By JOE FRISARO
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 26, 2000
MIAMI -- Hurricanes athletic director Paul Dee confirmed Saturday that Alabama has formally contacted Butch Davis about its vacated coaching job.
Davis is expected to talk with officials from the Crimson Tide about replacing Mike DuBose. Davis said Tuesday he had not been contacted by Alabama.
MOSS SETS RECORD: Santana Moss might not win the Heisman Trophy or the Biletnikoff Award, but the senior will graduate as Miami's career leader in all-purpose yards. Moss finishes his final season with 4,403 yards. He put an exclamation point on his season with an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the third. It was the fourth score on a punt for Moss this season and sixth of his career (a Big East record).
He also had 235 all-purpose yards in the game (64 receiving, 57 rushing and 114 punt returns). Moss broke the record held by Ottis Anderson (4,265) from 1975-78. Edgerrin James had 3,590 yards from 1996-98 and Eddie Dunn had 3,476 yards (1936-38). Moss also set the career punt return yardage mark with 1,196, breaking Dunn's record (1,153).
JACKSON HITS 1,000 YARDS: Senior James Jackson became the fourth back in UM history to get 1,000 yards in a season. Jackson had 66 yards on 17 carries, giving him 1,006.
James holds the school's season rushing record with 1,416 yards. Anderson had 1,266 yards in 1978, James gained 1,098 yards in 1997 and Danyell Ferguson rushed for 1,069 yards in 1995.
PILING ON THE POINTS: In the first quarter, UM kicker Todd Sievers hit a 19-yard field goal, which helped the team tie the school record for points in the regular season.
But by halftime, the Hurricanes shattered the mark. Miami finished with 469 points. The record was 420 set by in 1986, led by Vinny Testaverde.
DAVENPORT RETURNS: Junior fullback Najeh Davenport saw action for the first time since spraining his right knee two weeks ago against Pittsburgh. The injury was to the same knee that required surgery after the first game in 1999. Initially, it was feared would miss the season. Davenport backs up freshman D.J. Williams.