Oct 5, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Dallas Crawford (25) runs in a touchdown past Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Brandon Watts (11) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 Miami Hurricanes Edge Georgia Tech, 45-30

The Miami Hurricanes overcame a sloppy start, fending off Georgia Tech and the triple option, 40-35.

In the Hurricanes’ conference opener, they found themselves down 10 in the first quarter, the first time Miami had trailed all season.

Stephen Morris threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns, while RB Duke Johnson totaled 184 yards on the ground helping Miami improve to 5-0, their best start since 2004.

Trailing 17-7 early on, Miami scored 17 unanswered points giving them a 24-17 lead going into the half.

Morris, who was still plagued by a lingering ankle injury, had touchdown passes to Phillip Dorsett (40-yard TD reception), Clive Walford (4-yard TD reception) and Allen Hurns (69-yard TD reception).  Freshman WR Stacy Coley continued to impress hauling in three passes for 74 yards.

While Duke Johnson found himself without a rushing touchdown, Dallas Crawford has served as a nice compliment to the illusive Johnson.  Crawford scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one from three yards out and the other for 18 yards.

The Hurricanes had the ball for just over 24 minutes, hardly giving their defense ample time to rest.  However, the Miami defense was again able to force turnovers, including a 30-yard interception from DB Ladarius Gunter that all but sealed the win for the U.

Yellow Jackets’ QB Vad Lee was held to 63 yards passing.  RB David Sims found the end zone twice and rushed for 77 yards.  Georgia Tech has lost their last two conference games.

Miami has a bye week before squaring off against UNC on Thursday, Oct. 17.


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