MIAMI GARDENS — D’Eriq King was watching from the sideline, and his backups put on a show.
Tyler Van Dyke passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, and Miami tuned up for ACC play by racking up a school-record 739 yards of offense in an easy 69-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Saturday.
Van Dyke — starting in place of King, out with a shoulder injury — became the first Miami quarterback since Brock Berlin in 2003 to throw a touchdown pass on the first possession of his first start. He finished 10-of-11 passing.
Van Dyke shared time with Jake Garcia, who completed 11 of 14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut.
“There is a good feeling in that locker room,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said. “There’s a good feeling not just because of the victory, not just because of the score, not because of the opponent. It’s because of all the things that we emphasized this week in practice, the things we asked them to do, our energy on the sideline... we were excited to play today and that means we’re on the right path.”
Miami (2-2) had eight players had either a scoring run or catch and the Hurricanes scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions. The 69 points were the fifth-most in school history, and the margin of victory was the third-largest behind only 77-0 and 77-7 wins over Savannah State in 2018 and 2013, respectively.
“Both Tyler and myself were preparing like the starters throughout the week leading up to this,” Garcia said. “Now, it’s our turn. We kind of had an idea we would be playing early on in the week and went out there prepared.”
Cam’Ron Harris had 10 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns for Miami, while Thad Franklin had 88 rushing yards and a score.
Cody Brown rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries and two more touchdowns for Miami. The Hurricanes’ previous record for total yards was 689 against UCLA on Dec. 5, 1998.
“I gained a lot of confidence, even though it was an overmatched opponent,” Van Dyke said.
Romelo Williams, whose hometown of Miramar, Florida is just a few minutes away from Hard Rock Stadium, completed 15 of 28 passes for 132 yards for Central Connecticut State (1-3). The Blue Devils missed a 30-yard field goal try with 4:58 remaining, which was their last chance of avoiding the shutout.
“We knew coming into it that we were going to be a little bit outmanned, and we certainly were,” CCSU coach Ryan McCarthy said. “We certainly learned a lot about us, who we are. We played hard until the end.”