Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State defensive lineman Chop Robinson (DL45) speaks at a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine at Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Notebook: Penn State’s Chop Robinson ready to flex

INDIANAPOLIS — Circle DL 45 in your program before the start of defensive line workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday morning if you want to be ahead of the “riser” talk around Penn State defensive end Chop Robinson.

Robinson’s blue-chip trait happens to be a lightning-fast first step, the golden gift for pass rushers, and he is widely projected to be selected in the top 20 of the 2024 NFL Draft in April.

Robinson had only four sacks as a junior in 2023 and played 10 games. He’s undeniably raw but began working on consistency with his hand usage when the season ended and he declared for the draft.

“At my best, my bend, hands and ability to dip around the corner to the quarterback,” Robinson said of his best traits. “I’m trying to jump 11 feet in the broad (jump).”

Brace for buzz around Robinson to be amplified by Thursday night if he delivers on what he said Wednesday were his best workout numbers in preparation for the event. He said he’s targeting a 4.4-second 40 and a vertical of 38 to 40 inches based on benchmarks he already has hit.

Mind you, Demeioun Robinson — nicknamed Porkchop as a 14-pound baby, shortened to Chop when he slimmed down — is 6-foot-3, 254 pounds.

Media mentioned former Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, a two-time All-Pro with the Dallas Cowboys and the 12th overall pick in 2021, as a comparison to Robinson on Wednesday. For reference, Parsons measured 6-3, 245 before the 2021 draft but has no official combine workout numbers because the event was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19.

–Bears head coach Matt Eberflus begins every formal meeting with draft prospects at the combine the same way: offering them the choice of playing putt-putt or darts in the team’s hotel suite before the interview questions begin.

“I like putting. I’m pretty good at both,” Eberflus said. “Then we’ll just teach them something about the offense, an offensive play, and then we’ll show their tape and have them talk about their tape. Kind of checking their FBI (football intelligence) out there and then recall at the end to give us back what they learned in the beginning. And it’s the same process for all the players.”

LSU defensive tackle Maason Smith met with Chicago on Tuesday night and said he grabbed the putter.

“I like golf more than darts,” Smith said.

–Three prospects continuing their meteoric rise this week are Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, Missouri defensive lineman Darius Robinson and Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell.

Expect to hear much more about McCarthy, who has three total losses between two high schools and three seasons at Michigan, acing interviews with NFL teams.

Robinson changed positions in his fifth season at Missouri last season and is being praised for that versatility in the trenches. He can line up at any spot on the defensive line.

Mitchell had 46 combined passes defensed the past two seasons and has all the skills to be the first defensive back drafted. If he runs the 40 time he expects — 4.3 seconds — at 200 pounds, that could be a reality.

–Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. huddled with his dad’s former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and had a session with Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Trotter Jr. said his dad prepped him with practice interview questions and has been an integral part of his preparation for two decades.

“Being in the league growing up, being around the game basically my whole life, he’s taught me a lot about playing the linebacker position,” Trotter Jr. said. “He’s definitely helped me get to this position here and I give a lot of credit to him.”

–As the Tennessee Titans dig into draft prospect evaluations of offensive linemen, new head coach Brian Callahan is getting additional face time with his dad. That would be offensive line coach Bill Callahan.

“There’s not many people that are going to tell him how to do his job,” Brian Callahan said. “He’s about as good at it as anybody. It’s been really fun for me. It’s been a dream come true to be able to sit and to have a cup of coffee with my dad in the morning and talk about what we got coming up that day and talk about pass protection and technique and watch him do his job, too. It’s been awesome.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1) scrambles out of the pocket against the Washington Huskies during the second quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Washington St. QB Cameron Ward picks Miami over draft

Former Washington State quarterback Cam Ward has changed his mind again, this time deciding to forego the NFL and transfer to quarterback-needy Miami instead.

Ward, whom a handful of colleges coveted in the transfer portal before he said on Jan. 1 that he was entering the NFL draft, announced his latest move on social media on Saturday. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Ohio State and Florida State were among many schools that were seen as landing spots for Ward, who was fourth in FBS in passing with 3,732 yards, completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns (tied for 16th) with seven interceptions in 12 games this past season. He added eight rushing touchdowns.

Most of those other schools have since found other options at quarterback.

Ward earned All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention honors his first season at Washington State in 2022. He passed for 3,231 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Ward previously was enrolled at Incarnate Word, where he passed for 4,648 yards in 2021 while completing 384 of 590 passes (65.1 percent), with 47 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was selected to the FCS All-America second team.

Ward then followed coach Eric Morris, who left Incarnate Word to become offensive coordinator at Washington State.

Miami started Jacurri Brown at quarterback for its Pinstripe Bowl game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Dec. 28. It was the quarterback’s first collegiate start, and he completed 20 of 31 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown and an interception in a 31-24 loss to Rutgers.

Brown got the call when fourth-year junior Tyler Van Dyke transferred to Wisconsin and reserve Emory Williams was out with a fracture in his left (non-throwing) arm on Nov. 11 at Florida State.

The Hurricanes finished the season at 7-6.

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2023; Bronx, NY, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Kyle Monangai (5) celebrates his touchdown against Miami Hurricanes during the second quarter with Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Isaiah Washington (14) at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Rutgers takes down Miami to capture Pinstripe Bowl

Kyle Monangai rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown, Gavin Wimsatt added two short scoring runs and Rutgers rallied in the second half to top Miami 31-24 Thursday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Monangai ripped off a 40-yard run to the 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter that set up Wimsatt’s second 1-yard touchdown sneak with 11:51 remaining in the game, increasing the Scarlet Knights’ advantage to 28-17.

Wimsatt completed 7 of 15 passes for 84 yards for Rutgers (7-6), which beat the Hurricanes for the first time in 12 meetings, dating back to the schools’ time in the Big East Conference. It marked Rutgers’ first bowl victory since 2014.

Miami (7-6) took its only lead with 10:33 left in the third quarter on Jacurri Brown’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Restrepo. But the Scarlet Knights regained the lead with 5:06 left in the period when Timmy Ward recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.

Brown was 20-of-31 for 181 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his first start. He also ran for two touchdowns, including a 1-yard run with 27 seconds left that got the Hurricanes within seven points.

Miami recovered an onside kick but was stopped on downs at the Rutgers’ 47-yard line with seven seconds remaining.

Rutgers dominated the first quarter and a half behind a physical ground game coupled with a stifling defense. The Scarlet Knights chewed up the game’s first 8:06 with a 75-yard drive that Wimsatt capped with a 1-yard sneak.

Rutgers made it 14-0 at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by Monangai. Rutgers cashed in a 42-yard field, set up after Abram Wright intercepted Brown.

At that point, Miami, which was outgained 115-5 in the first quarter, decided to join the game.

With the help of consecutive personal fouls on the Scarlet Knights’ Aaron Lewis, the Hurricanes got on the board with Brown’s 7-yard scoring jaunt. Then they drove 73 yards inside the final minute to set up a 35-yard field goal by Andres Borregales as time expired, drawing within 14-10 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2023; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Colbie Young (4) reacts after making a reception against the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Former Miami WR Colbie Young transfers to Georgia

Georgia used the transfer portal to nab another wide receiver, reeling in Miami’s Colbie Young, according to a social media post by Young on Saturday.

“Thank you Miami coaches and teammates for everything,” Young wrote on his Instagram account. “Y’all made the experience amazing and I’m extremely grateful. Thank you to my agent, family, friends, etc. for supporting me through this decision. With that being said I have decided to transfer and am committing to (the) University of Georgia.”

A sizeable receiver at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Young is a junior who will have one season of eligibility left.

At Miami this year, Young caught 47 passes for 563 yards and five touchdowns. In two seasons with the Hurricanes, Young notched 79 receptions for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Young joins fellow wide receiver London Humphreys, who joined the Bulldogs via the transfer portal on Monday. Humphreys had 22 receptions for 439 yards in 2023 for Vanderbilt.

The Bulldogs also added former four-star recruit defensive lineman Xzavier McLeod out of South Carolina via the transfer portal, McLeod announced Friday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 7, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; A general view of an end zone pylon prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami flips 5-star DT Justin Scott from Ohio State

Five-star defensive tackle Justin Scott has flipped his commitment to Miami from Ohio State in a move with significant implications for both programs.

Scott, who plays for St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, is the No. 3-ranked defensive lineman and 12th overall recruit in the country by 247Sports Composite rankings for 2024. He committed to the Buckeyes in July, but said that South Florida had remained on his mind.

“From the first time they offered me to now, they have never changed. Even when I committed they still recruited me and emphasized the need for my position there,” Scott told On3. “I’ve built so many strong relationships there as well with everybody on the staff.”

Ohio State and Miami were among Scott’s initial finalists along with Michigan, while he was also receiving interested from the likes of Alabama and Georgia. Scott committed to the Buckeyes, but said South Florida remained on his mind due to strong connections with Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a.

It also helps that Scott’s close friend, Marquise Lightfoot, has also committed to Miami. The pair are now part of one of the nation’s top-rated recruiting classes.

“I have been down there three times and I always loved it,” he said. “It always felt like family, and it is a place I wanted to stay each time I visited because of how I felt around the staff. And they have shown that young guys have great opportunities to make big impacts. Coach Mario Cristobal plays young players, and that stands out to me because I will go in and have a chance to make an early impact.”

Meanwhile, Scott’s departure serves a significant blow to Ohio State’s recruiting class, which had been rated as high as No. 2 in the nation. Buckeyes coach Ryan Day still has commitments from three other five-star prospects, including wide receiver Jeremiah Smith out of Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla.

Ohio State does have commitments from defensive linemen Eddrick Houston and Eric Mensah and is scheduled to host four-star D-lineman Ernest Willor Jr. in December, according to On3.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) throws the football against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami, Boston College seeking to snap slumps

Boston College and Miami will look to cap the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season on a high note in their first meeting since 2018 on Friday afternoon in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Eagles (6-5, 3-4) moved from 1-3 to bowl eligible during a five-game winning streak, but last week’s 24-16 setback at Pitt was their second straight loss to a sub-.500 team.

Despite Thomas Castellanos’ 14th touchdown pass and Kye Robichaux’s third 100-yard rushing game this season, coach Jeff Hafley’s team gave up 404 yards, committed two turnovers and settled for field goals on three scoring drives.

Hafley, who called the loss to Pitt “a missed opportunity,” knows that goals remain as the postseason nears.

“There’s a lot to play for,” Hafley said. “We need to improve on a lot of things. We’ve got some new guys who have stepped up and want to get better, and then you get those bowl practices in. We still have a chance to win eight games. There’s a lot of pride in these guys.”

Robichaux returned from an injury against Pitt, but the Eagles remain banged up with several players out for the season.

Miami (6-5, 2-5) is on a three-game skid that began with losses at North Carolina State and Florida State before continuing in a 38-31 Saturday setback to a Louisville team that is bound for the ACC title game.

Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke, who has dealt with a leg injury this season, threw for 327 yards and a touchdown while connecting with Xavier Restrepo eight times for a career-high 193 yards.

“He was very determined. It carried over to (the Louisville week),” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said of his quarterback, who did not start the previous game against Florida State. “He was very urgent if you watch the way he was moving around in the pocket. His feet were quick. He’s healthy now, too, almost completely.”

However, the Hurricanes fell just short of the upset after surrendering two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Miami leads the all-time series 24-6, but Boston College has won two of the three matchups between the former Big East rivals since 2011.

–Field Level Media

U of L head football coach Jeff Brohm enters the stadium during the Cards March ahead of their game against Duke at the L&N Stadium in Louisville, Ky. on Oct. 28, 2023.

No. 10 Louisville looks to boot Miami

A year ago, Jeff Brohm was coaching Purdue in the Big Ten title game. Now, he’s one win away from leading Louisville to its first appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

The Cardinals, No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, will travel to Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday for a clash against Miami. Should Louisville win, it will face No. 4 Florida State the first weekend of December in Charlotte, N.C. for the ACC crown.

“If we win, then we definitely help our cause. … You need to play your best football at the end of the year,” Brohm said. “We just got to kind of regroup and pick the pieces up and understand that it’s going to take our best performance in order to beat Miami.”

Louisville (9-1, 6-1 ACC) is coming off a 31-24 win at home over Virginia last Thursday. The Cards trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the Cavaliers 17-3 in the final period to take the win. Jack Plummer threw two touchdown passes, while Jawhar Jordan and Isaac Guerendo combined for 189 rushing yards.

The Cardinals’ defense has been impressive too, allowing just 17.1 points per game, which ranks 12th out of 133 FBS programs. This week, Louisville’s Ashton Gillotte was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after he had seven tackles and 1.5 sacks against Virginia. The junior from Boca Raton, Fla., has 10 sacks on the season and was also named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award this week.

Miami (6-4, 2-4 ACC) is coming off its second straight loss, falling 27-20 at rival Florida State on Saturday. After recent poor performances from Tyler Van Dyke, the Hurricanes played Emory Williams a significant amount of snaps under center in the loss, but he exited the game with an injured left arm. Miami coach Mario Cristobal confirmed this week that Williams is out for the rest of the season and that Van Dyke will start against Louisville.

“Being a quarterback at Miami, you’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to have thick skin. You’ve got to be a competitor. He’s all that,” Cristobal said of Van Dyke. “He handled last week like a pro, which means disappointed, upset, really fought hard all week — and it was a great week of practice by both guys. In fact, at the end of the week, the staff felt like, man, we’ve made a lot of progress.”

Van Dyke has not thrown a touchdown pass since an Oct. 14 loss to North Carolina. He is completing 66.7 percent of his passes this season for 2,086 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

While Louisville and Miami have a history of playing each other in football, this is the first time the two sides will play for the Howard Schnellenberger Trophy, which is a bronzed pair of the Louisville native’s boots. The late Schnellenberger coached the Hurricanes to a national championship, their first, in the 1983 season. He later coached the Cardinals from 1985 to 1994, a tenure that included a 10-win season and a Fiesta Bowl victory in 1990.

Louisville has never beaten Miami on the road in seven tries.

A win for the Cardinals would make Brohm the first Louisville coach to notch 10 wins in his first season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal looks on during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami looks to revive season vs. No. 4 Florida State

One win would change everything.

That’s the opportunity facing the Miami Hurricanes, who travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to visit the fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Saturday.

Miami’s disappointing season — including a stunning last-second loss to Georgia Tech that would’ve been a victory had the Hurricanes simply taken a knee with time winding down — can be salvaged in a sense with a triumph over the school’s biggest rival.

However, the Seminoles (9-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are favored by two touchdowns and a serious threat to win their first national title since 2013.

Worse yet for Miami (6-3, 2-3), quarterback Tyler Van Dyke seems to have lost his confidence — to the point that coach Mario Cristobal hasn’t ruled out benching him in favor of true freshman Emory Williams.

Van Dyke is a capable QB, proving that in 2021 when he averaged 293 passing yards per game and threw 25 touchdown passes with just six interceptions. Earlier this season, in a signature 48-33 win over Texas A&M, Van Dyke completed 21 of 30 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

However, in the past two games, Van Dyke averaged just 168 passing yards while tossing no TD passes and getting intercepted five times.

Cristobal this week suggested that injuries are a factor.

“(Van Dyke) has been banged up,” Cristobal said. “But the bottom line is that we have regressed in the passing game. It was our strength earlier in the year, and it hasn’t been good (lately).”

Williams, in his only career start, beat Clemson 28-20 in double overtime on Oct. 21. The Hurricanes played it conservatively in that game and Williams completed 24 of 33 passes for 151 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

As for the Florida State series, Miami leads 35-32. However, the Seminoles are looking for their third straight win in the series and 13th in the past 19 meetings with the Hurricanes.

A fascinating matchup to watch for on Saturday pits Florida State’s wide receivers against Miami’s cornerbacks.

Star Seminoles receivers Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman missed the team’s 24-7 win over Pitt last week.

Wilson, who sat out the Seminoles’ past two games, returned to practice this week — welcome news for coach Mike Norvell.

“I do see us being in a better spot,” Norvell said of his receivers’ health entering the Miami game. “What that means, we’ll see.”

Coleman (538) and Wilson (415) are Florida State’s top two players in receiving yards. They have also combined for 11 receiving TDs. No other Florida State player has more than two TD catches.

Further, Wilson is 6-foot-7, and Coleman 6-4, giving sixth-year quarterback Jordan Travis two imposing targets.

Miami could be vulnerable in the secondary due to injuries that hit two of its top three cornerbacks last week. Both Jaden Davis and Daryl Porter Jr. were hurt in Miami’s 20-6 loss at North Carolina State.

The only certainty for Miami at cornerback is that Te’Cory Couch will play. But losing Davis and/or Porter could hinder the Hurricanes’ upset hopes.

Florida State leads the ACC in points scored per game (39.6) and is third in points allowed (17.0). Miami ranks fifth in scoring offense (32.1) and fourth in scoring defense (20.0).

Miami will need to stop running back Trey Benson and Travis.

Benson ranks third in the ACC in yards per rush (6.6) and is sixth in rushing yards (641).

Travis ranks second in the league in passing yards (2,469) and has produced 190 yards and seven TDs on the ground.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Kendrick Raphael (20) runs as Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Jared Harrison-Hunte (81) defends during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

NC State’s Dave Doeren sets program record with win over Miami

North Carolina State’s defense stood firm throughout most of the game and the Wolfpack generated enough offense in a 20-6 victory against visiting Miami on Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

The Wolfpack collected four Miami turnovers, while Jordan Poole and Kendrick Raphael scored their first NC State touchdowns.

The outcome keeps the Wolfpack (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the mix for the second spot in the ACC championship game. Miami (6-3, 2-3) would need three wins and lots of help to reach that league title game.

NC State, which was coming off a victory against Clemson, has been revived in a two-game homestand. Coach Dave Doeren has 78 wins with the Wolfpack, setting a program record.

The Wolfpack clung to a four-point lead by stopping the Hurricanes on downs at the 3-yard line, so Miami didn’t score on a drive that consumed more than 7 1/2 minutes, used 12 plays and covered 72 yards. The Wolfpack regained possession with 9:47 remaining.

The Wolfpack then went 97 yards on eight plays, with Raphael scoring on a 31-yard run with 5:03 left.

Miami, which prior to the game had a low point total of 20 points in games this season, tried to respond, but a fourth-down pass from Tyler Van Dyke was intercepted by Devan Boykin. That led to Brayden Narveson’s 19-yard field goal.

Van Dyke was 21 of 38 for 173 yards. Teammate Mark Fletcher Jr. rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries.

NC State had only 135 yards of total offense through three quarters.

Miami closed within 7-6 early in the second quarter on Andres Borregales’ 27-yard field goal. The next possessions for the Hurricanes ended in an interception, fumble, punt, missed field goal and another punt. Borregales missed from 45 yards out.

Borregales was good from 48 yards in the first quarter and 27 yards in the second quarter. In between those, NC State quarterback MJ Morris threw for a 12-yard touchdown on a swing pass to Poole, who recently became a running back. Poole is a converted linebacker and that was the first time he touched the ball on offense, capping the 72-yard drive.

In the second quarter, the teams combined for three consecutive possessions that ended with turnovers.

Brayden Narveson booted a 39-yard field goal late in the first half for a 10-6 lead. That scoring opportunity came following a Miami fumble that was recovered by Davin Vann at the Hurricanes’ 15-yard line.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Ajay Allen (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Virginia Cavaliers during the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Big plays lift Miami to overtime victory over Virginia

True freshman running back Mark Fletcher Jr. broke two tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown on an 11-yard run as the host Miami Hurricanes earned a 26-23 overtime win over the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Virginia (2-6, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) went first in overtime, managing a 35-yard field goal by Will Bettridge, a Miami native. Bettridge went 4-for-4 on field goals on the day.

Miami (6-2, 2-2) got the ball and scored on three plays, including the one by Fletcher, who had to tightrope down the right sideline.

In regulation, the Hurricanes also got one of the year’s most spectacular plays — a 26-yard touchdown run by Ajay Allen, who jumped over Jonas Sanker at full speed and kept going, breaking Tayvonn Kyle’s tackle before reaching the end zone for a 10-all tie in the third quarter.

Miami safety Kamren Kinchens also scored on a 29-yard interception return.

Miami kicker Andres Borregales went 3-for-3 on field goals, from 47, 50 and 48 yards.

Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who returned after a one-game injury absence, struggled for much of the game. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 163 yards and two interceptions. A third potential pick was dropped.

Virginia was led by Mike Hollins, who rushed for two touchdowns, and Malik Washington, who caught 12 passes for 152 yards. Quarterback Tony Muskett completed 24 of 38 passes for 239 yards and one interception.

But it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers lost to Miami in overtime for the second straight year. Last year, Miami won in four overtimes.

On Saturday, Virginia scored a touchdown on its first possession, going 75 yards on 12 plays, capped by Hollins’ 1-yard run. The biggest play of the drive was Malachi Fields running after the catch for 15 yards to convert a third-and-13.

The Cavaliers took a 10-0 second-quarter lead on Bettridge’s 22-yard field goal. That was set up by a 64-yard pass play to Washington, who broke a tackle and ran an extra 50-plus yards.

With 4:03 left in the half, Borregales’ 47-yard field goal cut Miami’s deficit to 10-3.

In the third quarter, Miami scored on consecutive plays to take a 17-10 lead. First, Allen scored on his spectacular run. Then, Kinchens reached the end zone after his ninth career interception.

On the ensuing possession, Virginia reached Miami’s 6-yard line on first-and-goal. But Miami’s goal-line stand forced a 23-yard Bettridge field goal.

Following Van Dyke’s second interception, Virginia scored on Hollins’ 10-yard run as he dove and clipped the right pylon. That gave the Cavaliers a 20-17 lead with 22 seconds left in the third.

Borregales tied the score 20-20, booting a 50-yard field goal with 9:26 left in the fourth.

The teams traded field goals in the final minutes, setting up overtime.

–Field Level Media