NCAA Game Summary - Virginia Tech at Miami-Florida|
(Thursday, November 1st)
Final Score: Miami-Florida 30, Virginia Tech 12
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Stephen Morris threw for two first-quarter
touchdowns as Miami-Florida rolled to a 30-12 win over Virginia Tech in a key
Atlantic Coast Conference showdown from Sun Life Stadium.
Duke Johnson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to help Miami
(5-4, 4-2 ACC) halt a three-game losing streak and take over sole possession
of the ACC's Coastal Division. Jake Wieclaw contributed three field goals to
the victory, while Morris finished with 170 yards on 13-of-28 passing and did
not commit a turnover.
Logan Thomas racked up a career-high 124 yards on the ground with a touchdown
and added 199 passing yards on 19-of-37 efficiency for Virginia Tech (4-5,
2-3), but was responsible for two red-zone giveaways that played a part in the
Hokies' second straight loss and fourth defeat in five outings. The junior
quarterback was intercepted on the game's first drive and later lost a fumble
on the Miami 1-yard line during the third quarter.
Virginia Tech also had a punt blocked that led to a Miami touchdown, while
kicker Jimmy Journell missed an extra point as well as a 47-yard field goal
attempt and Thomas threw another interception in the game's final stages.
The Hokies outgained Miami by a 130-36 margin in total yards during the first
quarter, but found themselves down 14-3 mainly because of two blunders from
their usually strong special teams units.
Gabriel Terry blocked a punt by A.J. Hughes to give the Hurricanes possession
at the Virginia Tech 16-yard line just over six minutes in, and Morris hit
Allen Hurns inside the right pylon two plays later for a 7-0 Miami lead with
8:33 left in the opening period.
The Hokies answered with a 12-play, 45-yard drive that ended in Journell's 22-
yard field goal on the ensuing drive, but Johnson took the subsequent kickoff
81 yards before being brought down at the VT 19-yard line to put the
Hurricanes back in scoring position.
It took Miami just two plays to again find the end zone, with Morris
connecting with Mike James out of the backfield on a crossing route for a 16-
yard score that extended the Canes' advantage to 14-3.
Virginia Tech trimmed the deficit to five with 10:39 remaining in the first
half, as Thomas raced 73 yards untouched on a quarterback draw with the
Hurricanes blowing an assignment. However, Journell's point-after try would
sail wide to the left.
Miami countered with Wieclaw field goals on its next two series to restablish
an 11-point cushion. The first, a 22-yard boot, was set up by a 65-yard
Johnson run, while back-to-back strikes from Morris to Clive Walford that
totaled 56 yards led to a 31-yarder that put the Hurricanes up 20-9 with 4:12
to go before intermission.
Thomas marched Virginia Tech inside the Miami 5-yard line heading into the
final minute of the half, but the Hurricanes would hold and the Hokies settled
for Journell's 20-yard field goal as time expired to trim the lead to eight.
Despite the Hokies' defense limiting Miami to no first downs and three total
yards in the third quarter, more mistakes on the other end prevented Virginia
Tech from closing the gap.
Thomas mishandled the exchange from center in a goal-to-goal situation from
the Hurricane 1-yard line, and Journell couldn't make good on a 47-yard three-
point try on the Hokies' next series.
Miami put the game out of reach with an 8-play, 54-yard sequence capped by
Johnson's 7-yard burst midway through the fourth quarter, and Johnson's 21-
yard run paved the way for a Wieclaw 37-yard field goal with 2:54 left that
lengthened the margin to 30-12.
11/01 23:29:33 ET