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G10: Dolphins 35, Buffalo 8 (Final): Can surging Miami actually run the table?; plus Canes won't play in bowl, Stewart reigns at Homestead

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G10: BUFFALO @ DOLPHINS: CAN MIAMI MAKE A MIRACLE HAPPEN?: Final: What a royal a-- kicking by surging Dolphins, a third straight win putting season record at 3-7. QB Matt Moore was terrific, and the defense pitched a third consecutive TD-shutout. And now the question must be asked, remote as the possibility still is: Can Miami make history by running the table, ending 9-7 and maybe sneaking into the playoffs? I'm just askin'. ..... 4Q: Weird. Ex-Dolph Tyler Thigpen finishing game at QB for Buffs, and ex-Bill JP Losman mopping up for Miami. ..... Daniel Thomas tackled in end zone for safety; score now 35-8. Dolphin defense TD-shutout streak now into 12th quarter. ..... 3Q: Lex Hilliard recovers blocked punt for TD and 35-6 lead. Incredible. ..... Half: Wow. Did not anticipate such a rout. Matt Moore has been fantastic: 11-for-14 for 148 yards and three TDs. And Dolphins defense is halfway toward pitching its third consecutive TD-shutout. ..... 2Q: Bills cash last-second 56-yard FG. ..... Davone Bess 4-yard TD pass from Matt Moore inside of two minutes, a score set up by Yeremiah Bell interception. ..... Charles Clay 12-yard scoring pass from Matt Moore for 21-3 lead. Moore with excellent game so far. My prediction not looking real good right now to say the least. ..... 1Q: Fins 14-3 after Reggie Bush 5-yard TD run in final minute. Shayne Graham XP kick, in for injured Dan Carpenter. ..... Anthony Fasano 1-yard TD pass from Matt Moore ends impressive first drive for Miami and makes it 7-3, after Buffs opened with 30-yard FG. ..... Original post: Well beating the Buffs 1aa1buffsdolphstoday wouldn't constitute a miracle, no. But running the table from 0-7 would. Making history by finishing 9-7 and being in the wild-card hunt would. Preposterous to even mention? Yes, frankly, but after two straight wins coach Tony Sparano has his players thinking that's possible. Every NFL precedent says it is not. The odds of it would be astronomical; then again, less than two games ago. Could be a moot thought anyway because I have a feeling the Bison win today, ending Miami's two-game W-streak. Fred Jackson has been the best running back in the NFL today and I think he'll get Ryan Fitzpatrick and that offense untracked. Suck For Luck might be out of realistic play, but a top-5 draft pick is still in the mix for those thinking consolation prize. Pick: Bills, 23-20.

CANES SMART TO SAY THEY WON'T PLAY IN BOWL GAME: Miami has withdrawn itself from bowl consideration due to the ongoing NCAA/Nevin Shapiro investigation, although bowl-eligible at 6-5. It's a smart move for all kings of reasons. It would have been a lousy/minor bowl game, anyway. More than that, a self-imposed penaloty such as this will mitigate in UM's favor as the NCAA considers penalties of its own. 

VROOOM! NASCAR, HOMESTEAD GET DREAM FINALE: Three points, two drivers, one race. Tony Stewart beat Carl Edwards tonight to win both the Ford 400 at Homestead and the NASCAR season Sprint Cup championship. Click on Perfect Ending for my advance column on the race. I was down here columnizing live for Monday's paper, too. To Dolfans this was the "other" big sporting event in town, but in terms of the crowd it drew, the spectacle and national interest, the race going on an hour's drive south of the game was the bigger deal, by a lot. Edwards had a three-point lead, the pole position and a history of running better on this track. I just had a feeling, though, that Stewart would prevail for his third career belt. (After bombing on my Dolphins pick, at least it was good to be right about something).

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