There was no sugar coating it; the Miami Hurricanes football team needed their successive win to be by a large number of points, particularly since they were hosting the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.
Hurricanes were favored by 35.5; they won 69-0 over the Blue Devils.
There was not much to see here, so you can move along unless you are interested in the future of Hurricanes football.
Tyler Van Dyke started at quarterback for the injured D’Eriq King. However, the game plan was for Jake Garcia to play also. Both were impressive. A slight edge goes to Garcia for this game.
King injured his throwing shoulder during a 38-17 loss against Michigan State on Sept. 18. He did not practice leading up to the CCSU game but was on the sidelines.
King helped on the sideline with defenses coverages, and what stood out from his vantage point was expressing his thoughts to both quarterbacks.
King has thrown for 767 yards and three touchdowns while adding 96 yards on the ground with seven turnovers (four interceptions) in the first three games.
“It’s a hypothetical now (if a dual-quarterback system would be an option against Virginia,” Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said. “Both guys we feel good about, and neither guy would not deserve to play. It’s a quick turnaround; we have to see where D’Eriq is at and whatever gives us the best chance to win is what we’ll do.”
In his first start, Van Dyke threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns, while backup Garcia threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
One of Garcia’s touchdown passes was to freshman wide receiver Romelo Brinson. An amazing one-handed catch while a defender was draped over him and his body parallel to the ground in the end zone. The future is bright.
For the Devils, the score speaks for itself. The Devils finished with 198 totals yards while the Hurricanes racked up 739 yards.
The news leading up to the game was courtesy of Kirk Herbstreit on College Gameday. He expressed his doubts whether the athletic department was willing to make changes to support football, remarking there remain ongoing problems that have kept Miami from being a national power over the last decade.
“There will always be somebody with more resources,” Diaz said. “That’s not a Miami problem. That’s a college football problem with a capital P that no one really wants to talk about. But our best resource here at the University of Miami has always been our people.”
Diaz is in his third year at Miami, but his seat is the warmest it has ever been.
The beat goes on.
Miami (2-2, 0-0 ACC) begins ACC play after a bumpy non-conference slate. Virginia (2-2, 0-2) has lost two in a row, falling to North Carolina and Wake Forest conference opponents.