Dolphins 21

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Saints 6

(2-6, 1-3 home)

4:05 PM ET, October 30, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
MIA 3 6 2 1021
NO 3 0 3 06

Top Performers

Passing: A. Brooks (NO) - 181 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Brown (MIA) - 23 CAR, 106 YDS

Receiving: J. Horn (NO) - 7 REC, 99 YDS

Miami (2-4) at New Orleans (2-5)

Miami (2-4) at New Orleans (2-5), Sunday, 4:05 pm EST

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- The New Orleans Saints play the first of four home games at Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium on Sunday. Nick Saban is quite familiar with the place.

Saban coached LSU to a national championship in 2003. But he left the college ranks to accept the coaching job with the Miami Dolphins last December, signing a five-year contract worth $22.5 million.

Saban and the Dolphins will face the Saints in an interconference game. Both teams are trying to snap three-game losing streaks.

But Saban will have to share the spotlight with Ricky Williams, who is facing his former team for the first time. The Dolphins acquired Williams from New Orleans in 2002 for a pair of first-round picks.

The Saints will play their next four home games here at Baton Rouge and their final one at the Alamodome, where they have already played twice, due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Ironically, the first one here comes against Saban, who compiled a 48-16 record in five years as coach at LSU. Before Saban took over, the Tigers suffered through seven losing seasons in the 1990s.

In 2003, Saban led the Tigers to a school-record 13-1 record and the national championship with a 21-14 victory over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

Saban, who turns 54 on Monday, is now trying to restore the glory to the Dolphins, who have not made the playoffs since 2001 and finished 4-12 last season.

Williams rushed for 3,225 yards and 25 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Dolphins. However last year, he abruptly retired before the start of training camp. After it was ruled that he owed the Dolphins more than $8 million in salary for leaving the team, Williams decided to return.

That didn't stop Saban from selecting running back Ronnie Brown with the second overall pick in the 2005 draft. Williams missed the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy and has been a non-factor in the two games he has played.

Last week, Williams had just one yard on six carries in a 30-20 loss to Kansas City. Brown broke off a 65-yard touchdown run and gained 30 yards on his other seven carries.

Miami's defense was pushed around by the Chiefs, who accumulated 462 yards, including 185 on the ground.

Gus Frerotte had a rough day for Miami, completing just 11-of-29 passes for 125 yards with an interception.

The Saints squandered a 14-0 lead in a 28-17 loss at St. Louis, which played without starting quarterback Marc Bulger and the wide receiver tandem of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

New Orleans was without Deuce McAllister, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, and receiver Joe Horn, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury.

McAllister was made the feature back in 2002 after Williams was traded and rushed for 4,103 yards and 30 touchdowns in three seasons with New Orleans. This year, he had 352 yards and three touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL in a 52-3 loss at Green Bay on October 9.

Matchup to watch: Dolphins right end Jason Taylor, who has been hobbled by a foot injury, faces left tackle Wayne Gandy.

Series: The Dolphins lead, 5-3, but the teams have not met since November 1998.

Next week: Miami hosts Atlanta, November 6 New Orleans hosts Chicago at Baton Rouge, November 6


Passing Leaders

R. Tannehill66.440452712
M. Moore50.02100
D. Brees69.249523317

Rushing Leaders

L. Miller21610995.18
R. Tannehill563115.61
M. Ingram2269644.39
K. Robinson763624.83

Receiving Leaders

M. Wallace6786212.910
J. Landry847589.05
K. Stills6393114.83
M. Colston5990215.35

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsMIA
Yards PassingMIA
Yards RushingMIA
Yards AllowedMIA
Pass Yds AllowedMIA
Rush Yds AllowedMIA

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Miami leads 1-0