Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Charleston Rambo (11) with the ball while Duke Blue Devils safety Jalen Alexander (32) tries to tackle him during the second half of the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Miami WR Charleston Rambo declares for NFL draft

Miami standout receiver Charleston Rambo announced Friday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Rambo set school records for 79 receptions and 1,172 yards this season in his lone campaign at Miami after transferring from Oklahoma. He also caught seven touchdown passes.

“I had a great experience and made many memories during my short time here,” Rambo said in his announcement on Twitter. “Breaking the receptions and single season receiving yards records in a season, I could not have asked to be anywhere else. It has been an honor to play at the University of Miami and join the prestigious group of legends before me.

“I have decided to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Thank you Miami.”

During his time at Oklahoma, Rambo caught 76 passes for 1,180 yards and nine touchdowns in 36 games (24 starts). He departed after catching 25 passes in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal oversees warmups before the game against Oregon State.

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Report: Oregon offers contract extension to Mario Cristobal

Oregon has offered to extend the contract of football coach Mario Cristobal in an effort to keep him with the Ducks, ESPN and the Oregonian reported Friday.

Miami is pursuing Cristobal and the Hurricanes are optimistic they can lure him away from Oregon to replace coach Manny Diaz, the Miami Herald reported Friday. Cristobal, 51, is a Miami native who has played and coached for the Hurricanes.

ESPN quoted sources as saying the new contract offer to Cristobal is “aggressive” and is similar to other head-coaching deals reached recently. Michigan State’s Mel Tucker last week landed a 10-year, $95 million contract extension to remain with Michigan State.

Cristobal is in his fourth full season at Oregon. He is 35-12 overall, including 10-2 this season, for the 10th-ranked Ducks. His Oregon teams are 2-2 in bowl games; the Ducks will meet Utah on Friday night in the Pac-12 title game in Las Vegas.

Last December, Cristobal signed a new six-year, $27.3 million deal through the 2025 season. With incentives, including a Pac-12 title, he could earn over $5.5 million this season, ESPN reported.

The outlet said Cristobal would have to pay Oregon a $9 million buyout if he exits for another school before Jan. 14.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin (37) reaches the end zone for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second period at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins rout Panthers for fourth straight win

Tua Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown, leading the host Miami Dolphins to their fourth straight win, beating the Carolina Panthers 33-10 on Sunday afternoon.

It was Miami’s highest-scoring game of the season.

Carolina (5-7) benched starting quarterback Cam Newton early in the fourth quarter. Newton completed just 5 of 21 passes for 92 yards and no touchdowns. He was intercepted twice and sacked once.

Miami (5-7) got a great performance from rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who caught nine passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. It was his first career 100-yard game.

Tagovailoa, who was not intercepted, became the first quarterback in Dolphins history to complete at least 80 percent of his passes in two straight games. He completed 81.8 percent of his passes last week against the Jets and 87.1 percent versus Carolina.

The Dolphins also benefitted from a punt block recovered in the end zone, and Myles Gaskin had two rushing touchdowns, both of them 3-yarders on direct snaps.

Miami’s defense picked off three passes, by Xavien Howard, Jevon Holland and Nik Needham. Howard, who has twice led the league in interceptions, has 25 career picks.

Special teams put the Dolphins on the board first as Justin Coleman, who was covering the gunner, blitzed. He was blocked, but that freed Duke Riley for an untouched path to the punter. Coleman recovered the blocked punt and traveled 2 yards for a 7-0 lead.

Despite getting a punt blocked for the first time since 2014, Carolina had an early answer as Newton beat a seven-man blitz with a 64-yard pass to DJ Moore. Newton capped that drive with a one-yard TD run.

In the second quarter, Howard ran his interception back to the Carolina 9-yard line. On third and goal from the 9, Tagovailoa hit Waddle with a TD pass, giving Miami a 14-7 lead.

Gaskin’s 3-yard TD run and a 41-yard field goal from Carolina’s Zane Gonzalez left the Dolphins with a 21-10 halftime lead.

Miami put the game away with its first possession of the second half, a 13-play, 80-yard march that ended in another Gaskin score. That drive ate up 7:24 on the clock.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Mike Harley (3) runs for a touchdown after a catch against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami chases strong finish at skidding Duke

The Miami Hurricanes are winding down a disappointing season with a 6-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Coach Manny Diaz’s job reportedly is in jeopardy in advance of Miami’s trip to Duke (3-8, 0-7) on Saturday for the regular-season finale.

Even so, the Hurricanes are bowl-eligible, and they’re having fun.

Just ask Mike Harley.

In Miami’s 38-26 win over Virginia Tech last week, the senior wide receiver caught a 55-yard touchdown to put the game away with 10:39 left in the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes had just a five-point lead before that play.

“I was smiling the whole time,” Harley said of his joy even while the ball was in flight. “It was crazy.”

That’s the thing about the Hurricanes this season. They have five losses, but two of them came against opponents that rank among the nation’s elite, Alabama and Michigan State.

Miami also has two wins against teams that were Top 25 at the time, and the Hurricanes’ three ACC losses were by two, three and three points.

The Hurricanes are three plays away from an unbeaten ACC record, and they have developed a star quarterback in Tyler Van Dyke. The redshirt freshman has passed for more than 300 yards and at least three touchdowns in five consecutive games. He has been selected the ACC Rookie of the Week four times.

Miami has overcome season-ending injuries to five of its starters: quarterback D’Eriq King, safety Bubba Bolden, running back Cam’Ron Harris and offensive linemen Jalen Rivers and Corey Gaynor.

Yet, Harley is five catches away from breaking Reggie Wayne’s career record for receptions by a Hurricane (173 from 1997 to 2000).

Miami’s other star wide receiver, Charleston Rambo, has 71 catches this season for 1,071 yards. He needs two catches to break Leonard Hankerson’s single-season program record set in 2010. Rambo needs 92 yards to break Allen Hurns’ program record for single-season yardage.

Miami also has tight end Will Mallory, who has caught four TD passes in the past five games.

The Hurricanes, who have won four of their past five games, had no turnovers against Virginia Tech despite heavy rain. Miami’s defense also had 10 tackles for loss and four sacks against the Hokies.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils have been hammered the past five weeks in a losing streak that is now at seven games. Duke hasn’t had a margin of defeat smaller than 25 points since Oct. 9.

Miami drilled Duke 48-0 last season. Two years ago, however, the host Blue Devils entered their matchup with the Hurricanes on a five-game losing streak before shocking Miami 27-17.

“I’ve heard some of our guys mention (that upset),” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “Everybody looks for hope, and I wouldn’t discourage that. But this is a different Miami team and a totally different Duke team.”

Cutcliffe said Duke plans on using three quarterbacks against Miami: Jordan Moore, Gunnar Holmberg and Riley Leonard.

The Blue Devils hope that causes some Miami confusion, and Duke also has running back Mataeo Durant, who has rushed for 1,173 yards. Steve Jones set the Duke rushing record in 1972 with 1,236 yards.

Look for Miami to stack the box against Durant, who has a total of just 23 carries for 111 yards the past two games.

Cutcliffe, who is 67 and could retire after this season if the rumors are true, said Durant has been banged up lately.

Durant has 258 touches from scrimmage this season, including 233 carries. He has taken a pounding.

“An individual record is always secondary to winning,” Cutcliffe said. “But we’re aware of it, and we would love to win (and get Durant the mark).

“Wouldn’t that be fun?”

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz reacts in the fourth quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami’s Manny Diaz favored to be next NCAA coach fired

Move over, Sark, Manny Diaz is coming through.

Steve Sarkisian was installed Monday as the favorite by to be the next NCAA football coach fired. That lasted all of an hour before the Texas Longhorns’ embattled coach was passed by Miami’s Diaz.

The Hurricanes became bowl eligible with Saturday night’s win over Virginia Tech, which fired coach Justin Fuente last week, but Miami (6-5, 4-3 ACC) is widely expected to part ways with Diaz.

Sarkisian is in his first season with the Longhorns, and only 10 months into his tenure. But the heat in Austin has ratcheted up with Texas (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) mired in a six-game losing streak, the program’s longest since 1956.

Diaz quickly moved to the 2-1 favorite to be the next NCAA coach fired at, followed by Sarkisian at 3-1 and Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins at 6-1.

Florida fired Dan Mullen over the weekend, and the Gators and Hurricanes could potentially be competing for a similar pool of candidates should Diaz be let go.

University of Louisiana coach Billy Napier’s name has been tied to a number of potential openings and is the 4-1 favorite by the sportsbook to be the next Gators coach. He’s followed by Lane Kiffin (5-1), who would be willing to leave Ole Miss for the Miami job, according to a report last week by Yahoo reporter Dan Wetzel.

Next NCAA Coach Fired Odds
Manny Diaz, Miami (2-1)
Steve Sarkisian, Texas (3-1)
Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech (6-1)
Scott Frost, Nebraska (7-1)
Jeff Scott, South Florida (7-1)
Dino Babers, Syracuse (7-1)
David Shaw, Stanford (8-1)
Mike Bloomgren, Rice (8-1)
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy (12-1)

Next Florida Gators Head Coach Odds
Billy Napier (4-1)
Lane Kiffin (5-1)
Mario Cristobal (6-1)
Bob Stoops (8-1)
James Franklin (8-1)
Mark Stoops (8-1)
Luke Fickell (9-1)
Eric Bieniemy (12-1)
Matt Campbell (12-1)
Bill O’Brien (16-1)
Dan Quinn (16-1)
Dave Clawson (16-1)
Deion Sanders (25-1)
Jamey Chadwell (25-1)
Urban Meyer (50-1)
Tim Tebow (100-1)

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore (8) is stopped from hauling in a 1st half pass by Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (24) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins knock off Jets, 24-17

Tua Tagovailoa threw two touchdown passes, including a tie-breaking one to Myles Gaskin in the fourth quarter, as the Miami Dolphins outlasted the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Tagovailoa threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Gaskin, who had slipped out of the backfield on third-and-goal, to give Miami a 21-14 lead with 10:15 left. The drive had been kept alive by a roughing the passer call on New York’s John Franklin-Myers on an earlier third down.

New York’s Joe Flacco went 24-of-39 passing for 291 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He lost a fumble on a strip sack in the red zone and is 0-5 the last two seasons as a starter for the Jets.

Jason Sanders’ 24-yard field goal gave the Dolphins (4-7) a 24-14 lead with 1:57 left after a 12-play, 45-yard drive had stalled at the 1-yard line and Miami had taken a delay of game penalty. New York (2-8) got a 35-yard field goal from Matt Ammendola with 15 seconds left but Miami recovered the onsides kick.

Each team burned the other with a long touchdown pass in the third quarter. Tagovailoa, who was 27-of-33 passing for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, hit Mack Hollins with a 65-yard pass down the left sideline. But the Jets answered later in the quarter when Flacco beat a blitz and threw to Elijah Moore for a 62-yard score to tie it at 14.

The Dolphins scored on their first drive, going 83 yards in 11 plays and scoring on Jaylen Waddle’s 1-yard run on a jet sweep to the left on a direct snap from Gaskin.

The score was set up when third-down back Patrick Laird avoided a tackle by linebacker C.J. Mosley for a 5-yard reception to the 1 to convert a third-and-4. Waddle scored on second down.

The Jets tied the score later in the quarter after second-year safety Ashtyn Davis recorded his first NFL interception, picking off Tagovailoa’s overthrown pass at the Miami 40. Michael Carter ran 39 yards off left tackle on the next play, but it took the Jets four plays to punch it in when Flacco threw to a wide-open Jamison Crowder for a 2-yard touchdown and a 7-7 tie. Carter later left with an ankle injury.

Ammendola missed two earlier attempts, from 55 and 40 yards. Sanders missed from 32 yards, hitting the right upright as time expired in the first half to send the game into intermission tied at 7.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Brashard Smith (12) makes a catch in front of Virginia Tech Hokies defensive back Jermaine Waller (2) and defensive back Chamarri Conner (1) before running for a touchdown in the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami tops Virginia Tech to earn bowl eligibility

Tyler Van Dyke passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns as the host Miami Hurricanes became bowl eligible with a 38-26 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in an ACC game on Saturday night.

In a game that featured rain for much of the night, Miami (6-5, 4-3) also got two rushing touchdowns from Jaylan Knighton.

Van Dyke, a redshirt freshman who had never completed a collegiate pass prior to this year, threw for more than 300 yards for the fifth straight game. He completed 19-of-33 passes, and Charleston Rambo caught seven throws for 116 yards.

Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4), working for the first time under interim coach J.C. Price, alternated two quarterbacks – Braxton Burmeister and Connor Blumrick — on nearly every play.

Burmeister passed for 109 yards and one TD, and he ran for 52. Blumrick ran for 132 yards and passed for 39 yards and two TDs.

The Hokies, who fired sixth-year coach Justin Fuente on Tuesday, got a spectacular one-handed TD catch from Tre Turner.

Miami scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, racing to a 21-3 lead.

On Miami’s first drive, Van Dyke completed 3-of-3 passes for 56 yards, including a nine-yarder to Will Mallory in the back right-corner of the end zone.

After Tech’s John Parker Romo made a 25-yard field goal, Knighton scored a pair of TDs on runs of one and three yards.

Tech cut its deficit to 21-10 on Turner’s contested one-handed catch in the end zone. The six-yard pass from Burmeister withstood a video review as Turner trapped it against his hip.

But Miami scored 10 seconds later on a 75-yard pass from Van Dyke to Brashard Smith, a true freshman. Smith lined up as a running back, but he ran past the Tech defense, and Van Dyke lofted the ball, hitting him in stride.

Romo made a 36-yarder on Tech’s next possession, cutting Miami’s lead to 28-13 with 3:33 left in the first half.

in the third quarter, Miami’s Zach McCloud sacked Burmeister, forcing a fumble recovered by teammate Marcus Clarke at the Tech 20. After three running plays, Andres Borregales booted a 30-yard field goal to extend the lead to 31-13.

With 6:25 left in the third, Tech scored on Blumrick’s 7-yard TD pass to Kaleb Smith, who snatched the high toss.

Tech then recovered an onside kick and capitalized with Blumrick’s four-yard TD toss to Da’Wain Lofton. After a two-point conversion attempt fell incomplete, Miami led 31-26.

Miami extended its lead to 38-26 on Van Dyke’s 55-yard TD pass to Mike Harley with 10:39 left in the fourth, and that clinched the victory.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz puts his headset on against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech, Miami playing for bowls amid upheaval

The Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies — both with identical 5-5 overall records and 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference marks — will attempt to become bowl-eligible when they meet on Saturday night in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Hokies will be doing it without coach Justin Fuente, who departed via mutual agreement Tuesday after six seasons. Co-defensive line coach J.C. Price will run the team for the rest of the season.

“It’s bittersweet,” Price said Thursday. “I just want to do my best for these kids. These kids deserve to go out a winner.

“Our story is not written. The book’s not finished. What’s it going to say? We’re going to finish writing it the next two weeks.”

As the Hurricanes play their final home game of the season, coach Manny Diaz is hoping to avoid the fate of athletic director Blake James, who was fired this week. Diaz is focused on improving his 19-15 record at Miami.

“The mission this week is to beat Virginia Tech,” he said. “That’s all we can control. I think because of that mentality, our team has been pretty resilient over the course of the year.”

Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, a redshirt freshman with just seven starts to his credit, will try to continue his hot streak on Saturday.

Van Dyke has passed for more than 300 yards in four straight games, throwing 14 touchdown passes and three interceptions in that span. His four TD passes last week were not enough as Miami lost 31-28 to its biggest rival, Florida State.

Leading by five points with less than one minute left, the Hurricanes allowed the Seminoles to convert a fourth-and-14 into a first down with a big pass play.

“That fourth-and-14 will haunt me forever,” Diaz said.

On Saturday, the most intriguing matchup could be Miami’s 16th-ranked passing offense and Virginia Tech’s 15th-ranked pass defense.

The Hokies are coming off a 48-17 win over Duke.

Running back Malachi Thomas got injured during the game, so it remains to be seen whether or how much he plays against Miami. Thomas is Virginia Tech’s second-leading rusher with 382 yards and a 5.0-yard average.

The Hokies’ leading rusher is Raheem Blackshear, who has 542 yards and a 5.4 average. He also leads the team with five rushing touchdowns and 765 scrimmage yards.

Blackshear is the reigning ACC Running Back of the Week. He scored two TDs against Duke, rushing for 117 yards and catching two passes for 40 yards.

Virginia Tech’s biggest advantage on Saturday may be with quarterback Braxton Burmeister. He will face a Miami pass defense that ranks 120th in the nation, allowing 270 yards per game.

Burmeister has completed 54.5 percent of his passes for 1,710 yards, 12 TDs and four interceptions.

His top two targets are Tre Turner and Tayvion Robinson. Turner has 35 catches for 631 yards and two TDs. Robinson has 39 catches for 445 yards and four TDs.

For Miami, Van Dyke is completing 61.6 percent of his passes, and he has 19 TD throws and six interceptions.

Miami’s other big playmakers are running back Jaylan Knighton (724 scrimmage yards and eight TDs in just six games) and wide receiver Charleston Rambo (64 catches, 955 yards and five TDs).

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; A general view of a Miami Hurricanes helmet in the end zone prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Blake James out as Miami (Fla.) athletic director

Blake James was fired Monday as athletic director at Miami (Fla.) on Monday after eight years in the position.

In a release, Miami said the school and James “mutually agreed to part ways,” but the Miami Herald reported the decision was made by university president Julio Frenk.

The university said a national search for a new athletic director will begin immediately. Jennifer Strawley, Miami’s deputy athletic director, will serve as interim AD.

James served in multiple leadership roles in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA, earning “national recognition from his peers,” the release said.

“It has been an honor to lead Miami athletics and to be a part of such a world-class institution,” James said. “I am proud of the work that we have done together, though I know there is still more yet to be achieved.”

Under James, who took over as AD in 2013, Miami won five NCAA individual championships, six ACC team titles and 71 individual ACC titles.

“I want to thank Blake for his years of service to the University of Miami,” Frenk said. “Paired with The U’s storied history in intercollegiate sports, the enhancements Blake championed — in areas ranging from student-athlete support and academic achievement to community outreach and facility upgrades — give us a solid foundation on which to build.”

James was fired two days after Miami dropped a heartbreaker to Florida State in football, 31-28, as Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis scored on a 1-yard run with 26 seconds remaining.

Fans have voiced their displeasure with the school’s football program and have been highly critical of James.

University administrators — or perhaps the new AD, if hired quickly enough — must decide whether to retain Manny Diaz, who was named head football coach following the 2018 season upon the unexpected retirement of Mark Richt.

Diaz had been the defensive coordinator under Richt and accepted the head-coaching job at Temple – prompting James to move quickly to name him head coach.

Miami paid a $4 million buyout to bring him back less than three weeks after he departed.

The Hurricanes are 19-15 under Diaz, who was hired to make Miami a national championship contender again.

Under Diaz, the Hurricanes finished 6-7 in 2019 and 8-3 in 2020, and they have a 5-5 (3-3 Athletic Coast Conference) record this season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Tre Swilling (3) reaches for Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Romello Brinson (0) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami overcomes fumbles, beats Georgia Tech 33-30

Tyler Van Dyke passed for 389 yards and three touchdowns Saturday afternoon, leading the host Miami Hurricanes to a 33-30 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

In just his sixth collegiate start, Van Dyke completed 22-of-34 passes as Miami (5-4, 3-2) won its third straight ACC game by overcoming three first-half turnovers.

Tech’s Jaylon King returned Miami’s third lost fumble 40 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Yellow Jackets a 21-17 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Hurricanes responded by dominating the line of scrimmage in the second half.

Miami outgained Georgia Tech in the second half, 250-116, including a 99 to minus-5 edge on the ground.

Charleston Rambo finished with seven catches for 210 yards and one TD for Miami, and Jaylan Knighton had 32 rushes for 162 yards and one score.

The Jackets (3-6, 2-5) have lost four of their past five games, including three in a row.

Tech’s Jahmyr Gibbs, who had rushed for 245 yards over the past two games, had 67 yards rushing on nine carries.

Jackets quarterback Jeff Sims completed 21-of-38 passes for 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Tech also got a career-long 71-yard run from Jordan Mason.

Miami scored on its first possession, an 11-play, 93-yard drive. Van Dyke went 5-for-7 for 58 yards on the march, which ended with an eight-yard rope to the left-corner of the end zone, where Mike Harley made a one-handed grab.

The Hurricanes made it 14-0 on their second drive, taking advantage of a Jackets coverage bust on third-and-12 for Van Dyke’s 35-yard TD toss to Rambo.

After Miami lost a pair of fumbles — by Rambo and Elijah Arroyo — Tech tied the score 14-14 on Mason’s 71-yard run in the first quarter and Gibbs’ 29-yarder in the second.

Miami’s Andres Borregales put Miami back on top with a 28-yard field goal, but when Knighton fumbled, King caught the ball in the air and ran it back for a 21-17 Jackets lead.

On the last scoring chance of the first half, Borregales missed a 40-yard kick off the left post.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their first second-half possessions.

Van Dyke’s 60-yard pass to Rambo set up a two-yard TD run by Knighton for Miami, and Gibbs followed with a 50-yard TD on a bubble screen from Sims, giving Georgia Tech a 28-24 lead.

Miami cut its deficit to 28-27 on Borregales’ 31-yard field goal with 13:20 left in the fourth.

Then with 10:27 remaining, Miami took a 33-28 lead on Van Dyke’s 15-yard TD pass to Key’Shawn Smith, who broke two tackles for what became the winning score.

Yet, Tech stayed within a field goal when Juanyeh Thomas intercepted a two-point conversion try and returned it 102 yards for the team’s first defensive two-point conversion since 1989.

The pick-six conversion cut Miami’s lead to 33-30, but the Hurricanes held on from there.

–Field Level Media