University of Miami routs Central Connecticut, sets school yardage record

Published on Sunday, 26 September 2021 21:04
Written by TYLER HETU

@TheTylerHetu

Central Connecticut football was blown out by University of Miami (2-2) Saturday afternoon 69-0.

The Hurricanes tallied a school-record 739 yards on the Blue Devils without its leading quarterback D'Erik King.

In his place Tyler Van Dyke, a Glastonbury, Connecticut native, passed for 270 yards and three scores in his first collegiate start. Van Dyke is the first Miami quarterback since Brock Berlin in 2003 to throw a touchdown on the first possession of his first start, completing a pass to Mike Harley for six.

On the ground, Miami's Cam’Ron Harris led with 100 yards rushing and two scores. Brashad Smith had 91 yards receiving with one score to lead the 'Canes.

Florida native Romelo Williams passed for 132 yards on 15 of 28 passing for Central with one interception. Williams completed four passes to Ty'Shaun James, who racked up a team-high 49 yards for CCSU.

The Blue Devils ran for 29 total yards with Nas Smith racking up 22 of them on his own. He had 12 rushing attempts.

CCSU struggled to generate a scoring drive all day, missing a 30-yard field goal attempt with 4:58 to go in the game in its final chance to generate points in the contest.

On special teams the Blue Devils stayed busy, racking up 372 yards on eight attempts from punter Aidan Clark. One punt went for a gain of three yards after the ball was snapped over his head, leading to him punting it 45 yards from deep within his own territory.

"We knew coming into it that we were going to be a little bit outmanned, and we certainly were," said CCSU head coach Ryan McCarthy to USA Today. "We certainly learned a lot about us, who we are. We played hard until the end."

Next up for the Blue Devils (1-3) will be Columbia (2-0) on Oct. 9, a homecoming affair for CCSU. Kickoff will come at 1 p.m.



Posted in The Bristol Press, CCSU on Sunday, 26 September 2021 21:04. Updated: Sunday, 26 September 2021 21:06.