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October 24, 1998
Miami 34, West Virginia 31
Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, WV

Scoring by QuartersQuarters       1st   2nd   3rd   4th   FinalMiami            3    14    10     7    34West Virginia   14    10     0     7    31TIME: 3:43

Scott Covington hit Daryl Jones with a three-yard scoring pass with 1:37 left and Jay Taylor missed a 53-yard field goal try on the final play as Miami upset 13th-ranked West Virginia, 34-31, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Hurricanes held a 27-24 lead entering the fourth quarter and protected the advantage for the 119th time in their last 120 with a lead entering the final stanza. Their only loss in that span came against the Mountaineers in the1997 season. It appeared West Virginia might repeat the feat when Anthony Green bulled in from a yard out with just over 10 minutes left to give the Mountaineers a 31-27 lead.

But Miami drove 48 yards in five plays, including a 40-yard run by James Jackson, en route to Covington’s scoring pass to Jones that gave Miami the lead for good. James out gained WVU’s Amos Zereoue rushing for 162 yards on 31 carries. Zereoue, the BIG EAST’s leading rusher in 1997, picked up 113 on 27 carries.

West Virginia’s Marc Bulger had a big day, completing 32-of-43 passes for 380 yards and three scores with one interception, while Covington was 19-of-30 for 247 yards and two scores with one pick.

First Quarter
WV – Saunders 5 pass from Bulger (Taylor kick). Time Left: 8:03. Drive: 13 plays, 71 yards, 6:57. Key Play: Foreman 10 pass from Bulger to Miami 9. West Virginia 7, Miami 0.
UM – Crosland 23 field goal. Time Left: 6:13. Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 1:50. Key Play: James 23 pass from Covington to West Virginia 11. West Virginia 7, Miami 3.
WV – Foreman 11 pass from Bulger (Taylor kick). Time Left: 0:39. Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 5:34. Key Play: Foreman 12 pass from Bulger to Miami 22 for 1st down. West Virginia 14, Miami 3.

Second Quarter
UM – James 1 run (Crosland kick). Time Left:14:53. Drive: 5 plays, 65 yards, 0:46. Key Play: Wayne 9 pass from Covington to West Virginia 1. West Virginia 14, Miami 10
UM – James 11 run (Crosland kick). Time Left: 11:41. Drive: 5 plays, 54 yards, 2:37. Key Play: James 23 rush to West Virginia 24 for 1st down. Miami 17, West Virginia 14.
WV – Ivy 4 pass from Bulger. Time Left: 5:22. Drive: 4 plays, 19 yards, 1:11. Key Play: Miami’s punt is blocked. West Virginia 21, Miami 17.
WV – Taylor 29 field goal. Time Left: 0:02. Drive: 6 plays, 45 yards, 0:57. Key Play: Ivy 28 pass from Bulger to Miami 12. West Virginia 24, Miami 17.

Third Quarter
UM – James 10 pass from Covington (Crosland kick). Time Left: 11:43. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 3:17. Key Play: Wayne 10 pass from Covington for 1st down. Miami 24, West Virginia 24.
UM – Crosland 24 field goal. Time Left: 3:40. Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 5:48. Key Play: Franks 24 pass from Covington to West Virginia 22. Miami 27, West Virginia 24.

Fourth Quarter
WV – Green 1 run (Taylor kick) Time Left: 10:07. Drive: 8 plays, 85 yards, 2:45. Key Play: Zereoue 18 rush to Miami 3. West Virginia 31, Miami 27.
UM – Jones 3 pass from Covington (Crosland kick). Time Left: 1:37. Drive: 5 plays, 48 yards, 1:38. Key Play: Jackson 40 rush to West Virginia 5. Miami 34, West Virginia 31.

Team Statistics MIA WV
First Downs 25 25
Rushes-Yards 46-209 33-92
Passing Yards 247 380
Comp-Att-Int 19-30-1 32-43-1
Total Yards 456 472
Punts-Avg. 3-28.0 5-37.2
Punt Returns 2-3 1-23
Kickoff Returns 3-63 6-76
Interception Returns 1-37 1-22
Penalties-Yards 6-51 11-130
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Sacks 4-24 3-19
Third Down Conversions 6-14 8-15
Fourth Down Conversions 1-2 1-1
Time of Possession 27:40 32:20
Miami
RUSHING Att Yds TD Lg
Edgerrin James 31 162 2 23
James Jackson 4 49 0 40
Santana Moss 1 . 15 0 6
Scott Covington 10 -17 0 6
TOTALS 46 209 2 40
PASSING Att Cmp Yds TD Int Lg
Scott Covington 30 19 247 2 1 36
RECEIVING No Yds TD Lg
Reggie Wayne 6 80 0 26
EdgerrinJames 5 59 1 23
Daniel Franks 3 37 0 24
Mondriel Fulcher 2 38 0 36
Andre King 1 23 0 23
Nick Williams 1 7 0 7
Daryl Jones 1 3 1 3
TOTALS 19 247 2 36
PUNTING No Yds Avg Lg
Andy Crosland 2 84 42.0 47
Team 1 0 0.0 0
TOTALS 3 84 28.0 47
KICKOFF RETURNS No Yds Lg
James Jackson 3 63 26
PUNT RETURNS No Yds Lg
Edward Reed 2 3 3
INTERCEPTION RETURNS No Yds Lg
Edward Reed 1 37 37
FIELD GOALS Att Made Dist
Andy Crosland 2 2 23, 24

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Tackles: 12-Nate Webster
Assists: 11-Nate Webster
Total: 23-Nate Webster
Sacks: 2-Derrick Ham

West Virginia
RUSHING Att Yds TD Lg
Amos Zereoue 27 113 0 18
Anthony Green 2 3 1 2
Marc Bulger 4 -24 0 0
TOTALS 33 92 1 18
PASSING Att Cmp Yds TD Int Lg
Marc Bulger 43 32 380 3 1 46
RECEIVING No Yds TD Lg
David Saunders 12 89 1 14
Shawn Foreman 9 158 1 46
Khori Ivy 6 92 1 28
Amos Zereoue 3 27 0 14
Anthony Becht 1 5 0 5
Pat Greene 1 9 0 9
TOTALS 32 380 3 46
PUNTING No Yds Avg Lg
Jay Taylor 5 186 37.2 56
KICKOFF RETURNS No Yds Lg
Jerry Porter 3 42 17
Antonio Brown 3 34 18
TOTALS 6 76 18
PUNT RETURNS No Yds Lg
David Carter 1 23 23
INTERCEPTION RETURNS No Yds Lg
Charles Fisher 1 22 22
FIELD GOALS Att Made Dist
Jay Taylor 2 1 29g, 53

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Tackles: 12-Barrett Green
Assists: 6-Barrett Green
Total: 18-Barrett Green
Sacks:1-Three Players