Mark Richt improved to 4-0 in his tenure in Miami with a win over the triple-option Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Favored by a touchdown in this game, the Hurricanes covered the spread thanks to two defensive fumbles that came on consecutive drives. Both touchdowns were recovered and taken back into the end zone by defensive end Joe Jackson, the second expanding the Miami lead to three touchdowns.
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya was 13-19 on the day with one touchdown, and Miami added another two touchdowns on the ground. This was the first game, however, where no Miami back ran for over 100 yards on the day.
Had it not been for the two miscues on offense, Georgia Tech would have been very much in this game. They ran their offense effectively and Miami had no definite answers to stop the rushing attack. Four Yellow Jackets ran for over 30 yards, though none for over 100, as Dedrick Mills led the team with 99.
Miami’s focus seemed to be on containing quarterback Justin Thomas, who ran 15 times for only 7 yards.
This was the first test for a Miami team and they have opened up their conference schedule with a win. The Yellow Jackets, however, have dropped to 3-2, with both loses coming in consecutive weeks against ACC opponents.
Miami must play better if it hopes to beat Florida State next week. Georgia Tech will likewise have their hands full playing at Pitt.