Friday, August 29, 2008

MIAMI 52, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 7

Graig Cooper had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown and rushed for another score, quarterback Jacory Harris accounted for two touchdowns and Miami moved into its new home with a 52-7 season-opening win Thursday night over Charleston Southern.

Javarris James rushed 12 times for 73 yards and a touchdown for the Hurricanes (1-0), who took full control with a 21-point first. Derron Thomas and Shawnbrey McNeal also had touchdown runs for Miami, which outgained its outmatched opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision 416-126.

It won't be so easy next weekend; the Hurricanes visit No. 5 Florida on Sept. 6. Yike!

Back-up QB Harris was 16-for-26 for 190 yards for the Hurricanes, who didn't score more than 37 points in any game last season and eclipsed that with ease Thursday - albeit against an opponent with just two winning seasons in its history.

It was Miami's highest-scoring game since Oct. 8, 2005, a 52-7 win over…drum roll, please…Duke.

Defensive back Jacques Bazile #13 of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers dives to try and knock down a pass intended for wide receiver Leonard Hankerson #85 of the Miami Hurricanes. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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