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Somebody apparently set an alarm clock for the University of Miami Hurricanes this time around. A week after being held without a touchdown for close to an entire game it took just over 10 minutes for the Hurricanes offense to find the endzone Saturday afternoon.

And the first of four was more than enough as Miami (2-0) defeated the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 48-0 in front of 53,721 in the Orange Bowl.

The Hurricanes rang up 351 yards and 17 first downs in an efficient performance that produced the team's first shutout since 2001. Despite throwing an interception on his first pass attempt, UM quarterback Brock Berlin (10-for-14, 122 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) managed to steer the offense in the right direction.

Sophomore Devin Hester did his share of damage as well with two punt returns for touchdowns, including a 92-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. Hester had a total of 143 yards on both returns.

"Obviously, you don't have to be very smart to know he's pretty special," said UM coach Larry Coker speaking of Hester. "There's no question we need to find a way to get him on the field as much as possible."

Berlin had his first pass of the game picked off by Louisiana Tech defensive back Corey Brazil. But the Hurricanes made up for it in their second offensive possession as Tyrone Moss followed a Joel Rodriguez block into the endzone from four yards out giving UM a 7-0 lead at the 4:55 mark of the first quarter.

Miami's defense got into the act minutes later as Antrel Rolle returned a fumble 47 yards to the La. Tech 27. Moss completed a three-play, 27-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.

The Hurricanes took advantage of their second forced turnover to extend their lead to 31-0 with :12 remaining in the second quarter. Freshman Teraz McCray pounced on a loose ball after Thomas Carroll jarred the ball from the grasp of La. Tech quarterback Donald Allen on a third-and-18 from the Louisiana Tech 45-yard-line. Five plays later, Berlin connected with Darnell Jenkins for an 11-yard scoring play.

Miami's Marcus Maxey recovered a fumble forced by Tanard Davis on the ensuing kickoff. Peattie made a 37-yard field goal with time running out in the first half to give the Hurricanes a 34-0 cushion. The 34 first-half points were the most scored by Miami since December 7, 2002 against Virginia Tech. Sophomore linebacker Tavares Gooden led the Hurricanes defense with nine tackles.

Miami's defense recovered three fumbles.

"They're unbelievable, unbelievable," said Berlin. "That's the best defense I've ever seen."

Up next: The Hurricanes travel to Houston (7:30 pm., ESPN) for their first road game of the season.

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