Jacory Harris was knocked out of the game with an injury and the Canes turned to Spencer Whipple. After two picks, Whipple gave way to freshman Stephen Morris. The talented first year quarterback led the Canes to three touchdown drives in the second half.
The Hurricanes ran for 176 yards on the ground. Leonard Hankerson had 90 yards receiving and another touchdown. However, it wasn't enough. Virginia's 24-0 lead going into the fourth quarter was too much for the team to overcome.
Virginia struck first midway through the second quarter when QB Marc Varica threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to tight end Colter Phillips. Keith Payne added a late first half touchdown to make the score 14-0 at halftime.
The Cavs weren't done there. A 32-yard field goal made the score 17-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Five Miami turnovers and 12 penalties really limited what Miami was able to do offensively.
Senior linebacker Colin McCarthy had a career-high 18 tackles and one interception. However, his performance wasn't enough for the defense to come up with the key stops when it needed them most.
The loss to Virginia, which entered the game 0-3 in the conference, puts Miami 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Canes are set to host Maryland next Saturday.