Football Rolls Over BC, 52-6
Nov. 25, 2000
By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI — Ken Dorsey threw a career-high five touchdown passes andSantana Moss broke Miami’s career yardage record, leading the No. 2 Hurricanesto a 52-6 victory over Boston College on Saturday and their first Big Easttitle since 1996.
More importantly, Miami strengthened its chances of claiming a fifthnational championship.
The ‘Canes – third in the Bowl Championship Series rankings – still mightneed help, though. Even with the strong outing, it may not be enough for themto jump Florida State, which leads Miami by a little more than half a point inthe BCS rankings.
With No. 1 Oklahoma’s 12-7 win over Oklahoma State, Miami’s best chance atmaking the championship game would be if the Sooners lose next week to KansasState in the Big 12 title game.
The Hurricanes (10-1, 7-0) have won nine in a row and are hoping to claim aspot in the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl.
Dorsey was sharp, completing 17 of 26 passes for 252 yards. His five TDpasses also tied the school record held by Bernie Kosar (1984) and Steve Walsh(1988). Dorsey also fumbled twice, though both were recovered by Miami, andthrew an interception.
Moss also set a school record. He had 235 all-purpose yards against theEagles (6-5, 3-4), breaking Otis Anderson’s career record set in 1978. Moss has4,402 total yards.
Dorsey and Moss hooked up twice for scores. The first one covered 23 yardsand gave Miami’s its first lead of the game, 10-6 in the second quarter. Theyadded a 13-yarder in the third on a perfectly thrown pass to the corner of theend zone.
Moss wasn’t finished, though. He took a punt return 85 yards untouched for ascore to give Miami a 44-6 lead in the third. Even after a pair ofunsportsmanlike conduct penalties, Todd Sievers added a 50-yard extra point.
Everything seemed to go right for Miami.
Boston College punted on the ensuing possession, and Daryl Jones – subbingfor Moss – used a spin move to escape two tacklers and scampered 87 yards foranother score.
Not even coach Butch Davis, who has refused to run up the score all season,could do much to stop the onslaught. He did, however, pull most of his startersafter the final touchdown.
Miami punted only once in the first half, scoring three touchdowns and afield goal on seven possessions. The Hurricanes also fumbled once, turning theball over at Boston College’s 16.
Tim Hasselbeck, returning to the lineup after sitting out Boston College’slast game with a sprained right knee, completed all three of his passes on theopening drive.
He had 39 yards passing, driving the Eagles 80 yards to take a 6-0 lead.back William Green punched it in from 1 yard out, but Mike Sutphin’sextra-point try deflected off the left upright.
Hasselbeck finished 10-of-26 for 120 yards with an interception.
It took the Hurricanes a while to get going despite Moss’ 57-yard end aroundon their first play. Miami fumbled twice in as many possessions.
James Jackson fumbled two plays after Moss’ run, turning the ball over atBoston College 19. And Dorsey botched a third-down snap, after which Miami hadto settle for a field goal.