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September 8, 2009

Harris raises his level of play for Canes

Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike was 27-of-34 for 362 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-15 demolition at Rutgers.
Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker caught nine passes for 183 yards in a 23-20 victory over Syracuse in overtime.
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Missouri sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert was 25-of-33 for 319 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-9 rout of Illinois. Gabbert also rushed for a touchdown in his first start.
UAB quarterback Joe Webb passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 194 yards and two scores in a 44-23 victory over Rice. The rushing yards set a C-USA record for a quarterback.
Bowling Green wide receiver Freddie Barnes caught 15 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 victory over Troy.
BYU quarterback Max Hall was 26-of-38 passing for 329 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, in a 14-13 upset of Oklahoma. Hall led a fourth-quarter winning drive for the Cougars.
California running back Jahvid Best rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries in a 52-13 mauling of Maryland.
Alabama running back Mark Ingram rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and added 35 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 34-24 victory over Virginia Tech.
North Texas running back Cam Montgomery rushed for 149 yards on 17 carries in a 20-10 victory over Ball State.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was 19-of-29 for 197 yards and a touchdown in a 19-8 victory over Oregon.
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd had 189 yards and three touchdowns on four catches in a 35-0 win over Nevada.

Recent Miami quarterbacks have tried in vain to live up to the "Quarterback U" nickname since Ken Dorsey left the program.

Brock Berlin, Kyle Wright, Kirby Freeman and Robert Marve had their moments, but ultimately all struggled.

Could a home-grown talent turn the tide? If sophomore Jacory Harris continues playing the way he did in Tallahassee on Monday night, that answer might be yes. A graduate of Miami Northwestern, Harris guided Miami to a 38-34 victory over Florida State. Harris was 21-of-34 for 386 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a rushing touchdown to earn Rivals.com ACC and National Player of the Week honors.

Harris' finest moment came after a scare in the fourth quarter, when FSU freshman cornerback Greg Reid hit Harris' throwing arm. The errant pass fell into the hands of Florida State defensive end Markus White, who returned the interception for a touchdown that put the Seminoles up 31-24.

Harris returned to calmly lead Miami on two touchdown drives. He completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Graig Cooper that tied the score and later tossed a 40-yard pass to Travis Benjamin to set up Cooper's winning 3-yard TD run.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: QB Tate Forcier, Michigan

Forcier was 13-of-29 for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-0 victory over Western Michigan in his collegiate debut. He also rushed for 37 yards.

COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK: Justin Wilcox, Boise State

Wilcox's defense held Oregon to six first downs, including none in the first half. The Broncos held Oregon to 31 rushing yards and 121 passing yards in their 19-8 victory.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.

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