Canes Survive WVU

Record Setting

Ken Dorsey threw for a career-high 422 yards and two touchdowns to lead top-ranked Miami-Florida to a 40-23 victory over West Virginia. Willis McGahee gained 112 yards on the ground and scored three times for the Hurricanes, who extended the nation's longest winning streak and tied a school-record with their 29th consecutive victory, including bowl games.

Andre Johnson caught six passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (7-0, 3-0 Big East). The Hurricanes have captured a record 20 straight conference games and defeated West Virginia for the fifth consecutive time.

Dorsey completed 22-of-36 passes and was not intercepted. He became the school's all-time leader in passing yards and completions.

Avon Cobourne had 175 yards rushing on 26 attempts for the Mountaineers (5-3, 2-1). West Virginia quarterback Rasheed Marshall was only 6-of-17 for 60 yards. He also ran for 93 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. The Mountaineers finished with 363 yards rushing.

The Hurricanes were clinging to a one-point lead in the second half, before scoring a pair of touchdowns four minutes apart to pull away.

Dorsey's 11-yard scoring pass to Johnson with 2:59 left in the third quarter culminated an 80-yard drive and extended the lead to 30-23. Todd Sievers then failed to convert the extra point and the margin stayed at seven.

After forcing a punt, Miami's offense took over at its own 13-yard line. Dorsey then tossed a perfect pass to Kellen Winslow, who picked up 58 yards on the play to set up a first down at the West Virginia 29-yard line. Three plays later, McGahee scored from a yard away to increase the advantage to 37-23 with 13:59 remaining in the fourth period.

West Virginia was again forced to punt and the Hurricanes proceeded to march into field goal range, where Sievers split the uprights from 37 yards away to make it 40-23 with 6:21 left.

Miami grabbed a 7-0 lead just over five minutes into the contest on Dorsey's 42-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. Johnson hauled in the short toss on a crossing pattern and outran the defenders the rest of the way to the end zone.

The Mountaineers responded on their next possession by driving 80 yards for a touchdown on nine plays. Cobourne rushed five times for 46 yards on the march and capped it with a seven-yard scoring run.

Later in the opening quarter, West Virginia was faced with a 4th-and-7 from its own 44-yard line. The Mountaineers then tried a fake punt, but the strategy backfired when punter Mark Fazzolari's pass was picked off by Quadtrine Hill at the Miami 47-yard line.

However, the Hurricanes failed to capitalize and punted the ball back to West Virginia.

Miami then took a 10-7 advantage on Todd Sievers' 47-yard field goal with 43 seconds left in the first period.

The Mountaineers had a chance to tie the game early in the second quarter, but Todd James missed a 45-yard field goal.

The Hurricanes increased the advantage to 17-7 with 4:18 remaining in the first half when McGahee rushed one yard for a touchdown to culminate a 69-yard drive.

James then connected from 24 yards out in the closing seconds of the second period to cut the deficit to 17-10.

Miami had the ball to begin the second half, but McGahee fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and West Virginia's Kevin Freeman recovered at the Hurricanes' 14-yard line. Three plays later, Marshall ran 12 yards for a touchdown to tie the contest.

After an exchange of punts, Miami had the ball at its own 41-yard line. On the first play, Dorsey and McGahee hooked up on a 57-yard pass play that took the ball to the Mountaineers' two-yard line. After being stuffed for no gain on 1st-and-goal, McGahee got the call again and scored to put the Hurricanes back in front 24-17 with 8:51 left in the third quarter.

West Virginia came right back with a 64-yard touchdown drive. Quincy Wilson's one-yard TD run pulled the Mountaineers within a point. It remained 24-23 as James missed the extra point.

Game Notes: Dorsey now has 564 career completions for 8,024 yards. He broke the previous records of 555 completions and 7,690 yards, both held by Gino Torretta...Dorsey also has a school-record 76 career touchdown passes and is one away from the Big East record established by Donovan McNabb...Miami leads the all-time series against the Mountaineers, 15-3...West Virginia fell to 0-9 all-time versus top-ranked teams...McGahee ended with 32 carries.

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