Canes Cruise Past BC

Willis McGahee accounted for 221 all-purpose yards, including 135 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, as top-ranked Miami-Florida overcame a sluggish start to post a 38-6 victory over Boston College at the Orange Bowl. The Hurricanes (4-0, 2-0 Big East) didn't find the end zone until the final minute of the first half, then rolled up 28 points in the second half on the way to extending the nation's longest winning streak to 26 games.

Ken Dorsey completed just 13-of-26 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns for Miami, which has also won 18 straight home games as well as 19 consecutive Big East contests. The Hurricanes have also won 13 straight against BC, dating back to the "Hail Flutie" game in 1984.

The Eagles (2-1, 0-1) put a scare into Miami last season at Chestnut Hill, as only a late interception return for a touchdown by the Hurricanes spoiled a potential game-winning drive for Boston College.

BC's game plan this year was to keep Dorsey and the vaunted Hurricane offense off the field. The Eagles accomplished that goal by holding the ball for 36:37, but managed only two Sandro Sciortino field goals.

Sciortino missed a 48-yard field goal with 13:36 left in the fourth quarter, keeping the score 17-6. The Hurricanes then scored 21 points in the next 5 1/2 minutes, with the help of two Boston College turnovers.

Following the missed field goal, McGahee lost five yards and the Hurricanes were penalized for a false start, setting up a 2nd-and-20. Dorsey then hit McGahee with a screen pass that went for 77 yards to the three-yard line. After two short runs by Jason Geathers produced two yards, Dorsey found Kellen Winslow on a fade pattern in the left corner of the end zone to give Miami a 24-6 lead with 10:52 remaining.

Derrick Knight then fumbled after a reception inside the BC five-yard line on the Eagles' ensuing possession. Jonathan Vilma scooped up the loose ball and fell into the end zone to extend the Hurricane lead to 31-6.

Another fumble after a reception on the next Eagle possession gave Miami the ball at the BC 34. Dorsey went for the end zone on the next play and found Andre Johnson for the score and a 38-6 lead with 8:09 remaining.

Dorsey completed 5-of-8 passes in the second half for 123 yards after hitting just 8-of-18 throws in the opening 30 minutes. McGahee, who rushed 17 times for an average of 7.9 yards, also finished with three receptions for 86 yards.

The Hurricanes trailed 6-3 late in the first half, but finally reached the end zone just before intermission.

Dorsey, who had been stifled for most of the opening 29 minutes, started a four-play, 80-yard drive with a 25-yard pass to Johnson and hit Winslow with a six-yard strike. McGahee then broke free for a 48-yard run to the one-yard line and reached the end zone on the next play.

The Miami defense came out and forced a quick three-and-out to start the second half and the Hurricanes' offense responded with a 51-yard touchdown march.

McGahee started it with a nifty 33-yard run, reversing his field at the line of scrimmage from the right to the left. Geathers spelled the sophomore on the next two plays and gained nine yards, but McGahee came back and picked up the first down with a gritty two-yard run. He then added a three-yarder before finishing the march with a four-yard TD burst to give Miami a 17-6 lead with 11:07 to play in the third.

BC controlled the first half by holding on to the football, as the Eagles had possession for more than 18 minutes.

Following a trade of punts to open the game, Miami embarked on a 15-play, 45- yard drive that ended in a missed 52-yard field goal by Todd Sievers.

BC responded with a 45-yard drive and converted on the 11th play when Sciortino drilled a 35-yard field goal in the first minute of the second quarter.

Sievers then kicked a 45-yarder just under three minutes later to tie the game.

After another trade of punts, Sciortino kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:13 left before the half to give the Eagles a 6-3 edge.

Game Notes

Miami leads the all-time series 21-3, including 14-1 at the Orange Bowl...BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre completed 14-of-24 passes for 143 yards with an interception. He had a streak of 14 consecutive games with a touchdown pass stopped...The Hurricanes have outscored the Eagles 90-12 in the last two matchups in south Florida.

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