Atlanta – This is what it was supposed to look like. The Miami Hurricanes played their first complete football game versus a P5 program as they beat Georgia Tech 35-14 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It was a complete effort. From the players to the coaches, everything clicked. The Miami Hurricanes finally looked like a football team that was familiar with the game.
Offensively, much maligned OC Josh Gattis came up with a game plan that worked for freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown. He finished the day with 136 yards passing on 14 or 19 attempts. He also added 87 yards on the ground with 19 rushes. He brings something to the game that neither Tyler Van Dyke or Jake Garcia does. Jaylon Knighton added to the ground game with 118 yards on 16 carries as he filled in for the injured Henry Parrish Jr. Most importantly for Rooster, zero turnovers.
Defensively, Kam Kinchens showed up with three interceptions, one of which he returned 99-yards for a touchdown in the closing moments. Miami dominated time of possession by over 11 minutes. All three phases clicked and Miami kept alive their hopes to qualify for a bowl game. They now stand at five wins with two games remaining.
Miami came out clicking as Jacurri Brown led the team on a 11 play 75-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard touchdown pass to Will Mallory. The Canes offense would follow that up in the second quarter with a 14-play 93-yard drive that saw Brown hook up with fellow freshman Jaleel Skinner to put Miami up 14-0. Georgia Tech would score a touchdown late in the half on a 15-play, 99-yard drive that was able to happen because ACC officials missed a clear hold on 3rd down earlier which would have led to a punt.
Aftet a lethargic 3rd quarter, Miami unleashed for 21 fourth quarter points. First Brown hooked up with Colbie Young for a 8-yard score to go up 21-7 with 7:52 remaining. Add in Jaylon Knighton’s 2-yard run later in the 4th and this game was a wrap. Andy Borregales was perfect on the day with five extra points. Next up for Miami is a trip to Death Valley to face Clemson on Saturday.