Miami football frontline players dominate Bethune-Cookman in 1st half

Sep 14, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

As expected the frontline players for the Miami football team dominated Bethune-Cookman in the first half staking the Hurricanes to a 34-0 lead. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was 19-23 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and added two carries for 16 yards and a TD.

Don Chaney Jr. led Miami with five carries for 62 yards and a TD. Henry Parrish had seven carries for 52 yards and one reception for four. Ajay Allen was the other Miami ball carrier with six carries for 38 yards and a TD. Miami had 20 carries for 168 yards and three TDs in the first half versus Bethune-Cookman.

Xavier Restrepo led Miami receivers by posting his second straight 100-yard game with six receptions for 120 yards. Jacolby George had four receptions for 47 yards and his fourth TD in the last two games. Colbie Young had four receptions for 39 yards, and Breshard Smith had two for 33 and his first receiving TD  this season.

True freshman Ray Ray Joseph had one reception for a loss of four yards. Tight end Cameron McCormick had one reception for eight yards. Van Dyke has continued to show he has an excellent grasp of the Shannon Dawson offense. Miami rolled up 415 yards, 23 first downs and were 4-4 on third down in the first half.

Safety James Williams and middle linebacker Francisco Mauigoa led Miami with three tackles in the first half. Linebacker Corey Flagg and defensive linemen Rueben Bain, Thomas Gore, Jacob Lichtenstein and Jaren Harrison-Hunte all recorded tackles for loss in the first half. Bain, Lichtenstein and Harrison-Hunte had sacks.

dark. Next. 4 new Miami defensive starters due to injuries

The Miami football team played on Thursday night without DL Branson Deen, Nyjalik Kelly and Akheem Mesidor, safety Kamren Kinchens, running back Mark Fletcher and tight end Elijah Arroyo. There has not been a timeline reported on when any of the starters could return. All but Arroyo were injured last week versus Texas A&M.