FINAL: No. 10 Miami 28, No. 13 Virginia Tech 13
Turnover Chain, Pt. III (7:59 4Q)
Miami broke out the Turnover Chain again after Jon Garvin, the freshman from Lake Worth High, scooped up a quarterback fumble caused by fellow defensive end Joe Jackson.
Miami punt (8:46 4Q)
The Hurricanes couldn’t put together another scoring drive, but did waste 4:39 of clock.
Virginia Tech punt (13:25 4Q)
Miami is getting closer.
Injury watch: Chad Thomas and Joe Jackson were down on the field after one play. Thomas jogged off. Jackson took longer, but trotted off under his own power.
No. 10 Miami 28, No. 13 Virginia Tech 10 (14:34 4Q)
Malik Rosier wasn’t down for long.
He may not have been down at all.
After his three interceptions, and gifted Johnson’s point-saving pick, he launched a picture-perfect deep ball to Ahmmon Richards for a 42-yard gain on the first play of the fourth quarter.
On the next play, he saw daylight and ran as hard as he has all year, getting 13 yards into the end zone before the Hokies knew what happened.
Miami 28, Virginia Tech 10, with 14:34 to go.
END 3Q: No. 10 Miami 21, No. 13 Virginia Tech 10
Turnover Chain Pt. II (0:38 3Q)
Holy smokes, Jaquan Johnson.
The junior safety made a one-handed interception at the UM 24. His spectacular play kept the Hokies, once again, from scoring at least three points. Remember, Johnson forced a red-zone fumble near the end of the first half.
No. 10 Miami 21, No. 13 Virginia Tech 10 (7:00 3Q)
A significant development in this ballgame: Malik Rosier threw a touchdown pass, not a pick.
He hit Chris Herndon for a 43-yard touchdown, which was helped by a stiff block from Ahmmon Richards up the sideline, and Herndon skipping out of a tackle and speeding the rest of the way to the house.
Quick score, too: the drive lasted three plays and 59 seconds.
Virginia Tech turnover on downs (7:59 3Q)
The Hurricanes, maybe the luckiest team in the nation, survived another one.
On fourth-and-2 from the Miami 32, Josh Jackson fumbled and recovered the ball.
Miami ball at its own 39.
Virginia Tech interception (9:44 3Q)
Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech’s top cornerback, made a spectacular play on a ball intended for Jeff Thomas. That’s Malik Rosier’s third pick of the night, and Jeff Thomas’ second time on the losing end of one.
Hokies ball at their 45.
No. 10 Miami 14, No. 13 Virginia Tech 10 (11:39 3Q)
Virginia Tech missed a chance to score to end the first half, and didn’t have the ball to start the second half, but made up for all that quickly.
After a Malik Rosier interception, they needed four plays to score.
From the 1, Josh Jackson got enough push from his offensive line, and running back Travon McMillan, to get over the goal.
Miami never makes it easy.
The attendance, by the way, was announced at 63,932.
Virginia Tech interception (13:55 3Q)
Hokies linebacker Reggie Floyd made a pick and returned it 37 yards to the Miami 17. He kept running as two Miami defenders went for the strip.
Rosier had Ahmmon Richards over the linebacker … but couldn’t get the ball over the linebacker.
The good: Braxton Berrios made a tough 18-yard catch in traffic.
END FIRST HALF: No. 10 Miami 14, No. 13 Virginia Tech 3
Miami outgaining the visitors 255-149, and 161-66 on the ground. The Hokies are 1-of-6 on third down. UM is averaging 8.2 yards per play.
Turnover Chain Pt. I (0:12 2Q)
Jaquan Johnson caused a fumble with a huge hit, and the ball bounced to defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh. The 6-foot-4, 293-pound McIntosh rumbled 35 yards up the sideline, showing great balance as he bounced off a teammate and kept chugging.
That was huge for Miami, since it was about to give away points to the Hokies. Johnson forced the fumble at his own 12.
Virginia Tech got there with another big play: In a matchup of one team’s best receiver and the other team’s fourth-best cornerback, Cam Phillips outflanked Jhavonte Dean for a 27-yard gain, on a play Miami nearly had quarterback Josh Jackson pressured into a sack or throwaway. He floated it up, and Phillips made the play.
Virginia Tech interception (0:53 2Q)
A promising two-minute offensive series that got to the Hokies’ half of the field ended with a Malik Rosier interception. He was looking for Jeff Thomas deep, but Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander made a nice play on the ball.
DeeJay Dallas showed outstanding balance on a 19-yard run. Looks like Miami has found a No. 2 tailback.
No. 10 Miami 14, No. 13 Virginia Tech 3 (2:03 2Q)
Virginia Tech’s best offensive series of the night — and it came away with three points.
Josh Jackson sort of lucked into a pair of first-down completions: a 4-yard lateral under pressure, and a 16-yard floater down the field, and was a rough-and-tumble runner on keepers of 8 and 10 yards.
With the Hokies at Miami’s 23, Sheldrick Redwine blasted running back Deshawn McClease. On the next play, Redwine affected Hokies receiver Sean Savoy near the goal line, and the ball fell incomplete. Then Jackson tried to pitch it backward and threw it over McClease’s head. The running back fell on the fumble before the Canes could scoop and rumble 60 yards for a touchdown.
Joey Slye, after a Mark Richt timeout, hit a 50-yard field goal with plenty to spare.
It was a 10-play, 41-yard drive lasting 5:06. That’s a long time to be out there and only score 3.
No. 10 Miami 14, No. 13 Virginia Tech 0 (7:09 2Q)
Miami, which had all of 59 rushing yards last week, is well over that total.
Travis Homer broke free for a 64-yard rushing touchdown, slipping through a hole created by right guard Navaughn Donaldson and right tackle Tyree St. Louis and turning on the jets. Breakaway speed. Miami up two scores.
Miami, by the way, has 139 yards thanks to Homer (five carries, 71 yards and a touchdown, a career-long 64-yarder), Malik Rosier (his best rushing half of the season, with 50 yards on four carries including a 36-yarder) and Braxton Berrios and DeeJay Dallas, who each have nine yards (Berrios on one carry, Dallas on four).
UM’s offensive line picked up its third false start. It went to Trevor Darling, his second.
Not sure anyone here cares.
Virginia Tech punt (8:14 2Q)
Joe Jackson pressured Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson into a third-down incompletion.
The crowd, which was in place for the National Anthem — that’s rare here in South Florida — has brought it tonight.
No. 10 Miami 7, No. 13 Virginia Tech 0 (9:41 2Q)
Braxton Berrios, so instrumental on the tricky opening series for UM’s offense, scored the Hurricanes’ first touchdown.
His 8-yard touchdown catch capped a nine-play, 87-yard march in four minutes, 42 seconds.
It happened after a pair of pass interference calls pushed to the Virginia Tech 15, and Malik Rosier slid 7 yards down to the 8.
Ahmmon Richards, shaken up (limped off) in the first quarter, returned and drew the first pass-interference call. Jeff Thomas, who nearly caught a sideline pass of 35-plus — it was just wide — drew a PI in the end zone, moving the chains to the 15.
Another big play: Travis Homer made a great adjustment to catch a dump-off from a heavily pressured Rosier. He scooted ahead for 20.
END 1Q: No. 10 Miami 0, No. 13 Virginia Tech 0
Miami outgaining VT 102-52, averaging 6.4 yards per play.
Injury update: Sheldrick Redwine, shaken up last series, returned.
Miami punt (2:19 1Q)
Another punt, in a game that’s heavy on swarming defense so far. If you’re surprised by this, you haven’t been paying attention.
Possible bad news: On third-and-7 at its own 18, Miami got a big conversion — but the pass-catcher, Ahmmon Richards, came up limping. Richards has battled a hamstring injury all season, hampering his production.
Miami, using DeeJay Dallas more at tailback, couldn’t convert on its second try on third down.
Virginia Tech punt (4:55, 1Q)
The Hokies, running a tricky option-style offense, moved the chains out to the 32 before UM got its first tackle for loss.
Quarterback Josh Jackson scrambled for a 9-yard gain to set up third-and-1 at the 14, then converted with a 7-yard plunge.
But on the next third-down chance, freshman safety Amari Carter snuffed out Jackson with a 10-yard sack.
Another freshman, Jon Garvin, pummeled Virginia Tech punter Oscar Bradburn for a 15-yard penalty. As a result, Miami started at its own 15.
Injury note: Sheldrick Redwine made a tackle and was shaken up. He jogged off the field keeping his right arm still and hanging down by his side.
Miami turnover on downs (9:45 1Q)
Mark Richt gets guff for not being creative. Well, he’s got your creative right here.
It didn’t lead to points, however.
After receiver Braxton Berrios gained nine yards on the first play of the game — it was a carry –Berrios took a reverse and threw a pass to quarterback Malik Rosier for a 17-yard gain.
Then, after two false starts (on Trevor Darling and Tyree St. Louis, two veterans), Miami was behind the sticks.
But Berrios bailed the Canes out with a spectacular leaping catch for 24. Rosier added a 36-yard rush, with some spectacular blocking from his line, and from Berrios downfield, before he stepped out at the 3.
A third-down halfback pass from DeeJay Dallas to Rosier went off the quarterback’s hands. Dallas was pressured. (He was a high school quarterback, you know.)
But Miami turned it over when Travis Homer was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage on fourth down. Hokies defenisve back Mook Reynolds made the stop.
Personnel notes: Navaughn Donaldson started at right guard.
Virginia Tech punt (13:23 1Q)
Travon McMillan spit a 12-yard run on the first play of the game, but the Hurricanes got a third-down stop on the next set of downs.
Miami won and deferred.