Miami pulls away for 35-14 win
November 12, 2022
Miami got off to a fast start, then pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4 ACC), 35-14 in Atlanta.
The Canes entered the game struggling on offense. They had not scored a touchdown in over 9 quarters. Miami (5-5, 3-3 ACC) took the opening kickoff 75 yards on 11 plays, with rue freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown hitting TE Will Mallory for a 22 yard touchdown to break the TD drought. In the second quarter, the Canes went on 93 yard drive, with Brown hitting true freshman TE Jaleel Skinner for a 4-yard touchdown pass.
Just before the half, Georgia Tech drove 99 yards, scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass by Nate McCollum from Zach Pyron. The teams went into halftime with Miami holding a 14-7 lead. That was as close as Tech would get the rest of the game. The Canes scored 21 points in the fourth quarter before the Yellow Jackets scored a final touchdown in the closing minutes.
Miami’s offense ran up 353 yards of total offense. QB Jacurri Brown went 14-19 for 136 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Brown also contributed 87 yards on the ground to keep Tech frustrated on defense. Running back Jaylan Knighton ran for 118 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
As the teams duked it out in the third quarter, Miami punter Lou Hedley continually pinned the Yellow Jackets deep in their own territory. He delivered three punts inside Georgia Tech’s 20-yard line, two of which were downed inside the five yard line. On the day, Hedley’s five punts average 46.0 yards per punt. He clearly won the field position battle.
On defense, Miami intercepted Tech four times and ultimately broke the Yellow Jackets back when Miami safety Kam Kinchens scored on a 99-yard pick six. Kinchens had a career game, with three interceptions.
Miami travels to Clemson (9-1, 7-0 ACC) next Saturday to take on the Tigers in Death Valley. The Canes need one more win to become bowl eligible.