Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Colleges

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

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."

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