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MIAMI — Miami secured a 16-10 victory over Wake Forest at Dolphin Stadium.

Pulling their offensive together, the Hurricanes (4-4 overall, 2-2 ACC) rallied in the second half to defeat the Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2), who dropped their second consecutive game after a shutout loss to Maryland.  

Miami pulled even with Wake Forest in the third quarter and took a 13-10 enter the final quarter. 

The Hurricanes scored a field early in the third quarter an d then a touchdown with eight minutes remaining as quarterback Robert Marve pushed into the end zone from the 1-yardline. Matt Bosher's extra point capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive.

With a desire to run, the Demon Deacons were unable to produce much on the ground, giving Miami opportunity on offense. 

Redshirt freshman kicker Shane Popham, in for the injured senior Sam Swank, made a 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter to extend the Demon Deacons' lead.

The story of the first half was Wake's decision to run the football and its ability to carry out the plan.

The Deacs rushed 32 times for 135 yards in the first half, a significant accomplishment for a team that had struggled on the ground for most of the season. 

Lining up in a Power-I formation, the Deacs opened the game with an impressive drive, setting the tone for a quarter in which a team with the ACC's leading passer did not throw a pass.

Fullback Mike Rinfrette's 1-yard touchdown run capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive on their first drive of the game. Popham converted an extra point to give the Deacs a 7-0 lead.

Wake, a team averaging 94 yards per game, rushed for 117 yards in the first quarter. Sophomore Josh Adams led the way by gaining 64 yards on 10 carries, including a 23 yard jaunt on the Deacs' touchdown-scoring drive.

Adams finished the half with 13 carries for 69 yards. 

Miami kicker Matt Bosher made a 36-yard field goal to cut the Deacs' lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Wake's decision to run came after coach Jim Grobe said earlier in the week he would not change his spread offense. 


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Yeah, PLEASE check your stats. We're 5-3, Edward.

Here's a GREAT story on the game. Accurate and all:

Marve leads Miami to 3rd straight win


The Associated Press

October 25, 2008

Robert Marve had a 1-yard touchdown run to put Miami ahead for good, Matt Bosher kicked three field goals, and the Hurricanes' defense stiffened considerably in the second half on the way to beating Wake Forest 16-10 on Saturday.

Marve completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and set up the go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 43-yard rush, helping Miami (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) win consecutive league games for the first time since October 2006.

Marve then hit Thearon Collier with a perfect 25-yard pass on third-and-10 with 3 minutes left, getting Miami to midfield and allowing the Hurricanes to run out the clock.

Josh Adams had 21 carries for 111 yards for Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2), which marched 66 yards for a touchdown on the game's first drive, but didn't find the end zone the rest of the day. The Demon Deacons rushed a season-high 52 times for 195 yards, but quarterback Riley Skinner was only 3-for-8 for 57 yards.

Since the start of the 2007 season, Wake Forest has had three games where it rushed at least 50 times, and lost them all.

Bosher's field goals were from 36, 52 and 43 yards for Miami, which matched last season's win total with four games remaining. Miami has won three straight overall, and extended its streak on a day where the 1983 national title team _ the school's first of five championship clubs _ was honored at halftime.

The Hurricanes avoided disaster in the closing minutes.

Bosher shanked a punt for only 15 yards, giving Wake Forest the ball at the Miami 46 with 4:24 left, but the Hurricanes' defense forced a quick three-and-out. Marve came back into the game with 3:13 left, found Collier with the big strike, and Wake Forest ran out of time outs from there.

Wake Forest came into the game with the 111th-ranked rushing offense _ out of 119 major college teams _ in the nation, averaging 95 yards and 2.6 yards per carry. Miami's run defense? It entered the day ranked 20th nationally.

Shows what stats are worth.

The Demon Deacons rushed the ball on all 10 plays in a 66-yard, up-the-gut drive to open the game, capped by Mike Rinfrette's 1-yard touchdown.

Nothing about Miami's defensive front dissuaded Wake Forest from pounding away: The Demon Deacons ran the ball on each of their first 24 plays, almost exclusively lining up in a Power-I formation for the first time this year. Before Saturday, Wake hadn't had more than six consecutive run calls at any point this season. And by halftime, Wake Forest was up to 32 carries, only five shy of its per-game average.

But after the initial drive, Miami chipped away, getting a field goal from Bosher to cut the lead to 7-3, then the 52-yarder from Bosher on the first series of the second half _ after Sam Shields took a handoff on the kick return and got the ball into Wake Forest territory _ to come within 10-6.

A three-and-out by Wake followed, and Marve put together a seven-play, 65-yard drive to give Miami the lead for good.

(This version CORRECTS Miami 16, Wake Forest 10. INSERTS new 5th graf with Wake stat on 50-rush games; SUBS 12th graf to correct rushes to 24 sted 22.)

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Miami's record is 5-3 overall. Please check your facts.


no real surprise from me.  Miami is the better team.  showed it today. 

doesn't matter if Wake tried to shake it up by running instead of passing ... they simply have no road map to the endzone.  Grobe shulda left when he had the chance.

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Edward joined the News & Observer staff in 2004. He is a graduate of American University and Johns Hopkins University. He covers Wake Forest football and women's college basketball for the N&O. Edward is a native of Washington, D.C. He can be reached at 829-4781 or