Undefeated Miami Hurricanes, Ranked 20th, Triumph Over Temple 41-7
Miami Hurricanes dominate Temple in a 41-7 victory, with Tyler Van Dyke throwing for three touchdowns and Henry Parrish Jr. rushing for 139 yards and two scores.
In a dominant performance, Tyler Van Dyke led the No. 20 Miami Hurricanes to a 41-7 victory over Temple, improving their record to 4-0 for the first time since 2017. Van Dyke completed 17 of 24 passes for 220 yards and threw three touchdowns, while Henry Parrish Jr. rushed for 139 yards and two scores.
From the start, Van Dyke showcased his talent by connecting with Xavier Restrepo for a 7-yard touchdown on the opening drive. He continued to impress with a 28-yard TD catch by Colby Young in the second quarter. Van Dyke's 37-yard rush on the second scoring drive further highlighted his versatility.
Parrish took over in the second half, contributing a 13-yard rushing touchdown to close out the first half and a 3-yard TD to start the second half. The Hurricanes' rushing offense dominated, outgaining the Owls 242 yards to 1 through three quarters and 323-11 overall.
The Hurricanes' victory was not surprising, as they were heavily favored by 23 1/2 points. This win marks their 14th consecutive victory over Temple, a streak that dates back to their time together in the Big East.
Under the guidance of second-year coach Mario Cristobal, Miami has built a strong record against teams like Temple and FCS member Bethune-Cookman. They also secured a notable win against previously ranked Texas A&M. Looking ahead, the Hurricanes will begin their Atlantic Coast Conference play in two weeks at Hard Rock Stadium.
Despite the rainy conditions at Lincoln Financial Field, the few thousand fans in attendance were predominantly Hurricanes supporters. The Owls were overmatched and struggled to keep up with Miami's offensive prowess.
In terms of injuries, both Parrish and Miami center Matt Lee appeared to sustain minor injuries during the game, but nothing significant.
The Temple quarterback, E.J. Warner, also struggled in the adverse weather conditions. He completed 22 of 39 passes for 240 yards but had a lost fumble and two interceptions. Warner's interception in the end zone by Te'Cory Couch and his fumble at Miami's 24-yard line proved costly for the Owls.
Before the game, Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner expressed his disdain for unfavorable weather conditions, emphasizing the need for domed stadiums. The conditions certainly impacted the game, but Miami adapted better than Temple.
Temple took a moment to remember JoAnne A. Epps, their acting president who passed away earlier in the week. Epps, a former law school dean and provost, was honored with a video tribute. She had recently taken on the role of acting president in April.
At halftime, Joe Klecko, a former Temple player, was recognized for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Klecko played for the Owls from 1974 to 1976 and was a standout performer. He later played 12 seasons in the NFL, most notably as a member of the New York Jets Sack Exchange.
Looking ahead, the Hurricanes will enjoy a week off before facing Georgia Tech on October 7th. Their impressive start to the season has set high expectations for their future performances.
Overall, Miami's victory over Temple showcased their offensive prowess and solidified their undefeated record. With Van Dyke's impressive passing and Parrish's dominant rushing, the Hurricanes are poised for a successful season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.