No. 22 Miami routs FCS member Bethune-Cookman 48-7

Hurricanes score at least 38 points through first 3 games
Published: Sep. 14, 2023 at 11:10 PM EDT
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Tyler Van Dyke threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns while playing only the first half and No. 22 Miami eased past FCS member Bethune-Cookman 48-7 on Thursday night.

Van Dyke completed 19 of 23 passes and ran for a score for Miami (3-0), which got touchdowns on five of its six first-half possessions on the way to a 34-0 lead at the break. Emory Williams took over for Van Dyke to begin the third quarter.

Xavier Restrepo had six catches for 120 yards for the Hurricanes, while Jacolby George and Brashard Smith had touchdown receptions.

Ajay Allen ran for two scores for Miami, and Don Chaney Jr. and Chris Johnson Jr. each had a rushing score. Miami has scored at least 38 points in each of the season's first three games for only the second time in the last 20 years — it also happened in 2016.

Miami running back Ajay Allen (28) scores a touchdown against Bethune-Cookman during the first...
Miami running back Ajay Allen (28) scores a touchdown against Bethune-Cookman during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Walker Simmons Jr., Bethune-Cookman's third quarterback of the night, ensured the Wildcats (1-2) would avoid the shutout by scoring on a 6-yard keeper with 1:19 left.

Van Dyke started the night 13th on Miami’s career completions list with exactly 400 as a Hurricane. He’s now 10th with 419, after passing No. 12 Brock Berlin (406), No. 11 Steve Walsh (410) and No. 10 Vinny Testaverde (413).

Next up: No. 9 Craig Erickson (420), No. 8 Ryan Clement (427) and No. 7 Bernie Kosar (463).

Van Dyke also passed Walsh for No. 11 on the school’s all-time yardage list, and his 19-for-23 night lifted his career completion percentage to 64.1 — just 0.6% behind D’Eriq King for the best in Miami history.

Associated Press 2023