MIAMI, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The top-ranked Miami Hurricanes erupted for 21 points in a span of less than three minutes early in the fourth quarter Saturday night to overcome a sluggish first half and down Boston College, 38-6.
When Sandro Sciortino kicked a 41-yard field goal to give Boston College a 6-3 lead with a minute left in the second period, Miami was in a position to trail at halftime for the first time since Sept. 9, 2000 against Washington.
But the Hurricanes (4-0, 2-0 Big East) struck before the end of the half. Willis McGahee, who accounted for more than 200 yards of total offense, ripped off a 48-yard gain on a draw play, then scored on a one-yard run make it 10-6 at the intermission.
The second half was all Miami as the Hurricanes extended the nation's longest winning streak to 26 games. Miami stretched its Big East winning streak to 19 games and won for the 18th straight time at the Orange Bowl.
McGahee rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, including a five-yard run that made it 17-6 with 11:07 left in the third. He also had a 77-yard reception that set up Ken Dorsey's one-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Winslow with 11:02 left in the contest.
Miami's defense took over as turnovers led to the Hurricanes' final two scores.
On Boston College's next possession, linebacker D.J. Williams knocked the ball out of the hands of running back Derrick Knight inside the five. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma scooped up the fumble and waltzed two yards into the end zone.
On the next possession, defensive back Maurice Sikes jarred the ball loose from tight end Sean Ryan, resulting in an another fumble. One play later, Dorsey tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson.
Dorsey completed 13 of 26 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Brian St. Pierre was 14 of 24 for 138 yards with an interception for the Eagles (2-0, 0-1), who dropped their Big East opener.
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