MIAMI - Randy Shannon rarely reveals much in the way of emotion.

Miami's coach couldn't help himself Thursday night.

Jacory Harris completed 20 of 25 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, and the 20th-ranked Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak against No. 14 Georgia Tech with a 33-17 victory - maybe Miami's most significant win in years.

Two years removed from the ignominy of 5-7, Miami has opened this year with wins over consecutive opponents. For a coach in need of a contract extension, talk about perfect timing.

"Big win for us tonight," Shannon said. "Big, huge win. Big for this football team and this program."

Miami scored on its first three possessions, built a 24-3 lead shortly after halftime and outgained the Yellow Jackets by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.

"One thing I congratulate this team on is how we stay focused," Harris said. "You know, there's a lot of people around campus and in the community, they praise us now and they've got our back and all this. But the thing I know about this team, we're not (letting) anything go to our head."

Miami (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched its best league start since 2004, outgained Georgia Tech 454-228 and set up a Coastal Division showdown at Virginia Tech on Sept. 26. Graig Cooper ran for 93 yards, Javarris James rushed for 72 more and a touchdown, and LaRon Byrd caught five passes for 83 yards and another score.

Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1) blew Miami out a year ago, dooming the Hurricanes' conference title hopes by rushing for 472 yards. This time, Miami handled the triple option with relative ease, holding the Yellow Jackets to 95 yards rushing - 60 of those coming on the game's first drive.

Tech's reigning ACC player of the year, fullback Jonathan Dwyer, was slowed by a shoulder injury (only a stinger, he said afterward) and finished with 7 yards on five carries. Josh Nesbitt completed 6 of 15 passes, all to Demaryius Thomas, for 133 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

"We could never get them off the field," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "In a game like that, you better maximize and we didn't. We played very poorly on offense."

Miami didn't.

Other than two late missed field goals by Matt Bosher, there wasn't much for Miami to complain about, and the Hurricanes sauntered off celebrating their most significant win in years. Even tight end Jimmy Graham - who spent four years on Miami's basketball team - got into the act, catching a 14-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Graham was the only Miami player ever to beat Georgia Tech before: He was 4-1 against the Yellow Jackets in basketball.

"This offense is not selfish," Byrd said. "As long as we're winning."

Since taking a 24-0 lead against Clemson last Thursday night, Georgia Tech has been outscored 60-23.

"We just killed ourselves," Dwyer said. "We didn't play Georgia Tech football. I think we finally learned our lesson. We realized that if we don't go out here and work hard, we're going to get our butts kicked."

Georgia Tech ran the ball on its first 12 plays, quickly forcing Miami into a series of frantic substitutions and sparking memories of last year's romp, where the Yellow Jackets ran out to a 41-10 lead.

The onslaught never ended that night in Atlanta.

It never really got started this time around. The Yellow Jackets got a field goal on the first drive, then gave up 24 unanswered points.

"As long as we play as a team," Harris said, "we'll come out with victories like this."


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