- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 1, 2002

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The Miami Hurricanes needed a victory to move a step closer to defending their national title. And they needed a big margin to answer their many doubters.
The top-ranked 'Canes emphatically accomplished both objectives against Syracuse yesterday.
Ken Dorsey threw for two touchdowns and Willis McGahee scored on runs of 61 and 51 yards as the Hurricanes won 49-7 for their 33rd straight win, the longest current streak in Division I-A.
This didn't look like the team that beat Florida State by a point, struggled early against West Virginia and Rutgers and hung on to beat Pittsburgh 28-21 last weekend.
"It was a great team performance," said Dorsey, who completed his first 10 passes. "Our offense was clicking, and that's what we have to do down the stretch. We want to build some momentum, because we know we have an even more difficult game next week."
Barring an upset by Virginia Tech in Miami next week, the 'Canes (11-0, 6-0 Big East) will finish No.1 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, setting up a showdown against No.2 Ohio State (13-0) for the national title in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 3.
Miami's quick-strike offense gave the Hurricanes a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, and the 'Canes cruised from there. McGahee gave them the lead on the second play from scrimmage, running 61 yards down the right side for the touchdown. That gave him 20 rushing touchdowns, 1,737 all-purpose yards and 120 points this season, all school records.
"We wanted to dominate in all phases," Miami defensive end Jerome McDougle said.

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