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Miami rolls over Savannah State

Duke Johnson barrels into the end zone during the first half, when Miami scored a touchdown on its first seven possessions.

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Duke Johnson barrels into the end zone during the first half, when Miami scored a touchdown on its first seven possessions.

MIAMI — No. 16 Miami got a big win, and may have survived a bigger scare.

Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards scored three touchdowns each and Miami got into the end zone on its first seven possessions, rolling to a 77-7 victory over Savannah State on Saturday night.

Miami set a school record for points, even after losing quarterback Stephen Morris in the first quarter with what a team official said was a sprained ankle. X-rays were negative.

"We'll be cautious with him,'' said Miami coach Al Golden, who seemed confident Morris can play next Saturday at USF. "We'll get him off his feet or whatever for the next 48 hours, but it looks like he'll be fine."

Morris got hurt with 8:51 left in the first quarter on a play where he was under pressure. Morris threw an incomplete pass and ended up on the ground for the next few moments. He walked to the sideline without assistance, though he was surrounded by medical personnel and moving with a pronounced limp.

Soon he left the field for further testing.

Backups Ryan Williams and former Countryside High standout Gray Crow combined to complete 17 of 19 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns.

"It was an unfortunate circumstance," Golden said. "But at the same time, we learned a lot about Ryan. And I thought Gray Crow came in and did a good job too."

The Hurricanes never punted in a game in which the scoreless fourth quarter was shortened to 12 minutes by mutual consent of the coaches. Miami did all it could to shorten the game — not lining up on offense until 10 seconds or so remained on the play clock and running simple dive plays.

Miami outgained Savannah State 637-183, held the Tigers to 1-for-13 on third downs and picked off four passes. Many of Miami's first-stringers were done for the night after the first quarter, including running back Duke Johnson, who had nine touches in the first 15 minutes that wound up going for 154 total yards, including a 95-yard kickoff return to open the game.

Crawford ran in from 4 yards out on Miami's first snap, Morris found Allen Hurns for an 80-yard touchdown on the second possession and Johnson extended his streak of games with a touchdown to seven with a 2-yard run with 6:21 left in the first.

"I know that I can change a program like this," Savannah State coach Earnest Wilson said. "We aspire to be big-time. A game like this helps us judge where we are. The only difference is depth. I know I have to go out and recruit and get some guys like they have."

Miami rolls over Savannah State 09/21/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 21, 2013 11:44pm]
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