The Streak: Weeks 6-10
~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
On September 21, 2003, the Miami Hurricanes continued their humble streak of 5 games where a ‘Cane scored a touchdown in an NFL game and persisted on through October 19, 2003 to take it to 10 games. Let’s take a look at some big weeks and a few where we “squeaked” by.
During the 3rd week of the NFL season in 2003, the Hurricanes saw the endzone 5 times with both Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson dancing twice, and Vinny Testaverde completing a pass for a touchdown. Both of Wayne’s passes came in the 3rd quarter on completions of 3 and 28 yards from Peyton Manning and helped the Colts defeat the Jaguars 23-13. Johnson’s reception came from David Carr with a long of 43 yards in a loss to Kansas City 42-14. Vinny’s pass was to Wayne Chrebet in a losing effort late in the 4th as the Patriots defeated the Jets 23-13.
Week #4 of the 2003 season was kept alive by Bubba Franks as he tallied the only ‘Canes score of the week. It was a mere 1 yard pass but it came on Monday night in the 4th quarter in a win against the Chicago Bears. Thanks, Brett!
Week 5 of 2003 saw another 1 touchdown performance. The savior of the day was Clinton Portis, who burst for a 65 yard run to put the Broncos up 20-10 against the Chiefs. Kansas City would come back and win the game 24-23. Portis would finish the day with 141 yards on 23 carries.
Week 6 of the 2003 season saw ‘Canes all over the scoreboard. Introducing himself to the list was fan-favorite Najeh Davenport, who scored on an 18 yard run. The Pack was defeated by the Chiefs who pushed their record to 6-0 on the season. Also, repeat performances from Reggie Wayne (who connected from Peyton from 25 yards out in a losing effort to the then undefeated Carolina Panthers), Bubba Franks (on another 1 yard pass from Brett Farve), Santana Moss (hooked up with Vinny from 4 yards for the Jets 1st win of the season), and last but not least, Ed Reed (blocked a punt and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown).
2003 week #7 saw 4 ‘Canes score. The highlight of scores came on Najeh Davenport’s 74 yard run against the Rams. Back then the Rams were not known for their defense. They would give up 30 and score 40. Still, this was an impressive run by Najeh. Jeremy Shockey probably didn’t show up at someone’s house that day because he was too busy leading the Giants with 5 receptions including a 1 yard pass from Kerry Collins in a losing effort against the Eagles. Clinton Portis had an 117 yards on the day including a 4 yard rushing score in a loss to the Vikings. Vinny again connected with Santana for 18 yards and a score for the Jets 2nd straight win of the season, coming at the expense of the Texans.
Stayed tuned next Friday as we look at Weeks #11 through 15.