Miami Blanks Florida International, 35-0
Oct. 14, 2006
MIAMI (AP) - Miami beat Florida International 35-0 Saturday night in the Orange Bowl. Kyle Wright had three touchdown passes for the Hurricanes (4-2), who set a season-high for points against a Division I-A opponent. Lance Leggett had two touchdown catches for Miami.
It was the first meeting between the programs, whose campuses are 9 miles apart and have rosters almost entirely filled with players from Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the two largest in South Florida.
Wright was 14-of-22 for 117 yards for Miami, which won its season-best third straight game. Leggett (seven catches) and Sam Shields (five) each had 77 receiving yards for the Hurricanes.
Chris Zellner also had a touchdown catch for Miami, and Derron Thomas' 11-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.
Miami's defense held FIU (0-7) to 114 yards in recording its first shutout win since Sept. 18, 2004 - a 48-0 win over Louisiana Tech.
Julian Reams had 21 carries for 45 yards to lead FIU. Josh Padrick completed 12 of 25 passes for 86 yards for the Golden Panthers.
The teams are scheduled to play again Oct. 6, 2007 at the Orange Bowl.