Miami football puts Bethune Cookman away early winning 48-7

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 /

The Miami football team raced to a 34-0 halftime lead and put Bethune-Cookman away in a 48-7 win at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday night. Miami outgained Bethune-Cookman 415 yards to 36 in the first half. Quarterbacks Tyler Van Dyke and Emory Williams had exceptional games in the victory.

Van Dyke was 19 of 23 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Williams completed nine passes in 11 attempts for 102 yards. Van Dyke opened the scoring on the first drive with a 10-yard run. Miami scored on its second drive, culminated by an Ajay Allen eight-yard run.

Jacolby George, Don Chaney Jr. and Breshard Smith scored the other Miami TDs before halftime. Xavier Restrepo led the Miami football team with six receptions for 120 yards. Jacolby George had his fourth TD reception in two games and Breshard Smith scored the other. Ten Miami plays had receptions.

Four Miami running backs ran for at least 50 yards. Don Chaney Jr. led the Miami rushers with seven carries for 73 yards and a TD. True freshman Chris Johnson made his Miami debut and had seven carries for 40 yards and a TD. Miami had five rushing TD. Allen scored twice and Van Dyke added a rushing TD.

Miami finished with 589 total yards while holding Bethune-Cookman to 165 yards. The Hurricanes finished with 349 passing yards and 240 rushing. Bethune-Cookman finished with 132 yards passing and 33 rushing. Three different QBs played for Bethune-Cookman. QB Walter Simmons scored the Wildcats lone TD.

Ray Ray Joseph had three receptions for five yards and Robbie Washington had two for 27 among the other freshmen who had an impact offensively. Freshman edge rusher Jayden Wayne tied for the team lead with four tackles. Cornerback Jaidus Richard and middle linebacker Francisco Mauigoa also had four stops.

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Miami had 10 tackles for loss and four sacks. Defensive tackle Thomas Gore led Miami with two TFLs and CB Damari Brown had 1.5. One of the TFLs for Brown came on a stout tackle in the backfield during a running play. Miami next plays on September 23 at Temple, followed by a bye week.