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Miami rolls past FAMU in opener

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya hands off to running back Mark Walton during the first half against Florida A&M.

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Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya hands off to running back Mark Walton during the first half against Florida A&M.

MIAMI — Brad Kaaya threw for four touchdowns on his 21st birthday, Miami scored a school-record 42 points in the third quarter and the Mark Richt era began with an easy 70-3 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes had three backs — Joe Yearby, Mark Walton and Gus Edwards — all top 100 yards, the first time a Miami trio has done that since 1987. Yearby ran for two scores, Walton and Edwards each ran for one, and seven other Hurricanes reached the end zone.

Miami scored touchdowns on 10 of its first 12 possessions.

Kaaya's four TD throws tied a career-best. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 135 yards.

Kenneth Coleman completed nine of 16 passes for 135 yards for the Rattlers, who lost to Miami for the 10th consecutive time.

It was Richt's first game leading the Hurricanes. He played at Miami until his graduation in 1982, and spent the previous 15 seasons coaching at Georgia. His team took a 28-3 lead into halftime, then scored touchdowns on all six of its opportunities in the third against the young Rattlers, coming off of a 1-10 season.

Before the game, UM suspended receiver Sam Bruce for three games and defensive lineman Gerald Willis for one game for violations of team rules. Willis, a sophomore transfer from Florida, can return Saturday when UM hosts Florida Atlantic. Bruce, a freshman, won't be back until the Hurricanes' ACC opener, Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech.

Pittsburgh 28, Villanova 7: James Conner caught one touchdown and ran for another in his return from a battle with cancer to lead the host Panthers.

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year sprinted onto the Heinz Field turf in front of a crowd that included his family, the doctors that treated him during his seven-month tussle with Hodgkin's lymphoma and more than 300 friends and family from his hometown of Erie, Pa.

"It's not my first game," he said. "I know it's a comeback game but it's felt like a regular season football camp really. My battle was already won. Beating cancer, everything else was a reward."

Ga. Tech 17, BC 14: Dedrick Mills knew he just had to "finish the play" when given a chance to atone for a fumble in his first college game. He made up for the mistake by also finishing Georgia Tech's comeback win. Mills' 4-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left capped a drive that included two big completions from Justin Thomas and lifted the Yellow Jackets past Boston College in a game played on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in Dublin. Mills said he had to regroup after fumbling in the third quarter. "I kind of got down but Justin kept coming back up to me and saying 'Hey man, you've got to forget that last play,'" Mills said.

Va. Tech 36, Liberty 13: New Hokies coach Justin Fuente downplayed any personal satisfaction, but he enjoyed most of what he witnessed in his debut in Blacksburg. Jerod Evans threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns as Virginia Tech began a new era; former coach Frank Beamer retired last season after 29 years as Hokies coach.

Richmond 37, Virginia 20: Kyle Lauletta threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Spiders manhandled Virginia Bronco Mendenhall's debut as the Cavaliers' coach. Richmond, which went to the semifinals of the Division I-AA playoffs last season, outgained Virginia 524-302 in winning for just the third time in 33 meetings and first since 1946.

Duke 49, N. Carolina Central 6: Daniel Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in his first college start for the host Blue Devils.

Miami rolls past FAMU in opener 09/03/16 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2016 10:14pm]
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