GAMEDAY College Football

Miami 25, Appalachian State 23

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

By TIM REYNOLDS
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - A cat survived a scare. So did the Miami Hurricanes.

D'Eriq King threw for 200 yards and rushed for 67 more, freshman Andy Borregales kicked a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining and No. 22 Miami rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Appalachian State 25-23.

Cam'Ron Harris rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown for Miami (1-1), and Don Chaney Jr. had a rushing score before leaving in the first half with a leg injury. King led a 10-play, 55-yard drive in the fourth that set up Borregales for what became the winning points.

Jalen Virgil had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Camerun Peoples had 95 rushing yards and a score for the Mountaineers (1-1), who took a 23-22 lead with 5:48 left when Malik Williams caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Chase Brice.

But Appalachian State's last chance stalled near midfield, and Miami got the ball back with 55 seconds left and ran out the clock.

Brice completed 21 of 34 passes for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

The catch that some in the crowd won't forget anytime soon wasn't on the field - and didn't even involve a football.

A cat somehow got into Hard Rock Stadium and ended up dangling from the facade of the upper deck, hanging on with its front paws before eventually falling. The cat was caught by fans who unfurled an American flag to serve as a makeshift net. The cat did not appear to be injured and was eventually taken away by stadium staff.

A safety on a botched punt - two points that proved big - helped Miami take a 9-7 lead after the first quarter, but Virgil's kickoff return helped stake the Mountaineers to a 14-12 edge going into halftime.

The lead changed three times in the second half, the last of those on Borregales' kick that helped Miami escape.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AppMia-Fl
Mia-Fl TD 9:09 Donald Chaney, Jr. 1 yard TD run (Andres Borregales Extra Point) 0 7
App TD 5:20 Camerun Peoples 28 yard TD run (Chandler Staton Extra Point) 7 7
Mia-Fl SF 0:53 Team safety 7 9
Second Quarter AppMia-Fl
Mia-Fl FG 6:19 Andres Borregales 27 yard field goal 7 12
App TD 6:06 Jalen Virgil 100 yard kick return for TD (Chandler Staton Extra Point) 14 12
Third Quarter AppMia-Fl
Mia-Fl TD 13:32 Cam'Ron Harris 12 yard TD run (Andres Borregales Extra Point) 14 19
App FG 9:21 Chandler Staton 22 yard field goal 17 19
Fourth Quarter AppMia-Fl
Mia-Fl FG 9:15 Andres Borregales 38 yard field goal 17 22
App TD 0:15 Malik Williams 3 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Chase Brice 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 23 22
Mia-Fl FG 2:04 Andres Borregales 43 yard field goal 23 25
Team Stats
  Appalachian State Miami (FL)
First downs 19 25
  Rushing 11 13
  Passing 8 9
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 5-16, 31%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 39-127 43-176
Passing Yards 199 200
Return Yards 119 94
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-34-1 20-33-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-1 2-12
Punts 5 6
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-48 6-45
Appalachian State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Brice 21 34 199 1 1
Miami (FL) Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. King 20 33 200 0 0
Appalachian State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Peoples 17 94 5.5 1
N. Noel 16 51 3.2 0
C. Brice 4 8 2.0 0
J. Virgil 1 0 0.0 0
Miami (FL) Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Harris 18 90 5.0 1
D. King 20 69 3.5 0
D. Chaney, Jr. 4 21 5.3 1
Appalachian State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Sutton 7 60 8.6 0
M. Williams 5 57 11.4 1
T. Hennigan 3 28 9.3 0
H. Pearson 1 23 23.0 0
N. Noel 2 11 5.5 0
C. Horn 1 9 9.0 0
J. Virgil 1 6 6.0 0
M. Evans 1 5 5.0 0
Miami (FL) Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Smith 4 70 17.5 0
C. Rambo 5 52 10.4 0
M. Harley 5 27 5.4 0
X. Restrepo 1 18 18.0 0
W. Mallory 3 16 5.3 0
E. Arroyo 1 11 11.0 0
C. Harris 1 6 6.0 0
Appalachian State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Miami (FL) Interceptions
Player Int Yards
A. Carter 1 0
Appalachian State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
X. Subotsch 5 202 40.4
Miami (FL) Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Hedley 6 233 38.8
Appalachian State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Miami (FL) Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Stevenson 3 26 8.7
B. Balom 1 0 0
Appalachian State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Virgil 2 119 59.5
Miami (FL) Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Carter 2 42 21.0
X. Restrepo 1 8 8.0
M. Harley 1 18 18.0
Appalachian State Missed FG
Player Length
Miami (FL) Missed FG
Player Length
A. Borregales 35




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