3 takeaways from Miami's dominant Week 1 win over Bethune-Cookman
The Mario Cristobal era has begun.
Miami got off to a great start Saturday afternoon, beating Bethune-Cookman 70-13. This was Miami’s first time to clear the 70-point threshold since 2018.
Miami rushed for 7 touchdowns while quarterback Tyler Van Dyke threw for 2 more.
Here’s 3 takeaways from Miami’s dominant performance vs. Bethune-Cookman:
Henry Parrish Jr. can play
The Ole Miss transfer scored all 3 of his touchdowns before the break, equaling his season touchdown total from a year ago in Oxford. He finished the game with 14 carries for 108 yards.
Parrish is expected to share the workload this season with Jaylan Knighton, who did not play in this game due to an apparent injury. Parrish also caught 3 passes for 25 yards.
Finding consistency at receiver has been a big theme for Miami during fall camp. Mario Cristobal acknowledged drops from wide receivers on multiple occasions in recent weeks, but that wasn’t an issue on Saturday vs. Bethune-Cookman.
Xavier Restrepo led the way with 5 catches for 100 yards and 1 touchdown. Michael Redding III, who started the game over several more experienced players, also scored a touchdown.
Overall, 10 different receivers caught at least one pass in this game. That list included true freshman tight end Jaleel Skinner, who caught a 30-yard pass in the second half.
Big plays defensively
Miami made some big plays defensively and on special teams.
The Canes’ fourth touchdown of the game came on a pick-6 from linebacker Gilbert Frierson. Transfer defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage, giving Frierson a chance to make the play.
Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson also partially blocked a field goal in this game.
Miami would have won comfortably even without those plays, but it’s still nice to see the Canes are capable of making things happen on defense and on special teams. Bethune-Cookman averaged just 3.2 yards per rush