Quarterback Jake Garcia led the Miami football team in a brief comeback against Duke. A 34-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to tight end Will Mallory with 13:06 remaining in the third quarter on October 22 put the Hurricanes in front 21-17. That was the last TD Miami has scored. That was 138:06 plus four overtimes ago.
Garcia completed five passes for 123 yards and two TDs in the third quarter against Duke. The Miami football team has 187 yards passing in the last two full games plus overtime. Jacurri Brown, Garcia and Tyler Van Dyke have all played QB for Miami in the last three weeks. Miami has regressed offensively from early in October.
Van Dyke threw for 487 yards and five touchdowns in a 27-24 Miami loss to North Carolina and a 20-14 win over Virginia Tech. Miami has been anemic offensively since the fourth quarter of the Duke game. Miami had 42 total yards and three turnovers in the fourth quarter versus Duke.
Miami had 272 total yards in the 14-12 quadruple overtime win against Virginia. Florida State held Miami to 188. It has not solely been the lack of a passing game. Miami has not averaged over 4.0 yards per carry since losing 17-9 at Texas A&M in week three. Henry Parrish has been the only reliable Miami RB for most of 2022.
Parrish had six carries for 14 yards before leaving with an injury versus Florida State. In the two previous games, Parrish had 35 carries for 176 yards. Miami has not been consistently balanced offensively this season. The Hurricanes ran well early in the season before the two-game stretch by Van Dyke last month.
Against Florida State, everything went wrong defensively and offensively. Against Virginia, Miami could rely on conservative playcalling because of the Cavaliers’ poor offense. Florida State completely shut down Miami offensively. Miami averaged a season-worst 3.62 yards per play versus Florida State.
Miami travels to Georgia Tech next weekend. The Hurricanes need wins in two of their final three games to qualify for a bowl game. Georgia Tech is 94th nationally allowing 410.4 total yards per game. The Miami offense has an opportunity to perform against a defense that has allowed over 400 yards four times this season.