3:00 PM ET, September 22, 2012
Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLANTA, GA
ATLANTA -- Mike James scored untouched on a 25-yard run, moments after Miami stopped Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington on fourth-and-inches on the first possession of overtime, giving the Hurricanes a wild 42-36 win Saturday.
Junior quarterback Stephen Morris passed for 436 yards and rallied the Hurricanes (3-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) from a 36-19 deficit.
Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-2) had come back after trailing 19-0 at the end of the first quarter, with Washington rushing for three touchdowns.
But the Yellow Jackets couldn't slow down Morris or Miami after that, as the Hurricanes scored the final 23 points. Morris' 10-yard touchdown pass to James created a 36-all tie with 27 seconds left in regulation. That capped an eight-play, 91-yard march that took just 1:33.
Georgia Tech also lost its season opener in overtime, at Virginia Tech, and has fallen to the Hurricanes four consecutive years after beating Miami four straight times.
After being limited to 39 yards in the first quarter, big plays flipped the momentum in the second quarter for the Yellow Jackets, whose four plays of 70 or more yards in their first three games led the Football Bowl Subdivision.
A 37-yard carry by Georgia Tech running back Robbie Godhigh helped set up a 2-yard scoring run by Washington to pull the Yellow Jackets within 19-14.
Minutes later, Jamal Golden's 56-yard punt return put the Yellow Jackets at Miami's 23, and they took the lead with a 10-yard run by Washington.
Tech added a two-point conversion on a pass from Washington to Zenon, although it took video review to reverse the original call. The Yellow Jackets led 22-19 with 3:39 left in the first half, their first lead over Miami dating back to the first quarter of their 2009 game.
The first quarter was as ugly for Tech as the second was pretty.
Morris found Dorsett wide open for a 65-yard touchdown pass on the game's third play, and Dorsett added a 40-yard reception a few minutes later. That led to Jake Wieclaw's 38-yard field goal and a 10-0 Miami lead.
Matters quickly worsened for the Jackets.
Smith fielded the kickoff about a yard deep in the end zone. He hesitated, then started to bring the ball out, changed his mind and put a hand down on the field side of the goal line to stop himself. After he stepped back and took a knee, officials ruled it a safety since Smith had first advanced the ball across the goal line.
The Hurricanes ran 10 plays after taking the free kick before James' 1-yard touchdown run and Wieclaw's extra point gave Miami a 19-0 lead as the first period ended. Morris completed 10 of 14 passes for 153 yards in the quarter.
Miami wide receiver Malcolm Lewis was taken to an Atlanta hospital with what school officials said was a dislocated but not fractured left ankle.
The freshman from Miramar, Fla., was injured at the end of his 12-yard reception on a play that took the ball to Georgia Tech's 4-yard line late in the first quarter. He was tackled by Tech linebacker Brandon Watts.
The entire Hurricanes squad gathered near their sideline, and players took a knee as the game was stopped for several minutes while members of both schools' medical and training staffs tended to Lewis.
Lewis' only catch of the game gave him eight receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown this season.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||11-16||6-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-2|
|TD||14:03||Phillip Dorsett 65 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris. (Jake Wieclaw Kick)||7||0|
|FG||04:11||Jake Wieclaw 38 Yd||10||0|
|TD||00:00||Mike James 1 Yd Run. (Jake Wieclaw Kick)||19||0|
|TD||11:23||Orwin Smith 8 Yd Run. (David Scully Kick)||19||7|
|TD||09:05||Tevin Washington 2 Yd Run. (David Scully Kick)||19||14|
|TD||03:39||Tevin Washington 10 Yd Run. (Tevin Washington Pass To Robert Godhigh For Two-Point Conversion)||19||22|
|TD||13:09||Tony Zenon 35 Yd Run. (David Scully Kick)||19||29|
|TD||10:06||Tevin Washington 2 Yd Run. (David Scully Kick)||19||36|
|FG||04:25||Jake Wieclaw 23 Yd||22||36|
|TD||13:41||Mike James 15 Yd Run. (Jake Wieclaw Kick)||29||36|
|TD||00:27||Mike James 10 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris. (Jake Wieclaw Kick)||36||36|
|TD||Mike James 25 Yd Run.||42||36|