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Miami (FLA.) at Georgia Tech

Miami 35, Georgia Tech 10

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ATLANTA (AP) -Freshman Stephen Morris passed for 230 yards and a touchdown to win the matchup of backup quarterbacks and Miami beat Georgia Tech 35-10 on Saturday to stay alive in the ACC's Coastal Division.

Morris, making his second start as Jacory Harris recovers from a concussion, completed 10 of 18 passes and did not have a turnover.

Lamar Miller, Damien Berry, Mike James and Graig Cooper ran for touchdowns and Miami had 507 total yards, including 277 yards rushing.

Miami senior Leonard Hankerson had three catches for 132 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, his 11th of the season to tie Michael Irvin's school record set in 1986.

Miami (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) is chasing Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division and will play the Hokies next week.

Georgia Tech (5-5, 3-4) has lost three straight for the first time since the end of 2006.

Georgia Tech sophomore quarterback Tevin Washington also played well in his first start. Washington ran for 122 yards and completed 7 of 16 passes for 101 yards. Georgia Tech's only touchdown came on Washington's first career scoring pass, a 22-yard completion to Kevin Cone to open the second half.

Georgia Tech lost two fumbles inside the Miami 10. Bobby Dodd Stadium's stands were almost empty when Washington lost the ball on a run from the Miami 5 with less than a minute remaining.

Washington is replacing Georgia Tech senior Joshua Nesbitt, who will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a broken right forearm in last week's loss at Virginia Tech.

Morris led two 88-yard touchdown drives on Miami's first two possessions and Georgia Tech never recovered.

Miami led 21-10 in the third quarter when Georgia Tech, driving to possibly close the deficit to four points, committed a crucial turnover. Orwin Smith fumbled a pitch on a first-down play from the Miami 6. Ray-Ray Armstrong recovered for the Hurricanes to set up an 86-yard touchdown drive.

Miller had runs of 17 and 16 yards before scoring on the 12 to cap a 10-play drive that did not include a third down.

Berry's 5-yard run capped the second touchdown drive on Miami's second possession. The big play of the drive was a 45-yard pass from Morris to Hankerson.

Miami appeared to be on the verge of adding a third first-quarter touchdown when linebacker Colin McCarthy picked up a fumble by Roddy Jones and ran 41 yards for an apparent score.

A lengthy review by the officials showed Jones' knee was down before he fumbled. Georgia Tech retained possession to set up Scott Blair's 38-yard field goal for the Yellow Jackets' only points of the first half.

Washington's first career TD pass early in the third quarter gave Georgia Tech hope, but Miami had a quick answer.

On its first play following the kickoff, Morris connected with Hankerson on the 78-yard scoring pass. Hankerson caught the short pass on the 30 and then outran the Yellow Jackets' secondary for Miami's longest touchdown of the season.

Hankerson, a senior, has 20 touchdown catches for his career, tying Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne for third place on the school records.

Notes: Former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross returned for the 20-year reunion of the 1990 team that was named national champion in the coaches poll. ... Georgia Tech wore blue jerseys in a home game for the first time since 1994. The Yellow Jackets last wore blue in the Chick-fil-A bowl against LSU following the 2008 season.

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Scoring Summary
MIALamar Miller 12 yd run (Matt Bosher kick)
MIADamien Berry 5 yd run (Matt Bosher kick)
GATECHScott Blair 38 yd FG
GATECHKevin Cone 22 yd pass from Tevin Washington (Scott Blair kick)
MIALeonard Hankerson 79 yd pass from Stephen Morris (Matt Bosher kick)
MIAMike James 7 yd run (Matt Bosher kick)
MIAGraig Cooper 3 yd run (Matt Bosher kick)
 
Team Stats
 MIAGATECH
First Downs2420
Third Down Efficiency3-107-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-21-3
Plays-Net Yards64-50776-409
Rushes-Yds46-27759-308
Passing Yds230101
Kick Return Yds43125
Punt Return Yds011
Passes10-18-07-17-0
Punts3-1234-121
Fumbles-Lost3-22-2
Penalties-Yds4-317-59
Time of Poss.27:132:59
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
MIA: Lamar Miller 11-85, Damien Berry 15-73, Mike James 10-60, Storm Johnson 1-21, Graig Cooper 4-20, Stephen Morris 2-16, Patrick Hill 1-5, Team 1--1, Spencer Whipple 1--2
GATECH: Tevin Washington 21-122, Orwin Smith 12-88, Anthony Allen 15-77, Embry Peeples 6-18, Roddy Jones 4-2, Lucas Cox 1-1
PASSING
MIA: Stephen Morris 10-18-230-0
GATECH: Tevin Washington 7-16-101-0, Team 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
MIA: Travis Benjamin 4-64, Leonard Hankerson 3-132, Aldarius Johnson 1-15, Chase Ford 1-14, Mike James 1-5
GATECH: Kevin Cone 3-42, Orwin Smith 1-32, Daniel McKayhan 1-13, Tyler Melton 1-9, Preston Lyons 1-5
 

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