|Miami's Jeremy Shockey (88) carries West Virginia defender Lance Frazier (19) and a teammate into the end zone for a score in the first half.|
In the second quarter Ed Reed pulled in his 18th career interception to give Miami excellent field possession. Five plays later Jeremy Shockey caught a six yard touchdown where Shockey fought through two defenders to get the ball over the goal line.
The route was on.
Just two minutes later D.J. Williams applied pressure on Mountaineer quarterback Derek Jones and forced a bad throw that James Lewis picked off and returned 74 yards for a 17-3 ‘Cane lead. Miami drove late in the second quarter but turned the ball over for the second time in the game after Clinton Portis fumbled while fighting for a first down deep in West Virginia territory.
West Virginia drove down the field again and on the last play of the first half Miami again pressured the quarterback forcing a desperation pass into the end zone that was picked off by Ed Reed. This interception gave Ed Reed a tie with Bennie Blades on the all time list with 19 interceptions.
|Miami's Edward Reed (20) pitches the ball to team mate Santonio Thomas (56) to conclude the first half.|
Miami opened the fourth quarter by going 77 yards on nine plays capped by a Ken Dorsey to Andre Johnson 14 yard touchdown pass. This came on a key third and 11 to give the ‘Canes a 38-3 lead. On the ensuing possession Frank Gore busted a second long touchdown run of 49 yards to cap the scoring and give Miami a 45-3 lead which was the final margin.
Frank Gore and Ed Reed can each have one. Reed had two picks and a fumble recovery for a solid night work. Gore average almost 21 yards and easily eclipsed the 100 yard mark on only six carries!