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Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30

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MIAMI -- The 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes rallied from a 10-point deficit to rout visiting Georgia Tech 45-30 Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.

Canes safety Rayshawn Jenkins intercepted a Vad Lee pass with 5:15 left to end Tech's last legitimate threat. Tech trailed 31-23 at the time and had a fourth-and-7 at the Miami 38.

The Canes (5-0, 1-0 ACC) trailed 17-7 in the first quarter before turning the game around. Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-2) has lost to Miami in each of the past five years.

Duke Johnson led Miami with 325 all-purpose yards, including 22 rushes for 184 yards. He did lose one fumble, however.

Canes quarterback Stephen Morris passed for 325 yards and three TDs, although he was picked off twice.

Miami took its first lead of the game with 1:44 left in the third quarter when Morris hit Allen Hurns on a 69-yard touchdown pass, giving the Canes a 24-17 advantage.

Morris' throw made up for a mistake on the previous drive, when he was intercepted in the red zone by Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy.

Georgia Tech scored a touchdown with 10:38 left in the game on a 6-yard run by David Sims. But Harrison Butker missed the extra point wide left to keep the Canes ahead, 24-23.

The touchdown was set up by a Phillip Dorsett fumble on a punt return, and the drive was kept alive on another fourth-down conversion. Tech had made its first three fourth-down conversion attempts.

Miami padded its lead to 31-23 with a 3-yard run by Dallas Crawford with 7:15 left in the game. That capped a 66-yard drive, all on the ground.

Crawford's 18-yard run with 1:46 left gave the Canes a 38-23 lead. And Ladarius Gunter's 39-yard interception return gave the Canes their final margin.

Tech took the opening kickoff and mounted a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that was capped by Sims' 7-yard run. It was the first time all season the Canes had trailed, and it was made possible by a fourth-and-1 conversion run by Tech at the Miami 33.

Miami tied the score on its first drive, a two-play explosion that featured a 33-yard run by Johnson and a 40-yard TD pass from Morris to a diving Dorsett.

Tech went ahead 10-7 on a 45-yard field goal by Butker and added to its lead when a fumble by Miami's Johnson was converted into a 31-yard run by Charles Perkins. Johnson's fumble, his third in two games, was recovered by Brandon Watts.

Miami then had its third straight two-play drive, this time ending with a Morris pass intercepted by Chris Milton. But the Canes got the ball back when Lee's fumble was recovered by Jimmy Gaines.

The Canes capitalized with a seven-play, 79-yard drive capped by Morris' 4-yard pass to tight end Clive Walford.

Miami tied the score 17-17 with 29 seconds left in the first half on a 24-yard field goal by Matt Goudis. Tech had a huge time-of-possession advantage in the first half, including 13:01 to 1:59 in the first period, but could not go into the break with a lead.

NOTES: The Canes announced just before game time that RT Seantrel Henderson was suspended for a violation of team rules. Jon Feliciano moved from LG to RT, and Malcolm Bunche started at LG. ... Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu has 21 career sacks, including one on Saturday. ... Canes C Shane McDermott started after missing two games due to a foot injury. He had been replaced by Jared Wheeler. Backup Canes RB Eduardo Clements (hamstring) missed the game. ... Since 2008, Georgia Tech has rushed for more yards than any FBS team in the nation. ... Tech senior Robert Godhigh, a former walk-on, entered Saturday's game ranked third in the ACC with a 9.9 average per rush.
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