It didn’t take long for Miami to jump out to a big lead in Atlanta on Saturday against the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. After a 65-yard touchdown catch and run by wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, the Canes added a Jake Wieclaw field goal to take a quick 10-0 lead. Dorsett finished his career game with nine receptions for 184 yards.
The following kickoff was taken by Georgia Tech but Orwin Smith stepped out of the endzone and then back in, resulting in a safety for the Hurricanes. After getting the ball back the Canes drove the ball down inside Tech territory. Mike James scored the first of his four touchdowns to make the score 19-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Tech’s offense started getting some momentum beginning in the second quarter. They ran up and down the field on Miami’s defense for the next two quarters, outscoring the Canes 36-3 during that time period. GT ended up with 419 yards of total offense, with 287 of those coming on the ground.
Miami never stopped competing and it paid off, beginning in the fourth quarter. The Canes dominated the final quarter, as James scored two more times. The Canes had the ball deep into Tech territory, following s 32-yard run by freshman Duke Johnson, midway through the fourth but Wieclaw missed a short field goal that gave Tech the ball back and with a seven point lead.
Miami’s defense was able to get the ball back to the offense, which then went to work. It drove down the length of the field, capped by a 10-yard touchdown from Stephen Morris to James, who finished the game with 89 yards rushing and 24 receiving.
Georgia Tech got the ball to start overtime and drove inside Miami’s 2-yard line but was stopped on fourth and inches. It only took two plays before Miami ended it, with James taking a handoff 25 yards for the game-winning score.
The win marked the second straight for the Hurricanes inside the conference. After gaining 609 yards of offense in this game, the Canes will be back home next weekend to host North Carolina State.