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  • No. 18 Miami 31, No. 10 Virginia 21

    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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  • DJRamFan
    Canes Fall To No. 10 Virginia Tech, 16-10
    by DJRamFan
    Reddick blocks punt; Tyrone Moss tallies 2-yard touchdown run.

    Dec. 4, 2004

    AP Sports Writer

    MIAMI - Virginia Tech can now proclaim itself the Atlantic Coast Conference's best team.

    The 10th-ranked Hokies capped their inaugural ACC season with the league's outright championship, getting two touchdown passes from Bryan Randall and holding Miami's high-powered offense to 190 yards in a 16-10 win on Saturday.

    Eddie Royal caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Randall with 11:29 remaining, putting Virginia Tech (10-2, 7-1) ahead to stay. Miami's Orien Harris blocked the extra-point try, keeping his team within six, but the ninth-ranked Hurricanes never created another scoring chance.

    Virginia Tech will learn Sunday to which BCS bowl it's headed; the probable choice is the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3. Miami - which was the only team to play in the BCS each of the past four seasons, and would have extended that streak with a win Saturday - will play Florida in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve.

    Virginia Tech entered the game with the ACC's top scoring defense, and thoroughly frustrated Miami's offense all day. Miami quarterback Brock Berlin completed 16 of 31 passes for 139 yards - 98 off his season overage. And the Hurricanes managed only 51 yards rushing on 22 attempts.

    Randall completed 11 of 18 passes for 148 yards, and Cedric Humes added 110 rushing yards for the Hokies, who were picked to finish sixth in the ACC before the season and won their final eight games to cap a surprising title run.

    Virginia Tech led 10-7 at halftime, getting all of its points on possessions immediately following Berlin's turnovers.

    Berlin was picked off with 3:22 left in the first quarter, a fourth-and-inches play from the Virginia Tech 35 where he tried to hit Roscoe Parrish - who was double-covered - in the end zone. Virginia Tech's Eric Green made the interception, the first thrown by Berlin in a span of 163 attempts.

    The Hokies responded by marching 80 yards in 10 plays, with Randall tossing a 3-yard pass to Jeff King for the game's first touchdown.

    Miami tied it midway through the second quarter on Tyrone Moss' 2-yard run, capping a drive that was set up by freshman Anthony Reddick's blocked punt deep in Virginia Tech territory. Rashaun Jones covered the ball at the 14.

    Randall was hit by Miami's Javon Nanton two plays after Moss' TD, fumbling the ball away at the Hokies 18.

    But Berlin gave the turnover immediately back, getting stripped by Virginia Tech linebacker James Anderson. The Hokies chewed up the final 7:18 of the half, retaking the lead on Brandon Pace's 45-yard field goal.

    Another Randall fumble - this time, following Roger McIntosh's...
    -12-04-2004, 02:03 PM
  • DJRamFan
    No. 18 Va. Tech staves off upset-minded North Carolina
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 6, 2004 wire reports
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Mike Imoh ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as No. 18 Virginia Tech won 27-24 over North Carolina, which missed a 54-yard field goal with about a minute left that would have tied the game.

    The Tar Heels, who upset Miami last week on a last-play field goal by freshman Connor Barth, seemed poised for more late-game heroics. North Carolina drove to the Tech 26 in the closing minutes, but an 11-yard sack of Darian Durant on third down made Barth's job much tougher. His 54-yard attempt fell short.


    Bryan Randall added a rushing score for the Hokies (7-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won five straight games. Brandon Pace had two field goals for the Hokies, who nearly blew a 13-point second-half lead.

    Virginia Tech kept its hopes alive of winning the ACC title in its first season in the league. The Hokies close the season with Maryland, Virginia and Miami, and winning out will give them the title in a league they had long hoped to join.

    North Carolina (4-5, 3-3), coming off that 31-28 win against Miami, missed an opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time in three years.

    Imoh skipped over falling defenders and squeezed his 5-foot-7 frame through narrow running lanes, carrying 31 times to power the Hokies' offense. He passed the 200-yard mark with a 13-yard touchdown run for a 27-14 lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

    But North Carolina fought back. Tom O'Leary blocked a punt by Vinnie Burns deep in Virginia Tech territory and D.J. Walker recovered the ball and rolled into the end zone to cut the deficit to 27-24 early in the fourth quarter.

    Chad Scott had another big day for the Tar Heels. After rushing for 175 yards last week against Miami, he ran for 122 against the Hokies, making him the first Tar Heel in seven years to put together consecutive 100-yard games.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
    -11-06-2004, 01:09 PM
  • DJRamFan
    RedHawks roll in first game without Roethlisberger
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 29, 2004 wire reports
    OXFORD, Ohio -- Josh Betts passed for three touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Miami (OH) to a 49-0 rout of Division I-AA Indiana State on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.

    Betts, making his first start as the replacement for first-round NFL Draft choice Ben Roethlisberger, led the RedHawks to six touchdowns in the seven possessions he played. He completed 17 of 27 passes to help Miami win its 14th straight game, the longest streak in Division I-A.


    The game started 49 minutes late because of lightning that flashed near Yager Stadium. After kickoff, the RedHawks wasted little time overwhelming the Sycamores.

    Miami scored on its first five possessions, including Betts' scoring passes of 16 yards to Luke Clemens and 30 yards to Michael Larkin. Betts also scored on a 1-yard sneak.

    Ryne Robinson returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and had two other punt returns for scores -- a 67-yarder in the second quarter and an 82-yarder in the fourth -- called back by penalties.

    Miami turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions after Mike Kokal replaced Betts at quarterback. Twice the RedHawks were moving in for scores but fumbled at the Indiana State 8 and 20 yard lines.

    Clemens was Miami's leading rusher with 69 yards on nine carries. Martin Nance caught six passes for 75 yards. Betts also threw a 5-yard TD pass to Larkin to close the scoring.

    Sidney Montford led Indiana State with 39 yards rushing on 16 attempts. Jake Schiff was 12-of-21 for 104 yards an interception.

    Miami totaled 454 yards of offense to 204 for Indiana State. The RedHawks averaged 43 points and 501 yards a game last season, when Roethlisberger led Miami to a 13-1 record and a win in the GMAC Bowl.

    Miami will have a tough time extending its winning streak to 15. The RedHawks play at No. 8 Michigan next Saturday.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
    -08-29-2004, 12:50 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rix starts, but Sexton cements FSU victory over Duke
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 6, 2004 wire reports
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton led three long scoring drives in the second half, and Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five field goals in his college debut to lead 13th-ranked Florida State past Duke 29-7 Saturday.

    Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while taking the Seminoles on drives of 93, 80 and 70 yards to break open a tight game with 20 straight points.


    Florida State (7-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) struggled on offense in the first half, managing three short field goals from Cismesia to make it 9-0.

    Sexton replaced Chris Rix, who failed to get the Seminoles into the end zone in the first half while making his first start in six weeks. Rix went 9-of-15 for just 94 yards and threw an interception that set up Duke's touchdown -- his 37th pick at FSU.

    The Seminoles reached Duke's 1, 6 and 3 on successive series in the first quarter before settling for the kicks by Cismesia, a freshman playing in place of slumping senior Xavier Beitia.

    Rix, under a heavy rush, was intercepted by Duke's Cody Lowe at midfield late in the second half to set up the game's first touchdown. Lowe ran 26 yards to the Florida State 24, and eight plays later Cedric Dargan scored on a 1-yard run to pull the Blue Devils within 9-7.

    Duke wasted a second-half scoring chance when Mike Schneider was intercepted in the end zone by Pat Watkins.

    The Seminoles went up 19-9 on Cismesia's fourth field goal, and Sexton's 45-yard touchdown pass to Chris Davis. The hosts made it 26-7 with a little more than 11 minutes left on freshman Lamar Lewis' 4-yard TD run.

    Cismesia's fifth field goal, from 43 yards, tied a school record. Sebastian Janikowski -- now with the Oakland Raiders -- kicked five in a game twice for FSU, and Bill Capece did it once.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -11-06-2004, 01:08 PM
  • DJRamFan
    No. 14 Michigan 30, Illinois 19
    by DJRamFan
    Oct. 16, 2004

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Michael Hart rushed for 234 yards and No. 14 Michigan rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Illinois 30-19 Saturday, sending the Illini to their 12th consecutive conference loss.

    The Wolverines, who struggled through the air in the first half, turned almost exclusively to a running game after halftime and outscored Illinois 20-2 in the second half.


    Hart ran for 127 yards and Max Martin added 60 yards rushing in the second half as the Wolverines kept the ball on the ground after two first-half interceptions of Chad Henne led to a 17-10 halftime deficit.

    Michigan threw only nine passes and rushed 39 times after the intermission.

    Michigan (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) won its fifth straight. The Illini (3-4, 0-4) haven't won in the conference since the last game of the 2002 season.

    The Wolverines held the Illini to 98 yards rushing, while running for 294 themselves. Henne was 14-for-27 for 114 yards and one touchdown.

    Michigan scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Illini jumped ahead in the second quarter, thanks in large part to two long interception returns.

    The Wolverines intercepted Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer at his own 6 on the first Illini drive of the second half, and Henne found Tyler Ecker from 1 yard out to cut the Illinois lead to 17-16.

    Michigan took the lead for good on its next drive when Henne ran the ball in himself from 2 yards out. A two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Wolverines led 22-17.

    Beutjer finished 20-of-39 for 156 yards, but he threw three interceptions. Pierre Thomas caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Beutjer, and added a 1-yard TD run.

    The Associated Press News Service

    Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
    -10-16-2004, 02:44 PM