Miami defensive lineman Jonathan Garvin forces Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson to fumble in the course of the Hurricanes’ 28-10 win. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. — Virginia Tech’s aspirations of profitable the ACC’s Coastal Division title dissolved Saturday night time throughout a 28-10 loss at Miami, with the Hokies unable to beat self-inflicted injury in a turnover-filled sport.
The complexion of the showdown between the highest groups within the division modified drastically following an interception late within the third quarter by Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson.
Safety Jaquan Johnson stepped in entrance of Jackson’s throw for his second interception this season, and the Hurricanes scored three performs in a while quarterback Malik Rosier’s 13-yard run for the ultimate margin.
Virginia Tech (7-2, Three-2), ranked 13th within the College Football Playoff ballot, is eradicated from rivalry for the ACC Coastal crown, shedding the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Hurricanes. Virginia is the one faculty apart from Miami that may win the division.
The No. 10 Hurricanes (Eight-Zero, 6-Zero) ran their unbeaten streak to 13, the longest energetic run in main school soccer, and elevated their standing within the dialog for one of many 4 berths within the College Football Playoff with its first win this season in opposition to a ranked opponent.
The Hokies dedicated a season-high 4 turnovers, with Jackson liable for three, and managed 299 yards of complete offense, a lot of it late within the fourth quarter with the end result in hand, in shedding for the second time this season to a ranked opponent. They additionally misplaced to Clemson, then ranked No. 2 within the Associated Press ballot, on Sept. 30 in Blacksburg, Va.
A takeaway by the Virginia Tech protection, which allowed 430 yards, led to Jackson’s one-yard run that whittled the deficit to 14-10 with 11:39 to play within the third quarter, giving the Hokies a quick glimmer of hope.
Virginia Tech security Reggie Floyd arrange the Hokies on the Miami 17 with an interception he returned 37 yards. The sophomore leapt as Rosier delivered the ball and secured an acrobatic seize for his second interception this season with 13:55 remaining within the third quarter.
Virginia Tech collected its third interception of the night time when cornerback Greg Stroman broke on a go meant for vast receiver Jeff Thomas. The Hokies took possession at their 45 however wound up turning it over on downs when, on fourth and two, Jackson had no selection however to fall on a muffed snap.
The Hurricanes received the ball at their 49 following the miscue and, two performs later, tight finish Chris Herndon caught a 43-yard scoring go from Rosier for a 21-10 benefit with seven minutes to go within the third quarter.
A 64-yard run by Miami tailback Travis Homer had produced a 14-Zero lead with 7:09 left within the first half. Homer ran via a gaping gap in the midst of the sphere and averted three defenders on his approach to the tip zone, offering the late-arriving crowd of 65,326 at Hard Rock Stadium the offensive spotlight of the primary half.
The Hokies received inside 14-Three with 2:03 left within the half because of kicker Joey Slye’s 50-yard area objective that sailed via the uprights with loads of room to spare. Virginia Tech had reached the Miami 20 however, on third and 7, operating again Deshawn McClease mishandled a pitch and fell on the free ball for a lack of 13.
A turnover foiled one other promising drive for Virginia Tech solely minutes later. Facing first and 10 on the Miami 18, receiver Sean Savoy caught a six-yard go, however Johnson jarred the ball free making the sort out, and defensive sort out RJ McIntosh recovered and returned it 35 yards to the Miami 49.
The sequence triggered the primary look of the “Turnover Chain” on the Miami sideline. McIntosh wore the gaudy 10-karat gold rope adorned with an outsized attraction within the form and colours of the Hurricanes brand, holding with a practice began this season after each Miami takeaway.
The chain has grow to be an unapologetic image of Miami’s resurgence, underscoring the bravado and extra related to this system’s most affluent stretch in the course of the 1980s and early portion of the next decade.
Many Hurricanes followers attending this longtime rivalry that took root when each faculties had been members of the Big East wore black T-shirts with the “Turnover Chain” screened onto the entrance. Even three-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez, attending the sport with girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, received into the spirit by carrying a Hurricanes chain whereas watching from a collection.
The first factors of the night belonged to Miami, which accomplished a nine-play, 87-yard drive with Rosier’s eight-yard go to receiver Braxton Berrios. The senior beat linebacker Mook Reynolds for the landing with 9:41 left within the second quarter.