Harris powers No. 20 Miami over No. 14 Ga. Tech

BY foxsports • September 18, 2009

Jacory Harris watched Georgia Tech run over, past and around Miami's defense on the opening series of the game, barely showing any emotion on the sideline.

He saved it all for the field.

And Georgia Tech's hex over Miami? It's over.

Cool and in control throughout, Harris completed 20 of 25 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, and the 20th-ranked Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak against No. 14 Georgia Tech with a 33-17 victory Thursday night.

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.


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"One thing I congratulate this team on is how we stay focused," Harris said. "You know, there's a lot of people around campus and in the community, they praise us now and they've got our back and all this. But the thing I know about this team, we're not (letting) anything go to our head."

Miami (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) 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.

"Big win for us tonight," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "Big, huge win. Big for this football team and this program."

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.

"We could never get them off the field," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "In a game like that, you better maximize and we didn't. We played very poorly on offense."

Miami didn't.


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