HOUSTON -- Tyrone Moss rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, Tavares Gooden recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a score, and Baraka Atkins scored on a 58-yard fumble return to lead No. 4 Miami to a sluggish 38-13 victory over Houston last night.
Moss's best rushing performance of his short career and the Hurricanes' opportunistic defense and special teams offset a particularly erratic performance by quarterback Brock Berlin.
Berlin was pretty much the only thing keeping Miami (3-0) from a lopsided victory. He finished 13 of 23 for 99 yards and was sacked seven times, often because of his own poor decisions in the pocket.
Miami's defense also allowed its first touchdown of the season: Kevin Kolb's 6-yard scamper into the end zone in the final moments of the first half for Houston (1-3). The Hurricanes had gone 11 quarters and an overtime without giving up an offensive touchdown. Anthony Reddon's blocked punt led to Gooden's TD, and Frank Gore and Moss added a couple of short scoring runs to give Miami a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Hurricanes didn't score again on offense until Moss's 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter.