Miami football falls at Texas AM with miscues and lack of big plays

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Miscues on special teams and an inability to convert red zone chances cost the Miami football team in a 17-9 loss at Texas A&M on Saturday night. The Hurricanes outgained Texas A&M 392-264 and held the ball for 34:20 to 25:40 for the Aggies but couldn’t overcome their own mistakes.

The teams traded field goals on their first two drives. After the Miami football team forced a three and out, Tyrique Stevenson mishandled a punt return after letting the ball bounce to give Texas A&M the ball at the Miami 28. L.J. Johnson scored on a one-yard run three plays later to put Texas A&M up for good 10-3.

Miami missed field goals on its next two drives sandwiched around forcing a second Texas A&M three and out. The first one was a missed 49-yard Andres Borregales field goal and Texas A&M blocked a 36-yard Borregales attempt on the next drive. Borregales finished the night 3-5 with two second-half field goals.

Miami finished with three scores in four trips in the red zone. Not converting those into touchdowns, untimely penalties and the fumbled punt return by Stevenson were the biggest reasons for the Miami loss. The Hurricanes were only 5-14 on third down but held Texas A&M to 4-12 on their third-down attempts.

Miami followed the blueprint that Appalachian State set last week in their victory. The Hurricanes ran 36 times for 175 yards. Henry Parrish had 16 carries for 75 yards and Jaylan Knighton 14 for 77. After struggling most of the night, Tyler Van Dyke finished 21-41 for 217 yards. Van Dyke was 11-19 for 100 yards in the fourth quarter.

Miami also ran 77 plays to 52 for Texas A&M. Tight end Will Mallory led Miami with six receptions for 52 yards. Miami missed leading receiver, Xavier Restrepo. Head coach Mario Cristobal verified after the game that Restrepo is out for six weeks. Miami will need a wide receiver to step up with Restrepo out.

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Miami will host Middle Tennessee State next week and then have its bye week. The Hurricanes host North Carolina on October 8 to begin ACC play. Miami was in the game with a chance to win. Their own mistakes cost them in a one-score game with a chance to tie on the final drive in Texas A&M territory.