The Miami Hurricanes finally met one of their goals.
Ken Dorsey threw four touchdown passes and Jarrett Payton, James Jackson and Clinton Portis combined for 216 yards rushing yesterday as No. 23 Miami beat visiting Temple, 55-0, sending the Hurricanes to a New Year's Day bowl for the first time since 1995.
Miami (8-4, 6-1 Big East) accepted a bid to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., where they will play No. 17 Georgia Tech.
"Finally," Miami center Ty Wise said. "People respect Jan. 1 ballgames, and for us it's a great honor to finally play in one."
The Hurricanes started the season with hopes of a national title, but they had to turn their sights toward a Big East championship after three early losses. Following a conference loss to No. 2 Virginia Tech last month, Miami was left with one goal: get to a New Year's Day bowl.
Dorsey, a freshman, completed 23 of 34 passes for 288 yards.
DIVISION I-AA: Adrian Peterson ran for 333 yards and five touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern (11-2) to a 38-21 victory over defending champion Massachusetts in an NCAA quarterfinal in Statesboro, Ga. . . .
Demetr Bendross caught touchdown passes of 77 and 57 yards as visiting Florida A&M beat Troy State, 17-10, to become the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team to advance to the semifinals since 1981. The Rattlers (10-3) next will play Youngstown State (11-2), which routed North Carolina A&T, 41-3. . . .
Freshman Dusty Burk (31-of-37 passing, 350 yards) stole the show from Hofstra sensation Giovanni Carmazzi (28 of 35, 291 yards) as Illinois State (11-2) moved into the semifinals with a 37-20 road victory.
DIVISION II: Antwon Oliver rushed for 69 yards and had three touchdowns to lead Carson-Newman to a 42-7 victory over Northeastern State in a semifinal in Jefferson City, Tenn. The Eagles (13-0) advanced to Saturday's final against Northwest Missouri State, a 20-12 winner over Indiana (Pa.).
DIVISION III: Gary Smeck threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score as Mount Union (12-0) beat visiting Ohio Northern, 56-31, in the quarterfinals for its 54th win in a row. . . . Free safety Clinton Tabb returned a fumble 95 yards for one touchdown and returned an interception 43 yards for another as Rowan (11-1) defeated host Montclair State, 42-13. . . . Michael Burton threw three touchdown passes, leading Trinity (12-0) past Hardin-Simmons, 40-33, in San Antonio. . . . Chad Johnson threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Brown in the fourth quarter as Pacific Lutheran (11-1) rallied for a 19-9 road victory over St. John's (Minn.).