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PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (Ticker) -- It didn't take long for James Jackson and No. 12 Miami to flex its muscles against Rutgers.
Jackson scored a pair of touchdowns in a span of 5:01 in the first quarter and added another in the second as Miami scored early and often in an easy 64-6 thumping of Rutgers in the Big East Conference.
The victory improved the Hurricanes (3-1, 2-0 Big East) to 8-0 all-time against the Scarlet Knights and has put up at least 50 points on the board in each of the last four games. The closest Rutgers has come to defeating Miami was in the 1992 Orange Bowl, when the Hurricanes posted a 31-17 triumph.
It was the most points by Miami since it scored 66 in a victory on September 5, 1998 against East Tennessee State. Conversely, it was the most points scored by an opponent at Rutgers.
Jackson capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with an 18-yard TD on a screen pass from Ken Dorsey just 3:01 into the contest.
After stopping Rutgers (2-3, 0-3) on its first possession, the Hurricanes padded their lead on another brilliant play from Jackson. On a draw play, Jackson busted through a huge hole in the middle and scampered 39 yards for a 14-0 lead.
Miami had three extended drives during the first quarter and extended its lead to 21-0 just 30 seconds into the next period when Dorsey hooked up with Andre King on a nine-yard pass in the left corner of the endzone.
Jackson added his third score of the half when he busted through the middle for a three-yard score 2:05 into the second quarter.
That scoring play was set up by an interception.
Rutgers avoided the shutout at 2:56 into the fourth quarter when Chad Schwenk fired an 11-yard pass to Jason Ohene in the back of the endzone. But the frustration continued as Steven Barone's extra point pushed wide right.
After winning their first two games, the Scarlet Knights have been outscored, 78-17, in their last three contests. They have lost 10 of their last 11 Big East conference contests.