"They were physical, and they did exactly what we thought they would do," coach Al Golden said. "They came out aggressive and gave us all we could handle, certainly in the first half.
"I am proud of our guys for staying together, not panicking and showing good poise and coming back and winning. I am excited about that and obviously excited about moving on to game week here in the ACC."
Thanks to their success on the ground, the Wildcats outgained the Hurricanes by nearly 100 yards for the game. They ran for 219 and passed for 203 for a a total of 422 yards in total offense to Miami's 335.
"They came out on fire with nine days to prepare," Golden said of the Wildcats, who had were coming off a Thursday night win over Hampton on Sept. 22. "We knew they would have a bunch of new wrinkles, and they did. We knew they would be more rested that we were, and they were.
"We had three tough physical football games that preceded this one, so I knew exactly what it was going to be like. What I did not expect was three penalties on the first drive to give them points.
"Clearly, that cannot happen, especially on defense. There's just no way that can happen. We have to get that fixed."
And soon. The Hurricanes' next five games are not only ACC affairs but against Coastal Division foes as well, and the first two of that stretch are on the road.
The Hurricanes, who are 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference, are at Virginia Tech on Oct. 8, then go to North Carolina on Oct. 15.
Their next home game is Oct. 22 when Georgia Tech visits.
--Talk about quick scores. Miami's first two touchdown "drives" consumed a total of 19 seconds. The Hurricanes took over at their own 44-yard line following Bethune-Cookman's punt, and QB Jacory Harris found junior WR Tommy Streeter for a 56-yard touchdown pass on the first play. The next series, the Hurricanes took over at the Bethune-Cookman's 16-yard line following Travis Benjamin's 44-yard punt. After a pass interference penalty moved the ball to the 3-yard line, the Hurricanes scored on RB Lamar Miller's run.
--Miami's seven sacks against Bethune-Cookman were the most since the Hurricanes recorded eight against another FCS foe, Florida A&M, in the 2010 season opener. DT Marcus Robinson (3.0), DE Anthony Chickillo (1.5), LB Sean Spence (1.0), DT Micanor Regis (1.0), and DT Adewale Ojomo (0.5) were credited with the sacks.
--Miami's running game produced only 126 yards, but 102 of that came from sophomore HB Lamar Miller, who topped the 100-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game. He became the first Miami running back to do that in the first four games of a season in at least 30 years, according to available records. RB Damien Berry had four consecutive 100-yard rushing games last season.
--Miami ended the game with six penalties, all in the first half.
KEEP AN EYE ON: DE Anthony Chickillo -- The true freshman drew praise all through fall camp and has played well through the first four games. Against Bethune-Cookman, he got his first start and responded with four tackles (1.5 sacks).
LOOKING GOOD: QB Jacory Harris was an efficient 12-of-17 passing and, more important, didn't throw an interception. WR Tommy Streeter caught both of Harris' touchdown passes on plays covering 56 and 27 yards. WR Travis Benjamin had six receptions for 66 yards, returned a punt 44 yards, and had kickoff returns of 33 and 28 yards.
STILL NEEDS WORK: Miami's run defense, gouged for 265 yards the week before in a loss to Kansas State, gave up 219 to Bethune-Cookman. It's one thing for an FCS opponent to hit on a big pass play or two in a matchup with a FBS team, but it's not a good sign when it is able to run the football. Take away the 39 yards Miami had in sacks, which in college football comes off the rushing total, and the Wildcats had 258 yards on the ground.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "The game is not won in the first quarter. It's won in the fourth, and I think this team did a pretty good job of finishing the whole game." -- Senior QB Jacory Harris, asked about Miami's slow start against Bethune-Cookman.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--Senior QB Jacory Harris (12-of-17, 175 yards and two touchdowns) went without an interception for the first time since a win at Duke on Oct. 16, 2010. He had thrown at least one interception in nine consecutive games.
--Junior PK Jake Wieclaw banged home a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter, making him 4-of-4 in his first season handling the job.
--Sophomore LB Kelvin Cain made his first career interception pay off in a big way. He returned the pick 55 yards for a touchdown. It was the first time a Miami player had scored on an interception return since No. 21, 2009, when LB Darryl Sharpton returned one 73 yards against Duke.
--Senior LB Ramon Buchanan injured his knee in the first quarter against Bethune-Cookman and did not return. He is undergoing tests, and coach Al Golden said he is "concerned." Freshman Denzel Perryman took his spot against Bethune-Cookman and was credited with seven tackles.
--Sophomore RT Seantrel Henderson, who had back surgery in early August, made his first appearance of the season. He did not start but was able to get on the field in several different series.
--Junior DT Adewale Ojomo was moved from defensive end to the defensive interior. "He did really well at that position," coach Al Golden said.
--Sophomore RB Eduardo Clements got his first career start and had four carries for 37 yards. --Senior SS Ray-Ray Armstrong is due to return from the four-game suspension he was serving as result of his role in the booster scandal revealed in August.
--Junior RB Mike James has been struggling with nagging-type injuries since the Ohio State game on Sept. 17 and had only one carry against Bethune-Cookman. He lost a yard.
--Freshman WR Phillip Dorsett hurt his leg and was not in uniform in the second half against Bethune-Cookman. His condition will be updated later in the week.