Jacksonville Sports Day

LOOKING BACK: Hurricanes Hang on to Wreck Tech, 25-24

MIAMI – The Miami Hurricanes won their fifth straight game to open the season Saturday, topping Georgia Tech, 25-24, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

‘Canes’ running back Travis Homer set a new career mark with 170 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns – one rushing, one receiving. His previous career high for rushing yards in a game was 103, set earlier this year against Bethune-Cookman.

Homer finished with 188 all-purpose yards, including a 17-yard receiving TD with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. It was the first touchdown reception of his career.

“Awesome. I don’t know how many carries it was, but he had 170 yards, I saw. We talked about his conditioning – he still played some special teams, he was still covering some kicks – but he has get vision and quickness, ” said UM coach Mark Richt about Homer. “He secured the ball extremely well.”

QB Malik Rosier finished 23-for-37 for 297 one touchdown. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every start of his career. Rosier has now thrown for 12 touchdowns and
just three interceptions this season.

Senior Michael Badgley connected on field goals from 33, 32, 21 and 24 yards.

“I don’t think we had a fumble the whole day. Our line was playing a little bit mad,” added Richt. “They had some comments made by the opponent that didn’t really sit well with them. And I think our line really came to play and did a great job of moving people and creating space. Other than the blitzes, we really protected pretty good today, too. It just didn’t show up a couple times…they got us more schematically than it was guys just getting whipped.”

Miami linebacker Charles Perry set a career mark with five tackles. His previous career high for a game was four, set earlier this year against Toledo.

The win was Miami’s eighth in its last nine games against Georgia Tech. With the victory, the Hurricanes have won 10 straight games dating back to October 2016; it’s the first such streak for the Hurricanes since winning 10 games from 2003-04.

Georgia Tech dropped to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC play while Miami (5-0, 3-0 ACC) took sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division.

CANES NOTEBOOK: Bob Knowles forced a fumble on a kickoff return in the second quarter, but the fumble was recovered by Georgia Tech. Miami’s defensive unit held its opponent to under 20 first downs for the first time this season. The Hurricanes’ defensive unit held its opponent to fewer than 300 yards of total offense for the first time this season. Miami is the first team this season to hold the Yellow Jackets to fewer than 300 yards of total offense.

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