The University of Miami defeated Bethune-Cookman soundly (38-10) after a breakout performance by highly touted freshman running back, Duke Johnson. Johnson, who was playing in just his third collegiate contest, scored 4 times (1 kick return td, 1 receiving td, and 2 rushing tds).
BCU took an early 7-0 lead in the contest on Isidore Jackson’s 1 yard touchdown run. The drive started at the Miami 20 yard line after Jazz Moss forced a fumble from Hurricane return man Phillip Dorsett.
Johnson made his first impact play of the game when he returned BCU’s ensuing kickoff 95 yards to tie the score at 7-7. The Canes took a 17-7 lead into halftime behind Johnson’s 1 yard td run with 5:48 remaining in the 2nd quarter and a Jake Wieclaw 20 yard field goal with :35 seconds left in the half.
The Duke Johnson show continued in the second half. The Wildcats trailed by just 10 points midway through the third quarter but Duke Johnson struck again. This time on a receiving touchdown after taking a Stephen Morris screen pass 50 yards for his 3rd touchdown of the afternoon pushing the margin to 24-7 in the process.
Sven Hurd’s 31 yard field goal cut the lead to 24-10 and represented BCU’s only points of the 2nd half. But Johnson’s final score of the contest, a 28 yard touchdown run, put the game out of reach at 31-10. The Canes tacked on another touchdown late for a 38-10 victory.
Coach Brian Jenkins was in no mood to celebrate Johnson’s 4 touchdown afternoon in his postgame press conference. “He exploded because we missed tackles”. “Any running back can be good when you miss as many tackles as we did today. We did not execute”. “It wasn’t what Miami did…it was what we didn’t do. That is no disrespect to Miami.” “I don’t care who we would have played today. We could have played the (Pop Warner) Mighty Midgets; with the execution errors we had today they would have beat us”.
Quentin Williams makes debut
After trailing 24-7 in the 3rd quarter, BCU redshirt freshman quarterback, Quentin Williams, made his college football debut. Williams completed his first three passes and drove the Wildcats on a 13 play, 69 yard drive which cut the deficit to 14 points midway through the 4th quarter.
Williams looked poised in his first performance and finished the afternoon going 5-9 passing for 69 yards.
The Wildcats return to FCS play in next week’s home opener against Tennessee State. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00.
Team Stat Comparison
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Scoring Summary FIRST QUARTER COOK MIA
TD 02:37 Isidore Jackson 1 Yd Run (Sven Hurd Kick) 7 0
TD 02:25 Duke Johnson 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 7 7
SECOND QUARTER COOK MIA
TD 05:48 Duke Johnson 1 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 7 14
FG 00:35 Jake Wieclaw 20 Yd 7 17
THIRD QUARTER COOK MIA
TD 04:26 Duke Johnson 50 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 7 24
FOURTH QUARTER COOK MIA
FG 09:49 Sven Hurd 31 Yd 10 24
TD 08:25 Duke Johnson 28 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 10 31
TD 03:56 Eduardo Clements 10 Yd Run (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 10 38