Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Jaylan Knighton (4) runs with the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 24 Texas A&M stifles No. 13 Miami, 17-9

Quarterback Max Johnson, making his first start of the season, passed for 140 yards and one touchdown as No. 24 Texas A&M defeated No. 13 Miami 17-9 on Saturday night at College Station, Texas.

Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was held in check, completing 21 of 41 passes for 217 yards. He had no touchdown passes or interceptions.

The Aggies almost self-destructed with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter as Ainias Smith fumbled a punt, but he got it back at his own 7.

Texas A&M (2-1), coming off a shocking home loss to Appalachian State, also got 130 scrimmage yards from Devon Achane. He rushed for 88 yards and caught four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Smith added four receptions for 74 yards. Johnson, playing in place of the benched Haynes King, completed 10 of 20 passes and had no turnovers.

Miami (2-1) was dominated on special teams as the Canes lost a fumble on a punt return, missed one field goal and had another one blocked. Aggies punter Nik Constantinou also pinned Miami inside its 10-yard line three times.

The Aggies won despite suspending two of their top four wide receivers, Evan Stewart and Chris Marshall. In the secondary, the Aggies suspended starter Denver Harris and key backup Smoke Bouie. In addition, Brian George and Demani Richardson were ejected in the first quarter due to targeting.

Miami was without its top receiver Xavier Restrepo, who has a foot injury. Jacolby George returned from a two-game suspension.

The teams traded field goals on their first possessions, 26 yards by the Aggies’ Randy Bond and 28 by Andres Borregales.

Miami’s Tyrique Stevenson then tried to field a punt on one hop and fumbled, recovered by A&M’s Chris Russell Jr. at the Canes’ 28. From there, a 22-yard Achane run led to LJ Johnson’s 1-yard TD run and a 10-3 lead that stood at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Borregales badly missed to the left on a 49-yard field-goal attempt and Albert Regis blocked his 36-yard try.

The Aggies scored on their first second-half possession, taking a 17-3 lead on a 25-yard swing pass to Achane.

On Miami’s next possession, the Canes reached the Aggies’ 4-yard line but opted for a 22-yard Borregales field goal.

With 8:32 left in the fourth, Miami settled for another short field goal, this time from 34 yards. That capped a 16-play, 84-yard drive, cutting Miami’s deficit to 17-9.

But Miami turned the ball over on downs on their last possession.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Austin Jackson (73) takes on the field prior the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins RT Austin Jackson (ankle) lands on IR

Miami Dolphins starting right tackle Austin Jackson will be placed on short-term injured reserve.

Head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed Friday that Jackson will miss at least four games with a knee injury.

Jackson, 23, was injured in Sunday’s season-opening 20-7 win against the New England Patriots.

He has started 29 of his 31 games since joining the Dolphins as a first-round draft pick in 2020.

Next up on the depth chart for Miami is Greg Little, who is expected to start this Sunday at Baltimore.

McDaniel also said left tackle Terron Armstead is questionable against the Ravens with a toe injury.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Xavier Restrepo (7) leaps away from the tackle attempt of Southern Miss Golden Eagles defensive back Brendan Toles (17) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Miami WR Xavier Restrepo (foot) out indefinitely

No. 13 Miami has lost leading wide receiver Xavier Restrepo indefinitely due to a foot injury, the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

The report comes two days ahead of Miami’s road game at No. 24 Texas A&M.

Restrepo, a third-year sophomore, leads the Hurricanes in catches (11) and yards (172). He’s also hauled in a touchdown in two games.

The Herald reports the injury occurred Wednesday, one day after Restrepo practiced and spoke to reporters afterward.

Restrepo caught 24 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Leonard Taylor (56) celebrates after sacking Southern Miss Golden Eagles quarterback Zach Wilcke (not pictured) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

No. 15 Miami shakes off slow start to bury Southern Miss

Tyler Van Dyke completed 19 of 29 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown, leading the 15th-ranked Miami Hurricanes to a 30-7 win over visiting Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon.

The TD pass was on a flea flicker that started with a handoff to Henry Parrish Jr. and a toss back to Van Dyke, who then threw over the top to an open Key’Shawn Smith for a 35-yarder to put Miami ahead 24-7 in the third.

Miami (2-0) also got 102 yards rushing and one touchdown from Parrish. Kicker Andres Borregales added three field goals, including a 40-yarder.

The Hurricanes also got a big-time performance from cornerback Tyrique Stevenson who had one interception and a spectacular punt return.

Southern Miss (0-2) was led by quarterback Zach Wilcke, who made a few stellar throws, including a 32-yard touchdown to Jason Brownlee that gave the Golden Eagles their only lead of the game at 7-3.

Defensively, Southern Miss was led by Malik Shorts, who came up with the only interception on Van Dyke on the day.

However, the Canes shut down Southern Miss’ leading rusher Frank Gore Jr. — the son of the former Miami and NFL star. Gore Jr. was held to 10 yards on seven carries.

In the first quarter, Miami opened the scoring with Borregales’ 30-yard field goal that capped a 14-play, 68-yard drive. Miami might’ve scored a touchdown on that march, but pass-rusher Jalil Clemons deflected a toss intended for an open Will Mallory.

Southern Miss took a 7-3 lead with 14:30 left in the second as Wilcke lofted his TD pass to Brownlee over cornerback Malik Curtis.

With just 20 seconds left in the first half, Miami regained the advantage, 10-7, on Parrish’s one-yard leap over the middle of the pile. That capped a 10-play, 86-yard drive.

Miami scored on its first drive of the second half as Thad Franklin ran for a seven-yard touchdown. That capped a 13-play, 77-yard drive. A 12-yard run by Parrish on third-and-5 was the key play on the march as Miami went up, 17-7.

The Hurricanes forced a three-and-out on Southern Miss’ next possession, and Stevenson’s 30-yard punt return set up the Hurricanes. Stevenson grabbed the punt on one hop and then ran over a Southern Miss defender.

On the next play, Van Dyke found Smith for the flea-flicker touchdown, and Borregales added two field goals to put the game away at 30-7.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second quarter against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Henry Parrish Jr. scores three times as No. 16 Miami crushes Bethune-Cookman

Henry Parrish Jr. scored three first-half touchdowns in his Hurricanes debut as 16th-ranked Miami defeated the visiting Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 70-13, on Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both teams.

It was also a happy debut for Mario Cristobal, who enjoyed his first game as Miami’s coach.

Other than a fumbled snap and running out of time at the end of the game, Miami scored a touchdown on its other nine possessions, and that excluded a defensive score on Gilbert Frierson’s 32-yard interception return. A deflection by Miami defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor set up that play.

Canes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, a projected NFL first-round pick in 2023, completed 13-of-16 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He was not intercepted and played just 2 1/2 quarters.

Slot receiver Xavier Restrepo had five catches for 100 yards and one touchdown to lead Canes pass-catchers.

Miami’s Key’Shawn Smith starred on special teams, returning three kickoffs for 184 yards.

Bethune-Cookman was led by quarterback Jalon Jones, who completed 11-of-20 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Parrish, who is from Miami but arrived on the Hurricanes roster after transferring from Ole Miss, ran 14 times for 108 yards. He started in place of Jaylan Knighton, who was rested.

The Canes were also without two other offensive starters: left tackle Zion Nelson and wide receiver Jacolby George.

Bethune-Cookman scored on the game’s initial possession as Jones completed 4-of-5 passes for 72 yards, leading to Dylan Moghaddam’s 29-yard field goal. BCU overcame three penalties on that drive and might have had a touchdown if not for a strip at the goal line by Miami linebacker Waynmon Steed Jr.

Miami took a 7-3 lead on its first possession. Key’Shawn Smith ran the kickoff 70 yards, and the Canes scored on Thad Franklin’s four-yard run. All 30 scrimmage yards came on runs.

BCU never led again as Miami’s offense dominated the rest of the half, grabbing a 42-10 lead at the break.

Among the first-half highlights, Miami safety Kamren Kinchens intercepted a pass, leading to Parrish’s first touchdown, a five-yard run.

With 6:00 left in the third quarter and Miami leading 49-13, Cristobal rested Van Dyke and inserted backup Jake Garcia.

Second-half highlights for Miami included safety James Williams’ one-handed interception and Jacob Lichtenstein’s blocked field goal.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) attempts a pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

No. 16 Miami kicks off Mario Cristobal era with Bethune-Cookman

The Mario Cristobal era has arrived at Miami.

The long-awaited opener will be Saturday when Bethune-Cookman visits the No. 16-ranked Hurricanes.

Cristobal returned to Coral Gables to be the Hurricanes’ head coach after leading Oregon to a pair of Pac-12 championships and a 35-13 record, signing a 10-year, $80 million contract at Miami.

The Hurricanes are 41-point favorites for Saturday’s game, and expectations are high in part because of quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, the ACC’s reigning Newcomer of the Year. He began last year on the bench as an untested second-year freshman.

But after an injury to D’Eriq King, Van Dyke went 6-3 as a starter. He passed for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions while climbing into NFL draft prospect discussions.

To keep climbing, Miami, which finished 7-5 last season, will have to replace star wide receivers Charleston Rambo and Mike Harley.

The leading candidates are Xavier Restrepo, Key’Shawn Smith and Clemson transfer Frank Ladson. Other receivers who are competing for time are Jacolby George, Romello Brinson and Brashard Smith.

“Charleston was really reliable for me, always being in the right spot,” Van Dyke said of Rambo’s performance last year. “I see some of these (newer) guys being capable of that.”

The Hurricanes’ offense is counting on tight ends Will Mallory and Elijah Arroyo and running backs Jaylan Knighton, Henry Parrish and bruiser Thad Franklin.

Van Dyke said about 85 percent of new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ playbook has been installed as August ends.

“In the spring and early in the fall, there were some questions about reads and some confusion,” Van Dyke said. “But that’s cleared up now.”

Miami’s defense will be led by 6-foot-5, 225-pound safety James Williams, shutdown corner Tyrique Stevenson and linebacker Caleb Johnson, a UCLA transfer. Miami’s most-hyped defensive lineman is tackle Leonard Taylor.

Bethune-Cookman, meanwhile, is coming off a 2-9 season and will open with Miami for the fourth time in program history.

That record was jarring for Wildcats coach Terry Sims, whose squad went 7-4 in 2019 before skipping the 2020 season due to COVID concerns.

“We are looking to redeem ourselves,” Sims said. “We had a setback last year after having not been together as a team for 20 months. No workouts, no meetings, no practices, no nothing.

“The first time we saw our team following the end of the 2019 season was on August 1 last year. This year, we have grown closer as a team. We’re going to be an aggressive, attacking football team.”

The Wildcats are 0-4 in the all-time series with Miami and have been outscored 169-37.

Sims, who is 36-30 with four winning seasons in six years at Bethune, has settled on Jackson State transfer Jalon Jones as his starting quarterback.

Jones beat out East Carolina transfer Walter Simmons.

Senior tight end Kemari Averett, who made first-team All-SWAC last year, is the Wildcats’ top weapon. He caught 52 passes for 888 yards, a 17.1-yard average, and 11 touchdowns.

Wide receiver Darryl Powell Jr. caught 22 passes last year for 471 yards and a team-best 21.4-yard average.

“It’s a veteran group,” Sims said.

–Field Level Media

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; General view as quarterback Justin Fields (1) hands off to running back Master Teague III (33) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second quarter in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Miami, Atlanta chosen as future CFP title game sites

The Miami area will play host to the College Football Playoff championship game in 2026, while ESPN reported that the 2025 title game will take place at Atlanta.

The site for 2025 was decided by the CFP but not yet announced.

A CFP release confirmed that the 2026 championship game will take place at Hard Rock Stadium at Miami Gardens, Fla. The game will be played Jan. 5, 2026. The home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins also played host to the 2021 CFP title game.

“We are delighted to be returning to Miami,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. “South Florida was a great host for the 2021 national championship game despite the event having to be scaled back because of COVID-19, and we look forward to returning in 2026 with a full complement of events and activities during national championship weekend.

” … The CFP National Championship has become one of the most popular sporting events in the United States in a short period of time, and we look forward to a terrific celebration in Miami in 2026.”

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium played host to the 2018 CFP championship game.

The 2022 CFP championship game, to conclude the 2021 season, was played at Indianapolis in January, with Georgia earning a 33-18 victory over Alabama at the home of the Indianapolis Colts.

The 2023 title game, for the upcoming season, will take place on Jan. 9, 2023 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which is home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. That venue also was the site of this year’s Super Bowl.

The 2024 championship game already has been named for NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; A general view of a Miami Hurricanes helmet in the end zone prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Blue-chip edge rusher Jayden Wayne commits to Miami

Edge rusher Jayden Wayne, a top-50 prospect in the Class of 2023, committed to Miami.

From Washington state, Wayne now plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Miami coach Mario Cristobal, previously the head coach at Oregon, managed to lure him away from the Ducks, as well as his other suitors — Alabama, Georgia, Michigan State and LSU.

Wayne is ranked No. 6 at his position and No. 41 overall by the 247Sports composite.

His commitment represents another recruiting coup from the Northwest for Cristobal. Last week, four-star Riley Williams, an Oregon native, committed to the Hurricanes.

Williams also plays at IMG Academy.

With Wayne’s commitment, Miami now has the ninth-ranked class for 2023, according to the 247Sports composite.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; A general view of a Miami Hurricanes helmet in the end zone prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Francis Mauigoa, top OT in Class of 2023, commits to Miami

Francis Mauigoa, considered the best offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2023, committed to Miami on Monday.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder from American Samoa is ranked the No. 1 tackle and No. 9 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite.

Mauigoa chose the Hurricanes over a list of finalists that included Alabama, Florida, Southern California and Tennessee.

It was the latest recruiting victory for new Miami coach Mario Cristobal, who took over the post last offseason. Four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada committed to the Hurricanes in late June and No. 2-ranked tight end Riley Williams committed Friday.

Miami’s 2023 recruiting class moved into the top 10 overall, per 247Sports’ rankings, at No. 8 in the nation.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes head football coach Mario Cristobal talks on a phone while sitting court-side during the second half between the Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami lands commitment from No. 2 TE prospect Riley Williams

Riley Williams, the No. 2 tight end prospect in the Class of 2023, announced Friday he would play for Miami.

The four-star player picked the Hurricanes over Alabama and Ohio State. He is ranked No. 66 overall in his class, per the 247Sports composite.

Williams, listed at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, hails from Portland, Ore., but plays for IMG Academy in Florida. That Oregon-to-Florida connection mirrors that of Mario Cristobal, the former Ducks coach who took over at Miami this offseason.

“Miami is the school for me,” Williams told On3 Sports. “My relationship with Coach Cristobal played a huge role in my decision. Over time, you see how real people are, and I have known Coach Cristobal for a while, and he is genuine. He has been the same person from the beginning.”

The Hurricanes recently made a recruiting splash when four-star quarterback prospect Jaden Rashada committed.

–Field Level Media