Miami 35, Georgia Tech 21

Here are some game notes from Miami's 35-21 win over Georgia Tech Saturday.

MIAMI (4-0; 1-0) 35, GEORGIA TECH (3-2; 0-2) 21

BOBBY DODD STADIUM • ATLANTA, GA. • OCT. 1, 2016 • 53,047


•  Miami moves to 4-0 for the first time since 2013. 

•  The Hurricanes have now started 4-0 six times since 2000: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013 and 2016.

•  The Hurricanes honored the memory of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez with No. 16 decals on the back of their helmets. 

•  Miami’s matchup with Georgia Tech marks the 22nd meeting between the two schools. 

•  Miami has now won seven of the last eight matchups with Georgia Tech. 

•  The Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets are now tied in the all-time series (11-11).

•  Miami also moved to 7-6 all-time in ACC season openers. 


•  Miami head coach Mark Richt improves to 14-2 all-time against Georgia Tech. Richt also moves to 20-3 all-time against teams from the ACC. 

•  Richt becomes the fourth Hurricane head coach in program history to win his first four games. Howard Buck, Dennis Erickson and Larry Coker are the only other Hurricane coaches to win their first four games. 

•  Richt moves to 149-51 for his career. 

•  Saturday afternoon’s game with Georgia Tech marked the 200th career game as a head coach for Mark Richt. 


•  Miami Starters:  

Defensive Starters

DL #80 RJ McIntosh, DL #7 Kendrick Norton, DL #33 Trent Harris, DL #9 Chad Thomas, LB #55 Shaquille Quarterman, LB #56 Michael Pinckney, LB #53 Zach McCloud, DB #26 Rayshawn Jenkins, DB #6 Jamal Carter, DB #22 Sheldrick Redwine, DB #29 Corn Elder

Offensive Starters

LT #73 Trevor Darling, LG #52 Kc McDermott, C #68 Nick Linder, RG #63 Danny Isidora, RT #66 Sunny Odogwu, QB #15 Brad Kaaya, RB #1 Mark Walton, WR #3 Stacy Coley, WR #82 Ahmmon Richards, TE #23 Christopher Herndon IV, TE #86 David Njoku

Junior kicker Michael Badgley, senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora, sophomore defensive lineman Kendrick Norton and junior defensive lineman Chad Thomas represented the Hurricanes as captains at the coin toss. 

Miami scored two defensive touchdowns in three snaps in the first half. The Hurricanes had two defensive touchdowns in the last three seasons combined entering Saturday’s game.

•  Miami scored on its first offensive possession of the game for the third time this season. 

•  The Hurricanes outscored Georgia Tech 7-0 in the first quarter. Miami has outscored its opponents 42-0 in the first quarter through four games this season. 

Miami held a 28-14 lead at the half. The Hurricanes have never trailed at any point this season. 

The Hurricanes finished with 8.0 tackles for loss as a team.

Miami was penalized a season-low four times for 39 yards. It is the first time in 2016 that the Canes committed less than six penalties.



Junior running back Joe Yearby had a team-best 63 yards on just six carries (10.5 average) and one touchdown in the first half. He finished the game with 65 yards rushing on nine carries. 

Yearby’s 27-yard first quarter touchdown run was just the second rush over 20 yards that Georgia Tech has allowed this season. 

Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya finished the first half 5-of-8 for 70 yards. He finished the game with 241 yards passing, going 13-of-19 through the air and throwing a touchdown.

Kaaya has thrown over 200 yards in 21 of his 29 career games. 

Kaaya posted his 50th career touchdown pass in the third quarter, as he hit senior wide receiver Stacy Coley for a 31-yard score. 

Kaaya has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 26 career games. 

Coley’s touchdown reception was the fourth of the season and the 15th of his career. His 15 career receiving touchdowns are tied for eighth all-time with Brian Blades (1984-87).

Sophomore running back Mark Walton scored his 18th career touchdown and the 17th rushing touchdown of his career in the second quarter, as he dashed in from 14 yards out. Walton finished the game with 44 yards on 15 carries. 

Senior offensive lineman Danny Isidora got the start at right guard to increase his consecutive start streak to a team-best 30 games. 

Fellow offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Nick Linder also extended their consecutive start streak to 22 games. 



•  Freshman linebacker Michael Pinckney recorded a sack in the second quarter. He now has 2.5 sacks on the year. He finished the game with four tackles and recorded his first career interception. 

•  Senior safety Jamal Carter posted a career-high nine solo tackles. 

Freshman linebacker had a career-high eight tackles, tying his career high with five solo tackles. Quarterman also scored  his first career touchdown after scooping up the first fumble recovery of his career. 

•  Junior defensive lineman Trent Harris forced his first career fumble in the second quarter, which led to a scoop and score by Quarterman. Harris finished with a career-high six solo tackles and a career-best three TFLs, tying his career-most in total tackles (7).

•  Freshman defensive lineman Joe Jackson recovered his first career fumble. He then rumbled 18 yards to the end zone for the score. 

•  Senior Rayshawn Jenkins logged his 26th career start. His 26 starts are the most on the defensive side of the ball.


Junior kicker Michael Badgley connected on five extra points. He has now made 71 straight extra points.  

Senior punter Justin Vogel finished the game with six punts for 239 yards (39.8 avg.). His 55-yard punt was his fourth over 50 yards this season.

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