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October 3, 1998
Miami 53, Rutgers 17
Rutgers Stadium, Piscataway, NJ

Scoring by QuartersQuarters   1st  2nd  3rd  4th   FinalMiami       6    7    28   12    53Rutgers     0    3     7    7    17TIME: 3:28

Santana Moss caught three touchdown passes from Scott Covington in a four-minute span that bridged the halves as Miami cruised to its sixth straight win over BIG EAST Conference foe Rutgers, 53-17.

Moss caught six passes for 146 yards while increasing his team-leading TD total to six. Covington completed 21-of-30 passes for 312 yards and three scores and Edgerrin James rushed 15 times for 131 yards and two TDs for the Hurricanes, who had 569 yards of total offense.

The Scarlet Knights kept the game close in the first half but were outscored 28-7 in the third quarter. James scored on a seven-yard run with 6:08 left in the third, and defensive back Al Blades returned an interception 60 yards for a score on the final play of the quarter, giving Miami a 41-10 lead.

First Quarter
UM – James 1 run (Crosland kick failed). Time Left: 3:35. Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 2:53. Key Play: James 41 pass from Covington to Rutgers 1. Miami 6, Rutgers 0.

Second Quarter
RU – Barone 28 field goal. Time Left: 1:07. Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards, 4:43. Key Play: Powell 14 pass from McMahon to Miami 16. Miami 6, Rutgers 3.
UM – Moss 12 pass from Covington (Crosland kick). Time Left: 0:05. Drive: 7 plays, 78 yards, 1:02. Key Play: Wayne 25 pass from Covington for 1st and 10. Miami 13, Rutgers 3.

Third Quarter
UM – Moss 28 pass from Covington (Crosland kick). Time Left: 13:10. Drive: 2 plays, 31 yards, 0:34. Key Play: Morgan fumble recovery at Rutgers 31. Miami 20, Rutgers 3.
UM – Moss 71 pass from Covington (Crosland kick). Time Left: 11:07. Drive: 2 plays, 64 yards, 0:22. Miami 27, Rutgers 3.
RU – Riddick 58 pass from McMahon (Barone kick). Time Left: 7:20. Drive: 7 plays, 85 yards, 3:47. Key Play: Powell 12 pass from McMahon to Rutgers 42. Miami 27, Rutgers 10.
UM – James 7 run (Crosland kick). Time Left: 6:08. Drive: 4 plays, 69 yards, 1:12. Key Play: James 49 rush to Rutgers 7. Miami 34, Rutgers 10.
UM – Blades 60 interception return (Crosland kick). Time Left: 0:00. Miami 41, Rutgers 10.

Fourth Quarter
RU – Robinson 2 run (Barone kick). Time Left: 9:29. Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 5:31. Key Play: Edmonds 10 rush to Miami 22. Miami 41, Rutgers 17.
UM – Jackson 4 run (Crosland kick failed). Time Left: 8:07. Drive: 3 plays, 68 yards, 1:22. Key Play: Jones 56 pass from Kelly to Rutgers 12. Miami 47, Rutgers 17.
UM – King 30 pass from Kelly (Crosland kick failed). Time Left: 3:17. Drive: 2 plays, 42 yards, 1:03. Key Play: Ward 17 punt return to Rutgers 42. Miami 53, Rutgers 17.

Team Statistics MIA RUT
First Downs 21 27
Rushes-Yards 26-171 49-154
Passing Yards 398 298
Comp-Att-Int 23-32-0 20-40-1
Total Yards 569 452
Punts-Avg. 5-37.2 6-40.2
Punt Returns 6-76 3-7
Kickoff Returns 3-77 8-103
Interception Returns 1-60 0-0
Penalties-Yards 14-138 6-61
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-3
Sacks 3-13 0-0
Third Down Conversions 4-9 10-19
Fourth Down Conversions 0-0 1-2
Time of Possession 20:51 39:09

Miami

RUSHING Att Yds TD Lg
Edgerrin James 15 129 2 49
James Jackson 7 21 1 8
Nick Williams 1 17 0 17
Najeh Davenport 1 7 0 7
Mondriel Fulcher 1 0 0 0
Zachary Hart 1 -3 0 0
TOTALS 26 171 3 49
PASSING Att Cmp Yds TD Int Lg
Scott Covington 30 21 312 3 0 71
Kenny Kelly 2 2 86 1 0 56
TOTALS 32 23 398 4 0 71
RECEIVING No Yds TD Lg
Santana Moss 6 146 3 71
Reggie Wayne 5 71 0 25
Andre King 4 60 1 30
Edgerrin James 3 45 0 41
Mondriel Fulcher 3 16 0 12
Daryl Jones 1 56 0 56
James Jackson 1 4 0 4
TOTALS 23 398 4 71
PUNTING No Yds Avg Lg
Andy Crosland 5 186 37.2 47
PUNT RETURNS No Yds Lg
Nick Ward 6 76 17
KICKOFF RETURNS No Yds Lg
James Jackson 2 46 29
Najeh Davenport 1 31 31
TOTALS 3 77 31
INTERCEPTION RETURNS No Yds. Lg
Al Blades 1 60 60

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Tackles: 7-Dan Morgan, Nate Webster
Assists: 10-Dan Morgan
Total: 17-Dan Morgan
Sacks: 2-Michael Smith

Rutgers
RUSHING Att Yds TD Lg
Dennis Thomas 19 79 0 20
Jason Ohene 9 30 0 6
Jacksi Crooks 7 22 0 7
Brenda Edmonds 4 15 0 10
Gar Fauntleroy 3 5 0 2
Jerma Robinson 1 2 2 2
Mike McMahon 6 1 0 9
TOTALS 49 154 1 20
PASSING Att Cmp Yds TD Int Lg
Mike McMahon 33 17 275 1 1 58
Brenda Edmonds 5 3 23 0 0 10
Michael Jones 1 0 0 0 0 0
Perri Verduzco 1 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 40 20 298 1 1 58
RECEIVING No Yds TD Lg
Bill Powell 6 109 0 28
Jacki Crooks 4 18 0 5
Tosh Riddick 3 102 1 58
Andy Holland 3 24 0 10
Jerma Robinson 2 11 0 7
Chris Hutton 1 26 0 26
Gar Fauntleroy 1 8 0 8
TOTALS 20 298 1 58
PUNTING No Yds Avg Lg
Mike Barr 6 241 40.2 47
PUNT RETURNS No Yds Lg
Reggi Stephens 3 7 6
KICKOFF RETURNS No Yds Lg
Tosh Riddick 2 38 23
Jerma Robinson 3 50 21
Tyrone Pitts 3 15 8
TOTALS 8 103 23
FIELD GOALS Att Made Dist
Steven Barone 1 1 28

DEFENSIVE LEADERS
Tackles: 4-Four Players
Assists: 4-Wayne Hampton
Total: 6-Aaron Brady
Sacks: None