It didn’t take long for Miami to separate itself from Bethune-Cookman on Saturday afternoon.

The Hurricanes were already leading 21-3 when the defense picked off quarterback Jalon Jones and returned it for a touchdown.

Defensive line transfer Akheem Mesidor got things started by tipping the ball at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Gilbert Frierson then caught ball and brought it into the end zone.

Here’s the play:

That will go down as the first defensive score of the Mario Cristobal era. It also gave the Canes a 28-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Miami is mostly healthy for this game, although is missing a couple key players on offense in left tackle Zion Nelson and running back Jaylan Knighton.

Defensively, several players — including Mesidor — are making their program debuts. Fellow transfers Mitchell Agude and Caleb Johnson have both recorded tackles in the first half.