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UM, Moss trample Temple

Hurricanes receiver scores on a 71-yard punt return and 67-yard reception in a 45-17 road victory.

©Associated Press, published October 22, 2000

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Miami's Santana Moss pulls down a pass in front of Temple's Terrence Leftwich before running it in for a touchdown.
PHILADELPHIA -- Santana Moss wanted some of the spotlight, and he got it.

Moss had 241 all-purpose yards, including touchdowns on a 71-yard punt return and a 67-yard reception, as No. 4 Miami beat Temple 45-17 on Saturday.

"Our special teams really stepped up," Moss said. "I knew this might be our chance to come into the limelight. I said, "We got to make a play.' "

The Hurricanes, coming off a bye after beating then-No. 1 Florida State 27-24 on Oct. 7, have won four straight. Miami (5-1, 3-0 Big East) could play for the national championship in the Orange Bowl if it wins its remaining five games.

The only negative for the Hurricanes came when Ken Dorsey threw his first interception of the season in the third quarter. Dorsey threw a school-record 193 passes without an interception since January's Gator Bowl.

Temple (4-4, 1-3) is vastly improved over the team that was outscored 97-7 by Miami the past two seasons. But it was the same, old Owls against Miami.

Temple has lost nine straight to the Hurricanes by an average margin of 34.6 points.

"(Temple coach) Bobby Wallace has done an outstanding job preparing this team," Miami coach Butch Davis said. "You have to beat them. They don't beat themselves anymore."

After a slow start, Miami took a 7-3 lead on Moss' 71-yard punt return with 1:20 left in the first quarter.

Moss caught the ball at Miami's 29, bounced outside and sprinted untouched down the right sideline for his second touchdown on a punt return this season, and fourth of his career.

"That punt return got our motor revved," Davis said. "He's been doing that his whole career. Not only does he score points, but he affects field position. He's electrifying. He can do so many things."

The Hurricanes made it 14-3 on a 17-yard pass from Dorsey to D.J. Williams 59 seconds into the second quarter.

Dorsey was 11-of-22 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Moss had four receptions for 96 yards, one rush for 24 yards and 121 yards on punt returns.

Miami held Tanardo Sharps, the Big East's leading rusher, to 37 yards on 14 carries.

"Teams try to slow down our speed and we adjusted," linebacker Dan Morgan said. "We knew they had a good running game, and we wanted to shut it down."

After Temple cut it to 14-10 on Raheem Brock's fumble recovery in the end zone, Miami scored on its next offensive play.

Moss leaped to catch Dorsey's pass at Temple's 30, spun away from a tackler at the 25 and ran in for a 21-10 lead with 9:42 left in the first half.

"I ran my best route, and he got it to me the best way he could," Moss said about his first touchdown reception of the season.

"He's one of the biggest sparks on our team," Dorsey said. "He came up big in two clutch situations. He basically told me if I got the ball to him, he'd make something happen."

Najeh Davenport's 1-yard run gave Miami a 28-10 lead with 5:10 left in the second.

James Jackson added a 4-yard TD run, and Edward Reed had a 27-yard interception return for touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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