The Miami Hurricanes started a little sluggish against FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman on Saturday closed out the visiting Wildcats 41-13. After trailing 3-0, Miami tied the score with a field goal 3-3. Several penalties hindered early drives for the Canes, but they had a strong second quarter to create the expected distance.
Miami would score 21 points in the second, with RB Mark Walton leading the charge scoring the team’s first TD of the season with 13:33 left in the second quarter. Redshirt junior QB Malik Rosier added two TD passes, one to Lawrence Cager and the other to Darrell Langham. In his only second collegiate start, Rosier’s first half pretty solid, 11/17 132 yards along with those two TDs.
Mark Walton was dominant in the first half with 124 yards on only 12 carriers. The Canes rushed for 192 yards total in the first half. Canes with the 24-6 lead heading into the locker room.
The Canes struck quickly with their first possession in the third quarter as Mark Walton scored his second TD of the game on a six yard scamper. Bethune-Cookman however didn’t fold as they responded with an 11 play 75 yard drive with Michael Jones punching it in, inside the 1. 31-13 Miami still leading.
Rosier would find Braxton Berrios on a 22 yard toss to build the lead to 25, 38-13. The play was the third TD pass of the day for Malik Rosier. Rosier would earn his bench spot with about 8:30 left in the game. Evan Shirriffs took over. Rosier would close the day 17/28 217 yards 3TD.
Michael Badgley would tack on a 50 yard field goal in the fourth quarter making the score 41-13 and that’s how the game would conclude. The Canes would rush for 322 yards, which included Walton’s 148 yards on 16 carries and Travis Homer’s 108 yards on 11 carries. Rosier had 41 yards on 4 rushes. Clearly the offensive line did their thing, a good rushing attack and no sacks. Only one turnover in the game and that was an INT by Malek Young.