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Recap: Miami edges Georgia Tech for a third straight victory

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The ‘Canes overcame a weird ball game to beat Tech at home.

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The Miami Hurricanes edged out the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 33-30 at Hard Rock Stadium. In a back and forth contest, the Hurricanes were up 14-0 in the first quarter but also trailed 21-17 at the half.

Miami is now 5-4 (3-2 in the ACC) while Georgia Tech is 3-6 (2-5 in the ACC). Tyler Van Dyke had another gem of a performance finishing the game with three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and averaging 11.4 yards per pass attempt.

The ‘Canes offense relied heavily on Van Dyke’s arm, Charleston Rambo at wide receiver, and Jaylan Knighton at running back. Knighton ran for 162 yards and a TD on 5.1 yards per carry, while Rambo caught seven balls for 210 yards and a score.

The issue for Miami was holding onto the football. The ‘Canes offense fumbled three times, including one for a score for GT. Van Dyke’s two point conversion pass was intercepted and returned the other way for a two point score for the Jackets.

Brent Cimaglia and Andres Borregales both missed clutch field goals. Cimaglia finished 0-for-1 while Borregales finished 2-for-3. Jahmyr Gibbs logged 221 total yards and two scores for the Jackets.

Georgia Tech RB Jordan Mason had a 71 yard touchdown run for the Jackets first score of the day. Miami finished the day 0-for-2 on 4th down while GT was only 8-of-20 on 3rd down conversions but 1-of-2 on 4th down. The Jackets had eight penalties for 77 yards while Miami was called for three penalties for 35 yards.

With 10:27 to go, Miami WR Keyshawn Smith’s hauled in a touchdown catch that was quite the play. It’s hard to imagine Dee Wiggins and Mark Pope truly outplaying Smith in practice.

Next Saturday, Miami will face Florida State in Tallahassee at an undetermined time, while the Jackets will face Boston College at home.