MIAMI GARDENS - Before the season was 90 seconds old, Miami dropped an interception that would have been a sure-fire touchdown, committed a penalty on special teams and was flagged for delay of game prior to their first play from scrimmage.
So there was some rust.
None of it was on Duke Johnson.
Johnson had career highs of 186 yards and 19 carries before departing in the third quarter, receiver Herb Waters took a pitch on an end-around for a 63-yard rushing score, and Miami beat Florida Atlantic 34-6 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Stephen Morris threw for 160 yards and another score for the Hurricanes, who play host to No. 10 Florida in a rivalry game next weekend. Dallas Crawford added a touchdown run for Miami.
Johnson left in the third quarter after getting shaken up on the play where Waters scored and was checked out on the Miami sideline, with indications that he was being evaluated to rule out a concussion. He did not seem to need treatment.
Mitch Anderson kicked two field goals for FAU, which is 4-24 in its last 28 games. The Owls got into Miami territory on its final drive, then spiked the ball with 6 seconds left to stop the clock — with the slight problem there being it was already fourth down.
Dozens of members of the 1983 Miami national championship team were at the game, as part of the Hurricanes’ 30th anniversary celebration of that title. Howard Schnellenberger coached that team, and started the Florida Atlantic program 15 years later.
FAU 0 3 3 0 — 6
Miami 3 17 14 0 — 34
Mia—FG Goudis 35, 6:46.
Mia—Du.Johnson 53 run (Goudis kick), 13:03.
FAU—FG Anderson 25, 8:30.
Mia—FG Goudis 45, 6:02.
Mia—Walford 16 pass from Morris (Goudis kick), 2:00.