Hurricanes beat Savannah State 77-0

Miami bounces back in home opener

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The Miami Hurricanes set a school record for margin of victory in a 77-0 victory against Savannah State.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Malik Rosier threw for two scores and rushed for another, N'Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw the first three touchdown passes of his collegiate career, and No. 22 Miami set a school record for margin of victory in a 77-0 win over Savannah State on Saturday night.

Brevin Jordan had two touchdown catches and Lorenzo Lingard ran for two scores for Miami (1-1), which set a school record by winning its 12th consecutive home opener.

The previous record for victory margin was 70 -- set against Savannah State in 2013. The 77 points scored also tied a school record.

It was Miami's first shutout since blanking Bethune-Cookman in 2015 and the first shutout for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz in exactly six years. Diaz was at Texas when the Longhorns blanked New Mexico on Sept. 8, 2012.

Rosier completed 8 of 12 passes for 131 yards, including a 67-yard scoring pass to Jeff Thomas before coming out for good early in the second quarter. That was the second-longest scoring pass of Rosier's career, topped only by a 78-yarder to Thomas last season.

Thomas finished with 183 all-purpose yards.

Perry, Cade Weldon and Jarren Williams also saw time at quarterback for Miami, all making their Hurricane debuts. And the updated version of the "turnover chain" came out for the first time in 2018 during the second quarter, after a fumble recovery by Trajan Bandy -- one of four takeaways by the Hurricanes.

Perry completed 9 of 14 passes for 93 yards, the three touchdowns and an interception. Weldon and Williams both rushed for scores.

Lawrence Cager caught a touchdown pass, Lorenzo Lingard ran for his first college score and Scott Patchan returned a blocked punt 10 yards for another Miami TD, as the Hurricanes got the biggest shutout win in school history -- topping a 62-0 triumph over Havana in 1928.

Savannah State (0-2) has played Miami twice, losing those matchups by a combined 154-7 score. The Tigers are dropping from the FCS level to Division II next season.

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