Friday, September 18, 2009

#20 MIAMI 33, #14 GEORGIA TECH 17

And it really wasn’t that close…

The T.A.H. Rule of College Quarterbacks is simple: Good teams have good quarterbacks.

A number of pundits (including T.A.H.) predicted the Miami Hurricanes would be greatly improved this season. The key, like almost every other college team, was going to be the play of sophomore QB Jacory Harris.

Now it looks like #20 Canes are bound to march up the polls a few more places after Harris led Miami to its second straight victory over a ranked team. Last night, he completed 20 of 25 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-17 victory over #14 Georgia Tech.

Miami scored on its first three possessions, built a 24-3 lead shortly after halftime and outgained the Yellow Jackets by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC) matched its best league start since 2004, outgained Georgia Tech 454-228 and set up a Coastal Division showdown at Virginia Tech on Sept. 26. Graig Cooper ran for 93 yards, Javarris James rushed for 72 more and a touchdown, and LaRon Byrd caught five passes for 83 yards and another score.

It’s the first time Miami has won consecutive games against ranked opponents since the end of the 2003 season and the win ended a three game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1) blew Miami out a year ago, dooming the Hurricanes’ conference title hopes by rushing for 472 yards. This time, Miami handled the triple option with relative ease, holding the Yellow Jackets to 95 yards rushing — 60 of those coming on the game’s first drive.

Tech’s reigning ACC player of the year, fullback Jonathan Dwyer, was slowed by a shoulder injury—only a stinger, he said afterward—and finished with 7 yards on five carries. Josh Nesbitt completed 6 of 15 passes, all to Demaryius Thomas, for 133 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

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