Miami football escapes Appalachian State 25-23

Sep 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Richard Graulich-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Richard Graulich-USA TODAY Sports /

In a game that special teams played a huge factor, the Miami football team escaped Appalachian State with a 25-23 victory. A 43-yard field goal by freshman Andres Borregales with 2:04 remaining gave the Hurricanes their winning margin. That was one of three field goals by Borregales on the night.

Borreagales made a 38-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter and one from 27 in the second quarter. The second-quarter field goal came after a Cam’Ron Harris rushing touchdown was called back. The Miami football team was fortunate on its first nine points of the night against Appalachian State.

The Hurricanes scored a touchdown after an Amari Carter interception at the Mountainers five. Don Chaney scored on a one-yard run. Appalachian State tied the game on a Camrun Peoples 28-yard TD run on the next drive. On their next offensive drive, Appalachian State snapped the ball over the punter’s head.

That resulted in a Miami safety to regain the lead 9-7. Miami held the lead until Jalen Vigil returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown following Borregales’ first field goal. That put Appalachian State in front 14-12 which they maintained at halftime. It took Miami 1:28 after the second-half kickoff to regain the lead.

The Hurricanes went 75 yards in six plays to go back on top 19-14 capped by a Harris 12-yard TD run. Harris finished with 18 carries for 91 yards and a TD. After Chaney was lost with an injury Harris had to carry the load, literally, in the second half. Chaney finished with four carries for 21 yards and the one TD.

D’Eriq King finished 20-33 for 200 yards passing and ran 19 times for 79 yards. Miami earned a gutty victory over a program that has played at a high level for the last six years. The Mountaineers also blocked a field goal in the first half. Lou Hedley was also clutch punting for the second game in a row.

Hedley averaged 39 yards on six punts with all of them inside the 20. The Miami defense which


104 of their 326 yards in the fourth quarter came up with big plays when they had to. The Hurricanes stopped the Mountaineers on a two-point conversion that would have stretched the lead to three in the fourth quarter.

Miami held Appalachian State to 22 yards on six plays during the last drive before turning the ball over on downs. The Hurricanes held the Mountaineers to 222 yards through the first three quarters before they gained 104 in the fourth. Miami played good defense through most of the game allowing only three long drives.

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After the hard-earned victory over Appalachian State, the Miami football team hosts 2-0 Michigan State next week at noon. The Spartans defeated FCS Youngstown State 42-14 on Saturday. The Spartans began the season with a 38-21 victory at Northwestern last weekend to begin the seasons