Kamren Kinchens tied the single-game Miami football record with three interceptions in a 35-14 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. Kinchens had his first interception in the opening quarter and the last two in the fourth quarter. The final interception for Kinchens was a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The first interception by Kinchens came on the first Georgia Tech drive at the Miami two-yard line following a TD by the Hurricanes on the opening drive. After the teams exchanged punts on the next two drives, Miami had another scoring drive to extend the lead to 14-0. Kinchens added eight tackles and one pass breakup.
Kinchens’ three interceptions, plus another pick by Tyrique Stevenson helped Miami have a 4-0 turnover margin. It was the first time Miami was plus-four in turnovers since a 48-0 win at Duke on December 5, 2020. The last time a Miami player had three interceptions in a game was Kenny Phillips versus Duke in 2006.
Kinchens also had a half tackle for loss. Kinchens is a lock to become the third Miami football player to earn an ACC Defensive Player of the Week when it’s released on Monday. Akheem Mesidor against Virginia Tech and Leonard Taylor versus Virginia were named ACC Defensive Linemen of the Week in Miami wins last month.
Kinchens now has six interceptions this season. Seven players nationally entered Saturday with five interceptions. One more interception this season and Kinchens will break into the top 10 in Miami history for interceptions in a season. Bennie Blades in 1986 and Sean Taylor in 2004 have the single-season Miami record with 10.
Saturday was the multiple interception game of Kinchens’ career. The eight tackles were also a career-high for Kinchens. Kinchens led a Miami defense to hold Georgia Tech to 363 yards as Miami gained only 353. Miami made the most of its opportunities offensively. Kinchens two red zone interceptions were huge.
Kinchens had put himself in place to earn All-ACC following the season. Miami has a big opportunity next week at Clemson. The Hurricanes can clinch a bowl berth with a win over the Tigers. Miami players will have an opportunity to assert themselves in what will likely be in front of a national audience.