Canes Storm Past Temple

Sophomore Willis McGahee tied a school record by rushing for four touchdowns, as top-ranked Miami-Florida rolled to a 44-21 win over Temple at Franklin Field and extended the nation's longest winning streak to 25 games. Ken Dorsey completed 20-of-35 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0 Big East), who won their 18th straight conference contest.

McGahee carried the ball 21 times for 134 yards and had the most rushing touchdowns in a game for Miami since Melvin Bratton had four in a 47-45 loss to Boston College on November 23, 1984, the game in which Doug Flutie completed a Hail Mary on the final play to beat the Hurricanes. Alonzo Highsmith also rushed for four touchdowns versus Notre Dame in 1984.

Tanardo Sharps rushed 20 times for 68 yards and a pair of TDs for the Owls (1-2, 0-1). Mike McGann connected on 10-of-15 passes for just 36 yards for Temple, which has lost its last contests by a combined 55 points.

The Hurricanes bolted out to a 21-0 lead, held off a Temple charge late in the first half, and then pulled away over the final 30 minutes.

Todd Sievers was wide left on a 34-yard field goal attempt on Miami's opening drive, but the Hurricanes scored with 6:05 left in the first quarter on McGahee's one-yard run up the middle.

Lawrence Wade then mishandled the ensuing kickoff and the Hurricanes recovered the ball at the Temple 10. Miami scored less than a minute later as Kevin Beard caught a nine-yard TD pass from Dorsey.

It became 21-0 on a six-yard touchdown run by McGahee less than two minutes into the second quarter.

The Owls got back into the game by scoring two touchdowns in less than a minute. Miami punter Freddie Capshaw mishandled a snap and Temple recovered at the Hurricanes' 21. The Owls converted a fourth-down play and then Sharps scored on a one-yard run with 5:53 remaining in the half.

Miami running back Jason Geathers then fumbled the ball away and Temple scored on the next play, as Sharps broke a tackle on the left side and rumbled 16 yards to the end zone to bring the Owls within 21-14 with 4:55 left in the second quarter.

Sievers kicked a 31-yard field goal on the final play of the half, as the ball caromed off the left upright and slid through. Ethenic Sands returned a punt 43 yards to help set up the score.

Sharps fumbled the ball away on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and Miami capitalized quickly as McGahee scored from a yard out.

Miami padded its lead to 37-14 on a four-yard TD run by MaGahee with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter. A 32-yard connection from Dorsey to Beard set up the score.

Sands had a 53-yard reception early in the fourth quarter to set the stage for Dorsey's three-yard TD pass to Kellen Winslow.

The Owls finished the scoring on an 88-yard drive late in the final period, as Sean Szarka caught a 22-yard TD pass from backup QB Mike Frost.

Game Notes

This was Dorsey's fourth career 300-yard passing game...Miami had 477 yards of total offense to just 222 for Temple...Miami hosts Boston College next Saturday, while Temple plays its first road game of the year against South Carolina...The Hurricanes are 60-10 all-time against Big East opponents...The Owls were facing the No. 1 team in the land for just the third time in their history as they lost 52-7 to Penn State in 1997, and suffered a 38-0 setback at Miami last year...Miami has won 11 straight encounters against Temple after losing the first all-time meeting...Beard caught six passes for 67 yards, while Roscoe Parrish caught four balls for 76 yards for the Hurricanes...Szarka had three catches for 71 yards.

Canes Time Top Stories