Kamren Kinchens, Jacurri Brown lead Canes over Georgia Tech

Miami, Florida – Both Kamren Kinchens and Jacurri Brown led the way helping the Miami Hurricanes win on the road against the Yellow Jackets 35-14. Kinchens recorded three interceptions including a 99-yard touchdown return late in the game while Brown threw three TDs in his first collegiate start. Both sides of the ball contributed to the win that nudged the Canes forward to being one W away from playing in a bowl game. Completing 14 of 19 passes, Miami’s quarterback generated 136 yards in the air. He also rushed for 87 yards. Jaylan Knighton, meanwhile, had an encore performance against Georgia Tech hitting the centennial mark with 118 rushing yards and a TD.

Miami forced four turnovers, all of them INTs, spread evenly between QBs Zach Gibson and Zach Pyron. Dominating time of possession, the Hurricanes were efficient on third down converting seven of 12. They were also a perfect three-for-three in the red zone. Overcoming a slow start ahead 14-7 at the half, the Hurricanes scored 21 unanswered points to seal the victory. UM now improves to .500 standing at 5-5 (3-3, ACC).

A more complete effort

The Canes scored on the first possession of the afternoon. Utilizing a heavy run scheme (nine running plays) UM’s opening drive culminated in a 22-yard connection to a wide-open Will Mallory for the go-ahead touchdown. Early in the second quarter, Brown found Jaleel Skinner tossing it to him for the four-yard score making it 14-0 Hurricanes. In the waning seconds of the first half, Pyron hit Nate McCollum for the nine-yard strike. Deferring to receive in the second half, the Yellow Jackets had an opportunity to tie it up. The chance never materialized. Forced into a three-and-out Georgia Tech punted it away in the following sequence.

Their next four possessions ended in two straight interceptions, a turnover on downs, and one more INT for good measure taken to the house by Kinchens himself. With 36 seconds remaining in regulation they finally scored, however, by then it was already over. After failing to score in the third quarter, Brown completed an eight-yard pass to Colbie Young deep inside enemy territory for the 21-7 advantage. Rooster capped off his day with a two-yard rushing TD ending any hope of a comeback.

Final Thoughts

The win was not pretty but it’s been the best performance from the squad for quite a while. Hats off to Kamren Kinchens and Jacurri Brown. The latter was efficient as hoped and so was the ground attack. The defense made its mistakes here and there but this was undoubtedly a solid performance. Kinchens is easily the player of the game. He balled out making sure the Yellow Jackets had a very frustrating day despite winning in total yards, tackles, and first downs. Penalties were an issue with the Canes committing nine for a grand total of 77 yards. Next up is another road game, this time against Clemson.

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