Canes Roar Back, 30-7
September 10, 2022
The Miami Hurricanes hosted Southern Mississippi on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, defeating the Golden Eagles, 30-7. Saturday’s game was the first match-up between the two schools.
Miami amassed 451 of total yards on offense while holding Southern Mississippi to 240 total yards, including shutting down the Golden Eagles power rushing attack to only 33 yards.
Southern Mississippi made it a game in the first half. The Golden Eagles converted on four third downs in the first half, while shutting down the Canes’ explosive plays. Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke struggled in the first half. going 12/19, with his first interception of the season. Meanwhile, the Canes’ offensive line allowed two sacks and a number of hurries. Miami finally took the lead with 24 seconds left in the half on a 1-yard run by Henry Parrish.
“Obviously it was a sluggish first half," said head coach Mario Cristobal. "We certainly hurt ourselves more than anything, but credit to them. Southern Miss did some things, especially on defense, that caused a couple of issues with our protection. We made some pretty good halftime adjustments, particularly by the defense, to go out and have the type of second half that they had with shutting down the run and shutting down the pass and creating great field position opportunities for us with the punt return by Tyrique Stevenson."
Miami came out in the second half and quickly stopped So. Miss for a three & out. The Canes then quickly established control of the line of scrimmage on an 13-play, 77 yard drive, primarily on the ground to extend the leading when Thad Franklin scored on a 7-yard run. After holding So. Miss on the next drive, Tyler Van Dyke hist Key Shawn Smith for a 35-yard TD. The Golden Eagles came back, driving 69 yards to the Canes’ 6-yard line before Tyrique Stevenson intercepted in the end zone. With 9:11 to go, Andres Borregales drilled a 33-yard field goal to extend Miami lead to 27-7. Borregales ended the scoring for the day with a 48-yard field, his longest of the season.
Leading the Canes offense was RB Henry Parrish with 116 yards on 24 carries. QB Tyler Van Dyke came back from a slow start to finish 19 of 29, for 263 yards, 1 TD and one interception. Van Dyke spread his passes around with four receivers with at least 3 receptions, led by Xavier Restrepo with 6 receptions for 72 yards.
On defense, the Canes quickly made adjustments after the Golden Eagles came out firing with freshman QB Zach Wilcke striking quickly for a 7-3 lead in the first half. Miami defense buckled down and shutout Southern Miss the rest of the way.
On special teams, Andres Borregales was perfect for the day, going 3/3 on field goals, 3/3 on extra points. His kick-offs deep into the end zone limited the Golden Eagles’ dangerous C. Harrell to no damage done.
Miami (2-0) travels to College Station, Texas next Saturday, September 17th to take on the #6 Texas A&M Aggies.
"Tremendous amount of respect for him (Jimbo Fisher) and they have a very talented football team," said Cristobal.. "It is important that we go back and assess our film and look at our holes. Where can we get better today? Where can we firm up the things we can be better at so that we can operate at a high level in a hostile environment against a talented football team."