it at 14 on Alvin Pearman's 34-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the third quarter, ending a three-play, 67-yard drive that started with Hagans hitting tight end Heath Miller for 30 yards.

Peattie's 43-yard field goal three minutes later gave the Hurricanes the lead again, and Virginia played catchup the rest of the way.

Gore scored on an 11-yard run with 36 seconds left in the first quarter to get the Hurricanes on the board. The Cavaliers tied the game when Miller made a dazzling one-handed grab on Hagans' pass in the back corner of the end zone.

Berlin's scoring pass to Humphrey made it 14-7 at halftime.

Hagans went just 10-of-25 for 94 yards, and his wide receivers had one catch for 4 yards. Pearman finished with 106 yards on 21 carries.

The Associated Press News Service

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