No Puppy Love

Forcing seven turnovers and playing opportunistic defense and special teams enabled Miami to right the wrong dealt to them last September by Washington. Miami left little doubt in this game that they came to play and they were not effected by the recent upsets of other top college teams.

Miami ended the first half with 6:50 in time of possession. Who could predict that it would translate into a 37-0 lead over the #12 team in the country? Miami came ready to play and swarmed Washington from the onset.

On Washington's opening possession Cody Picket threw an interception right into the arms of LB Jonathan Vilma who returned the ball to the Washington 13 yard line. Two plays later TB Clinton Portis ran in his first score of the evening with a five yard dive up the middle.

The next possession for Washington would turn the tide for good. Washington mixed up their play calling very well and drove down the field to set up a first and goal inside the Miami five yard line. Miami forced a fourth and goal where Pickett had his foot stepped on by his center and he fell back giving Miami the ball on downs.

Washington never recovered.

Miami buried Washington with 30 second quarter points to head to the locker room ahead 37-0. Clinton Portis added two more touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving to give the ‘Canes a 21-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Miami forced a punt and a bobbled snap by the punter resulted in a safety as Kellen Winslow, II and Carl Walker smothered the punter. Another interception by Pickett gave Miami excellent field possession yet again and they cashed in with a touchdown pass from Ken Dorsey to Najeh Davenport giving Miami a 30-0 lead. A tipped ball brought down by DE Jerome McDougle was brought back for a defensive touchdown giving Miami the 37-0 lead and the route was one.

The second half saw much of the same as Miami scored on their opening drive to push the score to 44-0 with 10:28 remaining in the third quarter. The one yard touchdown run by Najeh Davenport was his second touchdown of the night.

Miami added scores by Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Jason Gaethers to close out the scoring. Overall Miami played well and with an attitude, determined to avenge the loss to Washington last year costing Miami a chance at the title. Miami spent almost the entire fourth quarter trying to kill the clock or who knows what the score would have been?

Miami now is the solid #1 team in the country and travels to Virginia Tech for the regular season finale next week. Virginia Tech is rested and playing on their home field so it should prove to be Miami's toughest test of the year.

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