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published October 6, 2002

MIAMI -- Freshman Eric Winston started at tight end for Kellen Winslow, who was held out for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Winslow, the team's leading receiver with 14 receptions for 153 yards and three touchdowns, did play on UM's second possession.

Winston, a 6-7, 270-pound freshman from Midland, Texas, was among the nation's top recruits and has played every game.

Sherko Haji-Rasouli was a surprise starter at left guard. Haji-Rasouli, a first-teamer, has been slowed by a sore left knee and was expected to play Saturday against Florida State.

COBIA STILL AILING: Kyle Cobia, expected to make his first start at fullback, again was held out with a stinger to his neck and shoulder. Cobia, a sophomore from Lakeland, has impressed coaches with his blocking. Cobia missed most of fall camp and the first three games with a left knee injury.

After playing against Boston College last week, Cobia was expected to start until complaining of soreness in his neck and shoulder late in the week.

Quadtrine Hill, a redshirt freshman, started a fifth straight game at fullback.

FRESH FACES. Coach Larry Coker has not shied from using freshmen, as nine have played this season. Winston made his first start against the Huskies. Miami also was green on defense, as Glenn Sharpe started at cornerback, and Greg Threat came in for UConn's second play.

FAN INJURED: A man was in critical condition with head injuries after falling from the upper deck. The man, whom police said was in his 20s, fell about 30 feet onto a walkway. Herminia Salas-Jacobson, a spokeswoman with the Miami Police Department, said the man crossed a fenced-off area near vending stands and bathrooms before the fall. Officers were interviewing witnesses to determine how he got there.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to 19 straight at the Orange Bowl. Miami's last loss at home was against No. 2 Penn State, 27-23 on Sept. 18, 1999. During the streak, the 'Canes have won by an average of 37.3 points.

FIRST MEETING: The game was the first between the teams. The Huskies return in 2005, with the 'Canes on the road in '06.

UP AGAINST THE BIG BOYS: UConn is preparing for a move to the Big East in 2005 when Temple leaves the conference. The Huskies, in their fourth year of Division I-A, faced their first top-ranked team. They lost 52-10 to No. 9 Virginia Tech last season.

-- CHUCK MULLING, TIMES WIRES

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