Dorsey, Morgan Earn BIG EAST Player of Week Honors

Oct. 9, 2000

Providence, R.I. – Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey and Syracuse signal-caller Troy Nunes have been named BIG EAST Co-Offensive Players of the Week, the league announced. The Hurricanes’ Dan Morgan wins defensive honors, while Wayne Ward of Virginia Tech captures Special Teams Player of the Week.

Dorsey (Orinda, Calif.), starting his seventh college game, led Miami to a 27-24 upset of No. 1 Florida State. Trailing 24-20, the sophomore quarterback led the Hurricanes on a seven-play, 68-yard drive in 51 seconds to give UM the victory. He completed 6-of-7 passes on the drive, including a 13-yard touchdown pass. Dorsey threw for a career-high 328 yards, completing 27-of-42 passes with two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception, breaking the Miami record for consecutive passes thrown without a pickoff (123). Over the last two seasons, he has thrown 163 passes without an interception.

Nunes (Butler, Pa.) threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the second overtime to lead Syracuse to a 24-17 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Faced with a third-and-goal in the second extra session, the sophomore quarterback scrambled and found wideout David Tyree for a 23-yard score. Nunes finished 20-of-29 (.690), for a career-high 279 yards and two touchdowns. Nunes is third in the nation in passing efficiency with a 158.7 mark.

Morgan (Coral Springs, Fla.) captures the award for the second time in his career after leading the Miami defense with 15 tackles, including seven solo. He had a key interception late in the second quarter, picking off a FSU pass at the goal line to keep the Seminoles scoreless in the first half. It was the first time since 1988 that the `Noles were held scoreless in the first two quarters. Morgan also set up UM’s first score by forcing a fumble on a punt return in the first quarter. He added two tackles for losses of six yards.

Ward (Plant City, Fla.) set up his team’s first touchdown in Virginia Tech’s 35-13 win over Temple. The junior tailback blocked the Owls’ first punt attempt of the game, with the ball being recovered on the TU 11-yard line. It was Ward’s second blocked punt of the season. He also contributed a tackle on special teams.