Hokies clinch ACC Coastal, Cavs drop another nailbiter

Virginia Tech dominated the fourth quarter to break open a close game with Miami en route to posting a 31-17 win over the Hurricanes in South Florida on Saturday and clinching the ACC Coastal Division title in the process.

Virginia, meanwhile, went scoreless after halftime in Chestnut Hill and couldn’t convert on a first-and-goal in the game’s final five minutes while dropping a tough 17-13 decision to Boston College.

The loss was Virginia’s third in a row after upsetting Miami 24-19 on Oct. 30. Virginia Tech has now won nine in a row after dropping its first two games, including a 21-16 loss to I-AA James Madison on Sept. 11.

The Cavs and the Hokies are clearly heading in different directions heading into their regular-season finale this week in Blacksburg.

“To come down here and win when things didn’t look great – I think this is just a special group,” said Tech coach Frank Beamer, whose team overcame early injuries to corner Rashad Carmichael and wideout Marcus Davis and an otherwise sluggish start in large part by forcing three first-half Miami turnovers. The ‘Canes outgained the Hokies 265 yards-126 yards in the first half, but the game was still tied 10-10 heading into the locker room due to the turnovers.

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