Miami Squeezes Orange-BCS Bound

Many questioned Miami coming into the showdown with Syracuse for the Big East title. Coming off a disappointing performance against Boston College, many thought Syracuse could pull off the upset in the Orange Bowl.

That was not going to happen today.

Miami started the scoring early by forcing Syracuse to punt and then marching down and taking a 3-0 lead on as Todd Sievers 48 yard (career high) field goal. Later in the first quarter Miami drove 87 yards capped by a 22 yard pass from Ken Dorsey to Andre Johnson. Miami finished the first quarter with a 10-0 lead.

That was just the beginning.

Ken Dorsey added two more touchdown passes in the second quarter with an eight yard pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey and a 22 yard pass to Andre Johnson with just :20 remaining in the half. Johnson's TD catch was very impressive as he showed incredible individual effort in out running three defenders from the middle of the field for the score.

With Syracuse's conservative offense, the second half didn't look promising trying to play catch-up against an opportunistic Miami defense. Mid-way through the third quarter Miami took a commanding 31-0 lead as Ken Dorsey threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day and the second to tight end Jeremy Shockey. This was an identical play to te earlier score for Shockey.

On Miami's next possession, true freshman Frank Gore busted lose for a 77 yard run setting up a short touchdown run by Najeh Davenport giving Miami a 38-0 lead. Miami capped the third quarter scoring with a 15 yard touchdown run by Clinton Portis giving the 'Canes a 45-0 lead heading to the final period.

In the fourth quarter, Syracuse drove deep into Miami territory for the first time in the game where Syracuse quarterback R.J. Anderson threw an interception to Phillip Buchanon and Buchanon returned it for a 77 yard touchdown giving Miami a 52-0 lead. with just under 11 minutes to play.

Miami capped their scoring for the day with perhaps the play of the year for them. On a fourth and five from the Syracuse 15 yard line, backup quarerback Derrick Crudup kept the ball and broke multiple tackles and dove into the end zone. Miami held Syracuse on their final drive to preserve the shutout, 59-0

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