Miami 45, App State 10: Post-Game Notes

The Canes defeated App State by the score of 45-10 on Saturday. Here are some post-game notes.

MIAMI (3-0) 45, APPALACHIAN STATE (1-2) 10

KIDD BREWER STADIUM • BOONE, N.C. • SEPT. 17, 2016 • 34,658


•  Miami’s matchup with Appalachian State marks the first all-time meeting between the two schools.

•  Mark Richt became the fifth Hurricane head coach to win his first three games. Howard Buck, Eddie Dunn, Dennis Erickson and Larry Coker are the only other Hurricane coaches to win their first three games. Richt also has now started 3-0 for the ninth time in his 15 years as a head coach.

• Miami moves to 3-0 for the 20th time since 1950. The Hurricanes have now started 3-0 seven times since 2000: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

• Miami had seven plays of 50 yards-or-more last season. In today’s game against Appalachian State, Miami had five plays of 50 yards-or-more. 

• In 19 of his 27 career games, Kaaya has thrown for over 200 yards. He also has at least one touchdown in 24 career outings.

•  The 34,658 fans in attendance at today’s game is a Kidd Brewer Stadium record.


•  Miami Starters:  

Defensive Starters:

DL #9 Chad Thomas, DL #7 Kendrick Norton, DL #80 Richard McIntosh, DL #31 Demetrius Jackson, LB #55 Shaquille Quarterman, LB #53 Zach McCloud, LB #56 Michael Pinckney, DB #6 Jamal Carter, DB #26 Rayshawn Jenkins, DB #29 Corn Elder, DB #22 Sheldrick Redwine

  Offensive Starters:

LT #73 Trevor Darling, LG #52 Kc McDermott, #68 C Nick Linder, #63 RG Danny Isidora, #66 RT Sunny Odogwu, #15 QB Brad Kaaya, #1 RB Mark Walton, #36 FB Marquez Williams, #80 WR Dayall Harris, #3 WR Stacy Coley, #23 Christopher Herndon IV

• Junior wide receiver Braxton Berrios, freshman linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, sophomore cornerback Sheldrick Redwine and senior fullback Marquez Williams represented the Hurricanes as captains at the coin toss. 

•  Miami’s first touchdown came at the 11:48 mark of the first quarter as sophomore running back Mark Walton dashed 80 yards to the endzone on the first offensive play of the game for Miami. 

•  The Hurricanes outscored Appalachian State 21-0 in the first quarter. Miami has outscored its opponents 35-0 in the first quarter through three games this season. 

• Miami outgained Appalachian State, 549-241. 

• Miami held Appalachian State without a touchdown in the first half. The Hurricanes have allowed just two touchdowns in their last 14 quarters, dating back to last season. 



 Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya threw three touchdowns and is tied for third in UM history with Stephen Morris for third all-time. He currently has 49 career touchdown passes. 

 Kaaya finished the first half with 150 yards passing. He finished the game with 368 yards passing. Kaaya has now thrown for 300 yards-or-more in eight career games. 

 Kaaya also has thrown for 200 yards-or-more in 20 of his 28 career games. 

 Sophomore running back Mark Walton’s 80-yard touchdown run was the longest rush of his career. It also gave him his sixth touchdown of the season. Walton closed the first half with 90 rushing yards and finished the game with 130 yards on just 16 carries. He has rushed for 100-plus yards in three consecutive games.

 Walton currently has 17 career touchdowns. 

 Redshirt sophomore David Njoku caught his first touchdown pass of the season as he hauled in a nine-yard pass from Kaaya in the first quarter.

 Freshman wide receiver Ahmmon Richards led the Hurricanes with 142 receiving yards on four catches, including a career-long catch of 62 yards. It was the first 100-yard game of his career.

 Senior wide receiver Stacy Coley caught his second touchdown of the season on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Kaaya. Coley finished the game with five catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

 Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora got the start at right guard to increase his consecutive start streak to a team-best 29 games. 

 Fellow offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Nick Linder also extended their consecutive start streak to 21 games. 



•  Junior defensive end Chad Thomas led Miami with nine tackles (three solo), 1.5 sacks and 3 TFLs.

•  Cornerback Corn Elder finished with seven tackles (six solo). He also had a sack, a TFL, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. 

•  Linebacker Mike Smith recorded his first career interception. 

•  Senior Rayshawn Jenkins logged his 24th career start. His 24 starts are the most on the defensive side of the ball.


• Junior Michael Badgley connected on a season-long 44 yard field goal in the second quarter. 

• Senior punter Justin Vogel drilled a 52-yard punt in the second quarter. Vogel now has three punts over 50 yards this season. 

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