MIAMI SEASON REVIEW

For the second straight season, the Miami Hurricanes are headed to the Peach Bowl.

A year after the U sent Florida packing 27-10 in the Peach Bowl and closed the book on the Ron Zook era in Gainesville, the Hurricanes get another stab at an SEC team when Miami and LSU hook up on Dec. 30 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

For the second consecutive season, the Canes missed a BCS bowl. After winning a national title in the Rose Bowl in January 2002, Miami lost to national champion Ohio State in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and beat arch rival Florida State in the 2004 Orange Bowl.

It was those same Seminoles that handed the Canes a 10-7 season opening loss to open the 2005 campaign. Miami managed to bounce back from that defeat winning eight straight games, including a stunning 27-7 upset of No. 3 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

However, a 14-10 loss at Georgia Tech two weeks later bumped the Canes from the inaugural ACC championship game, a contest in which 7-4 and unranked FSU unseated the Hokies advancing to the Orange Bowl.

Game One: Sept. 5, 2005

Florida State 10, Miami 7

Tallahassee, Fla.

After years of frustration in which Florida State lost time and again to Miami by way of missed field goals, the Seminoles finally got revenge.

Miami kicker Jon Peattie lined up for a 28-yarder with 2:30 left that would have tied the game. But holder Brian Monroe dropped a low snap that bounced off his hands and rolled back into the pile, never giving Peattie a chance to try the kick.

With No. 9 Miami out of timeouts, No. 14 Florida State simply needed to run out the clock to secure its first victory over the Hurricanes since 1999.

Both Florida State's Drew Weatherford and Miami's Kyle Wright were making their first collegiate starts at quarterback and it showed.

Weatherford was awful, going 7-for-24 for 67 yards with an interception. Wright wasn't much better until the final Miami drive, when he completed six passes and converted three third downs to put the Hurricanes in position to beat the Noles' for the seventh straight time. Wright hooked up with tight end Greg Olsen four times in the 19-play drive that started on the Miami 3 and got the Hurricanes to the Florida State 3. But the Seminoles' ninth sack pushed Miami back and forced the Hurricanes to settle for the field goal attempt. Wright finished 16-for-28 for 232 yards and a touchdown pass. Olsen caught eight passes for 137 yards.

Game Two: Sept. 17, 2005

Miami 36, Clemson 30

Clemson, S.C.

Tyrone Moss' 25-yard touchdown run in the third overtime lifted No. 13 Miami to a 36-30 victory over No. 20 Clemson, and helped the Hurricanes avoid their first 0-2 start in 27 years.

Moss bounced out to the right side for his scoring run and safety Kenny Phillips intercepted Charlie Whitehurst when the Tigers got their chance in the third extra period.

Moss finished 139 yards rushing and three touchdowns, two in overtime. His 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put Miami up 20-10, while his 3-yard scoring run gave the Hurricanes a brief 27-20 lead in the first overtime.

It was Clemson's first OT defeat after coming in 5-0, including a 24-17 victory at the Orange Bowl over Miami a year ago.

Miami seemed like it would have its Death Valley revenge after Moss' first score with 14:20 left in the game.

But the Tigers (2-1, 1-1), who have already rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Texas A&M and Maryland this season, did it again to force overtime.

Whitehurst had a 1-yard quarterback sneak touchdown to cut the lead to three points with 2:58 to go. Then after forcing the Hurricanes to punt, Whitehurst led a 46-yard drive that ended with Jad Dean's tying field goal from 27-yards out.

Miami was fortunate to get the tie. On third-and-10 with 19 seconds remaining, Clemson receiver Chansi Stuckey was by himself on the left side of the end zone. But Whitehurst badly overthrew him.

Game Three: Sept. 24, 2005

Miami 23, Colorado 3

Miami, Fla.

Kyle Wright threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, plus ran for another, and No. 12 Miami's defense frustrated Colorado all afternoon in the Hurricanes' 23-3 win.

Only Mason Crosby's 58-yard field goal - the second longest of his career - with 11:57 left kept the Buffaloes from being shut out for the first time in nearly two decades.

Sinorice Moss had 111 yards receiving, including a 53-yard touchdown catch, for the Hurricanes who got three field goals from Jon Peattie, then a 2-yard scoring run by Wright with 8:44 left.

Quadtrine Hill and Tyrone Moss combined for 99 yards rushing for Miami, which got 12 tackles and an interception from safety Brandon Meriweather, plus another interception from Marcus Maxey.

Joel Klatt - bothered all day by a foot injury - completed 25 of 41 passes for 228 yards for Colorado, which got 82 yards rushing from Hugh Charles.

Game Four: Oct. 1, 2005

Miami 27, South Florida 7

Miami, Fla.

Tyrone Moss matched a career-high with three touchdowns and No. 9 Miami ended South Florida's hopes of springing a second straight upset with a sloppy 27-7 win.

Moss ran for 89 yards and had scoring runs of 1 and 19 yards in the first quarter, when Miami took advantage of three South Florida turnovers to build an early 17-0 lead.

Miami scored on four of its first five possessions, then didn't add to the total until Moss' 1-yard, fourth-down plunge with 8:25 left. South Florida avoided the shutout - which would have been the first in its 93-game history - with 5:56 left, when Johnny Peyton caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Pat Julmiste.

The teams combined for nine turnovers, with South Florida having all five of its giveaways before halftime.

South Florida, which came in with soaring confidence from its 45-14 win over then-No. 9 Louisville last weekend, sputtered early and often against the Hurricanes. The Bulls finished with a season-low 174 total yards, more than half of them in the fourth quarter with the outcome long decided.

Game Five: Oct. 8, 2005

Miami 52, Duke 7

Miami, Fla.

Kyle Wright threw for three touchdowns in a 5-minute span of the second quarter, helping No. 9 Miami shake off a slow start and overwhelm Duke 52-7 on Saturday.

Tyrone Moss ran for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns - his third multi-score game in four weeks - for Miami, which established season-highs for points and yards. Ryan Moore made a career-high seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown for Miami (4-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), winners of four straight.

Wright completed 18 of 31 passes for 255 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions before being replaced midway through the third quarter by Kirby Freeman, who threw for 47 yards and the first two touchdowns of his career.

Ronnie Drummer had an 81-yard touchdown run - the sixth-longest carry in Duke history and the longest play from scrimmage allowed by Miami in 29 years - early in the third quarter for Duke (1-5, 0-3), which has lost 29 straight games against ranked opponents.

Other than that, highlights were slim for Duke, which was outgained 557-128. Freshman quarterback Zack Asack, making his second start, had 31 plays that managed only 14 yards. He was 4-of-15 for eight yards passing, and he carried the ball 16 times for 6 yards.

Chris Davis made two interceptions, one on a deep pass ending the first half, for Duke - which managed only five first downs, the fewest yielded by Miami since 1999.

Game Six: Oct. 15, 2005

Miami 34, Temple 3

Philadelphia, Pa.

Kyle Wright threw four touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes, leading No. 7 Miami to a 34-3 victory over woeful Temple on Saturday. It was the Owls' first game since coach Bobby Wallace said he will leave at the end of the year.

The Hurricanes completely outclassed Temple, jumping out to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter. But Miami's backups dampened the team's mood by getting shut out in the second half.

Wright sprained his right thumb on his final play. X-rays were negative and he doesn't expect to miss any time. Wright completed 9-of-10 passes for 196 yards, before giving way to Kirby Freeman late in the second quarter.

Sinorice Moss had three catches for 122 yards, including a 92-yard TD pass on Miami's second offensive play. Devin Hester returned a punt 48 yards for a TD.

Game Seven: Oct. 29, 2005

Miami 34, North Carolina 16

Miami, Fla.

Tyrone Moss rushed for career highs of 195 yards and four touchdowns, three scores after halftime as No. 6 Miami pulled away to beat North Carolina 34-16.

The game was moved up several hours due to the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma that ripped through the state just days before the contest.

The Hurricanes trailed 16-7 at intermission, then scored three touchdowns in an eight-minute span of the third quarter to take control.

Moss scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, then added second-half scoring runs of 1, 4 and 15 yards to ensure Miami (6-1, 3-1) wouldn't be upset by North Carolina for the second straight year. Quadtrine Hill recovered a punt he blocked in the end zone for the go-ahead score for Miami, which won its sixth straight.

Miami's defense, which entered ranked No. 1 nationally but yielded 170 first-half yards, kept the Tar Heels to 18 total yards on 30 plays after halftime - 14 of those yards coming in the final minute.

Ronnie McGill rushed for 66 yards - he had 67 at halftime - and both touchdowns for North Carolina (3-4, 2-2). Trimane Goddard had two interceptions for North Carolina, which held Wright to 111 yards on 11-of-16 passing.

Game Eight: Nov. 5, 2005

Miami 27, Virginia Tech 7

Blacksburg, Va.

The fifth-ranked Hurricanes put the clamps on Marcus Vick, forcing him into six turnovers, and blew the Hokies right out of the national title picture with a stunning 27-7 victory.

The Hurricanes turned four lost fumbles by Vick and two interceptions into 17 points.

Rocky McIntosh led the charge for Miami's defense with 10 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Pinned deep in their own territory late in the third quarter, the Hokies couldn't hold out the Miami rush and Vick was swarmed under by Javon Nanton and company. The ball squirted loose and Kareem Brown jumped on it in the end zone to give Miami a 27-0 lead.

Vick finished 8-for-22 for 90 yards against the top-ranked defense in the country, the worst performance of his college career, by far.

Vick ran for a 2-yard TD in the fourth quarter, to keep the Hokies from being shut out for the first time since 1995. It was just the second time in 30 games Virginia Tech has lost with either Michael or Marcus Vick starting at quarterback.

Miami allowed 167 total yards, the fifth straight game the 'Canes have held an opponent under 200, and had four sacks.

The loss was just the second in 30 games by Virginia Tech with Marcus or Michael Vick starting at quarterback.

Kyle Wright was 13-for-22 with an interception and a 9-yard TD pass to Darnell Jenkins in the third quarter after the Hurricanes recovered a fumbled snap by Vick.

Charlie Jones ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and the Hurricanes put up more points against the No. 1 scoring defense in the country than the last three ACC opponents combined.

Game 9: Nov. 12, 2005

Miami 47, Wake Forest 17

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Kyle Wright tied a school record with five touchdown passes, Charlie Jones ran for two more scores and No. 3 Miami stayed on track for a spot in the first Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by beating Wake Forest 47-17 Saturday.

Wright finished 17-for-27 for 319 yards and Jones rushed for 90 more, but it wasn't quite as easy as the final margin indicated. The Demon Deacons (4-7, 3-5) completed their third straight losing season with an inspired effort, taking a 17-14 lead late in the second quarter on a 7-yard run by Chris Barclay.

Wright responded on the third play of the ensuing possession with his first TD toss, waiting patiently in the pocket for Sinorice Moss to break open in the middle of Wake Forest's zone. The pass led Moss perfectly and he outran the secondary untouched for a 64-yard score to give the Hurricanes the lead for good, even though Jon Peattie's extra-point bounced off the left upright.

An interception by Kelly Jennings - the first of six turnovers for the Deacons - set up Miami again, and Wright needed four plays to drive his team 28 yards. A wide receiver screen to Darnell Jenkins covered the final 11 and made it 27-17.

Barclay fumbled on the first play following the kickoff and Wright connected with Ryan Moore for a 15-yard touchdown to complete the scoring binge, giving the Hurricanes a 34-17 halftime lead. Each of those three scoring drives took less than 60 seconds.

Game 10: Nov. 19, 2005

Georgia Tech 14, Miami 10

Miami, Fla.

Georgia Tech sacked Kyle Wright seven times, took advantage of key penalties on two touchdown drives and made a pair of late defensive stands to upset the third-ranked Miami Hurricanes 14-10.

The Yellow Jackets blitzed on virtually every play to stymie Wright. After throwing touchdown passes to five receivers a week ago against Wake Forest, he managed only one scoring pass and went 14-for-31 for 207 yards.

KaMichael Hall sacked Wright twice and made a fourth-down stop to end a Miami threat midway through the fourth quarter. Wright moved the Hurricanes 62 yards to the Georgia Tech 27 with 1:46 left before he was intercepted by Dennis Davis, and the Yellow Jackets ran out the clock.

Georgia Tech mounted touchdown marches of 68 and 61 yards against the nation's No. 1-ranked defense, and Miami penalties contributed to both drives.

Interference on Marcus Maxey negated an interception in the end zone three plays before Tashard Choice scored the game's first points on a 2-yard touchdown run. A penalty for excessive celebration led to the Yellow Jackets' other score on a 16-yard keeper by Reggie Ball.

Ball went only 11-for-30 for 159 yards, but in key situations he repeatedly found Calvin Johnson, who had six receptions for 89 yards.

Game 11: Nov. 26, 2005

Miami 25, Virginia 17

Miami, Fla.

Kyle Wright threw for 248 yards and the go-ahead score, then scampered a career-long 31 yards to set up the final touchdown as No. 10 Miami beat Virginia 25-17.

Charlie Jones ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns for Miami.

Wright completed 23 of 30 passes, including a 17-yard touchdown to Sinorice Moss that put the Hurricanes (9-2, 6-2) ahead for good. And his long run on third-and-2 with 1:58 left set up Jones' 1-yard run.

Deyon Williams had a pair of touchdown catches for Virginia (6-5, 3-5), including a 6-yarder from Marques Hagans with 27 seconds remaining. Williams also caught a 90-yard scoring pass from wide receiver Emmanuel Byers in the first quarter.

Hagans completed 15 of 28 passes for 206 yards for Virginia, which also got 61 yards on 16 carries by Wali Lundy. Williams caught six passes for 152 yards for the Cavaliers, who are winless in 14 trips to Florida.

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