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Hurricanes Fall Short In Overtime, 24-17

Hurricanes Fall Short In Overtime, 24-17

Nov. 6, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) – Reggie Merriweather ran for a career-high 114 yards and threetouchdowns, including a 2-yard score in overtime Saturday night to capClemson’s 24-17 comeback victory over No. 11 Miami.

Clemson needed five plays to score in the extra session, with the Tigersbenefiting from a pass-interference penalty against cornerback Kelly Jennings.That moved Clemson to the 10, and Merriweather scored three plays later to capthe Tigers’ rally from a 17-3 halftime deficit.

On its overtime possession, Miami moved to the Clemson 5, but three straightincompletions by Brock Berlin sealed the Hurricanes’ second straight loss.Berlin’s final attempt was intended for Lance Leggett in the corner of the endzone, but Clemson’s Tye Hill had him well-covered and the ball bounced away.

The loss knocked the Hurricanes (6-2, 3-2) out of first place in theAtlantic Coast Conference, leaving them a game behind Virginia and VirginiaTech in the race for the league title and automatic Bowl Championship Seriesberth. Miami visits Virginia next weekend, and hosts Virginia Tech on Dec. 4 inthe regular-season finale.

Clemson (5-4, 4-3) has won four straight games for the first time in fourseasons.

Frank Gore had 105 yards and two touchdowns for Miami, which also lost onthe game’s final play a week ago at North Carolina. Clemson outgained Miami215-104 after halftime, sparking the comeback.

The win marked the first for the Bowden clan against Miami coach LarryCoker; Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is the son of Florida State coach BobbyBowden, who is 0-5 against Coker.