Scores

Final

Miami (FL) 41

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Texas A&M 23

(1-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

3:30 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Kyle Field, College Station, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 14 10 17 041
TA&M 10 0 7 623

Top Performers

Passing: J. Johnson (TA&M) - 275 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: G. Cooper (MIA) - 16 CAR, 128 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Goodson (TA&M) - 4 REC, 79 YDS, 2 TD

Miami manhandles A&M on back of QB Marve

Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Robert Marve threw two touchdown passes and Graig Cooper ran for career-high 128 yards and two scores as Miami picked apart Texas A&M's defense in a 41-23 rout Saturday.

Griffin: 'Canes score quickly

Miami had 17 points during a 76-second spurt midway through the third quarter to stop Texas A&M, Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin writes. Blog

Marve, a redshirt freshman making his second career start, completed 16 of 22 passes for 212 yards. The Hurricanes (2-1) piled up 398 yards on 57 plays -- an average of 6.98 yards per offensive snap -- and handed A&M its worst nonconference defeat at Kyle Field since a 30-10 loss to Alabama in 1988.

The Hurricanes gained 261 yards in the first half on Saturday, nearly doubling what they had in a full game against Florida two weeks ago. The Hurricanes had 12 first downs on 28 plays in the first half and led 24-10 at the break.

Jerrod Johnson threw three touchdown passes for Texas A&M, but two came after the Hurricanes led 41-10 in the third quarter.

The Aggies (1-2) have lost consecutive nonconference home games at Kyle Field in the same season for the first time after losing coach Mike Sherman's debut 18-14 to Arkansas State.

Johnson started in place of Stephen McGee, who sprained his shoulder against New Mexico on Sept. 6. McGee had started A&M's last 29 games.

On the game's first snap, Mike Goodson took a short pass from Johnson, broke four tackles and outran another Miami defender for a 62-yard touchdown.

The Hurricanes took less than two minutes to answer. Marve threw a 29-yard pass to Kayne Farquharson on Miami's first offensive play and three snaps later, Cooper scored on a 19-yard run.

Miami's next possession was more of the same. After Marve threw an 11-yard pass to Sam Shields, Cooper ran untouched for a 51-yard touchdown. Miami gained 121 yards on its first six plays.

Freshman Richie Bean kicked a 38-yard field goal to pull Texas A&M to 14-10 late in the first quarter.

Derron Thomas started Miami's next drive with a 34-yard run. Marve took a hard hit from A&M linebacker Von Miller and left the game after throwing a pass to Farquharson. Freshman Jacory Harris replaced Marve and Matt Bosher kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead.

Miami's Travis Benjamin returned a punt 44 yards to the Aggies' 41 in the final minute of the half. Marve returned and found Thearon Collier wide open in the end zone with 20 seconds remaining.

Early in the third quarter, Marve threw a 36-yard pass to Dedrick Epps as the Aggies continued to blow coverages and miss tackles. The pass set up another short field goal by Bosher that put Miami up 27-10.

Defensive lineman Eric Moncur made a one-handed interception on Johnson's next pass at the Texas A&M 15.

Marve immediately threw a touchdown pass to Farquharson with 6:36 left in the third quarter to make it 34-10.

On the second play of A&M's next possession, Miami linebacker Glenn Cook swatted the ball out of Johnson's hands as he was being sacked, recovered the fumble and trotted into the end zone to make it 41-10.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
TA&M
1st Downs1819
Total Yards398362
Passing239275
Rushing15987
Penalties6-507-71
3rd Down Conversions5-129-16
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers12
Possession26:3533:25

Passing Leaders

Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Marve16/222129.621
Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson19/322758.631

Rushing Leaders

Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper161288.0251
Thomas4307.5034
Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Goodson12675.6014
Smith6203.308

Receiving Leaders

Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Farquharson56713.4129
Collier46215.5126
Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fuller57915.8125
Goodson47919.8262

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIATA&M
TD14:40Mike Goodson 62 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Richie Bean Kick) 07
TD12:56Graig Cooper 19 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick) 77
TD08:40Graig Cooper 51 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick) 147
FG03:21Richie Bean 38 Yd 1410
SECOND QUARTERMIATA&M
FG08:22Matt Bosher 20 Yd 1710
TD00:20Thearon Collier 26 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Matt Bosher Kick) 2410
THIRD QUARTERMIATA&M
FG06:54Matt Bosher 20 Yd 2710
TD06:36Kayne Farquharson 15 Yd Pass From Robert Marve (Matt Bosher Kick) 3410
TD05:43Glenn Cook 2 Yd Fumble Return (Matt Bosher Kick) 4110
TD01:55Jeff Fuller 18 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Richie Bean Kick) 4117
FOURTH QUARTERMIATA&M
TD09:32Mike Goodson 1 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4123