Hurricanes rout Georgia Tech 35-14
Kamren Kinchens had three of Miami’s four interceptions and scored on a 99-yard pick-six, freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown filled in for Tyler Van Dyke and passed for three touchdowns, and the Hurricanes routed Georgia Tech 35-14 on Saturday.
Jaylan Knighton ran 16 times for 118 yards and Brown added 87 yards rushing for Miami (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which broke out of its recent offensive doldrums to net 362 yards, 262 on the ground.
Freshman quarterback Zach Pyron, starting in Jeff Sims' spot for the second straight game, was 12 of 21 passing for Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4).
Zach Gibson, a transfer from Akron, took charge of the offense on the first drive of the fourth quarter with Pyron injured late in the third and quickly threw a deep interception to Kinchens on his second pass that all but ended any remaining suspense in the game.
Brown took charge from there, directing an eight-play, 51-yard drive that ended with Colbie Young catching an 8-yard TD that made it 21-7 with 7:52 remaining. Brown finished 14 of 19 passing for 136 yards.
Kinchens, a sophomore cornerback, ran back a pick of Gibson the distance late in the fourth to make it 35-7.
It hardly mattered that the Hurricanes were without Van Dyke, the reigning ACC offensive rookie of the year who missed the game with a shoulder injury, and starting running back Henry Parrish Jr., who was didn’t play because of an undisclosed injury.
Miami had plenty of firepower to handle Georgia Tech.
Making his first career collegiate start, Brown connected with Will Mallory on the right side for a 22-yard touchdown that made it 7-0 on the opening possession. It was the Hurricanes' first touchdown in nine-plus quarters, a span of 138 minutes.
Tyrique Stevenson intercepted Pyron on a deep ball at the Miami 9 late in the third.
Kinchens picked off Pyron at the Miami 3 midway through the first and one possession later, Jaleel Skinner caught a 4-yard pass on the right side to make it 14-0 with 9:26 to go in the second and end a 14-play, 93-yard drive that consumed 7:31.
Georgia Tech finally got on the scoreboard to trim the lead to 14-7 in the final minute before intermission on Pyron’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Nate McCollum, who made an over-the-shoulder catch on a crossing route in the end zone against Stevenson.
The Jackets came through despite being ranked second-worst nationally in red zone touchdown percentage. The score culminated a 99-yard drive, Georgia Tech’s longest since 2018 against Pittsburgh.
Miami took a 14-13 lead in the all-time series.
Associated Press 2022