Junior reserve Jason Geathers rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and redshirt freshman Roscoe Parrish scooted for a pair of scores as the Hurricanes rested their regulars in a 63-17 trouncing of the Rattlers.
Playing its season opener, Miami led 28-0 after one quarter, 42-0 at halftime and 49-0 before Florida A&M finally scored in the third period. The defending national champions used four quarterbacks and substituted liberally throughout the game.
The biggest beneficiaries were Geathers and Parrish, who are buried on a talented depth chart. Geathers is stuck behind sophomore Willis McGahee and Parrish is the understudy to junior flanker Kevin Beard.
Geathers carried 22 times, including touchdown runs of 20 yards in the third quarter and 62 yards in the final period. Parrish raced 46 yards on a reverse for a score in the first quarter and hauled in a 32-yard TD pass late in the opening half.
Ken Dorsey completed 8-of-13 passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns before sitting down for good midway through the second quarter.
The Hurricanes got plenty of rest for next week's showdown at No. 7 Florida. It is the first regular season meeting between the intrastate rivals since 1987.