The Miami Hurricanes scored their first touchdown on a five-yard pass from Tyler Van Dyke to Mike Harley less than three minutes into the game on their way to a 69-0 victory over Central Connecticut State. With starting quarterback D’Eriq King out with a shoulder injury, Van Dyke and Jake Garcia shined.
The Miami Hurricanes bolted to a 49-0 lead at halftime before lightning delayed the start of the second half. Van Dyke finished 10-11 for 270 yards and three TD passes. Garcia was 11-14 for 147 yards and two TDs and ran once for 45 yards. Freshmen led the way for Miami in the victory over FCS Central Connecticut State.
Multiple other freshmen were in the mix for Miami in the victory over Central Connecticut State. Wide receiver Brashard Smith had five receptions for 91 yards and an explosive 75-yard touchdown reception. Smith took a short pass to the house and added one carry for eight yards.
Romello Brinson and Jacolby George who form a promising trio of WRs with Smith in the Class of 2021 all had their first collegiate TDs on Saturday. Brinson finished with two receptions for 25 yards and George one for 44. Freshmen running backs Cody Brown and Thad Franklin had their first collegiate carries.
Brown was impressive and ran with purpose finishing with 14 carries for 77 yards and two TDs. Franklin had seven carries for 88 yards and a TD. The return of Jaylan Knighton against Virginia on Thursday will provide the Miami coaching staff with a decision to make on who will receive carries against the Cavaliers.
Fourth-year junior Cam’Ron Harris set a career-high with 183 total yards. Harris had 10 carries for 100 yards and two TDs and one reception for 83 yards and a TD. True freshman safety James Williams finished with three tackles, a QB hurry and wore the turnover chain for the first time with his first career interception.
For the first time this season, the Hurricanes took care of business. Miami hosts Virginia on Thursday and needs two play with the same sense of purpose against the Cavaliers in their ACC opener. The Cavaliers will bring a two-game losing streak to Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday. Virginia lost 37-17 on Friday to Wake Forest.
The Cavaliers lost last week 59-39 to North Carolina. Virginia began this season with a 43-0 victory over William and Mary and a 42-14 victory over Illinois. Miami will have a chance to tie Virginia Tech for first place in the ACC Coastal Divison with a victory over Virginia. The Hokies began 2021 with a win over North Carolina.