Saturday, November 3, 2012

(L) Virginia Tech vs. Miami

With his 73-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Logan Thomas moved past Michael Vick for the third-most rushing touchdowns by a Virginia Tech quarterback.
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Virginia Tech ran 82 plays to the Hurricanes' 58, held the ball for more than 34 minutes, picked up 24 first downs to Miami's 15, and still lost. The Hurricanes were outgained 421-347, went 1 for 12 on third down, and managed exactly 3 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter.

Turnovers hurt the Hokies all night, particularly in the red zone. Thomas threw a pick at the Miami 11 and fumbled at the 1. Both took points off the board.

For years, special teams were an absolute strength of Beamer's teams at Virginia Tech -- so much so, they earned the moniker "Beamer Ball." But on Thursday, not only did the Hokies allow the blocked punt (a play where Virginia Tech's A.J. Hughes mishandled the snap before trying to get the kick away) and an 81-yard return by Duke Johnson, but kicker Cody Journell also missed a field goal and a point-after attempt.

And eventually, Miami broke through.

The Hurricanes failed to convert any of their first nine third-down attempts, but when Stephen Morris connected with Rashawn Scott for 26 yards in the fourth quarter, Miami was in business. Duke Johnson had a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 217 all-purpose yards for the Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2), who snapped a three-game slide by winning 30-12 on Thursday night.

"It's a weird feeling," Hokies linebacker Jack Tyler said. "Things are not going our way."

Logan Thomas had a 73-yard scoring run on a quarterback draw for Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3), which lost to Miami for just the third time in the last 10 meetings. The loss also ensures the Hokies' streak of eight straight 10-win seasons will end this year.

Thomas was 19 for 37 for 199 yards and two interceptions, and rushed 22 times for 124 yards. Morris completed 13 of 28 passes for 170 yards.

"I don't fault our effort," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "I fault our execution. We didn't do the things to win the football game."

The win puts Miami a half-game ahead of Duke and North Carolina in the Coastal race, though the Tar Heels are ineligible for postseason play, including the ACC title game.

"We haven't got it fixed yet," said Beamer, whose team is 0-5 away from home this season. "But I'm not going to give up trying, I'll tell you that."

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