Hokies 31, Canes 17

The Hurricanes needed a win over Virginia Tech on Saturday to keep its ACC hopes alive but the Hokies put an end to those by beating the Canes 31-17.

Miami opened the game with an impressive scoring drive that ended in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Morris to Leonard Hankerson. The touchdown reception was Hankerson's 12th of the season, breaking Michael Irvin's single-season record at the University of Miami. Hankerson finished the game with six catches for 79 yards and one touchdown.

After forcing a Virginia Tech punt on the next series, Miami's defense was back on the field following a Travis Benjamin fumble on a punt return. Marcus Robinson stipped Tyrod Taylor of the football to set Miami up in good field position.

Miami's second drive ended when the Canes were unable to convert a fourth-and-one play from inside Virginia Tech's 20. Several plays later, Virginia Tech tied the game on a 14-yard run by running back Ryan Williams.

The teams traded field goals before halftime to make the score 10-10 at the break.

Hokie receiver Danny Coale caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Taylor early in the third to begin the scoring in the second half. Coale finished the game with four catches for 81 yards and one score.

Lamar Miller's four-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter tied the game at 17. Miller finished the game with 163 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, the best performance of his young career.

The Hokies then dominated the fourth quarter, beginning with an 84-yard touchdown run by Williams, who finished with 142 yards and two scores.

Taylor capped off the scoring with an 18-yard scamper in the fourth to give the Hokies a two touchdown lead. Taylor finished the game with 102 total yards and two touchdowns.

Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy finished the game with 14 tackles on defense for the Hurricanes but it wasn't enough, as the Canes dropped its fourth game of the season. The loss officially eliminated Miami from the conference championship race.

The Canes will finish up their 2010 regular season with a home game against South Florida next Saturday for Senior Day.

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