(13) Miami (FL) 36

(1-1, 1-1 ACC)

(20) Clemson 30

(2-1, 1-1 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, September 17, 2005

Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC), Clemson, SC

1 2 3 4 3OT T
#13MIA 3 3 7 7 1636
#20CLEM 0 10 0 10 1030

Top Performers

Passing: C. Whitehurst (CLEM) - 293 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Moss (MIA) - 31 CAR, 135 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Baham (CLEM) - 6 REC, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Hurricanes avoid first 0-2 start in 27 years

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Tyrone Moss practically saved Miami's season with a performance that left no question about his ability to be the Hurricanes' next star runner.

Moss rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yarder in the third overtime that lifted No. 13 Miami to a 36-30 win over Clemson and allowed the Hurricanes to avoid their first 0-2 start in 27 years.

There were some who doubted whether Moss could live up to the legacies of backs such as Frank Gore and Willis McGahee, even after he rushed for 102 yards against Florida State in his first start.

"I know I can be the man," Moss said. "I can get the job done. There was no doubt in my mind."

Or coach Larry Coker's mind, as the Miami attack turned more to Moss on the ground down the stretch than sophomore Kyle Wright's passes.

"Tyrone's not a surprise," Coker said. "He's a load to stop."

After Moss bounced out the right side for his game-winning score, safety Kenny Phillips intercepted Charlie Whitehurst's pass when the 20th-ranked Tigers (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) got their chance in the third extra period.

Phillips' play ended the game and gave the Hurricanes (1-1, 1-1) a reason to forget their miserable 10-7 loss at Florida State nearly two weeks ago.

Almost every Hurricane rushed Phillips, a freshman, after he took a knee, relieved to get a victory. "I wished they told me what was coming," he said, smiling.

It was Clemson's first OT defeat after coming in 5-0, including a 24-17 victory at the Orange Bowl over Miami a year ago.

Miami seemed like it would have its Death Valley revenge after Moss' 1-yard touchdown run made it 20-10 with 14:20 left in the game.

But the Tigers (2-1, 1-1), who had already rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Texas A&M and Maryland this season, did it again to force overtime.

"There's no quit in them," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said. "I told them I was disappointed they lost, but extremely proud of the effort."

Whitehurst had a 1-yard quarterback sneak touchdown to cut the lead to three points with 2:58 to go. Then after forcing the Hurricanes to punt, Whitehurst led a 46-yard drive that ended with Jad Dean's tying field goal from 27-yards out.

Miami was fortunate to get the tie. On third-and-10 with 19 seconds remaining, Clemson receiver Chansi Stuckey was by himself on the left side of the end zone. But Whitehurst badly overthrew him.

"Game time," Stuckey said about the play. "I thought, 'This might be the game."

Instead, Miami and Moss got a chance to escape.

The Hurricanes didn't look particularly crisp in their first trip to Clemson -- they were flagged for 14 penalties for 117 yards. But they took advantage of Clemson's poor play against the run.

Trailing 10-6 in the third quarter, Moss carried six times on a 47-yard drive that ended with Wright's 8-yard touchdown pass to Quadtrine Hill.

On the next series, Wright let loose with his longest pass of the game, a 40-yard strike to Sinorice Moss that moved Miami to Clemson's 6.

Two plays later, Tyrone Moss finished the drive with his 1-yard score to give Miami its 10-point, fourth-quarter lead.

By beating coach Tommy Bowden's Tigers, Miami also avoided a Bowden season sweep after the loss to Bobby's Seminoles on Labor Day night.

Clemson hoped for its first 3-0 start since 2000. Things looked good early on as the Tigers continually rattled Wright (they registered five sacks) and even used a little Bowden-family trickery to take the lead.

Whitehurst faked a handoff and ran around left end untouched for 65 yards to Miami's 8. The gain surpassed the 61 yards rushing the fifth-year senior had managed in his career to this point.

Whitehurst did what he's better known for on the next play, hitting tight end Cole Downer with an 8-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers up 7-3.

When Dean hit his 12th straight field goal, Clemson was up 10-3 in the second quarter.

Wright and Miami's offense are still a work in progress.

Four drives ended in punts and Wright was sacked three times in the opening half. The times Wright got the Hurricanes close enough to threaten, they could not get past the Tigers defense.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1825
Total Yards00
3rd Down Conversions6-162-16
4th Down Conversions0-03-3

Passing Leaders

Kyle Wright16/251556.210
Charlie Whitehurst31/542935.421

Rushing Leaders

Tyrone Moss311354.4325
Devin Hester13636.0036
Charlie Whitehurst6549.0165
James Davis14100.707

Receiving Leaders

Sinorice Moss46817.0041
Ryan Moore33511.7016
Curtis Baham69816.3138
Chansi Stuckey77110.1021

Scoring Summary

FG0:26Miami Fl 37 yard field goal GOOD.30
14:20Clemson pass complete for a touchdown.36
FG4:41Clemson 35 yard field goal GOOD.310
FG2:32Miami Fl 37 yard field goal GOOD.610
4:25Miami Fl pass complete for a touchdown.1210
14:20Miami Fl rush for a touchdown.1910
2:58Clemson rush for a touchdown.2016
FG0:15Clemson 27 yard field goal GOOD.2020
15:00Miami Fl rush for a touchdown.2720
15:00Clemson pass complete for a touchdown.2726
FG15:00Clemson 40 yard field goal GOOD.2730
FG15:00Miami Fl 19 yard field goal GOOD.3030
15:00Miami Fl rush for a touchdown.3630