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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Miami's defense was the difference in this game. For the most part, the athletes the Hurricanes have on defense took away what Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor can do. With the exception of the Hokies' final scoring drive, his feet couldn't match the Canes' speed.
This doesn't mean Virginia Tech is completely out of it, but it means North Carolina is even more in it. The roles will reverse this weekend. North Carolina needed Virginia Tech to lose, and probably watched this game with heightened interest. Now, Miami needs the Tar Heels to lose, and will watch their game Saturday at Maryland like it's the No. 1 box office hit.
Miami's defense stifled Virginia Tech's already struggling offense. With 11:49 remaining in the game, the Hurricanes had held Darren Evans to three rushes for 3 yards. The Hokies had minus-11 yards in the third quarter. This really shows how far Bill Young's defense has come as the season progressed. Unfortunately, Young and Patrick Nix are off-limits to the media.
I'm heading down to the locker room now to talk to everyone else.