Miami Football Notes
ANOTHER BIG DAY FOR DORSEY
Senior quarterback Ken Dorsey set a new personal single-game best for passing yardage today, as well as a new mark for a West Virginia opponent at Mountaineer Stadium by passing for 422 yards (old record: 366, Alex Van Pelt of Pittsburgh, 1989). The yardage total is the most by a Miami quarterback since Craig Erickson passed for 424 vs. San Diego State in 1989. The total ranks eighth on the UM single-game passing yards list. The first 400+-yard outing also was Dorsey’s third 300+-yard passing outing of the season and his second consecutive after a 362-yard effort against Florida State on October 12. The passing yardage is the most by a WVU foe since 1994 (433, John Ryan of Pittsburgh, 1994).
DORSEY SETS 3 SCHOOL CAREER RECORDS
Senior quarterback Ken Dorsey broke the Miami career passing yards record with a 25-yard completion to Kevin Beard in the second quarter. That completion gave Dorsey 7,697 yards for his career, surpassing the standard of 7,690 yards set by 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta (1989-92). A 42-yard pass to fullback Quadtrine Hill in the third quarter gave Dorsey 556 completions in his career, surpassing Torretta’s UM record for completions of 555 from 1989-92. Dorsey compiled a career-high 414 yards of total offense today, giving him 7,981 for his career and surpassing Torretta’s UM old record of 7,722 from 1989-92.
Dorsey in the UM record book:
TD Passes – 1st (76)
Passing yards – 1st with 8,024 (old record: 7,690 by Torretta, 1989-92)
Pass completions – 1st with 564 (record is 555 by Torretta, 1989-92)
Total offense -1st, 7,981 (old record: 7,722 by Torretta, 1989-92)
Pass attempts – 2nd, 973 (record is 991 by Torretta, 1989-92)
DORSEY IN THE BIG EAST RECORD BOOK
Ken Dorsey’s totals in today’s game moved him closer to the top of several BIG EAST career records lists. With two touchdown passes today, Dorsey now has 76 touchdowns passing in his career ranking him in second place on the BIG EAST career list behind Donovan McNabb of Syracuse (77 from 1995-98).Dorsey’s 422 passing yards moved him into second on the BIG EAST career list for passing yardage with 8,024. Dorsey passed Glenn Foley of Boston College (7,853 yards from 1991-93) today. Donovan McNabb of Syracuse (1995-98) holds the conference passing yards mark with 8,389 yards.Dorsey’s 22 completions gives him 564 for his career, good for second place in BIG EAST history behind Marc Bulger of West Virginia’s 571 completions from 1996-99. Today, Dorsey moved from fourth to second in conference history, passing Donovan McNabb of Syracuse (548 from 1995-98) and Temple’s Henry Burris (558 from 1993-96).
DORSEY AS A STARTER
Ken Dorsey made his 34th start at quarterback for Miami today. He completed 22 passes in 36 attempts for 422 yards and 2 touchdowns with 0 interceptions.
With today’s performance Dorsey has…
*passed for 300 yards seven times, including a regular season best of 422 today.
*thrown for at least 200 yards 27 times
*had multiple touchdowns in 28 games
*His statistics as a starter read: 554-of-944 for 7,935 yards with 75 touchdown passes, one touchdown rush, and 22 interceptions thrown.
DORSEY’S CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
In his Miami career, Ken Dorsey has connected with 19 different players for a school-record 76 passing touchdowns. Split end Andre Johnson leads all current players with 15 Dorsey touchdowns. The Dorsey to Johnson connection ranks as the third-best prolific scoring tandem in school history behind Vinny Testaverde/Michael Irvin (19) and Gino Torretta/Lamar Thomas (16). The duo passed the team of Bernie Kosar/Eddie Brown (14) today.
McGAHEE SCORES – AGAIN
Sophomore tailback Willis McGahee rushed for three touchdowns today. The touchdowns gave him 14 rushing TDs this season, a total good for a tie for second on the UM single-season rushing touchdowns list with Eddie Dunn (1938). The UM record for rushing touchdowns in a season is 19 by Edgerrin James in 1998.
OVER THE CENTURY MARK AGAIN
McGahee rushed for 112 yards on 32 carries today with three touchdowns. It is McGahee’s fifth 100+-yard performance of the season, is tied for the second-most 100+-yard outings in a single season by a Hurricanes back. Clinton Portis has five 100+-yard outings in 2001. Edgerrin James holds the UM record with six in 1998. The 32 rushing attempts ranks tied for eighth-most by a UM running back in a game (Woody Thompson v. Boston College, 1973).
ANOTHER LONG RECEPTION BY McGAHEE
Willis McGahee set up his own two-yard touchdown run in the third period by taking a long pass by Ken Dorsey for a 57-yard gain to the West Virginia two-yard line. That reception was his latest in a string of long gainers in the passing game by the sophomore tailback, who also has taken pass for gains of 68 and 77 yards this season.
Senior split end Andre Johnson scored twice today while catching 6 passes for 111 yards. The performance is the fifth 100+-yard outing of Johnson’s career and his first this season.
Redshirt freshman fullback Quadtrine Hill had a career-best receiving today with 6 catches for 108 yards, including pass plays of 17 and 42 yards.
SIEVERS FIELD GOALS
Senior placekicker Todd Sievers made two field goals today. He kicked a 47-yard field goal in the first period today to give Miami a 10-7 lead and a 37-yarder in the fourth quarter for a 40-23 advantage. With today’s performance, Sievers has made 38 field goals in his Miami career, good for sixth in UM history.
Miami gained 524 total yards today, the most by the Hurricanes this season and the most by a Miami team since a 566-yard output against Syracuse last season (59-0 victory). The Miami single-game total offense mark is 689 vs. UCLA in 1998.
Miami’s passing yardage today of 422 set a new record for a WVU opponent at Mountaineer Field. The old mark of 393 was set by Miami of Ohio in 1999. It is the most by the Hurricanes since passing for 485 yards against San Diego State in 1991.
FIRST QUARTER POINTS
West Virginia’s first quarter points today marked the first scoring by a Miami opponent in the opening period this season. Prior to today’s game, the Hurricanes had a 66-0 scoring margin in the first period through the season’s first six games.
NATION’S LONGEST WIN STREAK NOW AT 29 GAMES
With today’s victory, Miami extended its national leading win streak to 29 games. The current 29-game win streak, including bowl games, ties the Hurricanes’ school-record 29-game streak set from 1990-92.
In the regular season, UM has won 27 consecutive regular season games dating back to a 47-10 victory at West Virginia on Sept. 23, 2000. The longest win streak in the regular season for Miami is 36 games, accomplished from a 48-20 win at Rice on Sept. 14, 1985, to a 31-30 loss at Notre Dame on Oct. 15, 1988.
CURRENT ROAD WIN STREAK AT 14 GAMES
Miami has won 14 straight games away from the Orange Bowl, including the 2002 Rose Bowl and 2001 Sugar Bowl, since defeating West Virginia in Morgantown, 47-10, on Sept. 23, 2000.
Regular season only, Miami currently has a 12-game road win streak since that win over the Mountaineers. The regular season win streak is the longest at UM since the Hurricanes won 14 straight road contests from 1990-93. Including the bowls, UM last won 14 straight from 1990-92. The longest road winning streak in UM history is 20 games, stretching from a 28-17 win at Purdue on Sept. 15, 1984, to a 31-30 loss at Notre Dame on Oct. 15, 1988.
BIG EAST-RECORD 20-GAME CONFERENCE WIN STREAK
Miami extended its BIG EAST-record conference win streak to 20 games today. Additionally, UM has also won 23 of its last 24 BIG EAST games, including a 1999 loss to Virginia Tech. The streak began with a 55-0 defeat over Rutgers on Nov. 20, 1999. The current streak is ahead of the Hokies’ 14-game string from 1998-00. Miami has also recorded conference win streaks of 12 games (1991-93), 10 games (1995-96) and seven games (1994).
MIAMI AS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NO. 1
With todady’s win, the Hurricanes have played in 43 games all-time while holding the AP’s No. 1 ranking and have forged a 38-5 record in those contests. Miami has won 14 straight as the nation’s top-ranked team. Prior to the Alabama loss (34-13) in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, UM had won 12 straight games when it held the top spot in the polls dating back to the 1991 season.
In the regular season, UM has been ranked No. 1 by the AP in 39 games and has recorded a 36-3 mark. UM last lost a regular season game while holding the No. 1 ranking in the 1990 season opener at BYU, 28-21 on Sept. 8.
VS. RANKED/UNRANKED OPPONENTS
Since 1990, Miami has registered a 32-22 mark against Associated Press ranked teams and a 90-6 record against unranked opponents.
PLAYING BEFORE AND AFTER A BYE WEEK
Since 1990, Miami is 24-7 in games before a bye week, while going 22-9 in games following a bye week. Additionally, UM has won its past eight games following a bye week since the 1999 season.