Miami is 3-0 to begin a season for just the second time in the last six years.

The Hurricanes followed up a massive win over a then-ranked Texas A&M squad last week with an overwhelming performance against Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night. No. 22 Miami did its work in the first half and cruised to a 48-7 victory.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

Offense keeps it rolling

Against Texas A&M, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke was wonderful. He threw for five scores and nearly 400 yards.

On Thursday night, Van Dyke stayed hot. He completed 19 of his 23 pass attempts for 247 yards and two touchdowns before an early curtain call. Each of his first five passes — all completions — went to different targets.

Miami scored touchdowns on each of its first four drives. A fumble in the second quarter ended that run, but the Hurricanes responded with back-to-back scoring drives to close out the first half and then open the second half.

With Van Dyke at the controls, the Canes averaged 9.7 yards a play in the first half. They went 4-for-4 on third downs, committed just one penalty, dominated time of possession, and outgained Bethune-Cookman 415-36.

Van Dyke also had a rushing score!

In a game where one team is so obviously superior — and they know it — you don’t always see a super-sharp performance. Not tonight. The Hurricanes were on the money when they were running the ones. Reads, execution, playmaking, it was all on point.

Van Dyke, by the way, has now accounted for the third-most touchdowns by a Miami quarterback through the team’s first three games in 20 years. You like that, but you like the efficiency more. He’s completing 76% of his passes and has just one interception, and that came in the opener.

Front line dominates

By the way, that 37 yards?


Miami had three sacks in the first half. It allowed 11 rushing yards on 15 carries. The Hurricanes controlled the ball and limited Bethune-Cookman’s time on the field, but the Hurricane defense made sure those brief moments weren’t enjoyable.

Take a bow, Xavier

Miami wideout Xavier Restrepo has now posted back-to-back 100-yard outings.

Against Bethune-Cookman, Restrepo had six catches for 120 yards.

In one half.

Restrepo entered the evening leading the ACC in receiving yardage. He’ll exit the evening with 314 yards. (And, curiously, still no touchdown.) He’s only 63 yards away from surpassing the leading wide receiver on last year’s team.

Miami hasn’t had a receiver lead the ACC in yardage since Leonard Hankerson in 2010. There’s still a long way to go on the year, but the chemistry between Restrepo and Van Dyke appears to be solid early. Miami is in a rhythm, and Van Dyke is looking to the 5-foot-10 junior with regularity.

He has 21 targets in three games, nearly a third of all Van Dyke throws.