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FINAL: Miami 34, Virginia 14
TD: Miami 34, Virginia 14 (11:17 4Q)
Mark Walton for 15 yards. This one’s all but over.
Fumble (13:36 4Q)
Trent Harris recovered a fumble by Virginia punter Nicholas Conte, setting up Miami at the Cavaliers’ 39.
Virginia fans are filing out, with their team down 14 points with 13:36 left.
End 3: Miami 27, Virginia 14.
It’s a two-score game at Scott Stadium, with the sun nearly beyond the seats and temperatures dropping into the 40s.
TD: Miami 27, Virginia 14 (3:25 3Q)
Ahmmon Richards took a pass 77 yards to the house, outracing Virginia’s defense after a catch on the sideline. Richards made a spin move to get away from cornerback Juan Thornhill, then beat the rest of the coverage. He shushed the crowd afterward.
FG miss (6:00 2Q)
Michael Badgley missed a 50-yard field goal try wide left.
Virginia will take over at its own 33, hoping for a tying score.
Turnover (7:46 3Q)
Corn Elder sacked Kurt Benkert and caused a fumble. Joe Jackson bounced on the ball.
At the end of the play, linebacker Charles Perry stayed down on the field, apparently hurt, then jogged off.
FG: Miami 20, Virginia 14 (10:48 3Q)
Michael Badgley hit from 44 yards after the Hurricanes’ offense stalled.
Mark Walton broke through a pile of defenders on a 7-yard rush on third-and-5 at midfield. Ahmmon Richards made a 15-yard catch in traffic to get Miami in field-goal range. But Brad Kaaya overthrew Chris Herndon and Stacy Coley, and the Cavaliers stopped Mark Walton for no gain.
The announced attendance: 39,867.
HALF: Miami 17, Virginia 14
Miami couldn’t punch in a touchdown, despite a few promising plays, and punted for the first time. Virginia kneeled out the clock.
Penalties were the issue on that drive. An illegal block on sophomore left guard Tyler Gauthier — who started for the first time and is playing well — negated a long Gus Edwards run. Alex Gall was called for holding on the same play. Gauthier earned a holding call later in the drive.
Brad Kaaya and Stacy Coley bailed out the offense with a 32-yard hookup, that officials missed the first time. Coley made a catch and tapped his foot as he dove out of bounds, but it was ruled incomplete before a review overturned the call.
Kaaya is 8-for-19 for 123 yards, with a touchdown to David Njoku and an interception. Joe Yearby, Mark Walton and Gus Edwards are averaging more than 7.6 yards per carry. The Hurricanes’ defensive line has drawn several penalties, and is causing Virginia offensive linemen to tear out their hair. But the Cavaliers, attacking Miami’s secondary for the most part, are 7-of-10 on third down.
TD: Miami 17, Virginia 14 (2:42, 2Q)
The little things, like dropped interceptions, add up.
Safety Jaquan Johnson nearly made a diving pick to kill the drive, but couldn’t hang on. Then Virginia (115th nationally in third-down conversions; 7-of-10 today) converted three times on third down and scored.
The final one: a 13-yard touchdown catch by David Eldridge on which linebacker Michael Pinckney slammed quarterback Kurt Benkert from his blind side. He got the throw off.
Virginia, struggling to deal with Miami’s defensive line, committed two holding calls. That was one of the reasons its drive took 6:46 off the clock on a 14-play, 74-yard drive.
Honor for Kaaya
Brad Kaaya, 6-of-12 for 82 yards so far, passed Jacory Harris (8,826 yards) for second on Miami’s career passing list. Kaaya now has 8,858 yards, and is shy of only Ken Dorsey (9,565).
TD: Miami 17, Virginia 7 (9:28 2Q)
David Njoku, end-zone matchup problem, caught a 7-yard touchdown pass on third-and-3. Brad Kaaya threw it hard and true.
It was a quick drive: four plays, 58 yards, 1:32.
On the first play of the drive, Kaaya gunned a pass 44 yards in the air to Malcolm Lewis, who made a catch with a defender hanging onto his neck. Miami declined the pass interference call.
D swarming (11:00 2Q)
Miami’s defense asserted itself on the previous drive. The interior line, which appears to be a decided mismatch in Miami’s favor, drew a holding call. That helped force a three-and-out. Virginia’s 31-yard punt set up the Hurricanes at their own 42.
FG: Miami 10, Virginia 7 (13:16 2Q)
Michael Badgley’s 40-yard field goal put Miami ahead for the first time. An overthrow on third down left points on the board, after a strong 12-play drive.
Miami’s running backs came to play. They have 11 carries for 96 yards so far. All three — Mark Walton, Joe Yearby and yes, Gus Edwards — got first downs on that drive. After a punt, Yearby ripped off an 11-yard run on first down from Miami’s 10 to get things started.
Virginia gave UM extra yards when defensive end Juwan Moye earned a personal foul call on third-and-4, for bull-rushing left tackle Kc McDermott with his hands to McDermott’s face. McDermott knew it, and signaled “first down” at Moye.
Big-play defense (1:37 1Q)
Miami’s defensive line nearly caused a third-down fumble at the UM 40, but an official ruled that Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert threw a pass. Another big play: safety Rayshawn Jenkins registered a sack for a 2-yard loss.
TD: Miami 7, Virginia 7 (6:09 1Q)
Joe Yearby scored the touchdown, but Mark Walton kept the drive alive.
Miami converted a fourth-and-1 at the 50-yard line in emphatic fashion when Walton bounced outside for 26. Walton then turned a third-and-9 opportunity when he bounced off a tackler who speared him in the gut, shook off another defender and picked up 13 on a checkdown.
Yearby’s shifty 10-yard touchdown run tied the score.
TD: Virginia 7, Miami 0 (10:29 1Q)
After Miami turned it over, Taquan Mizzell scored on a 2-yard stretch play to put the home team up first.
Virginia needed to go 18 yards to score, and Miami helped the Cavaliers with a 5-yard offsides penalty (Kendrick Norton). It still took them five plays, not including a holding call against them.
A pick (12:23 1Q)
Miami’s first offensive drive ended quickly. Tight end Chris Herndon appeared to make a strong leaping catch, but he bobbled it into the hands of Virginia standout linebacker Micah Kiser.
Kizer returned the gift 25 yards to the end zone, but appeared to step out at the 18. Officials confirmed at after review.
Brad Kaaya’s interception, not exactly his fault, was his seventh of the season.
Kc McDermott started at left tackle in place of Trevor Darling. Tyler Gauthier started in McDermott’s place at left guard. Miami’s offensive line is also down starting center Nick Linder (Alex Gall is in his place) and right tackle Sunny Odogwu, who has been missing for several weeks. Tyree St. Louis is playing for him.
Miami’s defense forced a punt at midfield to open the game. Freshman Malek Young made his first career start at cornerback. Sophomore Sheldrick Redwine and Young rotated throughout the first drive.
Michael Badgley booted the opening kickoff out of bounds at the 2-yard line. That was his second of the year.
Miami wins the toss and will kick. The captains are Trent Harris, Mark Walton, Brad Kaaya and Michael Badgley.
The weather is 52 degrees and sunny for a 2 p.m. kickoff. Evening lows are forecast to be in the low-30s.
The Hurricanes are in their all-white “storm trooper” uniforms. Virginia is wearing orange helmets and jerseys with white pants.
Left tackle Trevor Darling warmed up. He was listed as doubtful on UM’s injury report. Darling has made 27 consecutive starts.
The consecutive start streak of Nick Linder, out for the season with shoulder surgery, ends at 22. Alex Gall will take his place.
Freshman receiver Dionte Mullins, who has battled a hamstring injury, made the trip and warmed up.