FB Talib Humphrey 3 receptions, 42 yards
LB Leon Williams 12 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
S Anthony Reddick 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 blocked punt
LB Rocky McIntosh 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack
DE Thomas Carroll 6 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack
Virginia Tech QB Bryan Randall 11-18, 148, 2 TD
RB Cedric Humes 27 carries 110 yards
WR Eddie Royal 2 receptions, 44 yards, 1 TD
LB Vince Hall 8 Tackles
Team Rushing Passing Total 1st Downs Miami 22-51 31-139 53-190 7 Virginia Tech 48-149 18-148 66-297 151st Quarter
Miami started the game on defense and came out with a lot of energy. On Virginia Tech's first possession, the ‘Canes stuffed the Hokies, holding them to negative seven yards on three plays. Miami then got the ball at the 50-yard line and began the drive with a 24-yard pass to Talib Humphrey. A 10-yard run by Frank Gore was then negated on a 15-yard personal foul penalty by Joel Rodriguez. The penalty took Miami out of their rhythm and out of field goal range, with the drive ending in a punt. The rest of the quarter was a battle for field position, but at the end of the quarter Virginia Tech was putting a strong drive together and ready to score.
Plays/Yards: Miami 13/80 Virginia Tech 14/79
Score: Miami 0, Virginia Tech 0
Virginia Tech capped the drive it started in the first quarter with a three yard pass from Bryan Randall to tight end Jeff King. The drive took 10 plays, covered 80 yards, and took 4:28 off the clock. During Virginia Tech's next possession, safety Anthony Reddick blocked a punt that was recovered by Rashaun Jones on Virginia Tech's 14-yard line. Miami then gave the ball to Tyrone Moss four consecutive plays and he eventually pounded the ball into the end zone on a two yard touchdown run. On ‘Tech's next possession, Miami's Javon Nanton forced a fumble that was recovered by Leon Williams. With the ball on Virginia Tech's 18-yard line, the ‘Canes looked to take control of the game, but quarterback Brock Berlin fumbled on the 27- yard line and the Hokies recovered. Virginia Tech chewed up the clock on their next possession with a drive that lasted 7:19 and ended with a 45-yard field goal to end the half. Virginia Tech dominated the time of possession, 11:01-3:59, in the second quarter. At the end of the half, Virginia Tech's skill position players won all of the statistical battles. Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall threw for an efficient 90 yards, completing 7-of-9 attempts. Humes led all rushers with 50 yards on 11 carries and wide receiver David Clowney had 54 yards on four receptions. The only bright spot for Miami's offense was fullback Talib Humphrey, who had 42 receiving yards on three catches. For the defense, Anthony Reddick had one sack and one blocked punt in the quarter.
Plays/Yards: Miami 8/15, Virginia Tech 21/70
Score: Miami 7, Virginia Tech 10
The theme of the third quarter was a defensive struggle. Both teams combined for six possessions that only were three plays and a punt. Miami's defense forced another turnover when Rocky McIntosh cased a fumble that was recovered by Thomas Carroll on Virginia Tech's 30 yard line. But, because penalties set them back, the ‘Canes could only muster a 23-yard field goal. Miami's defense contained the Hokies the whole quarter, except for a 35-yard run by Randall.
Plays/Yards: Miami 15/42, Virginia Tech 13/47
Score: Miami 10, Virginia Tech 10
Early in the quarter Virginia Tech broke the tie with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Randall to wide receiver Eddie Royal. However, the extra point was blocked by Orien Harris giving the Hokies a 16-10 edge with 11:29 left in the game. Miami's offense could not respond the rest of the game, as they only converted two first downs after Virginia Tech took the lead. Miami's last possession was particularly frustrating as they could not convert on three straight attempts at trying to get two yards. Cedric Humes finished the game with 110 yards on the ground for Virginia Tech, while Bryan Randall finished with 148 yards on 11-for-18 throwing and two touchdowns.
Plays/Yards Miami 17/53, Virginia Tech 18/101
Final Score: Miami 10, Virginia Tech 16