Miami football cruises to win over Boston College

Nov 24, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports /

The defense tightened up after allowing a touchdown on the opening drive and the Miami football team cruised to a 45-20 win at Boston College on Friday afternoon. Miami forced four Boston College punts following the opening drive TD and scored TDs on four of its five first-half possessions to lead 28-7 at halftime.

The Miami football team had its most complete performance this season. Miami outgained Boston College 532-294. Tyler Van Dyke was 23-36 for 290 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Xavier Restrepo had six receptions for 117 yards and Henry Parrish had 11 carries for 111 yards and two TDs.

Boston College went 75 yards in 10 plays over 5:05 to open the scoring. A Kye Robichaux one-yard run put Boston College up 7-0. Robichaux who entered the game averaging 75.89 rushing yards per game finished with four carries for eight yards. Castellanos was the BC offense for nearly the entire game.

The Eagles quarterback finished 15-25 for 151 yards, one TD and two interceptions. Castellanos added 19 carries for 120 yards rushing. Miami for the most part was able to limit Castellanos. Castellanos was responsible for 281 of the 294 total yards for Boston College. Miami took control of the game after the first drive.

Van Dyke led Miami on a 15-play, 67-yard drive in 7:21 to tie the game at seven. A Mark Fletcher one-yard run capped the drive. The Miami defense held Boston College to three consecutive three-and-outs after the Eagles scored on their first drive of the game. The fourth first-half BC drive was four plays for 17 yards.

Miami had a seven-play, 63-yard drive over 3:03 to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on its second drive of the game. After a three-and-out on its third drive, Miami went 10 plays, 69 yards in 4:32. A Colbie Young 10-yard TD reception came in between two Henry Parrish TD runs as Miami led 28-7 at halftime.

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Miami will find out its bowl destination and opponent on December 2. The Hurricanes finish the regular season 7-5 after a 5-7 record in 2022. Restrepo has 74 receptions for 993 yards and five TDs. Restrepo is five receptions from tying the Miami single-season record set by Charleston Rambo in 2021.