OUTDUKED: Wildcats Fall to Hurricanes, 38-10
By Dan Ryan
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman scored first on Miami for the second straight year, but that's where any similarities from last year's meeting ended as the Hurricanes pulled away to a 38-10 victory over the Wildcats before a Sun Life Stadium crowd of 39,435 and a national ESPN3 audience.
Duke Johnson scored four touchdowns three different ways and finished with 246 all-purpose yards to help Miami (2-1) end an eight-game Wildcat (2-1) winning streak.
The Wildcats took a 7-0 lead on Isidore Jackson's one-yard run with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter, but Jackson quickly answered for the Hurricanes with a 95-yard kickoff return.
Johnson scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and a 50-yard catch-and-run from Stephen Morris in the third as Miami extended its lead to 24-7 after three quarters.
After B-CU cut it to 24-10 on a Sven Hurd 31-yard field goal with 9:49 remaining, Johnson kept the Wildcats at bay with a 28-yard run to make it 31-10.
"Give him and Miami credit for exploiting our mistakes," said B-CU Head Coach Brian Jenkins. "Any running back can be good when you miss as many tackles as we did today. We did not execute. You can't play a team as good as Miami and have the miscues we did."
B-CU's offense was also hampered by poor field position. Six drives started inside the Wildcat 10-yard line.
The one time B-CU had good field position, it capitalized.
Rodney Scott led B-CU's rushing attack with 72 yards on 14 carries. Jackson added 60 yards on 13 attempts and also caught two passes for 29 yards. The Wildcats outgained Miami 233-215 on the ground.
Quentin Williams saw his first action as a Wildcat, completing his first three passes en route to a five-of-nine, 69-yard effort. He manufactured the drive that produced the Hurd field goal as well as anoter late march that got as close as the Miami 21 before time expired.
"He did decent, but there are things he needs to improve on," Jenkins said. "There are things we all need to improve on."
B-CU will host Tennessee State in its Hall of Fame Game next Saturday at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach. Kickoff is 4 p.m.
NOTES: Eddie Poole extended his pass-catching streak to 26 with his third quarter grab ... This was only the fifth time in his three-year B-CU career he hasn't had a multiple-catch game .... Sven Hurd has now made a field goal in five consecutive games dating back to last season ... Kory Kowalski's eight punts were a single-game career-high; His 53-yard punt was a season-long ... B-CU scored first in a game for the first time this season.