2012 Virginia Tech Football: What To Watch Vs. Miami

Mike Ehrmann

Virginia Tech Hokies (4-3, 2-1) vs. Miami Hurricanes (4-4, 3-2)

Virginia Tech Offense vs. Miami Defense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • Defensively the Hurricanes run both out of the 4-3 and 3-4 formations, but most often stay in a standard 4-3. Apparently, they tend to rush the pass better out of the 3-4, which is unusual.
  • I would again like to refer you to Tomahawk Nation's Evenflow58, who previewed the Miami defense prior to their game with Miami a week ago:
  • "Run the ball. Then run it again. Then run it some more. Run it inside. Run it outside..." "Miami is giving up about 5.6 yards/rush against teams not named Georgia Tech and Bethune-Cookman."
  • "Unfortunately for Miami they are not much better against the pass. Miami is giving up 8.9 yards/pass to teams not named Georgia Tech or Bethune-Cookman (again, triple option teams) but did shut down Bryn Renner pretty well. Before the UNC game Miami was giving up 10 yards/pass soooo....progress! Miami has not shown a penchant to press receivers rather forcing teams to work their way down the field. While this is usually a good strategy it quickly backfires when teams do not tackle well and Miami does not."
  • The Hurricanes rank No. 114 nationally in total defense, giving up over 499 yards per game. They are also tied with Kentucky for No. 93 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 32.4 points per game. Both of those rankings are the lowest for a team the Hokies will have faced as of the game.
  • The Hurricanes also rank No. 117 nationally in rushing defense, giving up over 249 yards per game, and No. 83 nationally in passing defense, giving up just under 250 yards per game.
  • The Hokies are ranked No. 64 nationally in total offense, with an average of 399 yards per game, rising 4 spots after the Clemson game.
  • Tech rose 8 spots in rushing offense to get to No. 70 nationally at 157 yards per game.
  • The Hokies fell two spots to No. 54 passing offense, lowering their average by five yards, now at 242 yards per game.
  • Tech also rose 14 spots in time of possession, and is now tied for No. 81 nationally.
  • The Hokies are now the No. 59 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 29 points per game.

Virginia Tech Defense vs. Miami Offense

As I said in the Game Guide:


  • I would tell you what offense the Hurricanes run, but I don't think I can put it better than it was a week ago by Tomahawk Nation's Evenflow58:
  • "Miami runs a pro-style offense out of multiple formations using motion to help quarterbacks understand what the defense is trying to accomplish. UM started off running a good bit of no huddle but as their defense gave up more and more yards they have dialed that back. Expect Miami to run at a snail's pace. The longer they hold the ball the more likely Miami will either win or keep the game close."
  • Miami ranks No. 51 nationally in total offense with 416 yards per game.
  • The Hurricanes rank No. 23 in the nation in passing offense with 289 yards per game.
  • The Hurricanes are No. 92 nationally in rushing offense, with 127 yards per game.
  • Miami is led on the ground by stud freshman Duke Johnson, who has 470 yards and 5 TD's on the ground.
  • The Hurricanes are led in the receiving department by sophomore wide receiver Phillip Dorsett who has 34 receptions for 523 yards and 3 TD's.
  • The Hokies defense rose five spots after the Clemson game, and is now the No. 49 total defense nationally, allowing 370.5 yards per game to their opponents.
  • Tech is now No. 69 nationally in rushing defense (4 spots higher than before facing Clemson), giving up over 167 yards per game on the ground.
  • The Hokies rose two spots after facing Clemson, and now rank No. 34 nationally against the pass, giving up just over 203 passing yards a game.
  • The Hokies jumped 24 spots to No. 43 after the Clemson game. They're now up to 2.25 sacks per game. That's 53 spots over the last two games.

Watch the Box Score

  • Virginia Tech rushing yards
  • Miami yards after contact (YAC)
  • Miami total yards allowed
  • Virginia Tech turnovers

    Virginia Tech Players to Watch

      Miami Players to Watch

          Final Score

          Virginia Tech 34, Miami 28

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