MIAMI — In the season's first 90 seconds, Miami dropped an interception that would have been a touchdown, committed a special teams penalty and was called for delay of game before its first offensive play.
So there was some rust. None of it was on Duke Johnson.
The sophomore had a career-high 186 yards on 19 carries as Miami beat Florida Atlantic 34-6 Friday night.
Johnson left during the third quarter after getting hurt on receiver Herb Waters' 63-yard touchdown on an end-around. His injury was not disclosed, but he said. "I'm fine."
Even with much of the second half off, Johnson's rushing yards were the most by a Hurricane since Tyrone Moss' 195 against North Carolina on Oct. 29, 2005.
Add his one catch for 38 yards, and he had 224 all-purpose yards.
"That's kind of what we need him to be," Hurricanes coach Al Golden said.
Miami got only three points out of its first three drives — touted freshman receiver Stacy Coley dropped two passes that would have been touchdowns — before Johnson got things going with a 53-yard touchdown run.
It was 20-3 by halftime. But Stephen Morris threw an interception on the first possession of the second half, setting the Owls up at the Hurricanes 20.
But Miami's defense, which allowed a school record in points last season, allowed just a field goal. From there, Waters' long run made it 27-6. And a fumble recovery deep in FAU territory led to another touchdown.
Reduced scholarships? Miami denied a claim made by former star quarterback Bernie Kosar that it held back 10 scholarships last season in response to an ongoing NCAA probe. But the school did not make it clear if Kosar erred on the number of scholarships or if the scholarships were held back at all. Miami already has imposed penalties, including sitting out bowl games the past two seasons. The NCAA is expected to hand down its punishment at any time.