No. 16 Miami overmatches Savannah State 77-7

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 21, 2013
Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards both scored three touchdowns and No. 16 Miami got into the end zone on its first seven possessions, rolling to a 77-7 victory over Savannah State on Saturday night. The Hurricanes set a school record for points in a game, topping the 75 scored against Fordham in 1954. Miami (3-0) lost quarterback Stephen Morris to a lower right leg injury with 8:51 left in the opening quarter. Hurricanes coach Al Golden said in a televised halftime interview that Morris was ''fine'' and X-rays were negative. Stacy Coley had a kickoff return for a score and a touchdown catch for Miami, which has won five straight games for the first time since 2008. Duke Johnson, Allen Hurns and Beau Sandland all added a touchdown for the Hurricanes, in a game that had the final quarter shortened to 12 minutes by mutual agreement of the coaches. DeQuan Daniels had a 75-yard touchdown run for Savannah State (1-3). Johnson opened the game with a 95-yard kickoff return, and Crawford ran in from 4 yards out on Miami's first snap. The Hurricanes needed twice as many plays - that would be two - to score on their next possession, with Morris finding Hurns with an 80-yard touchdown pass. The third possession was the one that went wrong for Miami, which visits winless South Florida (0-3) next Saturday. Morris was under pressure from Savannah State's Alex Wierzbicki, threw an incomplete pass and ended up on the ground for the next few moments. He ended up walking to the sideline without assistance, though he was surrounded by Miami medical personnel and moving with a pronounced limp. Trainers continued checking his right ankle, and Morris eventually left the field so X-rays - which were negative - could be taken. It was the lone real blip of the night for the Hurricanes, who had three quarterbacks - Morris, Ryan Williams and Gray Crow - throw touchdown passes. Savannah State played two ranked teams last season in Oklahoma State and Florida State, losing by a combined score of 139-0, and some oddsmakers listed the Tigers as a 60-point underdog in this one. And predictably, they were overwhelmed. That enormous 60-point spread? Miami had it covered - for the first time, anyway - with 2:22 left in the third quarter, when Edwards barreled in from 3 yards out for his second touchdown of the game. Daniels scored on the first play of Savannah State's ensuing drive. The good feeling lasted a few seconds: Coley ran the kickoff that followed Savannah State's TD back 88 yards for a 70-7 lead. By the fourth quarter, Miami was doing all it could to shorten the game, not even lining up on offense until 10 seconds or so remained on the play clock and running simple dive plays repeatedly. Miami outgained Savannah State 438-69 in the first half alone. The Hurricanes had the ball eight times in the first half, and the only time they didn't get a touchdown was when the possession ended because of halftime.
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