Miami grinds turnover-prone Virginia Tech, 30-6
Duke Johnson ran for 249 yards, the Miami defense held Virginia Tech scoreless until the final two minutes, and the Hurricanes dominated the Hokies in a 30-6 win in ACC football action in Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday night.
Only a fourth-down touchdown pass from backup quarterback Mark Leal to Isaiah Ford with 1:30 to go kept the Hokies’ streak of scoring in 251 consecutive games alive. Aside from that lone highlight, this one was a rare Lane Stadium beatdown for Virginia Tech (4-4, 1-3 ACC), which trailed 24-0 at halftime and fumbled on three possessions in Miami territory in a frustrating third quarter that sent the home fans home early.
A pair of second-quarter Johnson touchdowns provided the separation for Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC), the first a 24-yard run with 6:21 to go that pushed the um lead to 17-0, the second serving as the backbreaker, a 22-yard TD pass from Brad Kaaya with three seconds left that made it 24-0.
Virginia Tech forced a Miami punt and took possession inside ‘Canes territory, but Joel Caleb fumbled at the Miami 32 after taking in a Michael Brewer pass. A Jerome Wright fumble at the Miami 17 later in the quarter was the Hokies’ last scoring threat before the garbage-time TD in the final minutes.
The loss was the third at home for Virginia Tech this season, the first time the Hokies have lost three at home in a season since 1992.
The late touchdown preserved a scoring streak that dates back to a 16-0 home shutout loss to Cincinnati in 1995.