Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Miami Hurricanes safety Kamren Kinchens (24) celebrates with fans after a victory against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Miami gains reinforcements for Georgia Tech visit

Undefeated through four games, No. 17 Miami aims to put another tally in the win column when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play against visiting Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Hurricanes (4-0) last played on Sept. 23, a 41-7 road win over Temple. It marked the first time in 21 years that Miami has scored 38 or more points in each of their first four games. Despite wind and rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia, the Canes piled up 543 yards of total offense.

Before facing Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-1), Miami used its bye week to get healthy ahead of ACC play. All-American safety Kamren Kinchens is expected to return to the field Saturday, four weeks after he was carted off with an apparent neck injury against Texas A&M.

“I don’t like missing games,” Kinchens said. “It was kind of a rough patch missing those games, because I kind of pride myself on fighting through whatever, but there’s a lot of excitement being back out there with my family.”

A junior, Kinchens was key for Miami in the defensive backfield last season with 59 tackles, six interceptions, 12 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a recovery. He has five tackles and one pick in two games so far this season.

Miami coach Mario Cristobal said the team will “hopefully” have starting defensive linemen Akheem Mesidor and Branson Deen back in the lineup against Georgia Tech after both missed the previous two games.

Mesidor had seven sacks for the Canes last season, while Deen — a transfer from Purdue — had 2.5 for the Boilermakers in 2022.

Cristobal also added that fans “might be able to see” projected starting tight end Elijah Arroyo play this weekend. A redshirt sophomore with 10 career catches, Arroyo had major knee surgery that cut his 2022 season short.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, just shook up its coaching staff a bit, as head coach Brent Key demoted defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker to safeties coach and promoted Kevin Sherrer to defensive coordinator.

Sherrer has previously been a defensive coordinator at South Alabama and Tennessee. Most recently, before joining the Yellow Jackets’ staff, he was a linebackers coach in the NFL with the New York Giants. He also won a pair of national championships as a director of player development with Alabama in 2011 and 2012.

“I do feel that a new voice and perspective from the coordinator role is necessary for us to improve,” Key said. “Coach Sherrer is a veteran coach that has had great success in all aspects of coaching defense and at the highest levels of football.”

Georgia Tech is coming off a 38-27 home loss to Bowling Green last weekend. It’s the sixth straight season that the Yellow Jackets have lost to a Group of 5 or FCS opponent — a streak that now spans across three head coaches.

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets have been decent this year, averaging 32.4 points per game. Haynes King, a transfer from Texas A&M, has thrown 15 touchdowns and four interceptions, completing 64.5 percent of his throws.

Miami is 14-13 all-time against Georgia Tech. The Canes have won five of the last seven meetings.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) throws the football prior to the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 Miami looks to beat Temple for 14th straight time

No. 20 Miami will hit the road for the first time this season and will look for its first 4-0 start since 2017 when it visits Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference game.

The Hurricanes (3-0) have won 13 straight meetings with the Owls (2-1), although the former Big East rivals haven’t tangled since Miami’s 34-3 win in 2005. The Hurricanes opened the week as 25-point favorites.

Miami ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense (44.7 points per game) and third in scoring defense (14.3). The defense ranks eighth in the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed per game (60.3), and opponents are averaging just 2.2 yards per rush against the Hurricanes.

Individually, the Hurricanes are powered by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who leads the ACC in passing efficiency.

Van Dyke is completing 76 percent of his passes and averaging 274 yards per game this season. He has eight touchdown passes and just one interception.

“He’s playing at a really high level,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said.

Van Dyke’s favorite target is slot receiver Xavier Restrepo, who ranks second in the ACC with 104.7 receiving yards per game.

Two other Miami receivers have stood out. Jacolby George is tied for the league lead with four touchdown catches, and Colbie Young ranks fifth in the ACC with 209 receiving yards.

Meanwhile, the Owls, who finished 3-9 last year in their first season under coach Stan Drayton, lost 36-7 at Rutgers on Sept. 9 but rebounded last Saturday with a 41-9 win over Norfolk State.

Temple’s offense is led by quarterback E.J. Warner and receivers Dante Wright and Amad Anderson Jr.

The Owls’ quarterback, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, emerged last year when he passed for 18 touchdowns but had 12 interceptions in 11 games.

This year, Warner has four TD passes and two interceptions, both against Rutgers. His completion percentage has decreased from 60.5 last year to 52.5 this season.

But Warner, a true sophomore, is still dangerous. He was the American Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2022. His 3,028 passing yards last year were the second most in Temple history and the most by an Owls freshman.

Wright, a transfer from Colorado State, leads Temple in catches (16) and receiving yards (185). Anderson, who started his career at Purdue, is in his fifth college season. For his career, he has 109 catches for 1,304 yards and nine touchdowns.

Edward Saydee, who led Temple in rushing yards last season with 639 and finished second with 901 scrimmage yards, is off to a slow start. He has just 45 yards in three games, averaging 2.1 per carry.

Joquez Smith, a true freshman, leads Temple with 187 rushing yards and a 7.8 average. He had 142 yards against Norfolk State. Smith, who is from Tampa, will face his home-state team in the Hurricanes.

“We’re young,” Temple coach Stan Drayton said when asked about Smith. “Some of our best talent is young talent.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 9, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Xavier Restrepo (7) runs with the football against the Texas A&M Aggies during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Van Dyke’s 5 TD passes help Miami defeat No. 23 Texas A&M

Tyler Van Dyke fired a career-high five touchdown passes — three of them to Jacolby George — leading host Miami to a 48-33 win over No. 23 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.

Miami All-American safety Kamren Kinchens, who had one interception and a fumble recovery, was carted off the field on a stretcher with 1:58 left in the game after a big hit and airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Van Dyke completed 21 of 30 passes for 374 yards and no interceptions to lead Miami (2-0).

Brashard Smith added a 98-yard kickoff return for Miami, and Xavier Restrepo had six receptions for 126 yards.

The Aggies (1-1) were led by their special teams, quarterback Casey Weigman and running back Amari Daniels.

On specials, Texas A&M blocked a kick and recovered a fumbled punt, leading to two touchdowns. Weigman completed 31 of 53 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns, although he suffered the first two interceptions of his career. Daniels, a Miami native, rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown. But he lost a fumble that led to a Miami touchdown.

Texas A&M led 10-0 early in the first quarter on Weigman’s 3-yard run and Randy Bond’s 24-yard field goal.

But the Hurricanes rallied to take a 21-17 lead at halftime.

One of Miami’s biggest plays of the first half came when Van Dyke floated a deep 52-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Horton down the left sideline, cutting the Hurricanes’ deficit to 17-14.

After two missed field goals — Miami from 54 and Texas A&M from 42 — the Hurricanes got the ball with 53 seconds left in the half and ended up with Van Dyke’s 11-yard TD pass to George. That capped a six-play, 75-yard drive.

Bond’s 28-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half cut Miami’s lead to 21-20. Just before the field goal, the Aggies were going to go for it on fourth-and-one, but a false start changed the plan.

On the ensuing kickoff, Smith went untouched to give Miami a 28-20 lead. Restrepo had the play’s final big block, on Bond.

Weigman got picked off when Ainias Smith slipped, and the throw went right to Kinchens. That ended a no-pick streak of 179 attempts, and it led to Andres Borregales’ 34-yard field goal.

But on third-and-one from Miami’s 19-yard line, Weigman tossed a play-action TD pass to Earnest Crownover. The Aggies went for two, but a fumbled snap led to an incomplete pass, and the score held at 31-26.

In the fourth quarter, Miami cornerback Jaden Davis forced the fumble on Daniels, recovered by Kinchens. That led to Van Dyke’s 3-yard TD pass to George for a 38-26 lead with 12:37 left.

Borregales gave Miami a 41-26 lead by drilling a 50-yard field goal with. 6:28 remaining.

Texas A&M responded with Weigman — who took a big hit on the play — flipping a 9-yard TD pass to Noah Thomas, cutting Miami’s lead to 41-33 with 5:02 left.

Miami put the game away on Van Dyke’s 64-yard TD pass to George for a 48-33 lead with 2:36 left.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes linebacker Wesley Bissainthe (31) sacks Miami Redhawks quarterback Brett Gabbert (5) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami (Fla.) manhandles Miami (Ohio) in opener

Tyler Van Dyke passed for 201 yards and a touchdown to lead the host Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes to a 38-3 win over the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Hurricanes’ defense held the RedHawks to 2-of-12 success on third downs and 0-for-3 on fourth downs. On offense, the Hurricanes rushed for 250 yards and passed for 243 yards.

Van Dyke completed 17 of 22 passes and was intercepted once.

The Hurricanes also got 90 yards and one touchdown on nine carries by running back Henry Parrish Jr.

RedHawks quarterback Brett Gabbert finished 12 of 21 for 127 yards, while receiver Gage Larvadain caught eight passes for 80 yards.

The Hurricanes led 10-0 after the first quarter and 16-3 at halftime.

The game’s first drive ended with Van Dyke’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Colbie Young, who took a bubble screen and went the distance.

The Hurricanes made it 10-0 on their second possession, ending a 15-play, 66-yard drive with Andres Borregales’ 34-yard field goal.

Borregales added a 32-yard field goal to make it 13-0 late in the second quarter.

The RedHawks finally got on the board on Graham Nicholson’s booming 48-yard field goal with 58 seconds left before halftime. The kick, which was 1 yard short of Nicholson’s career best, would have been good from 55.

But the Hurricanes, led by Parrish’s 37-yard run, made it 16-3 on Borregales’ 43-yard field goal off the left post on the final play of the first half.

On their first chance of the third quarter, the Hurricanes extended their advantage to 24-3. True freshman Mark Fletcher Jr., who got a great kick-out block from pulling guard Anez Cooper, scored on a 26-yard run. The Hurricanes added a two-point conversion on Van Dyke’s slant-pattern pass to Xavier Restrepo.

The Hurricanes made it 31-3 on Parrish’s 12-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. Parrish faked out defensive back Yahsyn McKee with a stop-and-go move before diving for the right pylon.

With 4:30 left, Donald Chaney Jr. scored on a 20-yard run to make it 38-3. Six defenders got a hand on Chaney, who bulled over one would-be tackler near the goal line.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes seek fresh start facing other Miami, the RedHawks

The Miami Hurricanes have a lot to prove.

Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season in their debut under coach Mario Cristobal, the Hurricanes will open their 2023 season at home on Friday night against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Hurricanes, favored by 17 points, are led by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who is back for his third season as the starter. Slowed by injuries last year, Van Dyke for his career has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 4,766 yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 21 games (17 starts).

Henry Parrish Jr. is the Hurricanes’ top running back. He had a career-high 616 rushing yards last year, averaging 4.7 per carry and was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team.

Slot receiver Xavier Restrepo is Van Dyke’s top target, but there’s also emerging talent Colbie Young on the outside.

Watch out for wide receiver Nathaniel “Ray Ray” Joseph, one of several true freshmen who figure to contribute to the Hurricanes this season. That list also includes starting right tackle Francis Mauigoa, offensive tackle Samson Okunlola, running back Mark Fletcher Jr., tight end Riley Williams, defensive end Rueben Bain Jr. and cornerback Damari Brown.

“This freshman class has over a dozen guys who don’t flinch,” Cristobal said. “They don’t sit back waiting to inherit a job. They want to go win one.”

The Hurricanes also added some key transfers, including center Matt Lee, who started 36 games at UCF; left guard Javion Cohen, who made second-team All-SEC at Alabama in 2022; linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, who was a standout at Washington State; and cornerback Davonte Brown, who started 31 games in three seasons at UCF.

In addition, the Hurricanes may have the ACC’s best safety duo in James Williams and 2022 first-team All-American Kamren Kinchens.

Meanwhile, the RedHawks finished 6-7 last season, losing starting quarterback Brett Gabbert due to a broken collarbone but still rallying to reach a bowl game.

The RedHawks lost to UAB 24-20 in the Bahamas Bowl.

Gabbert, who has 31 games of college experience including four starts last season, is back for his fifth year with the RedHawks. His career completion percentage is just 58.8 percent, but his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio is impressive at 45-14.

The RedHawks, though, lost three key offensive players to transfers: running back Tyre Shelton (Louisiana Tech), second-team All-MAC center Rusty Feth (Iowa) and left guard Caleb Shaffer (Oklahoma). The RedHawks also graduated their top receiver in Mac Hippenhammer (54 catches, 769 yards and nine touchdowns), a second-team All-MAC selection.

On the plus side, the RedHawks gained transfer wide receiver Gage Larvadain, who caught 95 passes for 1,252 yards and seven touchdowns in two years for an FCS program, Southeastern Louisiana.

The RedHawks also brought in two other potential starters from the transfer portal: ex-Notre Dame receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. and former Kentucky center John Young, who will join three returning RedHawks starters on the offensive line.

Defensively, the RedHawks return seven starters from a unit that led the MAC in fewest points allowed (22.6). The biggest loss was starting cornerback John Saunders, who bolted to Ole Miss. He could be replaced by Southern Cal transfer Jayden Williams.

“We have a chance to be a really good football team,” RedHawks coach Chuck Martin said. “We’re excited about our first opportunity, playing one of the most storied programs in college football.

“This will be different for our kids to go across the country to play an opponent we’re not familiar with.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Tylar Wiltz (10) tackles Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Colbie Young (88) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Wayne’s 3 receiving TDs lead Pitt’s rout of Miami

Jared Wayne caught 11 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Pittsburgh Panthers to a 42-16 win over the host Miami Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday night.

Israel Abanikanda, who started the day leading the ACC in rushing, ran for 111 yards on 15 carries — an average of 7.4 yards per carry — and two touchdowns as Pitt (8-4, 5-3 ACC) won its fourth straight game.

Kedon Slovis completed 18 of 28 passes for 256 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for the Panthers, who ended a four-game losing streak in their annual series against the Hurricanes.

Despite the win, the Panthers are 2-12 in their 14 most recent trips to Miami.

Pitt defensive tackle Calijah Kancey, who started the week tied for second in the ACC with 7 1/2, missed the game due to a left shoulder injury.

The Hurricanes (5-7, 3-5), who could’ve gone to a bowl game with a win, finished their season with their worst overall record since 2007.

Miami lost two quarterbacks to injury. Starter Tyler Van Dyke, who suffered a right-shoulder injury against Duke on Oct. 22, tried to make a comeback but lasted just one series against Pitt.

Backup Jacurri Brown was injured in the third quarter.

Jake Garcia finished the game for Miami, completing 17-of-28 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He was not intercepted.

Standouts for Miami included tight end Will Mallory, who caught nine passes for 103 yards and one score, and running back Jaylan Knighton, who ran seven times for 72 yards.

Mallory’s touchdown catch was the 14th of his career, which set a Miami record for a tight end.

Pitt led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

On the game’s first possession, Miami drove to Pitt’s 11-yard line. But a Pitt blitz led to Van Dyke throwing an interception right at linebacker SirVocea Dennis, who returned the pick 67 yards to the Miami 30. That led to Abanikanda’s 2-yard TD run.

Wayne then scored on a 66-yard pass play.

The second quarter featured two more Pitt touchdowns: Abanikanda’s 11-yard run and Wayne’s 26-yard reception.

Miami finally got on the board on Andres Borregales’ 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Wayne followed that with his third scoring reception, this one from 7 yards, giving Pitt a 35-3 lead.

Mallory got his record-setting touchdown with 11:52 left in the fourth, catching a 4-yard toss from Garcia.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Justin Mascoll (7) pushes over Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacurri Brown (11) for a safety during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Miami takes final shot at bowl eligibility against Pitt

The Miami Hurricanes have one more chance to become bowl eligible, and it will come on Saturday night in an ACC battle against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers.

Miami (5-6, 3-4) opened as a six-point underdog against Pitt (7-4, 4-3) in what will serve as the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Hurricanes lead the annual series 29-11-1, and has won four in a row over Pitt.

However, Miami is coming off a 40-10 loss at Clemson and has yet to beat a team with a winning record this season.

Pitt, meanwhile, will enter Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on a three-game winning streak. Those victories were over Syracuse, Virginia and Duke.

Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said he will have his team practice indoors this week to prepare for Miami’s heat and humidity.

“We’ll turn it up to 70 degrees,” Narduzzi said.

Weather reports indicate it will be in the 80s in Miami on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes struggled against Clemson, gaining 30 yards on 24 runs. Miami’s top two running backs, Henry Parrish Jr. and Jaylan Knighton, combined to rush 12 times for 20 yards.

“We didn’t get a ton of movement up front,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said in an understatement.

One factor that could swing Saturday’s game would be the return of Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. The Hurricanes are 2-3 since he hurt his throwing shoulder against Duke, and it’s possible he could be back to face Pitt.

In his absence, Miami has turned to true freshman Jacurri Brown, who has flourished as a runner (4.4 average) but has lacked accuracy as a passer (59.5 percent completion rate, three touchdowns, two interceptions).

Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis hasn’t been great, either, completing 57.8 percent to go with seven touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

The Panthers are powered by running back Israel Abanikanda, who leads the ACC in rushing yards (1,320) and points (116). He has rushed for 18 touchdowns and a 5.9 average.

Pitt’s Jared Wayne ranks fifth in the league with 807 receiving yards.

Defensively, Pitt’s Calijah Kancey leads the league in tackles for loss (14 1/2) and is tied for second in the ACC with 7 1/2 sacks. Teammate SirVocea Dennis has 10 1/2 tackles for loss.

Miami’s Akheem Mesidor has 10 1/2 tackles for loss and is tied for fifth in the league with seven sacks.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts during the third quarter against the Miami Hurricanes  at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Clemson scores early, often in easy win over Miami

DJ Uiagalelei passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a game- and career-high 89 yards and a score as Clemson jumped on Miami early and cruised to a 40-10 victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash Saturday in Clemson, S.C.

The win gave the No. 9 Tigers (10-1, 8-0 ACC) their 12th consecutive season with at least 10 victories as well as extending their home-field winning streak to an ACC-record 40 consecutive games. It is the ninth time in the program’s history the Tigers have finished undefeated in ACC play.

They end their regular season next Saturday with a nonconference matchup against South Carolina and will play North Carolina in the ACC championship game on Dec. 3.

The Hurricanes (5-6, 3-4 ACC) now need to win their finale at home against Pittsburgh to reach bowl eligibility.

The Tigers held the Hurricanes to 98 yards in total offense with only 30 coming on the ground, both season lows.

Freshman Jacurri Brown, who engineered Miami’s previous week’s 35-14 win over Georgia Tech, struggled in his second start, going just 6-of-13 passing for 53 yards while rushing for just 22 more yards.

Jake Garcia started the fourth quarter and threw a 1-yard pass to Kahlil Brantley for Miami’s only touchdown after Jordan Miller’s 26-yard return of Uiagalelei’s fumble set up the Hurricanes at Clemson’s 10-yard line.

Uiagalelei was 14-of-19 passing for 128 yards in the first half and finished the game 22 of 34 with an interception. The Tigers had only scored a safety in the second half until Will Shipley’s 3-yard touchdown run with 4:40 remaining. Kobe Pace also scored from 1 yard out with 16 seconds left following Trenton Simpson’s strip sack of Garcia at Miami’s 36-yard line.

The Tigers established their defensive dominance early. They held the Hurricanes without a first down in the first quarter and to only 8 yards in total offense for the first half.

Clemson scored touchdowns of three of its first four possessions to put the Hurricanes in an unsurmountable hole. TheTigers finished with 447 total yards with 207 rushing.

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Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dontae Smith (4) has his face masked grabbed by Miami Hurricanes cornerback Te'Cory Couch (23) as linebacker Wesley Bissainthe (31) attempts to make a tackle in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Miami takes advantage of turnovers to beat Georgia Tech

True freshman Jacurri Brown threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and safety Kamren Kinchens intercepted three passes, leading the Miami Hurricanes to a 35-14 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an ACC game in Atlanta Saturday.

Miami (5-5, 3-3) intercepted four passes, including one that was returned for a 99-yard touchdown by Kinchens. Tyrique Stevenson had the other interception, and Kinchens leads the ACC with six picks.

Brown, a Georgia native, completed 14-of-19 passes for 136 yards and no interceptions. He also ran 19 times for 87 yards.

His first two TD passes were to tight ends — Will Mallory and Jaleel Skinner. Both tight ends started those plays in the backfield. For Skinner, a true freshman, it was his first career TD.

Brown’s third TD pass went to wide receiver Colbie Young.

Miami running back Jaylan Knighton rushed 16 times for 118 yards and one touchdown.

The Hurricanes were missing several starters, including quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and running back Henry Parrish Jr.

Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4) was led by true freshman quarterback Zach Pyron, who made his second start, and wide receiver Nate McCollum.

Pyron, who left the game with 13:03 in the fourth quarter due to an apparent injury, led the Jackets with 66 yards rushing. He also completed 12-of-22 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

McCollum caught eight passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Miami, which hadn’t scored a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters, ended that drought on the game’s first possession. The Hurricanes went 75 yards on 11 plays, scoring on Brown’s 22-yard pass to Mallory, who beat linebacker Charlie Thomas. Brown was pressured by Sylvain Yondjouen on the play, which was the second pass of the drive.

The Hurricanes went up 14-0 in the second quarter on a 14-play, 93-yard drive. The march ended with a play-action fake and a four-yard TD pass to Skinner. It was only the second completion on the drive.

With 30 seconds left in the half, Pyron threw a nine-yard TD pass toward the back of the end zone to McCollum, beating Stevenson to cut Georgia Tech’s deficit to 14-7. That capped a 15-play, 99-yard TD drive that included three third-down conversions.

But Miami took a 21-7 lead with 7:52 left in the fourth as Brown lobbed a eight-yard TD pass to Young. That capped a 51-yard drive that was set up by Kinchens’ second interception. That pick was off of Jackets backup quarterback Zach Gibson.

Miami put the game away with Knighton’s two-yard TD run and Kinchens’ pick-six.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Antonio Moultrie (44) and Miami Hurricanes linebacker Corey Flagg Jr. hang on to Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong in the first half (11) at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Miami edges Virginia in fourth overtime

Jake Garcia rushed for the game-winning two-point conversion in the fourth overtime to lead Miami to a 14-12 victory against Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.

Garcia, who started for the injured Tyler Van Dyke, completed 15 of 29 passes for 125 yards during what was mostly a defensive struggle as the Hurricanes (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) were held to 272 total yards.

But Miami’s defense stood its ground and Andres Borregales made four field goals, including two in the first two overtime possessions to keep the Hurricanes in it.

Virginia (3-5, 1-4) had a chance to win in the third overtime once the teams had to go for two-point conversion plays.

Antonio Clary intercepted Garcia in the back of the end zone on the Hurricanes’ first two-point conversion try. But the Cavaliers, after a false start penalty backed it up to the 8-yard line, failed to score when Miami’s Tyrique Stevenson broke up a fade pass in the corner of the end zone intended for Dontayvion Wicks.

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s pass into the back of the end zone in the fourth overtime sailed too far and Lavel Davis Jr. caught it out of bounds.

Will Bettridge connected on all four of his field goal attempts for the Cavaliers, including two in OT.

Armstrong by himself outgained Miami’s offense, amassing 275 yards (208 passing and 67 rushing).

The Hurricanes defense recorded five sacks, with the last one coming at a crucial time.

On third-and-4 from Miami’s 19, defensive end Leonard Taylor recorded the Hurricanes’ fifth sack of the game to force a 41-yard try by Bettridge, which he made to tie the game at 12.

Miami forced the overtime by engineering a 13-play, 53-yard drive, which culminated with a 20-yard field goal by Borregales as time expired in regulation.

Henry Parrish Jr. led the Hurricanes with 113 yards on 24 carries.

–Field Level Media