Dorsey guides 'Canes


Published: Sunday, September 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 1, 2002 at 12:09 a.m.
MIAMI - Ken Dorsey became the winningest quarterback at Miami, and the Hurricanes showed they're ready to defend the national championship.
Dorsey threw for 110 yards and three touchdowns as top-ranked Miami overwhelmed Division I-AA Florida A&M 63-17 in the season opener Saturday night.
Dorsey improved to 27-1 as a starter and moved past Gino Torretta (26-2) on the school's career list. The Hurricanes also extended the nation's longest winning streak to 23 games in dominating fashion.
Dorsey played a little more than a quarter, spending part of the first half with his hands on his hips, a towel around his neck and former Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar by his side.
He probably wasn't getting any tips from Kosar on how to win in Gainesville.
Although Kosar led the Hurricanes to their first national title in 1983, he lost 28-3 at Florida in the opener.
Miami looks much more prepared for next week's game against the No. 6 Gators at The Swamp. The Hurricanes were sharp, efficient and almost error-free against Florida A&M.
Even players at positions of concern played well.
The offensive line - minus All-American tackle Bryant McKinnie and four-year starter Joaquin Gonzalez - kept Dorsey's uniform clean.
The young, inexperienced and injury-depleted secondary - trying to replace four NFL draft picks who helped Miami lead the nation with 28 interceptions last season - prevented the Rattlers and quarterback Casey Printers from making any big plays.
The running game - which lost Clinton Portis to the NFL and Frank Gore and Jarrett Payton to injuries - gained more than 300 yards, including 199 from backup tailback Jason Geathers.
Florida, though, will pose a much bigger challenge than the Rattlers - a team the Hurricanes have outscored 242-23 in the last five meetings.
The latest lopsided game was over early, with Miami taking advantage of excellent field position to score on six of its first eight possessions. The Hurricanes started seven of those drives in Florida A&M territory.
Although Dorsey threw an interception on the first drive, he quickly made it 28-0 on his next 10 snaps.
Willis McGahee scored from 19 yards out. Dorsey hit Kellen Winslow Jr. for a 12-yard touchdown, then connected with Andre Johnson for a 7-yard score, and Roscoe Parrish took an end around 46 yards to cap a 28-point first quarter.
The 'Canes cruised from there. Dorsey hit Ethenic Sands on a crossing route, and Sands twisted and turned between tacklers for a touchdown and a 35-0 lead. Dorsey and many of the other starters were done for the night.
Dorsey finished 8-of-13 passing, McGahee ran six times for 60 yards and Johnson caught three passes for 44 yards.

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