(7) Miami (FL) 34

(5-1, 2-1 away)

Temple 3

(0-7, 0-4 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA

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#7MIA 27 7 0 034
TEM 0 3 0 03

Top Performers

Passing: K. Wright (MIA) - 196 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: U. Ferguson (TEM) - 23 CAR, 77 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (MIA) - 3 REC, 122 YDS, 1 TD

Miami looks for laugher at winless Temple

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- When asked about the Temple Owls' dreadful defense, Miami Hurricanes quarterback Kyle Wright struggles to suppress a smile.

His facial expression suggests eager anticipation.

"I guess you could say (you're) licking your chops," Wright says. "But it still comes down to execution. We want to get better each game, so once we get into those bigger games, we're clicking."

The only thing big about Miami-Temple is the point spread: The No. 7-ranked Hurricanes (4-1) are 41-point favorites over the Owls (0-6).

The mismatch of a matchup offers Wright a chance to pad his stats while he becomes more comfortable in his high-profile role running the Miami offense. The sophomore and first-year starter is rapidly growing into the job and coming off an impressive performance against Duke, when he threw three touchdown passes to double his season total.

"He keeps getting better every week," senior tackle Eric Winston said. "He'll mess something up, and the next week you won't see the same mistake. The big thing is we have to give him enough time back there, and he's going to make every throw he needs to make."

Wright has been touted as the next great quarterback for a program that produced Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Gino Torretta and Ken Dorsey. Despite only five career starts, he has the swagger of a worthy successor.

"The receivers and I think we can throw on anybody," Wright said.

The Californian has made substantial progress since a season-opening loss at Florida State, when he was sacked nine times, threw two interceptions and led Miami to only one score.

Coach Larry Coker says Wright is becoming more familiar with the offense, and as a result he's making decisions more quickly when his primary receiver is covered.

"The protection is better, but I think the ball is also being released quicker, because he knows more where to go with the ball," Coker said. "We have to get the ball in the hands of the good players, and I see that type of progress from Kyle."

Wright completed passes to five receivers against Florida State. Eight Hurricanes caught passes in each of the past two games.

"Playing more definitely helps," he said.

He threw only nine passes last year as a freshman and has already thrown 150 this year. But he was happy to sit out the final 1{ quarters of last week's 52-7 win over Duke to let understudy Kirby Freeman play.

"That's valuable experience for Kirby," Wright said. "My biggest playing time like that was against FSU this year -- that's how I got broken in."

He has bounced back well, and Wright and his teammates now have one final nonconference tuneup before facing Atlantic Coast Conference opponents in the final five regular-season games.

The Hurricanes have beaten Temple 12 consecutive times by an average score of 45-11. The Owls are allowing 49.5 points per game this year, and on Monday coach Bobby Wallace said this will be his final season.

Wright figures a fast start Saturday in Philadelphia should do the job against the Owls.

"Against a big team like Miami, they're going to play their hardest," Wright said. "We just have to shut them down early and put some points on the board and kill their will."


Passing Leaders

B. Kaaya58.531982612
J. Heaps50.05100
P. Walker53.323171315
C. Reilly52.67701

Rushing Leaders

D. Johnson24216526.810
J. Yearby865095.91
J. Thomas803844.80
P. Walker1063243.13

Receiving Leaders

P. Dorsett3687124.210
C. Walford4467615.47
J. Fitzpatrick5373013.86
J. Thomas1436426.01