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The fourth-ranked Miami Hurricanes (4-0) defeated Georgia Tech (2-2) by a score of 27-3. Miami out gained Georgia Tech 364-230 in total offense. Miami benefited from two long receptions for touchdowns by Lance Leggett and Roscoe Parrish. Brock Berlin threw three touchdown passes and finished the day 10-of-20 for 200 yards.

The coaching staff put pressure on Brock Berlin to perform this week following the game against Houston in which Berlin was 13-for-23 and 99 yards. Berlin responded and made his two best touchdown throws this season.

In the second quarter Berlin found Lance Leggett for a 57-yard touchdown pass to open the Miami lead to 20-3—a lead they would not relinquish. Leggett ran a deep post on the left side of the field and Berlin found his freshman receiver in stride. The play was the first of the drive after Brandon Meriweather intercepted a Reggie Ball pass.

Wide receiver Roscoe Parrish carried over his solid week of practice with one of his best performances as a Hurricane. Parrish had three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.

On the ground the Hurricanes were led by Frank Gore who rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries. Tyrone Moss added 46 yards on 14 carries.

"I think it was the most complete game we have had," said head coach Larry Coker. "Our offense really came out and made a statement—that is what we really needed to do. I thought we would continue to run the ball well today. We made some big plays today that created some problems with Roscoe Parrish and Lance Leggett."

The game's first play of scrimmage saw Georgia Tech running back Chris Woods rush 56 yards before being caught from behind by safety Brandon Meriweather. The Yellow Jackets would have to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Josh Bell.

The Hurricanes answered the Georgia Tech field goal with a field goal of their own. Jon Peattie tied the score at three with a 49-yard field goal.

Parrish scored the game's first touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Berlin. Berlin's pass almost hit the grass before Parrish scooped it up and scampered five more yards for the touchdown.

Highly touted freshman quarterback Kyle Wright entered the game on the third series; the Hurricanes went three-and-out in his first series. He would see action on the following series, but did not have much luck. Wright finished the game 4-of-6 passing for 24 yards.

"Possibly," Coker responded after asking if Wright entering the game was something that is planned for future games. "I want to see him play and get opportunities. He was a bit shaky at times, but he made some nice plays at times. You can't get better unless you play."

Georgia Tech made things interesting late in the second half due to back-to-back pass interference calls on Miami's Antrel Rolle and Marcus Maxey. After the penalties, Georgia Tech had 1st-and-10 from the Miami 34-yardline. Miami linebacker Leon Williams ended the scoring threat with sacking Reggie Ball for a loss of 19 yards on the play. Josh Bell missed a 59-yard field goal to end the half.

At halftime Georgia Tech had 135 yards on 35 plays. Not including their first play of the game when they ran for 56 yards, the Yellow Jackets were held to 79 yards on 34 plays (2.3 average).

Miami's defensive line once again proved to be too much for the opponent's offensive line. On nearly every play they put pressure on either the quarterback or the tailback. This season they have been making it extremely hard on the opposing team's offense to put together a drive. Through the first four games, the defense has only allowed one touchdown (against Houston).

Miami starting safeties Greg Threat and Brandon Meriweather both recorded interceptions in the second quarter. Reserve defensive back Devin Hester also recorded an interception late in the game.

"Our defense did a job against a very explosive quarterback and some explosive receivers," said Coker.

Notes:

OT Eric Winston suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter—his status is unknown, but it appears to be serious…LB Glenn Cook made his first start as a Hurricane starting at strongside linebacker pushing LB Roger McIntosh into the middle spot…LB Leon Williams returned to action after missing the last game with a fractured hand…SS Greg Threat's interception in the second quarter was his second on the season giving him the team lead…WR Lance Leggett scored his first touchdown as a Hurricane in the second quarter…DE Baraka Atkins saw some time at defensive tackle…game time temperature was 82 degrees with 49% humidity…game was sold out with announced attendance of 55,000.

Next game: October 14 vs. Louisville at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN in Miami, Florida.

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