Miami Hurricanes rushing offense leads way in 31-14 win over UAB

MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 19: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 19: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Miami Hurricanes ran for 337 yards and produced 495 yards of total offense in a 31-14 victory over UAB in the season opener on Thursday night.

The up-tempo spread offense was a work in progress for the Miami Hurricanes in a 31-14 victory over UAB on Thursday night at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami ran for 337 yards and the passing offense did just enough with 158 yards in a hard-fought win.

Cam’Ron Harris ran for 136 yards on 17 carries including a 66-yard touchdown run in the first half. Miami quarterback D’Eriq King was 16-24 for 144 yards and a TD and added 12 for 83 rushing and another TD. The rushing and passing TDs extending King’s record to 16 straight games with one of each.

Miami freshman running backs Jaylan Knighton and Don Chaney Jr. were impressive. Knighton had nine carries for 59 yards and Chaney added eight for 52. Harris’ TD was critical. The long-run tied the game after UAB took advantage of a Mark Pope fumble on a punt return.

The Blazers took a 7-0 lead after an 18-yard drive following the Pope fumble. The Harris run was on the next drive. Miami following that up with a six-play, 64-yard drive later in the first half to take a lead they would not relinquish. The second TD drive culminated with a 12-yard King TD run.

The Hurricanes offensive was more efficient in the second half. The Hurricanes scored on their first three drives of the second half. A Jose Borregales 25-yard field goal opened the second-half scoring. A Harris four-yard run preceded a King to Harris four-yard TD run put Miami up 31-14 to close out the scoring.

The Miami defense was stout, especially on the ground. UAB had 285 yards on 61 plays. The Blazers had 205 yards passing and 80 yards rushing. Miami held UAB to 3.1 yards per carry. The Hurricanes defense received only one sack, from graduate transfer Quincy Roche and added six tackles for loss.

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With the win, the Hurricanes start 1-0 for the first time since 2017. Miami will travel to Louisville next week. The Hurricanes defeated the Cardinals 52-27 at Hard Rock Stadium last season. Miami begins a 10 game all-ACC slate for the remainder of the season.