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Miami finally pulls away from stubborn Florida Atlantic

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The Florida Atlantic Owls were a bit more stubborn than expected, but the Miami Hurricanes pulled away at the end.

After a lightning delay for the second straight week, the Hurricanes scored the final 24 points of the night in a 44-20 victory over FAU. The score was tied at 20 in the third period. The Owls were treating the game as if it was a huge event, and Miami’s players seemed to be looking ahead.

Quarterback Brad Kaaya hit 21 of 32 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown. He has now thrown for a score in every UM game. Running back Joe Yearby combined for 243 total yards. Receiver Herb Walters had five catches for 102 yards.

FAU lost quarterback Jacquez Johnson early in the game to an ankle sprain. The FAU backup quarterback is Jason Driskel, the younger brother of former Florida quarterback Jeff, who hit 11 of 15 passes for 155 yards.

Next week, the Hurricanes play the University of Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. in Miami.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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