Live blog: No. 18 Miami Hurricanes vs. Bethune-Cookman

Malik Rosier warms up for his 2017 debut. (Getty Images)

[Pregame notes, photos, video]

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Amari Carter caused a fumble with a thunderous hit. Ryan Fines recovered.

Jon Ford, Derrick Smith and Jhavonte Dean saw action late, as did walk-on linebacker Eddie Dunn, a legacy Hurricane.

No. 18 Miami 41, Bethune-Cookman 13 (5:18 4Q)

Michael Badgley’s 50-yard field goal put Miami over the 40-mark. That drive was led by backup quarterback Evan Shirreffs.

Today’s attendance: 50,454

Nice interception by Malek Young in the end zone two drives before. Receiver looked lost. Young made him pay. He returned it to the 24.

End 3Q: No. 18 Miami 38, Bethune-Cookman 13

Press box announcement comes that Malik Rosier’s three touchdown passes are a career-high. You don’t say.

Romeo Finley almost had his first career pick, but couldn’t come up with it after diving.

No. 18 Miami 38, Bethune-Cooman 13 (1:08 3Q)

Braxton Berrios left a nickel defender in the dust on a 22-yard touchdown catch. Rosier hit him in stride.

That happened after UM forced a punt, which came after UM gave BCU a gift.

From the end zone, Zach McCloud picked up a roughing the passer call that Mark Richt may disagree with. McCloud played through the whistle as he took down quarterback Larry Brihm.

Before that, Zach Feagles’ first punt as a Hurricane was downed at the 2 by Travis Homer. The punt went for 51 yards.

No. 18 Miami 31, Bethune-Cookman 13 (6:16 3Q)

This could be the most successful day the Wildcats have ever had against their in-state, major-conference opponent.

BCU lost 45-14 to Miami in the teams’ first meeting, in 2011, and 38-10 the following year. There won’t be another shutout, like the last meeting in 2015.

A 1-yard touchdown by BCU’s Michael Jones was the first touchdown the Hurricanes allowed in 2017. They are giving up 2.6 yards per play on the ground, but 9.2 through the air.

Among the busts: a 41-yard catch by Jamaruz Thompkinson that drive.

A highlight for UM on that drive: safety Robert Knowles made a goal-line stop, looking like Jamal Carter as he popped BCU’s Jones. He stopped all the receiver’s momentum. But Jones had the final word on that drive.

Pinckney returns 

Linebacker Michael Pinckney debuted after missing the first half because of a carryover targeting penalty. He was penalized in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

No. 18 Miami 31, Bethune-Cookman 6 (12:30 3Q)

Mark Walton, once again.

His 6-yard carry is to this point UM’s longest touchdown of the day, ending a seven-play, 72-yard drive.

Malik Rosier’s 15-yard carry, his nice ball fake and deep ball to a wide-open Lawrence Cager put Miami in scoring range.

A false start on the right side of the line — either Tyree St. Louis or Navaughn Donaldson, hard to tell — made it harder, but sophomore tight end Michael Irvin broke a tackle on third-and-5 for an 11-yard gain. His first career catch set up Walton’s score.

HALFTIME THOUGHTS

HALF: No. 18 Miami 24, Bethune-Cookman 6 

UM tried to get a score before the half, after a pass-interference call put the Hurricanes at the 19. Malik Rosier wasn’t ready for the snap, it seemed, and it clanked off his chest. Travis Homer recovered.

End of half.

Rosier went 11-for-17 for 132 yards and two scores, both to tall wideouts: Darrell Langham and Lawrence Cager.

Mark Walton, who probably won’t get much work in the second half, rushed 12 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Travis Homer carried three times for 42 yards.

UM gained 9.7 yards per play, holding BCU to 4.2.

Before the half, Jeff Thomas produced his first career kick return, a 31-yarder.

No. 18 Miami 24, Bethune-Cookman 6 (0:53 2Q)

Miami helped BCU on a 14-play, 59-yard drive before the half ending in a 35-yard Uriel Hernandez field goal.

A Joe Jackson sack stuffed the Wildcats in the red zone, but a late hit on Anthony Moten — he did not agree with the call — put Bethune at first-and-goal.

Sheldrick Redwine nearly came up with a tipped interception, which would have kept points off the board.

A Hurricanes newcomer struggled on that drive. Cornerback Dee Delaney allowed a fourth-down conversion — he bit on a curl — and a 10-yard first-down completion on successive plays.

No. 18 Miami 24, Bethune-Cookman 3 (5:34 2Q)

Darrell Langham’s first career touchdown was a strong one: he posted up a smaller defender (6-0, 186 Jamaal Burgess) and high-pointed it. Went for 5 yards, as has the other two UM touchdowns today.

Langham has three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Malik Rosier 11-for-17 for 132 yards with two touchdowns. Mark Walton has 115 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. It’s his seventh career 100-yard game, tying him with Tyrone Moss for ninth all-time at UM.

The Hurricanes are rushing for 11.4 yards per carry.

Walton’s 47-yard run on that drive was impressive, but it was also impressive how fast freshman right guard Navaughn Donaldson (6-6, 350) got down the field. Big guy can move.

Miami starting to work in the backups. Romeo Finley at safety, Trajan Bandy at nickel, DJ Johnson at weakside end, Pat Bethel at tackle.

On offense: Corey Gaynor at left guard, Michael Irvin at tight end, Dionte Mullins at X, Jeff Thomas in the slot.

The sun has returned to Miami Gardens. Was cloudy until now.

No. 18 Miami 17, Bethune-Cookman 3 (8:31 2Q)

Miami’s big boys came to play.

Darrell Langham, a 6-4, 220-pound redshirt junior who entered today with zero career catches, made an outstanding grab for a 46-yard gain. Lawrence Cager (6-5, 215) caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in traffic.

Rosier looked much more comfortable on that drive, which went 92 yards in 3:08 and was aided by a tough, 21-yard Travis Homer run.

On the previous defensive stop, freshman Jonathan Garvin saw work as a weak-side end on third-and-2. He manhandled the right tackle and made a stop for no gain. Both teams earned personal fouls after the play.

No. 18 Miami 10, Bethune-Cookman 3 (13:31 2Q)

Mark Walton’s 5-yard touchdown run was the first of the season for Miami. He dove into the end zone.

He now needs 12 to set the all-time UM record.

After an illegal block, Rosier hit Travis Homer on a crisp cut to the sideline for a 19-yard gain.

A horse-collar tackle by linebacker Trenton Bridges on Mark Walton put UM at the 18. Bridges did a nice job of getting there, but hauled Walton down by his neck.

End 1Q: No. 18 Miami 3, Bethune-Cookman 3

A late hit out of bounds on a Braxton Berrios punt return put Miami at the BCU 48. Rosier overthrew Darrell Langham up the sideline and a seam to Chris Herndon slipped through the tight end’s hands.

Mike Harley’s first career catch went for 18 yards on third down. Harley couldn’t come up with a 25-yard floater later in the drive.

BCU punt (1:48 1Q)

Miami’s defense, allowing 5.4 yards per play to this point, got a stop.

Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson moved from end to tackle in a third-down passing situation, with Joe Jackson and Trent Harris on the edges. Robert Knowles and Sheldrick Redwine were the safeties, Jaquan Johnson at nickel, Michael Jackson at dime, Malek Young and Dee Delaney outside.

No. 18 Miami 3, Bethune-Cookman 3 (3:19 1Q)

First play of Malik Rosier’s time as UM full-time starting QB: an option keeper for 23. Mark Walton earned consecutive first downs (11, 10 yards on two carries) and Lawrence Cager caught a 9-yard pass — his first since Nov. 2015 — before UM had a little trouble getting lined up and called timeout.

From the 9, Walton followed a Trevor Darling block to the left for a short gain. But Darling’s block was illegal. Moved UM back to the 20.

Two missed connections — Mike Harley jumped for a Rosier fastball and juggled it, and Walton got one hand on another pass as he turned, and couldn’t handle it —  made UM settle for a 27-yard Michael Badgley field goal.

Rosier wasn’t taking a shot at the end zone, and missed check-downs. His accuracy and decision-making are a work in progress.

Bethune-Cookman 3, No. 18 Miami 0 (7:25 1Q) 

Not a great start for Miami. A 29-yard kickoff return and Michael Jones rushes of 19 and 11 yards got Bethune to the 43.

On third-and-7, Michael Jackson shed a perimeter block and forced fourth-and-3.  But quarterback Larry Brihm found receiver Frank Brown wide-open on a rollout, getting the Wildcats in field goal range.

So, Miami opened the year 0-for-1 stopping fourth downs.

A Demetrius Jackson sack (5-yard loss) and three consecutive penalties — two delay-of-games, a false start — calls put the Wildcats at third-and-28 at the 26.

A 36-yard field goal by Uriel Hernandez put BCU up first.

Coin toss

Miami wins the toss and defers.

The smoke.

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Kickoff

Weather: 78 degrees, mostly cloudy. It’s cool, rather than stifling as expected.

First-time starters: wide receiver Mike Harley, offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson, linebacker Mike Smith and cornerback Michael Jackson. Cornerback Dee Delaney, an FCS transfer, is starting his first game as a Hurricane.

The rest of the starters are as expected. Lawrence Cager is in the lineup for Ahmmon Richards.

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