Miami and Bethune-Cookman agreed to play a shortened second half after a one-plus hour weather delay held up in the second quarter. The outcome was never really in doubt as the Canes cruised to a 45-0 win over their in-state FCS opponents.
What the win means for Miami: The Canes did exactly what was expected, dominating an overmatched opponent with relative ease. True freshman running back Mark Walton had a terrific debut, rushing for 85 yards, while Joe Yearby and Trayone Gray combined to add another 117. The trio accounted for three touchdowns. Miami averaged 7.5 yards per carry. The maligned Miami defense looked more aggressive and dominated up front with four sacks, holding Bethune-Cookman to under 100 total yards while handing the Wildcats their first shutout in 95 games. The only bad news was losing receivers Braxton Berrios (knee) and Stacy Coley (ankle) on the opening drive. No word on the extent of their injuries.
What the loss means for Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats were very clearly overmatched, so it's important not to overreact. This is a young team facing one far more talented. Trying to kickstart the offense will be among the top priorities.
Top play: Corn Elder had a punt return called back in the first half when officials interpreted another player waving his hands as a fair catch. But Elder made up for that call back with a 72-yard punt return for a score in the third quarter.
Stat of the game: Five. This was Miami's first shutout since beating Florida A&M 45-0 on Sept. 2, 2010. Miami held Bethune-Cookman to only five first downs (third down-efficiency was 1-12).