Tyler Van Dyke close to Brad Kayaa’s Miami 300-yard game record

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

With 374 yards passing in the 48-33 win over Texas A&M on Saturday, Tyler Van Dyke had his ninth 300-yard passing game of his Miami career. Brad Kaaya who holds the Miami career passing yardage record also holds the Miami record for 300-yard passing games with 11. Van Dyke should eclipse that record this season.

Tyler Van Dyke had six consecutive 300-yard games to end the 2021 season and two in 2022 before his first 300-yard game of 2023 on Saturday. Kaaya had three 300-yard games as a true freshman in 2014, four in 2015 and four in 2016 in his final season playing for the Miami football program.

Bernie Kosar holds the Miami single-season record for 300-yard games with eight in 1984. Van Dyke did not start until the fourth game of the 2021 season or he likely would have at least tied the single-season record set by Kosar. With 10 games left this season, Van Dyke should have a good chance at Kosar’s record.

All eight of the 300-yard passing games by Van Dyke have been against Power Five opponents. Van Dyke threw for a career-high 496 passing yards in 2022 versus North Carolina. The five touchdown passes Van Dyke threw against Texas A&M on Saturday were a career-best.

Kaaya had 300-yard passing games versus Appalachian State and Arkansas State with the other nine against Power Five programs. Kosar set the Miami record with 3,642 passing yards in 1984. Kaaya threw for 3,532 passing yards in 2016 which is the second most yards in a single season in Miami history.

Miami has 10 games remaining this season. Van Dyke will not play the entire game versus Bethune-Cookman on Thursday. After Bethune-Cookman, Miami will play at Temple on September 23. Temple has the 60th-ranked pass defense in the FBS allowing 201.5 yards per game after two weeks.

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Clemson is ninth, allowing 118.0 passing yards per game and Boston College who is 24th nationally allowing 151.0 passing yards per game are the only pass defenses in the top 25 that Miami will face this season. North Carolina who allows 314.0 passing yards per game and is 121st will be the worst pass defense Miami plays.