At the start of the 2021 season, second year student strategist Tyler Van Dyke wasn’t meant to be fight the first quarters of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But from one opponent ranked in the Top 20 to another, Van Dyke led the Miami Hurricanes in battle for each ounce of momentum on Saturday.
On the road against the ACC leader in offensive scoring, Van dyke launched for a career high 428 meters and three touchdowns run Miami (4-4, 2-2 ACC) past # 17 Pittsburgh (6-2, 3-1 ACC) in a 38-34 victory at Heinz Field.
“What an amazing football game,” said Miami head coach Manny Diaz. “Pitt To has an amazing team. It was evident in the first trimester thaIt wasn’t going to be a game of just finding a way to stop. Stops and turnovers. This is what it was all going to be.
With barely four minutes to go, redshirt Pittsburgh senior quarterback Kenny Pickett gave Miami the best second save he could hope for.-and-18.
Although Pickett set a school record with 519 passing yards, the Heisman Trophy contender reversed a pass intended for wide receiver Jordan Addison. The ball landed in the hands of real freshman James Williams, sealing the Panthers’ hopes of taking their first lead of the afternoon.
“It was a devil of a quarterback. He did some unbelievable throw who shocked me there,“said Williams, who logged on the second interception of his college career. “It is a first-rate project [pick], so I didn’t expect him to come and give us the game. We had to go there and earn it.
Van Dyke, on the other hand, kicked off a first quarter consisting of three touchdowns in Miami. The Glastonbury, Connecticut native shot a 20-yard goal to first-year tight end Elijah Arroyo for his first touchdown as a hurricane. Junior tight end Will Mallory finished a three-game drive with a 57-yard touchdown and second-year rookie Jaylan Knighton then took the Hurricanes to a 21-7 advantage on a 40-yard rushing score.
“We started quickly. I had confidence in all the players we have on offense, ”said Van Dyke.
Matching Pittsburgh’s dominant offense, Van Dyke totaled 317 passing yards in the first half after finishing with 325 against the No. 18 NC State.
“Tyler wasn’t even getting the No.2 quarterback’s reps in September when From Eriq was there because he and Jake were breaking up, ”Diaz said. “His calm demeanor is simply remarkable. The guy comes off the pitch after throwing a touchdown pass like it’s just a walk in the park.
Freshman Andy Borregales threw up a successful 26-yard field goal attempt at the four-minute mark of the second and Knighton crossed the Pittsburgh defense line at the 1-yard line for bolster the Hurricanes’ 30-17 lead. The two the teams converted for a total of 12 trips to the red zone.
Focused towards the 7th of the natione-team classified in scoring attack, Miamithe defense of Authorized Pickett space to operate early. Pickett gave a transfer to running back Israel Abanikanda in opening practice and later found the leader of the Panthers in the yards on the ground out of the backfield for a score of 20 yards, to sliceis lying the Hurricanes lead to five early in the second quarter.
348 yards from Pickett first half carried in the third. A pair of consecutive move from touchdowns to receivers Jared Wayne and Jaden Barden tied the contest at 31 points each.
“I told them at halftime that you have to be brave in this game,” Diaz said. “You have to be brave to line up and play against these low after low guys because they were relentless on both sides of the ball to chase us. You couldn’t expect Pitt to ruin everything for us. We were going to have to find a way to win it, and I thought our guys did. “
Second year student Key’Shawn Smith kept the Hurricanes afloat. After Van Dyke‘s filter go to senior wide receiver Mike Harley this moved UM to the Pittsburgh 39-yard line for a first down, Smiea caught a 13 yards touchdown on a slanted road. The score only marked the Hurricanes after half-time.
Pittsburgh kicker Sam Scarton netted a 23-yard field goal in the fourth after hanging up a previous attempt 49 yards wide in the second trimester.
Knighton started UM’s last workout on his own 2-meter line and nearly cost the Hurricanes a security. Cornerback Tamarion Crumpley completed the first rusher of the match, but The officials’ review determined that Knighton was keeping the movement out of the end zone.
Van Dyke fielded an 18-yard pass to senior transfer receiver Charleston Rambo from the goal line, knocking down the Hurricanes in second and 11 for a first down.
Mallory, however, nearly cost the Hurricanes another punt with a 38-34 lead. The Jacksonville, Fla. Native has deployed and received an access card to the line of scrimmage before groping the ball To the Miami 20. The game resulted in the Hurricanes’ first try despite the ball trickling inch of the first marker down.
“It all depended on where the ball came out,” Diaz said. “Obviously from our point of view, and from what you see on the jumbotron, it was really like he rolled on the small sharp we were supposed to send the ball to… From a game of the craziest things, it could have been the craziest.
Hurricanes averaging 13.4 yards per completion still produced just 64 rushing yards in their second consecutive victory over a team ranked in six try.
“Another road win against a Top 20 team, which hasn’t happened here for a long time, I’m so proud of our guys. The way they fight, the way they stay together, and now the thumbs that maybe went against us a few weeks ago, it’s obvious that there were so many fine line play this game and another one is gone our way than Pitt’s.
Following, UM returns home to face Georgia Tech at Hard Rock Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
“I am very moved for our players,” said Diaz. “I am so proud and happy that they have the chance to experience these victories. Theyou are hard wins out of two really, very well football teams …I I just felt like if we kept improving, if we just did the little things better like a frame staff, that the results would begin to show.”