Kinchens’ 3 INTs, Miami’s offense shines in rout of Jackets

Nov 12, 2022, 1:59 AM | Updated: 5:57 pm
Georgia Tech interim head coach Brent Key, front left, shake hands with Miami head coach Mario Cris...

Georgia Tech interim head coach Brent Key, front left, shake hands with Miami head coach Mario Cristobal, right, after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

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              Georgia Tech interim head coach Brent Key, front left, shake hands with Miami head coach Mario Cristobal, right, after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Georgia Tech running back Hassan Hall catches a pass in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Miami cornerback DJ Ivey, left, hits Georgia Tech wide receiver Malik Rutherford (12) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Miami quarterback Jacurri Brown throws in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Georgia Tech running back Hassan Hall avoids tackle by Miami safety Kamren Kinchens in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Georgia Tech quarterback Zach Pyron throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Georgia Tech interim head coach Brent Key speaks with a game official in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Miami head coach Mario Cristobal runs onto the field in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Georgia Tech quarterback Zach Pyron runs with the ball in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Miami quarterback Jacurri Brown, left, hands off to running back Jaylan Knighton in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Miami safety Kamren Kinchens, right, breaks up pass intended for Georgia Tech wide receiver Nate McCollum (8) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)
            
              Miami quarterback Jacurri Brown (11) is tackled by Georgia Tech's linebacker Ayinde Eley (2) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

ATLANTA (AP) — Kamren Kinchens had three of Miami’s four interceptions and scored on a 99-yard pick-six, freshman quarterback Jacurri Brown filled in for Tyler Van Dyke and passed for three touchdowns, and the Hurricanes routed Georgia Tech 35-14 on Saturday.

Jaylan Knighton ran 16 times for 118 yards and Brown added 87 yards rushing for Miami (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which broke out of its recent offensive doldrums to net 353 yards, 217 on the ground.

“It feels great,” Kinchens said after tying a school record and becoming the first Hurricane with three interceptions in a single game since Randy Phillips had three in 2006. “A lot of trials and tribulations last week, and we just made it a thing to work hard so we won’t get that feeling no more.”

Freshman quarterback Zach Pyron, starting in Jeff Sims’ spot for the second straight game, was 12 of 21 passing for Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4).

Zach Gibson, a transfer from Akron, took charge of the offense on the first drive of the fourth quarter with Pyron injured late in the third and quickly threw a deep interception to Kinchens on his second pass that all but ended any remaining suspense in the game.

Brown took charge from there, directing an eight-play, 51-yard drive that ended with Colbie Young catching an 8-yard TD that made it 21-7 with 7:52 remaining. Brown finished 14 of 19 passing for 136 yards.

Brown, who grew up in Valdosta, Ga., had plenty of family and friends on hand to watch his career first start in college.

“It felt great,” he said. “It’s amazing. I feel like everything I went through from when I was younger up until this point was worth it. All the hard the coaching and everything like that was worth it.”

Kinchens, a sophomore safety, ran back a pick of Gibson the distance late in the fourth to make it 35-7.

It hardly mattered that the Hurricanes were without Van Dyke, the reigning ACC offensive rookie of the year who missed the game with a shoulder injury, and starting running back Henry Parrish Jr., who was didn’t play because of an undisclosed injury.

Miami had plenty of firepower to handle Georgia Tech.

Brown connected with Will Mallory on the right side for a 22-yard touchdown that made it 7-0 on the opening possession. It was the Hurricanes’ first touchdown in nine-plus quarters, a span of 138 minutes.

Tyrique Stevenson intercepted Pyron on a deep ball at the Miami 9 late in the third.

Kinchens picked off Pyron at the Miami 3 midway through the first and one possession later, Jaleel Skinner caught a 4-yard pass on the right side to make it 14-0 with 9:26 to go in the second and end a 14-play, 93-yard drive that consumed 7:31.

“I think everybody is proud of our team for bouncing back and showing the resiliency that they did,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said. “A really good, almost a complete game. We got some performances by a ton of guys. Obviously, Jaccuri got the start and did a lot of good thing, and Jaylan Knighton ran really, really hard. Credit to the offensive line — down three or four starters and rushed the ball really well.”

Georgia Tech finally got on the scoreboard to trim the lead to 14-7 in the final minute before intermission on Pyron’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Nate McCollum, who made an over-the-shoulder catch on a crossing route in the end zone against Stevenson.

“Time of possession ended up being a critical factor in the game, and then you put together the turnovers on our end and the third downs on their side of the ball, those are things that inevitiably affected the outcome of the football game in their favor,” interim Jackets coach Brent Key said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Miami: The Hurricanes looked nothing like the team that was blown out 45-3 at home last week against Florida State and gave a big boost to their bowl hopes with the win. They converted 7 of 12 chances on third down and held Georgia Tech to 3 of 9 before the game got out of hand.

Georgia Tech: After a stirring fourth-quarter comeback led to a win last week at Virginia Tech, the Jackets were no match for Miami’s athleticism in the early going and now are likely going to miss out on a bowl game for the fourth straight year. They missed Sims, who has a foot injury that’s sidelined him for three straight games. Pyron ran for 66 yards.

UP NEXT

Miami: At No. 12 Clemson next Saturday.

Georgia Tech: At No. 15 North Carolina next Saturday.

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