Dorsey Surpasses Walsh, Testaverde

Ken Dorsey is in the lead and by the time his college playing days are history the junior quarterback could be too far ahead for anybody to catch him.

With a 15-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Kevin Beard in the Hurricanes 38-0 victory over Temple Nov. 3, Dorsey became the school's leader in career touchdown passes with 49. Dorsey reached the mark in 21 career starts at Miami.

Dorsey went into the game tied for the record with former University of Miami quarterbacks Steve Walsh (1987-88) and Vinny Testaverde (1982, 1984-86), who both threw 48 in their tenure with the Hurricanes.

Walsh, a mortgage broker in Palm Beach County, led the Hurricanes to the 1987 national championship with a 12-0 record. Testaverde, the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, won 21 of 22 starts at the University of Miami and was the Heisman Trophy recipient in 1986. Testaverde is one of four footballs players in UM history to have his No. 14 retired.

Although Testaverde and Walsh were not on the sidelines to see him break the record, Dorsey still felt gratification in surpassing the two former UM passers (and friends of his) in the record books.

"It's really an honor to be in the record book with such great players that are also good friends of mine," Dorsey said. "My focus is always on the team and winning football game, but it will be nice to look back and see my name along side those guys. I also wanted it (the record) to give them a hard time."

Dorsey added to his current mark in the third quarter with an 11-yard scoring pass to Andre Johnson for his 50th career touchdown throw. Dorsey finished the game 16-of-24 for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. His performance of 175 yards against the Owls also allowed Dorsey to move pass Jim Kelly for seventh on the career passing list at the University of Miami. Dorsey now has 5,326 yards.

"I just go out there trying to win," Dorsey said. "If I throw for 100 yards and we win that's fine with me."

For the season, Dorsey is 116-of-192 with 15 touchdown passes and 1,682 yards.

Dorsey is also closing in on Walsh's 23-1 record as a starter during the 1987-89 seasons. Dorsey, in his second year as full-time starter, is 22-1 in regular season starts. He is four victories shy of breaking the mark.

Walsh, who was in attendance in the Orange Bowl last week, would like to see Dorsey break the 23-1 mark. In order for Dorsey to accomplish that the Hurricanes would need to win their remaining games- which would likely include the national championship game.

"If he gets the 23-1, he'll get one of these," said Walsh, pointing to his 1987 national championship ring.

Dorsey, who has thrown a TD pass in 23 consecutive games, would need 15 touchdown passes the remainder of the season to eclipse another of Walsh's record in 1989. Walsh holds the single-season mark for TD passes in a season with 29.

"The records are nice, but I would like nothing more than a national championship," Dorsey said.

For the season, Dorsey is 116-of-192 with 15 touchdown passes and 1,682 yards.

STILL NO.1- IN POLLS

The Hurricanes remained ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, released earlier this week.

Off their victory over Temple, Miami received 55-first place votes and 1,783 points in the balloting by sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. Miami has a 32 point lead over No. 2 Nebraska (1,486 to 1,454) in the coaches poll. The Cornhuskers are also ranked second in the AP poll.

Florida, Oklahoma and Texas occupy the 3-5 spots in both polls. In the coaches poll the Gators are ranked No. 3 followed by No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Texas. In the AP Poll, Florida is No. 4 between No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 5 Texas.

BYU cracked the top 10 in the AP poll for the first time in five years. The 9-0 Cougars are ranked No. 9. BYU is one of three teams (UM, Nebraska the others) that remain undefeated.

Entering the top-25 coaches poll this week were Michigan State, Auburn and Louisville. On their way out: Purdue, Texas A&M and North Carolina.

DOWN GOES DORSEY

Despite the passing record, Dorsey went somewhere he had not been in over a year- down to the turf. Dorsey was sacked in the second quarter by Temple cornerback Jairo Almonte on a defensive blitz. It was the first time in a regular-season game that Dorsey had been sacked since October 21, 2000. The last team to do it? That's right Temple. The sack occurred on a play-action pass play that caused some confusion in the Hurricanes offensive back-field. The Miami running backs missed their reads and failed to block on the play.

Dorsey gave the Owls defense credit for a good call and wasn't too disappointed to see the run of no sacks allowed come to end.

"It was a perfect call by them for the play we were running," Dorsey said.

MORE RECORDS

Several other UM players stamped their names in the school records against Temple.

With an interception in the third quarter against the Owls, Senior safety Ed Reed tied Bennie Blades for the school career interceptions mark with his 19th. Reed, has seven interceptions on the season for 118 yards and has recorded 30 tackles as well.

Junior tailback Clinton Portis rushed for 117 yards on 20 carries to become the fifth UM player to rush for 2,000 yards in a career. With the effort, Portis joined Ottis Anderson (1975-78), Edgerrin James (1996-98), James Jackson (1996-00) and Danyell Fergurson (1992-96) as the only players to reach the mark. Anderson is the only one in the grow to rush for at least 3,000 yards at UM.

Portis, who has played in 25 games as a Hurricane, has already rushed for 2,002 yards. Jackson reached the 2,000-yard plateau the fastest with 2,121 yards by his 23rd game. Jeremy Shockey, who lead the Hurricanes with six receptions and 93 yards, moved into sixth place on the career receptions list for tight ends with 49.

ON SHORT LIST

Reed has been listed among 12 semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation's best college football defensive back.

Reed, who leads the Hurricanes in interceptions, is regarded a leader on a unit that leads the nation in pass efficiency defense (82.25 rating), scoring defense (9.29 points per game), and turnover margin (+2.43 per game. The Hurricanes also rank third in the country in passing yards per game allowed (143.3).

"This is a tremendous honor and I'm very excited about it," Reed said "When I returned for my senior season, the two goals that I has at the top of my list were to help us win the national championship and to win the Thorpe Award. I already have a college degree, and I wanted my college football career to be capped by a special season both for myself and my teammates."

Reed, a consensus first-team All-America selection last season, ranks second on the Miami career list with 298 interception return yards. Reed has five career blocked kicks and his turnovers produced have led to 107 points over the span of his career.

Said UM head coach Larry Coker: "There is no question that Edward is one of the nation's finest players and, in my opinion should be considered the nation's best defensive back," Coker said. "His attitude, work ethic and maturity set an excellent example for the entire team. And the results are obvious. Whenever we need a big play, he makes one. And he's done throughout his career."

"When you consider he is about to break the UM career interception record and you take a look at some of the names on that list that have played here, you just begin to grasp the type of player he is."

Among the other potential award winners are Keyou Craver (Nebraska), Marques Anderson (UCLA), Lamont Thompson (Washington State), Mike Doss (Ohio State) and Roy Williams (Oklahoma). The award list will be narrowed to three players on Nov. 20 and the winner will be announced on Dec. 6 as part of ESPN's College Football Awards Show.

ON THE AIR

The UM-Syracuse game Nov. 17 at the Orange Bowl will be televised by ABC and has been scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. UM-Washington will kickoff at 8 p.m. and also be televised by ABC.

COOL CAT

Coker is confident his team is geared for the final stretch of the season which includes games at Boston College (Nov. 10), Washington (Nov. 24) and at Virginia Tech (Dec. 1). Coker is likes the idea that Miami will play on five consecutive Saturdays to close out the regular season.

"I think we're ready. We've got some people banged up, but the attitude is good and we had a solid week of practice," said Coker after the Hurricanes final practice before Saturday's game. "We looking forward of getting into a routine of playing every Saturday. We've only had a couple of occasions in which we've played on successive Saturdays. I'm hoping that our stretch run here will allow us to get in a rhythm, especially with the quality of opponents we have on our schedule."

The Hurricanes had a 19-day gap between their second and third games of the season due to the postponement of the Sept. 15 Washington contest. UM also waited 12 days after defeating FSU to get back on the field for a game.

ER UPDATE

Out for Saturday's game: Backup running back Willis McGahee (knee) and junior defensive end Andrew Williams (Knee).

LOTS OF BRAINS

UM offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez has been named to the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Team.

Gonzalez, a senior, will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and will be recognized at the Foundation's 44th Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 11 in New York City.

To be eligible for the postgraduate fellowship, the nominee must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding ability as a first-team player and have demonstrated qualities as a leader and good citizen.

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