Kehoe's Keys to the Game

Offensive line coach Art Kehoe has seen his unit improve since the season opener against Florida State. Their next challenge is a stingy Virginia Tech team on Saturday.

The Hurricanes are averaging 153 rushing yards per game, good for 53rd in the nation.

Kehoe believes running ball is the key to the game. Virginia Tech ranks 6th in the country giving up just 92 yards per game.

"If we run it, you will not stop us from throwing the ball," Kehoe said. "If our team runs the ball, we are going to win because our defense and special teams are playing lights out. Protect the ball, run the ball, if we do those two things, we'll win the game."

Last week the 'Canes rushed for 210 yards including a career-high 195 yards by Tyrone Moss.

"I think we are sustaining our blocks longer and Moss is like a wrecking ball," Kehoe said. "He is hitting the hole as explosive as any back I have ever seen. People can say it was North Carolina, but they held Virginia to 50 yards."

Kehoe also has a goal of how many carries the 'Canes need to have on Saturday.

"If we get 40 carries, we're going to get enough yards that we are going to win the game," Kehoe said. "We will keep our defense fresh and they are as nasty as any defense in the country. I may be proven wrong. Where it might not hold up is if we give more than two sacks or more than two turnovers."

The #5 Miami Hurricanes (6-1) are traveling to #3 Virginia Tech (8-0) in what Kehoe considers the biggest game of the year.

"It is by far the biggest game we have played this year," Kehoe said. "It is against a team that has beat us the last two years. Last year they kept us from our fifth straight BCS bowl."


"I like the fact that nobody in the United States thinks we are going to win this game. I love that. When you don't think we are going to win, that is when we are going to win."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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