Najeh Davenport scores in the first quarter to give Miami a 14-0 lead. (T. Gutierrez, AP)
Despite penalty problems and sloppy play the Hurricanes dumped Rutgers University 61-0 in front of 39,804 rain soaked fans in the Orange Bowl. The Hurricanes overcame six first half penalties to jump on the Scarlet Knights at 27-0 the half.
"We played well in spots" said UM head coach Larry Coker. "But we still have plenty of things to work on if we are to become a great football team" Coker added.
The Hurricanes struck first early in the opening period thanks to a fumble recovery by senior safety Ed Reed. On the very next play quarterback Ken Dorsey found wide receiver Andre Johnson for a 40 yard touchdown pass giving UM a 7-0 lead with 10:53 left in the opening period.
Miami added another score toward the end of the first quarter on a Najeh Davenport three yard touchdown run keyed by a Dorsey to Andre Johnson 64 yard pass.
Miami's defense never allowed Rutgers to get close to scoring. (T. Gutierrez, AP)
Senior offensive tackle Jouquin Gonzalez left the game in with a right shoulder sprain and did not return. Gonzalez was replaced by sophomore Vernon Carey. Willis McGahee was removed in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury and was replaced by true freshman Frank Gore who scored his first touchdown as a Miami Hurricane giving Miami a 54-0 lead.
The Hurricanes now hold a 9-0 lead in the series against Rutgers. UM has blanked Rutgers three times in the nine meetings between the schools. "We played well, but there are plenty of things that need to be corrected" said UM quarterback Ken Dorsey. "If we play like this next week, we could be in trouble" Dorsey added.
Up next for Miami - #15 Washington. The Huskies defeated #10 Michigan today 23-18 at home. The game against Washington is schedulded for a 3:30 kickoff in the Orange Bowl next Saturday.
Miami improved to 22-5 all-time as the top-ranked team. The contest was delayed 45 minutes due to threats of lightning in the area.