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Miami 30 Virginia Tech 20 Final

Hurricanes Outlast Hokies As Michael Brewer's Comeback Bid Stalls

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

At a sparsely populated Sun Life Stadium, the Hokies invaded Miami to take on the Hurricanes.  The Hokies came into the contest sporting a 3-3 record, while the 'Canes were 3-2.  Miami was fresh off a loss to rival Florida State, while the Hokies were hoping to continue their winning ways after topping N.C. State.  The Hokies were being generous guests, as QB Brenden Motley fumbled in the red zone, setting up Miami deep in Tech territory.  After punching in the games first score, Miami jumped ahead 7-0 quickly in this game.  Tech scored a touchdown of its own with Trevon Mcmillan taking an option pitch from Motley.  After some great kicking from the 'Canes and Hokies, the game looked like it was heading to halftime tied at 13-13.  Brad Kaaya had different plans, and after a huge bomb put the 'Canes into position, Kaaya found Rashawn Scott for a 7 yard pitch and catch. At the half it was Miami 20, Virginia Tech 13.

The Hokies got the ball first to start the second half, and after some great running by Mcmillan, Motley threw an interception.  After the turnover, the Hurricanes went 3 and out, so no harm no foul.  After trading punts, Motley threw his second pick of the day setting up the 'Canes deep in Tech territory.  Miami was unable to punch it in, and settled for a field goal which made it 23-13 Miami.

Then the Hokies inserted Michael Brewer. Brewer seeing his first action since the opener,looked ready to ignite a comeback as the game entered the fourth quarter.  After some very conservative play calls to get Brewer into the game, the Hokies faced a 2nd and 27.  Brewer found Cam Phillips for his first completion since week one.  Thanks to a roughing the passer penalty on the next play, the drive was kept alive.  The tension was high as Brewer took a shot to the left shoulder.  After stopping Tech on the next three plays,the 'Canes forced a punt.

The game certainly got chippy towards the end, as tempers were running high.  When Tech took over with 7 minutes to go Brewer connected with Isaiah Ford on a 33 pass to pull the Hokies to within 3.  The pass was a thing of beauty, and the tiptoe catch was reviewed and confirmed.  All the momentum was with Virginia Tech heading into the last 5 minutes of the ball game.  Kaaya drove Miami down the field in short order on the ensuing Hurricanes possession.  He found Scott again, to push the lead back to ten.  Brewer threw a pick on the Hokies' first play, which effectively ended any chance Virginia Tech had.  The loss drops the Hokies to 3-4, but it appears Brewer will be available the rest of the season.