Tyler Van Dyke leads Miami football over Texas AM with 5 TD passes

Sep 9, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

Tyler Van Dyke completed 21 passes in 30 attempts for 374 yards and five touchdowns and the Miami football team earned a huge 48-33 win over Texas A&M at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With 1:59 remaining in the game, Miami all-American safety Kam Kinchens was carried off the field on a stretcher.

ABC play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore stated on the broadcast that Kinchens was being taken from Hard Rock Stadium to Ryder Trauma Center. Kinchens had a prominent impact in the Miami win with seven tackles and an interception. Kinchens is arguably the most irreplaceable player on the Miami defense.

The Miami football team dug an early hole with a pair of special teams miscues. Texas A&M partially blocked Dylan Joyce’s punt after forcing a three-and-out on the first drive. The punt went three yards and Texas A&M recovered on the Miami 15 yardline. Three plays later Texas A&M QB Conner Weigman had a one-yard TD run.

The Weigman TD put Texas A&M up 7-0 with the extra point. Randy Bond kicked a 34-yard field goal on the next Texas A&M drive to give the Aggies a 10-0 lead. Miami answered with a seven-play, 75-yard drive in 3:17 that culminated with a three-yard Van Dyke to Colbie Young TD pass.

Texas A&M moved the ball 26 yards in seven plays to the Miami 49 yardline before forcing an Aggies punt. Jacolby George muffed the punt and Texas A&M recovered at the Miami nine-yard yardline. Amari Daniels ran nine yards for a TD on the second play of the drive to stretch the Texas A&M lead to 17-7.

Miami took control following the Daniels’ TD. Van Dyke had a 52-yard TD pass to Isaiah Horton and an 11-yard score to George on the next two drives to put Miami in front to stay 21-17. Following a Bond third-quarter field goal, Breshard Smith returned the kickoff 98 yards for a TD to stretch the lead to 28-20.

George has two more TD receptions and Andres Borregales added two field goals as Miami won its first game versus a non-conference Power Five opponent since a 41-8 win over then-third-ranked Notre Dame in 2017. George finished five receptions for 93 yards and three TDs. Xavier Restrepo had six receptions for 126 yards.

Young finished with six receptions for 75 yards and the one TD. Miami outgained Texas A&M 451-436. Texas A&M QB Conner Weigman was 31-53 for 336 yards, two TDs and the first two interceptions thrown during his college career. A lot of the numbers by Weigman came in the second half.

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Miami has a quick turnaround against Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night at 7:30 PM on the ACC Network. The win was the first by Miami over an SEC opponent since beating Florida 21-16 in 2013. Expect the Miami football team to be ranked in the top 25 when the polls are released on Monday.