No. 9 Miami rallies, takes down host Virginia Tech
D’Eriq King threw a go-ahead, 36-yard touchdown pass to Mark Pope with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter, rallying the ninth-ranked Miami Hurricanes to a 25-24 win over the host Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon at Blacksburg, Va.
The Hokies (4-4, 4-3 ACC) blew an 11-point third-quarter lead and lost their second straight game.
Miami (7-1, 6-1), which won its fourth straight game, stopped the Hokies on their final five drives, getting an interception from Te’Cory Couch, forcing three punts and earning a stop on Virginia Tech’s possession in the final seconds.
King was outstanding, completing 24-of-38 passes for 255 yards, with no interceptions. Miami receiver Dee Wiggins had eight catches for 106 yards.
Virginia Tech got two touchdown runs from Jalen Holston.
Hokies quarterback Hendon Hooker, who made his first collegiate start last year in a win over Miami, passed for 202 yards and ran for 59, including one touchdown.
Both teams got key players back from injury.
The Hokies got running back Khalil Herbert back from a hamstring injury. Herbert, who entered the game ranked third in the ACC in rushing, rushed eight times for 49 yards against Miami.
For Miami, it was tight end Brevin Jordan, who returned and had two catches for 22 yards.
However, the Hurricanes were missing 13 players due to injury/illness, including four starters: left tackle John Campbell, left guard Jakai Clark, defensive tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte and linebacker Zach McCloud.
Virginia Tech led 7-3 after the first quarter. Hooker ran for a 53-yard touchdown, and Miami’s Jose Borregales made a 42-yard field goal. Earlier in the quarter, Miami’s fake field goal, with Borregales running, failed.
The Hokies stretched their lead to 14-3 on Holston’s 8-yard run with 8:47 left in the second quarter.
But Miami cut its deficit to 14-13 at halftime after getting King’s 10-yard run and Borregales’ 40-yarder that came with just four seconds left in the second quarter.
The Hokies stretched their third-quarter lead to 24-13 on Holston’s 1-yard run and Brian Johnson’s 38-yard field goal.
But with 1:27 left in the third, Miami cut its deficit to 24-19 on Cam’Ron Harris’ 6-yard run. Miami’s two-point conversion pass failed.
Miami took its first lead of the game on King’s 36-yard slant pass to Pope, who caught the ball perfectly in stride and ran the final 20 yards. Miami’s two-point conversion failed again, but the Hurricanes held defensively to earn the narrow win.
–Field Level Media