Quarterback Jim Kelly passed for 208 yards against visiting Houston and tailback Mark Rush scored three touchdowns for the 19th-ranked Hurricanes.
Kelly, a senior, completed 16 of 27 passes and ran his college yardage total to 5,021 as the Hurricanes, 17-14 losers to Florida a week ago, evened their record at 1-1. It was the season opener for Houston, which has lost five of the last six times it has played Miami.
"I'm afraid the law of averages caught up with us on Kelly," Houston Coach Bill Yeoman said. Kelly was facing essentially the same secondary that limited him to seven of 19 passing for 105 yards in 1980 and five of 12 for 78 a year ago.
Rush caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kelly early in the first quarter and scored twice on two-yard runs, diving over defensive linemen.
Kelly completed three of four passes as the Hurricanes drove 70 yards in six plays after the opening kickoff. Rush's first touchdown run completed a seven-play, 73-yard march that raised Miami's lead to 14-0 with 2:58 left in that quarter. Kelly, who was good on six of nine passes for 152 yards in the opening period, set up the score with a 43-yard completion on the preceeding play.