MIAMI GARDENS, Fla .– Tyler Van Dyke has confirmed his comments. And Miami has taken a big step toward potential recovery from its season.
Van Dyke had 325 yards and four touchdowns, including two at Charleston Rambo, to lead the Hurricanes past No.18 NC State 31-30 on Saturday night – shattering what was a six-game losing streak against opponents from Power 5.
The freshman, who started this season supporting the now injured D’Eriq King, said earlier in the week he didn’t think NC State could stop the Miami offensive. And after making 25 of 33 passes, he agreed.
“What about Tyler Van Dyke?” I mean, it’s amazing, ”Miami coach Manny Diaz said. “Third conference game. And this defense is one hell of a defense. I mean, no one moves the ball on them.
Correction: no one had any.
Jaylan Knighton totaled 166 yards – 83 rushing, 83 more receiving – and one touchdown for Miami (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Rambo finished with nine catches for 127 yards and Will Mallory hit a touchdown for the Hurricanes.
Devin Leary threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another for NC State. Thayer Thomas got both touchdown receptions for the Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1).
“Obviously we’re very emotional, disappointed,” said NC State coach Dave Doeren. “I have to give Miami credit. We didn’t make the games we needed to do what we did and we helped them at some key points.
Van Dyke’s comments were noticed by the Wolfpack, and Diaz said there was a slew of pre-game talk in response.
It didn’t matter. The child did not blink.
“I love Tyler on quarterback,” Rambo said.
And on the night that Miami paid tribute to its most recent team for the national title, the 2001 team which is widely regarded as one of the best in college football history, the final score was another deeply engraved in the tradition of the hurricane.
Miami 31, Nebraska 30 was the score from the Orange Bowl that capped the 1983 season when the Hurricanes won their first national championship.
Miami 31, NC State 30 wasn’t for any title, and the Hurricanes have a lot of work to do just to get into a bowl game, but it was cause for celebration nonetheless. Miami came into play on Saturday after dropping five consecutive points in total, having chances to win both in the dying seconds, but found a way in this one.
“The fight is special on our team,” said Diaz.
Miami took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter when Van Dyke hit Knighton for 53 yards on the fourth down. But the Wolfpack took a 17-14 halftime lead after the pair of Leary-to-Thomas TD connections, the second of those coming with 15 seconds before intermission and forcing Miami fans to calm their squad. with boos as they left the field.
It was back and forth from there, and NC State regained the lead early in the fourth on a 17-yard run by Leary – a play set up by Trent Pennix scolding 40 yards on a false punt. .
“It’s hard when you put in so much work,” Leary said. “Obviously, this game didn’t go the way we wanted. We’re going to put him to bed (and) get back to work.
Van Dyke calmly walked in Miami 11 games and knocked Rambo four yards with 9:34 left to put Miami in the lead for good. NC State was fourth and -8 with just under 3 minutes left, but Leary’s pass to Ricky Person was stopped long before the opening goal by Kamren Kinchens.
On third and 16 with about 2:30 to go, he found Mallory over the middle for 21 yards. The Wolfpacks ran out of time out and Miami ran out of time from there.
“This team is mentally strong,” said Diaz. “This team is resilient. It’s in our DNA. It’s part of the culture of our program.
The ACC could be reduced to two ranked teams – Wake Forest and Pitt – when the new Top 25 AP releases on Sunday.
The state welcomes Louisville on Saturday while Miami travels to Pittsburgh.
This story is written by The Associated Press.