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South Florida Up Next For Hurricanes

Sept. 26, 2005

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(#9 AP/#10 Coaches) MIAMI HURRICANES (2-1)vs. SOUTH FLORIDA (3-1)

When: 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday, October 1, 2005

Where:Orange Bowl (natural grass; 72,319) in MiamiTelevision: ESPNU will televise the game live with Mike Adamle (play by play) andCharles Arbuckle (analysis).

Local Radio: The Hurricanes Radio Network (WPOW 96.5 FM) will carry the game live with JoeZagacki (play by play), Don Bailey Jr. (analysis) and Brian London (sideline reporter).

National Radio: XM Satellite Radio will carry the game live.Radio En Espanol: The game will broadcast in Spanish on WWFE 670 AM with Roly Martin (play byplay) and Joe Martinez (analysis).

Student Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM will broadcast the game live with Adam Aizer and Brian Stubits.

Tape Delay Telecast: On CSS at 12:00 noon and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, with FrankForte (play by play) and Lamar Thomas (analyst).

Websites: Miami (www.hurricanesports.com) and South Florida (www.goUSFBulls.com)

THIS WEEK’S GAME:

The Miami Hurricanes will play the second of three consecutive games in the Orange Bowl when theyhost the University of South Florida at 8:00 p.m. Saturday. It will be the first meeting ever between thetwo schools. The Hurricanes are 2-1 and have won two straight games to move up to ninth in the APpoll. South Florida, meanwhile, is 3-1 and is coming off a surprising 45-14 victory over Louisville, whichwas ranked ninth going into the game.

Last Saturday, the Hurricanes defeated Colorado 23-3 in their home opener. Three seniors hadcareer high performances, with WR Sinorice Moss catching five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown,TE Buck Ortega gaining 43 yards on two receptions, and FB Quadtrine Hill rushing for a team-high 55yards on four carries. Sophomore QB Kyle Wright continued his improvement in his third career start,throwing for a career-high 264 yards, with one touchdown passing and one rushing. RB Tyrone Mosshas 280 yards rushing for the season, including three touchdowns. Wright has one touchdown pass inall three games.

South Florida lost its opener to Penn State and has since defeated Florida A&M, Central Florida andLouisville. In eight seasons since starting its football program, the Tampa-based university has won 58of 92 games (.630). The Bulls average 31.5 points per game this season behind the 10th-ranked rushingoffense in the country. RB Andre Hall averages 117 yards per game.The Hurricanes have scored in all eight quarters in their two victories behind an offense that ranks68th nationally in rushing, 59th in passing and 77th overall. Defensively, the Hurricanes rank 25th in thecountry. UM ranks seventh in defensive passing efficiency and 27th in run defense. SS BrandonMeriweather is turning into a force on defense. In three games, Meriweather leads the team with 30tackles.

This is Miami’s second of three non-conference games in a four-week period. After next week’s gameagainst Duke, UM plays at Temple on October 15 before finishing the regular season with five straightgames against ACC foes. The Hurricanes have not lost to a non-conference opponent since Tennesseeon Nov. 8, 2003.

The Hurricanes have been ranked in the AP poll longer than any team in the country, 93 consecutiveweeks dating back to Dec. 4, 1999. They began this season ranked eighth, fell to 14th after losing theopener at Florida State, and have moved steadily back up over the past three weeks. They are alsoranked ninth in the first Harris poll.

PRETTY GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Miami has played 146 teams in its 80 seasons of football, making South Florida opponent No. 147 in thefirst meeting between the two schools on Saturday night in the Orange Bowl. The Hurricanes are 88-56-2(.610) all-time in first-ever meetings with their opponents, including five straight wins in inaugural meetingswith teams. Since 1991, the Hurricanes are 10-1 in their first meetings with schools and have outscoredthose 11 opponents by an average of 41-11. UM’s last loss in its first game against a school was a 38-20loss to Washington in 1994.