UM beats VT, keeps ACC hopes alive

The Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech Thursday night by the score of 30-12, keeping their ACC title hopes alive.

Miami took advantage of three Virginia Tech turnovers and knocked off the visiting Hokies on Thursday night.

Allen Hurns started the scoring for the Canes, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Morris in the first quarter. Hurns finished the day with just two catches for 21 yards.

After allowing a field goal to the Hokies, Miami's offense scored again late in the first quarter on a Mike James 16-yard touchdown reception. James also added 50 yards on the ground, while Morris threw for 170 yards and those two scores.

Logan Thomas ran 73 yards for a touchdown on a play where he took it straight up the middle and a Miami defender didn't come within five yards of him the whole time. He finished with 124 yards rushing, 199 passing, but turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and a fumble inside the Miami 5-yard line).

Duke Johnson was the best player on the field for either team. He had an 81-yard kickoff return that set up a Miami touchdown, and he also added 100 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Hurricanes were outgained by the Hokies in total yards and were just 1-of-12 on third downs but their defense stepped up and played one of their better games of the season. Minus Denzel Perryman and Deon Bush, both of whom left with injuries, for most of the game the Hurricane defense generated pressure on Thomas and created some turnovers.

The win sends Miami to 5-4 on the season, and 4-2 in the conference. If the Canes can win at Virginia next Saturday and at Duke later this month, it'll play in the ACC Championship Game next month.

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