Scores

Final

Miami (FL) 27

(7-1, 4-1 ACC)

Virginia Tech 7

(8-1, 5-1 ACC)

7:45 PM ET, November 5, 2005

Lane Stadium, BLACKSBURG, VA

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 3 7 17 027
VT 0 0 0 77

Top Performers

Passing: K. Wright (MIA) - 146 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Jones (MEM) - 24 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Jenkins (MIA) - 3 REC, 33 YDS, 1 TD

Miami brings rude end to Virginia Tech's title dreams

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Miami swaggered into Virginia Tech as underdogs and took a huge bite out of the Hokies' national title hopes.

The fifth-ranked Hurricanes put the clamps on Marcus Vick, forcing him into six turnovers, and blew the Hokies right out of the national title picture with a stunning 27-7 victory on Saturday night.

The third-ranked Hokies (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had hoped an impressive win over Miami would not only take them a step closer to their second straight ACC title, but also give them a boost in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Virginia Tech was in third place behind Southern California and Texas in the BCS standings, with designs on making a late-season run to the Rose Bowl.

Instead, Miami (7-1, 4-1) helped clear the clutter at the top of the BCS and ensure that Virginia Tech won't be this season's Auburn -- perfect but left out of the national title game.

The day started with five unbeaten teams in major college football, but the Hokies and UCLA fell. Texas and Alabama stayed perfect and USC was trying to do the same against Stanford.

Miami had lost two straight and seven of 10 to its former Big East rivals, but now the Hurricanes control the Coastal Division race in the ACC and could play in the conference's first title game in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 3 by winning out.

The Hurricanes turned four lost fumbles by Vick and two interceptions into 17 points.

Pinned deep in their own territory late in the third quarter, the Hokies couldn't hold out the Miami rush and Vick was swarmed under by Javon Nanton and company. The ball squirted loose and Kareem Brown jumped on it in the end zone to give Miami a 27-0 lead.

The score made Lane Stadium -- one of the rowdiest in the country and a place where Miami lost 31-7 two years ago -- sound like a library.

Vick finished 8-for-22 for 90 yards against the top-ranked defense in the country, the worst performance of his college career, by far. He ran for a 2-yard TD in the fourth quarter, to keep the Hokies from being shut out for the first time since 1995.

Offensively, Kyle Wright and Miami were just the opposite of Vick and the Hokies -- efficient and opportunistic.

Wright was 13-for-22 for 146 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Jenkins in the third quarter after the Hurricanes recovered a fumbled snap by Vick.

Charlie Jones ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and the Hurricanes put up more points against the No. 1 scoring defense in the country than the last three ACC opponents combined.

The Hurricanes were a rare 6{-point underdog, and none too pleased about it. Looking for respect, they refused to be the foil in the Hokies' national title scenario and even made themselves a dark horse in the Rose Bowl race.

Miami took the crowd out of it early and made the type of plays on defense that Virginia Tech usually makes to overwhelm opponents.

The first strike came from Thomas Carroll, who came off the blind side to strip the ball from Vick in the first quarter and Miami recovered at the Virginia Tech 29. The Hokies limited the damage to a 27-yard field goal by Jon Peattie.

Miami made it 10-0 in the second quarter, putting together a 17-play, 82-yard drive that was aided by a personal foul called on Hokies defensive end Darryl Tapp, and capped off when Jones blasted into the end zone on a fourth-and-goal from the 1.

The Hurricanes lost leading rusher Tyrone Moss for the game to a sprained knee on the drive and Wright was also knocked out of action on the helmet-to-helmet hit by Tapp.

Wright returned and the first-year starter helped Miami snap Virginia Tech's 11-game ACC winning streak and 16-game streak in regular-season games.

The loss was just the second in 30 games by Virginia Tech with Marcus or Michael Vick starting at quarterback.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
VT
1st Downs1713
Total Yards304167
Passing15290
Rushing15277
Penalties10-848-56
3rd Down Conversions7-152-12
4th Down Conversions1-22-3
Turnovers16
Possession34:0325:57

Passing Leaders

Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Freeman2/362.000-
Wright13/221466.611-
Virginia TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Vick8/22904.102-

Rushing Leaders

Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones24974.0129
Hill6325.3015
Virginia TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ore4358.8011
Humes7202.905

Receiving Leaders

Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Hill4358.8011
Moss4276.8016
Virginia TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harper23115.5022
Ore273.505

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAVT
FG8:40JON PEATTIE 27 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yards.
30
SECOND QUARTERMIAVT
TD9:49CHARLIE JONES 1 YD RUN (JON PEATTIE KICK)
Drive info: 17 plays, 82 yards.
100
THIRD QUARTERMIAVT
FG10:56JON PEATTIE 24 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yards.
130
TD3:22DARNELL JENKINS 9 YD PASS FROM KYLE WRIGHT (JON PEATTIE KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yards.
200
TD1:43KAREEM BROWN 0 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (JON PEATTIE KICK)270
FOURTH QUARTERMIAVT
TD8:09MARCUS VICK 2 YD RUN (BRANDON PACE KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 47 yards.
277