Miami dominates USF, 40-9

The last two games in the series between Miami and USF were close.

Not Saturday.

Miami dominated in every single way, beating the beaten-down Bulls 40-9 to clinch bowl eligibility. Now we wait to see whether the Hurricanes make a decision to self-impose sanctions with ACC title hopes on the line.

All Miami has to do is beat Duke next week to make its first ACC championship game -- if the school opts against a postseason ban for the second straight year.

The Hurricanes (6-5) took advantage of a depleted USF (3-7) team -- with Stephen Morris throwing for over 400 yards and three different receivers going over 100 yards. That is pretty remarkable, considering how that position group has been depleted because of injuries and the suspension of Rashawn Scott.

But Clive Walford, Herb Waters and Phillip Dorsett each reached the century mark. And Morris became the second quarterback in Miami history to post three 400-yard passing games in his career, joining Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta. The 413 passing yards are the second-most USF has ever allowed.

The Bulls, meanwhile, have now failed to make a bowl game for the second straight season. A team that opened the year with such high hopes is in total disarray.

Playing without B.J. Daniels, the Bulls could muster nothing on offense. Skip Holtz made the decision to start Bobby Eveld, burning the quarterback's redshirt in the 10th game of the season. It is a move that totally backfired, as Eveld sprained his shoulder late in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

Matt Floyd came in and was largely ineffective. About the only time USF moved the ball was at the end of the first half. But a time management blunder cost the Bulls, big time. Down inside the Miami 10, USF inexplicably let the play clock run off 20 seconds, with three timeouts remaining. The Bulls settled for a field goal to trail 16-3 at the half.

They would get no closer.