Football Squad Gearing Up For 'Canes
Sept. 5, 2000
SEATTLE (AP) - There are no long winning streaks involved, but the stakes are just as high when No. 4 Miami travels to Washington to face the 15th-ranked Huskies.
In the two schools' only previous matchup, Washington won 38-20 at the Orange Bowl in 1994 to end Miami's NCAA-record 58-game winning streak.
Both teams opened the season in impressive fashion as Washington beat Idaho 44-20 Saturday in its season opener, while Miami defeated I-AA McNeese State 61-14 Thursday in its first game.
"They don't look to have any weaknesses," Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said. "It is reminiscent of the Miami teams of old that competed for national championships and certainly are in the hunt again this year. Hopefully, we will play well enough to show the country that we deserve to be there."
Miami is led by one of the top receivers in the nation, Santana Moss.
Moss, a senior flanker who has been timed in 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash scored twice and amassed 204 all-purpose yards Thursday.
"Moss and company are loaded with not only talent but great speed," Neuheisel said. "While I think we have players who can run with them, I'm not sure (from) an overall standpoint if we're there yet. Certainly, we're going to have to try to keep up with these guys."
Ken Dorsey, the Hurricanes' starting quarterback continues to impress.
Dorsey threw three touchdown passes, completing 17 of 29 attempts for 248 yards en route to winning for the fourth time in as many starts.
In his four starts, Dorsey is 81-for-120 for 966 yards with 12 TD passes and just one interception. Those outings, though, came against Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and the overmatched Cowboys.
Washington boasts one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the nation in Marques Tuiasosopo. In Washington's opener, Tuiasosopo accounted for 233 passing yards and 80 rushing yards.
The Huskies' inexperienced receiving corps, which was supposed to be the team's weak point, caught 17 passes for 325 yards in the game. They were led by Todd Elstrom, who had 104 yards receiving.
The teams finished the 1991 season as co-National Champions.