MIAMI - Kyle Wright threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, plus ran for another, and No. 12 Miami's defense frustrated Colorado all afternoon in the Hurricanes' 23-3 win Saturday.
Only Mason Crosby's 58-yard field goal - the second longest of his career - with 11:57 left kept the Buffaloes (2-1) from being shut out for the first time in nearly two decades.Colorado got 120 of its 331 yards in the fourth quarter with the game decided, plus was penalized 16 times for 104 yards.
"We shot ourselves in the foot too many times," said Colorado coach Gary Barnett, who was on the Orange Bowl sidelines for the first time since the Buffs beat Notre Dame for the 1990 national title. "Miami's a good physical team and they have great speed, but I thought we matched up decently. They just didn't make the mistakes."
Sinorice Moss had 111 yards receiving, including a 53-yard touchdown catch, for the Hurricanes (2-1) - who got three field goals from Jon Peattie, then a 2-yard scoring run by Wright with 8:44 left.
Quadtrine Hill and Tyrone Moss combined for 99 yards rushing for Miami, which got 12 tackles and an interception from safety Brandon Meriweather, plus another interception from Marcus Maxey. The Hurricanes nearly added a defensive touchdown with 1:30 left when Kareem Brown recovered a fumble and lateraled to Leon Williams, who scored - but the play was called back by a penalty.
No matter. By then, the outcome was long decided.
Joel Klatt - bothered all day by a foot injury - completed 25 of 41 passes for 228 yards for Colorado, which got 82 yards rushing from Hugh Charles. But the Buffaloes committed all three of the game's turnovers, plus failed to score in both their trips inside the Miami 20.
"Certainly a good win for us. ... But I told our team be very complimentary toward Colorado," Miami coach Larry Coker said. "They really made us earn everything we got. Nothing easy."
Colorado hasn't been shut out since Nov. 7, 1988, against Nebraska - 200 games ago. That streak survived, but the Buffaloes, who hoped a win could spring them back into the national rankings, were stymied otherwise.
The kickoff temperature was 86 degrees, with 70 percent humidity making it feel like 95, and it got hotter. Conditions were quite difficult and unusual for Colorado; they're already snowmaking at a resort 56 miles from the Buffs' campus, and the team tried to replicate South Florida's steamy feel by cranking the heat for weight-room workouts over the past several weeks.
It didn't help. The Buffaloes were 5-for-18 on third-down chances, collected a good chunk of their 331 yards in the fourth quarter with many Miami starters resting, and were penalized 16 times for 104 yards.
"Some of the penalties were just stupid," said defensive lineman James Garee. "The defensive offside penalties, those were really discouraging. So many penalties, so many turnovers, the (CU) defense didn't get one turnover. We didn't play the way we needed to play."
Miami went three-and-out on its first possession and Colorado quickly moved to the Miami 7, but came up empty. One stuffed run and two incompletions preceded Crosby pushing a 28-yard field goal try wide right - the first miss inside 40 yards of his Colorado career; he was 18-for-18.
"We seemed to move the ball OK," Klatt said. "And we'd have our opportunities at first down and things like that, but they really played well. ... We've just got to learn from our mistakes. You can't make mistakes against Miami."
Despite the mistakes and the missed opportunities, Barnett was pleased with the way CU stacked up physically with a program considered to be one of the best in the nation on an annual basis.
"I'm really disappointed we lost this game, but I am very encouraged by our football team," Barnett said.
Saturday was tinged with history for both programs _ exactly 11 years ago to the day, the Buffaloes' Michael Westbrook made "The Catch" of a Kordell Stewart pass to cap a stunning win over Michigan, while Washington visited Miami and ended its NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak.