Friday, October 3, 2003

Hurricanes stave off upset


Freshman cool in the clutch, kicks winning field goal

The Associated Press

MIAMI - Freshman Jon Peattie kicked a 23-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining as No. 2 Miami held off West Virginia 22-20.

Peattie finished with a school-record five field goals, his biggest coming after Miami drove 66 yards with two minutes remaining.

Brock Berlin needed a fourth-down completion to Kellen Winslow to keep the drive alive. On fourth-and-13 from the Miami 25, Berlin hit Winslow over the middle. The tight end made a leaping catch for a 16-yard gain.

Berlin finished 37-of-54 for 352 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Winslow caught 10 passes for 104 yards.

The Mountaineers had one final chance with five seconds to play, but Sean Taylor intercepted Rasheed Marshall's deep pass. Taylor started to run, then dropped to a knee, jumped up and heaved the ball into the air.

Miami (5-0, 2-0 Big East) won its 37th straight regular season game and remained unbeaten heading into a showdown at No. 6 Florida State next Saturday.

Barely.

Quincy Wilson took a screen pass from Marshall on third-and-13, juked Vince Wilfork behind the line of scrimmage, broke a tackle and then bowled and jumped over safety Brandon Meriweather at the 10 and scored to give West Virginia a 20-19 lead before Peattie's kick.

WVirginia73010-20
Miami01066-22

First Quarter

WVa-Wilson 1 run (Cooper kick), 6:28.

Second Quarter

Mia-Geathers 22 pass from Berlin (Peattie kick), 9:54.

Mia-FG Peattie 22, 5:38.

WVa-FG Cooper 25, 2:51.

Third Quarter

Mia-FG Peattie 32, 7:23.

Mia-FG Peattie 43, 3:11.

Fourth Quarter

Mia-FG Peattie 30, 13:08.

WVa-FG Cooper 36, 10:27.

WVa-Wilson 33 pass from Marshall, 2:00.

Mia-FG Peattie 23, :11.

A-54,621.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-West Virginia, Wilson 20-99, Marshall 9-32, Harris 5-28, Colson 1-7, Garvin 1-4, team 1-0. Miami, Payton 21-69, Gore 4-15, Maxey 1-3, Moss 2-1.

PASSING-West Virginia, Marshall 9-19-1-200. Miami, Berlin 37-54-2-352.

RECEIVING-West Virginia, Henry 4-75, Wilson 3-43, Harris 1-84, Alston 1-(minus 2). Miami, Winslow 10-104, Payton 10-71, Moore 7-81, Beard 3-24, Parrish 2-26, Hill 2-1, Geathers 1-22, Everett 1-20, Cobia 1-3.

OHIO STATE: The son of former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes will remain as the judge in a case accusing suspended Buckeyes running back Maurice Clarett of lying to police about items stolen from a car.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David W. Fais denied the affidavit of disqualification on Thursday, saying the motion by Clarett's attorneys was "without merit."

Franklin County Municipal Judge Steven B. Hayes had said he should be allowed to hear the misdemeanor case.

"I know of no reason, and can think of no reason, why I couldn't be a fair and impartial jurist in this case," Hayes said in a letter to Fais on Tuesday.

Clarett's lawyers filed their request for Hayes' removal on Sept. 24. Cases are assigned to judges at random. Messages requesting comment were left Thursday night for Clarett's lawyers.

Today's pretrial hearing in the case has been postponed and rescheduled for Oct. 20, the city attorney's office said Thursday.

Clarett has pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor falsification charge, which has a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

NOTRE DAME: A woman who won a $1 million civil lawsuit against former Notre Dame cornerback Clifford Jefferson accusing him of rape wants a prosecutor to reconsider filing criminal charges.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak said Wednesday he would consider charging Jefferson only if there were new evidence.

PITTSBURGH: Teammates of a football player who fell to his death at a church testified Wednesday that a Roman Catholic priest gave them alcohol and boasted that he could match them drink for drink.

Allegheny County prosecutors called five new witnesses to testify during a hearing to determine whether an involuntary manslaughter charge should be reinstated against Rev. Henry Krawczyk in the June 18 death of receiver Billy Gaines.




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