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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Virginia Tech's defense supercharged

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Miami got a key turnover and it didn't matter. The Hokies fumbled and Miami recovered it on their 23-yard line but couldn't do anything with it.

That's because Virginia Tech's defense is smothering Miami and getting into the backfield. This is the first defense that has really disrupted Jacory Harris, who has been sacked twice already.

He's not playing as smart as he could, and if Miami's passing game isn't working, the offense apparently isn't either. Virginia Tech, which was ranked 107th in the nation in rush defense heading into this game, has held Miami to minus-24 yards on the ground so far. The Hokies are controlling the clock, the line of scrimmage, and in turn the game so far.