The former Big East bullies are roaring within the Atlantic Coast Conference — and nonetheless within the hunt for a nationwide title.
The No. 10 Miami Hurricanes defeated No. 13 Virginia Tech 28-10 late Saturday in entrance of a crazed Hard Rock Stadium crowd of 63,932 to return inside one recreation of clinching the league’s Coastal Division for the primary time.
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“We’re so excited,” stated UM coach Mark Richt, crediting UM’s offensive and defensive strains for anchoring the victory. “We beat a very good team, very well-coached — a team that came in with good reason to believe they could take care of business today.”
Miami (Eight-Zero, 6-Zero ACC) stays one in every of 4 undefeated Power 5 groups and firmly entrenched within the four-team playoff race after CFP No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State misplaced Saturday.
— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) November 5, 2017
Bring on Notre Dame.
The No. Three Fighting Irish (Eight-1), 30-27 winners over the Canes final yr in South Bend, Indiana, will come to Miami at Eight p.m. Saturday (ABC) for the primary time because the ultimate regular-season recreation of 1989, when UM gained and went on to defeat Alabama for the nationwide title.
On Saturday, any UM nationwide title goals gave technique to a smaller, but nonetheless enormous conquest of successful its half of the league. The all-black-clad Hurricanes, who’ve by no means gained the ACC since becoming a member of the league in 2004, conquered the all-white-clad Hokies (7-2, Three-2) with some huge offensive performs and a fierce defensive efficiency — to return ever-so-close to attaining that Coastal objective.
“We’re not there yet, but we’re really close,” stated receiver Braxton Berrios. “This was a huge game; We might’ve been out of it if we lost this one. It’s incredible to be this close, to put ourselves in this situation. We control our own destiny and that’s all we can ask for.”
UM would have clinched the Coastal on Saturday had Virginia (6-Three, Three-2) misplaced to Georgia Tech (Four-Four, Three-Three) in a late-afternoon recreation. But the Cavaliers defeated the Yellow Jackets, and UM should wait to say a Coastal title.
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The Hurricanes led 14-Three at halftime on two second-quarter touchdowns: an Eight-yard go from Malik Rosier to Braxton Berrios with 9:41 left and a 64-yard dash by Travis Homer with 7:09 remaining.
“We finally came out firing,” Berrios said. “We lastly got here out on high and we did not wait. We lastly clicked early. It felt nice to be on high, and the protection was completely killing it.”
Linebacker Shaquille Quarterman referred to as the environment “magical.”
“This was the livest recreation I’ve ever been part of.”
Rosier completed 10 of 21 for 193 pbading yards, two touchdowns and a career-worst three interceptions. He rushed for a career-best 84 yards and a landing.
“It was a great night of not flinching,” Richt said of Rosier’s day. “I am going to put in some props for my son, Jon,” Richt added of UM’s quarterbacks coach. “He actually did job of protecting him even-keeled and saying, ‘Look, man, we will take pictures. Some of these issues occur and you’ll’t flinch. We imagine in you, we belief you and also you’re our guys, so simply get used to it.’
“I heard a number of the issues Jon was saying over the headphones, and he was saying the fitting issues to Malik to badist him know that we’re behind him and he is doing a reasonably darn good job towards a terrific protection.”
One quarter away from Eight-Zero. pic.twitter.com/UqlFLlmIwB
— ESPN (@espn) November 5, 2017
Down 14-Zero, Virginia Tech answered with a 10-play drive that ended with Joey Slye’s 50-yard subject objective with 2:03 left within the half.
The Hokies scored once more 5 performs after Rosier’s second of three interceptions — this one by security Reggie Floyd, who returned the ball 37 yards to the UM 17 with 13:55 left within the third quarter. Quarterback Josh Jackson plunged throughout the objective line to make it 14-10.
But UM made it 21-10 on a 43-yard catch-and-run by tight finish Chris Herndon, who placed on the burners en path to the tip zone at 7:59 of the third quarter. The drive lasted two performs and took all of 59 seconds.
The Canes scored once more on one other big-play drive: three performs highlighted by Rosier’s 42-yard completion to Ahmmon Richards on the Virginia Tech 13-yard line. Rosier then ran the 13 yards to make it 28-10 with 14:34 left within the recreation.
UM had fumble recoveries by Jon Garvin and RJ McIntosh. And safeties Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine intercepted Jackson pbades.
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Although the Canes meet Virginia at house on Nov. 18 and Pittsburgh the day after Thanksgiving of their ultimate two ACC video games, a Virginia loss at Louisville subsequent week would additionally clinch the Coastal for UM.
Should the Canes win the Coastal, they might play the winner of the Atlantic Division — seemingly defending nationwide champion Clemson — on Dec. 2 for the ACC title at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If the winner of that recreation does not earn a spot within the College Football Playoff, it could earn a berth within the Orange Bowl at Eight p.m. Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium.
With the victory, the Hurricanes prolonged their nation-leading successful streak within the Football Bowl Subdivision to 13 video games.
The final time UM gained 13 in a row was through the Canes’ historic 34-game streak that started after the loss at Washington in early September 2000 and ended with the double-overtime loss to Ohio State within the Jan. Three, 2003, Fiesta Bowl.
No different group carried a double-digit win streak into this weekend.
Mark Richt is now 17-Four in his first 21 video games because the Miami coach.
This article is written by Susan Miller Degnan from Miami Herald and was legally licensed by way of the Tribune Content Agency via the NewsCred writer community. Please direct all licensing inquiries to [email protected].