CNNSI.com 2002 College Bowls


  Posted: Wednesday January 01, 2003 11:33 AM
Updated: Thursday January 02, 2003 2:59 PM

CNNSI.com's Stewart Mandel breaks down Miami's historic run.
 
The Facts
Average score 42.1-16.9
Won by 1-9 points 4
Won by 10-19 points 5
Won by 20-29 points 12
Won by 30-39 points 5
Won by 40+ points 8
Opponents' record 231-175 (.569)
Home record 19-0
Road record 13-0
Bowl record 2-0
vs. Big East 21-0
vs. winning teams 24-0
vs. ranked teams 12-0
vs. Top 10 teams 6-0
By Stewart Mandel, CNNSI.com

A win over Ohio State in Friday's Fiesta Bowl would give Miami 35 consecutive victories. Dating back to World War I, only Oklahoma's historic 47-game run from 1953-57 is longer among major college teams.

And considering how drastically competition has improved nationally over the past 50 years, one could argue the 'Canes have already accomplished as much as those Sooners. Miami has already beaten more teams with winning records (24) in 34 games than Oklahoma (21) did in 47. And against opponents with a combined .568 winning percentage, the Hurricanes' average victory margin (25.2) is nearly as wide as OU's (28.7) was against teams that went .443.

A look back at this historic streak:

VS. Score The Skinny
 47-10    No. 1: Sept. 23, 2000 at West Virginia
  The 'Canes return three turnovers for 131 yards and three TDs.
  64-6    No. 2: Sept. 30, 2000 at Rutgers
  Miami's defense holds Rutgers to 4 rushing yards on 27 carries.
 27-24    No. 3: Oct. 7, 2000 vs. No. 1 Florida State
  Ken Dorsey leads a game-winning 68-yard drive in the final 1:37.
  45-17    No. 4: Oct. 21, 2000 at Temple
  WR Santana Moss gains 241 all-purpose yards, two TDs.
  42-31    No. 5: Oct. 28, 2000 vs. Louisiana Tech
  Four turnovers, 12 penalties, 485 yards allowed -- UM still wins.
  41-21    No. 6: Nov. 4, 2000 vs. No. 2 Virginia Tech
  With Michael Vick hampered by injury, VT falls behind 28-0.
  35-7    No. 7: Nov. 11, 2000 vs. Pittsburgh
  UM holds nation's No. 1 WR, Antonio Bryant, to 31 yards.
  26-0    No. 8: Nov. 18, 2000 at Syracuse
  'Cuse manages just 166 total yards and nine first downs.
  52-6    No. 9: Nov. 25, 2000 vs. Boston College
  Ken Dorsey throws a career-high five TDs, goes 17-of-26.
  37-20    No. 10: Jan. 2, 2001 vs. No. 7 Florida*
  Miami forces Rex Grossman into 18-of-41 passing, two INTs.
  33-7    No. 11: Sept. 1, 2001 at Penn State
  UM racks up 602 yards of offense in Larry Coker's first game.
  61-0    No. 12: Sept. 8, 2001 vs. Rutgers
  Miami's D shuts down Rutgers again, allowing 126 total yards.
  43-21    No. 13: Sept. 27, 2001 at Pittsburgh
  Clinton Portis nets 131 yards and four TDs as UM rolls.
  38-7    No. 14: Oct. 6, 2001 vs. Troy State
  Led by Jeremy Shockey, eight different 'Canes catch a pass.
  49-27    No. 15: Oct. 13, 2001 at No. 14 Florida State
  UM hands FSU first home loss since winning there in '91.
  45-3    No. 16: Oct. 25, 2001 vs. West Virginia
  Freshman Frank Gore runs six times for 124 yards, two TDs.
  38-0    No. 17: Nov. 3, 2001 vs. Temple
  Miami D holds Owls to 34 yards passing, 118 overall.
  18-7    No. 18: Nov. 10, 2001 at Boston College
  Ed Reed's 80-yard INT return with :13 left averts disaster.
  59-0    No. 19: Nov. 17, 2001 vs. No. 14 Syracuse
  Bryant McKinnie dominates Syracuse DE Dwight Freeney.
  65-7    No. 20: Nov. 24, 2001 vs. No. 12 Washington
  The 'Canes avenge their last loss (Sept. 9, 2000) in a major way.
  26-24    No. 21: Dec. 1, 2001 at No. 14 Virginia Tech
  VT rallies from 16 down but drops a 2-point conversion.
  37-14    No. 22: Jan. 3, 2002 vs. No. 4 Nebraska**
  'Canes leads title game 34-0 -- at halftime.
  63-17    No. 23: Aug. 31, 2002 vs. Florida A&M
  Backup RB Jason Geathers springs for 199 yards, two TDs.
  41-16    No. 24: Sept. 7, 2002 at No. 6 Florida
  Willis McGahee runs for 204 in UF's worst home loss since '79.
  44-21    No. 25: Sept. 14, 2002 at Temple
  McGahee comes up big again, running for 134 yards, four TDs.
  38-6    No. 26: Sept. 21, 2002 vs. Boston College
  Miami breaks open a 17-6 game with 21 points in a 2:43 span.
  48-14    No. 27: Oct. 5, 2002 vs. Connecticut
  McGahee runs for three TDs in the first 15:13.
  28-27    No. 28: Oct. 12, 2002 vs. No. 9 Florida State
  'Canes rally from 27-14, win when FSU's kick goes wide left.
  40-23    No. 29: Oct. 26, 2002 at West Virginia
  Dorsey throws for a career-high 422 yards.
  42-17    No. 30: Nov. 2, 2002 at Rutgers
  Miami trails 17-14 entering the 4th quarter before pulling away.
  26-3    No. 31: Nov. 9, 2002 at Tennessee
  Vols gain 74 yards on their second play, 144 rest of the way.
  28-21    No. 32: Nov. 21, 2002 vs. No. 17 Pittsburgh
  First play after falling behind 14-7, Willis busts a 69-yard TD.
  49-7    No. 33: Nov. 30, 2002 at Syracuse
  Ken Dorsey throws a career-high five TDs, goes 17-of-26.
  56-45    No. 34: Dec. 7, 2002 vs. No. 18 Virginia Tech
  UM jumps to a 49-21 lead behind McGahee's six TDs.
Last loss
  24-29    Sept. 9, 2000 at No. 15 Washington
  Dorsey is held to 15-of-34, but nearly leads a late rally.

* -- Sugar Bowl
** -- Rose Bowl

 
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