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Thursday, November 13, 2008
3Q update: Miami 13, Virginia Tech 7

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Miami's defense is getting into Virginia Tech's backfield and the Hokies are looking more and more like they got a gift from Maryland last week instead of a groundbreaking performance. That said, Miami hasn't exactly been able to seal the deal inside the red zone tonight and twice has settled for field goals. Credit the Hokies' pass defense for that.

Miami's defense is creating a short field, and field position is likely to be a factor again in the fourth quarter.

Of all the quarterbacks we've seen tonight, though, Miami's Robert Marve has looked the best. That's not to say Marve is a better quarterback than Jacory Harris, just that he is tonight. Considering their youth, inconsistency should be expected from them this season.

The fact that Marve has had enough time and protection to make plays has been impressive, considering the Canes are without their top offensive lineman. He has also been able to create plays with his feet when they're not always there. Now it's time for the young receivers to step up and help him out. Graig Cooper is certainly doing his part tonight.