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Stephen Morris sets Miami Hurricanes passing record in 44-37 victory over N.C. State Wolfpack

Miami coach Al Golden and his players celebrate after time runs out of their third consecutive win, 44-37 over N.C. State.

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Miami coach Al Golden and his players celebrate after time runs out of their third consecutive win, 44-37 over N.C. State.

MIAMI — Gino Torretta won a Heisman. Steve Walsh, Ken Dorsey, Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, Craig Erickson and Jim Kelly played a role in Miami becoming known as "Quarterback U."

None had a game like Stephen Morris did Saturday.

Morris set a school and ACC record with 566 passing yards, the last 62 on a touchdown to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds left that beat N.C. State 44-37. The touchdown saved the Hurricanes after they blew a 16-point first-quarter lead and 10-point fourth-quarter lead.

"People dream about it," said Morris, who was 26-of-49. "But it's kind of crazy when you're actually in the moment. I'm speechless about it."

After the game Torretta, whose record Morris broke, tweeted, "Great job! Ice that arm."

Miami coach Al Golden was even more succinct.

"Holy (expletive)," he said, as the room broke into laughter. "I'm sorry. I'm so tired, I'm delusional."

On a day such as this, that could be understood.

The teams combined for 1,315 yards. Miami's Jake Wieclaw missed three field goals, including a 19-yarder. N.C. State's Niklas Sade missed an extra point — the snap was blamed — but made a 50-yard field goal to tie the score with 1:58 left.

The biggest difference: N.C. State committed six turnovers, Miami one.

"If you think it was crazy watching, it was definitely crazy while you're in it," said N.C. State's Tony Creecy, who ran for 120 yards and a touchdown. "You can't win with four, five, six fumbles. We kind of lost the game ourselves on all the fumbles. Miami played well, but we beat ourselves."

Miami, which has won three in a row for the first time since 2009, appeared heading to overtime a week after beating Georgia Tech in the extra session. But it intercepted Mike Glennon with 48 seconds left.

Three plays later, Morris faked a handoff, eluded unblocked linebacker Rickey Dowdy, scrambled and threw deep. Dorsett caught the ball at the Wolfpack 7, stumbling slightly and got into the end zone.

Said Dorsett: "Just an amazing play."

.Fast facts

Hurricanes' biggest passing games

Quarterback Date Yards Opponent Result

Stephen Morris Saturday 566 N.C. State 44-37 W

Gino Torretta Nov. 30, 1991 485San Diego State39-12 W

Gino Torretta Oct. 14, 1989 468San Jose State48-16 W

Craig Erickson Sept. 15, 1990 467 California 52-24 W

Bernie Kosar Nov. 23, 1984 447Boston College 47-45 L

Stephen Morris sets Miami Hurricanes passing record in 44-37 victory over N.C. State Wolfpack 09/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 9:38pm]
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