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 38-13 victory over Houston on Thursday night.
Moss' best rushing performance of his short career and the Hurricanes' opportunistic defense offset an 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 also allowed its first offensive touchdown of the season: Kevin Kolb's 6-yard scamper into the end zone in the final moments of the first half. The Cougars' sideline erupted in celebration, with a few players tossing their helmets into the air.
The Hurricanes had gone 11 quarters and an overtime without giving up an offensive touchdown.
Thought to be a national title contender, Miami revealed plenty of glaring flaws against a team that was a four-touchdown underdog and was without its leading rusher. The Hurricanes were pushed around on defense by Houston's inexperienced offensive line and never could sustain any offensive momentum.