PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- If Miami displayed any bit of a letdown on Saturday, it did not involve Willis McGahee.
McGahee ran for 134 yards and four touchdowns as top-ranked Miami overcame a sluggish first half and extended its winning streak to 25 games with a 44-21 victory over Temple in the Big East Conference opener for both schools.
The Hurricanes (3-0, 1-0 Big East) posted an emotional 41-16 win at Florida last week and had to guard against overconfidence against Temple, the traditional Big East doormat.
Miami built an early 21-0 lead, but back-to-back miscues allowed the Owls (1-2, 0-1) to stay within 10 points at intermission. But Temple's Tanardo Sharps fumbled on its first possession of the second half and McGahee later scored on a one-yard run to make it a 31-14 game.
"I have played better. A couple of times I was in a one-on-one and didn't make a play," McGahee said. "That's something I have to work on - open-field tackles. I knew I had two or three touchdowns. I didn't know I had four."
Miami soon was coasting to its 13th straight road win and its 19th consecutive Big East victory.
"It was about what we expected, from the standpoint that we knew it was going to be a tough football game," Miami coach Larry Coker said. "Temple has good tough football players and they're well-coached."
McGahee, who ran for 204 yards in the win over Florida, also scored on runs of one and six yards in the first half and from four yards late in the third quarter.
Miami played without star receiver Andre Johnson due to a shoulder injury, but still defeated the Owls for an 11th straight time.
"I've been coaching football for 26 years and I haven't seen teams as good as Miami in my 26 years," Temple coach Bobby Wallace said. "They're just NFL guys behind NFL guys at every position. It's just amazing."
Ken Dorsey of Miami completed 20-of-35 for 314 yards and two scores and Miami finished with 477 total yards.
"In the first half we had the opportunity to put the hammer down and we didn't do it," Dorsey said. "We were able to pull away in the second half."
Kevin Beard caught six passes for 67 yards for Miami, which improved to 15-0 under Coker.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring on a one-yard touchdown run by McGahee, who carried 21 times. Lawrence Wade of Temple fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Miami recovered at the Owls 10, setting up a nine-yard TD pass from Dorsey to Kevin Beard.
Miami increased its lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter on the six-yard TD run by McGahee, finishing a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
But the Hurricanes were sloppy in the second quarter, allowing the Owls to get back into the game. A botched punt gave Temple the ball at the Miami 21 and Sharps later scored on a one-yard run.
Temple got back the ball a few plays later when Miami's Jason Geathers fumbled at his own 16, and Sharps raced in for a touchdown on the next play to cut the lead to 21-14.
Todd Sievers kicked a 31-yard field goal on the final play of the quarter to give the Hurricanes a 24-14 halftime lead.
Dorsey added a three-yard TD pass to Kellen Winslow in the fourth quarter.
Temple's final score came on a 22-yard TD pass from Mike Frost to Sean Szarka in the fourth quarter.
Sharps carried 20 times for 68 yards. Mike McGann of the Owls completed 10-of-15 passes for 36 yards.