Morris’ five touchdowns are tied for a single-game high with Bernie Kosar against Cincinnati in 1984, Steve Walsh against Cincinnati in 1988, Ken Dorsey against Boston College in 2000, Brock Berlin at N.C. State in 2004 and Kyle Wright at Wake Forest in 2005.
“Congrats to @S_Morris17 for breaking my passing record and another victory,” Torretta posted on Twitter to Morris after the game. “Great job! Ice that arm.”
Replied Morris to Torretta via Twitter: “Thanks Gino, will do!”
A sweat-drenched UM coach Al Golden, who told reporters during the postgame news conference that his entire body was about to cramp, was asked what he thought while Morris’ final touchdown pass was in the air.
“Holy [expletive]!” the coach replied. “I’m sorry,” Golden quickly added. “I’m so tired I’m delusional.”
N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien, whose Wolfpack fell to 3-2 and 0-1, said the game was “awful to swallow.”
“It’s hard for me to be positive about anything after the way we finished, but we fought back,” he said. “In 38 years I haven’t seen a football team make this many mistakes …’’
Miami came out blazing, let up for a couple quarters and charged back late for the victory.
Morris threw 271 of his yards and three touchdown passes in the first quarter. UM had a 23-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. But the Canes produced just 44 yards of offense in the second and third quarters before they went on a 10-play, 90-yard drive that culminated with a 4-yard touchdown run by Duke Johnson to make it 30-21 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.
N.C. State eventually tied the score at 37-37 with Nikilas Sade’s 50-yard field goal with 1:53 left in the game. The Wolfpack got the ball back with 1:03 remaining, but Finnie’s interception all but killed N.C. State’s chances.
UM safety A.J. Highsmith intercepted Glennon on the final play of the game.