Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke had some choice words for everyone doubting the Hurricanes in their match-up last Saturday. The Hurricanes took on North Carolina State at home More than three-point underdogs. ESPN’s David Pollack caught wind of Van Dyke’s trash talk and challenged him before the game.
Heading into the game Miami was amidst of another disappointing season sitting at 2-4 and 0-2 in conference play. Meanwhile on the other hand the Wolfpack, or one of the surprise teams of the ACC this season. With wins over Boston College and a then-ranked No.9 Clemson Tigers team, North Carolina State climbed up to 18 in the polls. But in their game Saturday none of that mattered between these two rivals.
Van Dyke, who is filling in for the injured D’Eriq King, had his best performance of the season against the Wolfpack. he completed 25 of his 33 passes for 325 yards with four touchdowns. the freshman also averaged nearly 10 yards per completion and had a completion percentage just shy of 76 percent. His stellar performance carried the Miami Hurricanes to a one-point victory over North Carolina State 31-30.
After seeing the performance from Van Dyke, David Pollack, took to Twitter to show the Miami quarterback some love.
Van Dyke wasn’t the only Hurricane shouted out
Fellow ESPN teammate, Kirk Herbstreit sent a message to Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes following their victory over NC State. After criticizing the program earlier this season, Herbstreit praised the job Diaz has done in keeping Miami competitive.
“A lot goes on every Saturday but wanted to recognize the effort-attitude-& fight that Miami has played with since their loss to UVA,” Herbstreit tweeted. “A lot of noise and distractions-could have lost their way-if anything playing HARDER for their coaches and for each other. GREAT to see!”
The Hurricanes didn’t envision having four losses at this point of the season, and Herbstreit recognizes it would’ve been easier for them to simply fold. However, Diaz deserves his credit — it’s not easy to get a team so far out of contention to compete like the Hurricanes are.
Van Dyke shows that he can back up his talk with high-end play. And that is just what the Hurricanes need if they’re going to make something out of this season. Miami will have another tough match-up this weekend as a face-off against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Pittsburgh is 6-1 on the season and ranked 17th after beating last year’s ACC champs the Clemson Tigers on Saturday.