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Updated: Saturday, October 5, 2002 11:42 PM EDT
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(1) Miami Fla 48, Connecticut 14
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MIAMI (Ticker) -- Connecticut may one day be competitive in the Big East Conference, but the Huskies are not yet ready to challenge the likes of Miami.

Willis McGahee rushed for three touchdowns in just over 15 minutes as the top-ranked Hurricanes stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 27 games with a 48-14 rout of Connecticut.

"To me, that's the No. 1 team in the country, far and away," Connecticut coach Bill Edsell said. "I think they will probably run the table and be national champs again."

Tuning up for next week's showdown with Florida State, it did not take long for Miami to turn the contest into a laugher. McGahee, who rushed for 107 yards on 11 carries, reached the end zone on a 15-yard run 2:56 into the contest.

He added another 15-yard TD run to make it 14-0 with 3:34 left in the second quarter, then scored his final TD on a 11-yard scamper 13 second into the second period, starting a 28-point blitz that gave Miami a 42-0 halftime lead.

McGahee surpassed the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight game.

"We have to have focused practices this week if we want to beat FSU," Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey said. "The records don't matter. If neither team had won a game, the stadium still would be sold out."

Dorsey completed 19-of-26 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the contest early in the third quarter.

"Their linebackers are physical and did a great job, but we were able to make our plays," Dorsey said. "They were a very competitive team, but we executed our game plan well."

Miami (5-0) posted its 18th consecutive victory at home and improved to 17-0 under coach Larry Coker. The Hurricanes held a 496-190 edge in total offense.

"The first unit play well in the first half and Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee did a great job with the opportunities they were given," Coker said.

Connecticut (2-4), which is in its third year on the Division I-A level, officially joins the Big East Conference in 2005.

"They have guys up front, 320, moving around like me," UConn running back Chandler Poole said. "One time I tried to hit the corner and a defensive end hawked me down. He was faster than me. They have a fast, quick, agile team."

Senior defensive end Andrew Williams returned a fumbled 56 yards for his first career TD to make to make it 21-0 with 12:15 left in the second quarter.

"I'm been waiting for one for a long time," he said. "Last year, my (buddy), that's Jerome MacDougle, he got one. So, I've been waiting for one for the longest time. So, it finally came. I saw green and I just ran it in."

Dorsey tossed TD passes of five and yards to Kevin Beard in the final 4:36 of the half to make it 42-0.

Dorsey left after tossing a 15-yard TD pass to Ethenic Sands that gave the Hurricanes a 49-0 lead.

The Huskies got on the board on Dan Orlovsky's 14-yard TD pass to Tommy Collins with 30 seconds left in the third period. In the first minute of the final period, Ezra Carey returned a blocked punt five yards to complete the scoring.

Orlovsky completed just 11-of-26 passes for 100 yards for the Huskies. Poole led UConn on the ground with just 39 yards on eight carries.

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