#5 Canes Dominate #3 Hokies, Win 27-7

The #5 Miami Hurricanes dominated the #3 Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg, Va. winning 27-0. The Hurricanes were led by Charlie Jones who rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Miami's defense came up big forcing six turnovers by Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick.

Marcus Vick's first turnover of the game came on a sack by Thomas Carroll that was recoverd by Roger McIntosh in the first quarter.

With the ball on the Tech 29-yardline, Tyrone Moss rushed for 15 yards on the following play after the fumble.

Unable to capitalize on the good field position, the 'Canes settled for a 27-yard field goal by Jon Peattie.

With Virginia Tech sputtering on offense, Miami led 3-0 after the first quarter. Then, things got very interesting.

During the final drive of the first quarter, Tyrone Moss suffered a knee injury. He limped off and in the second quarter the team found out he was done for the game. The extent of the injury is unknown at this time.

Enter Charlie Jones.

With Moss on the sidelines, Jones kept the drive alive rushing seven times for 19 yards including a 1-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal.

Moss wasn't the only Hurricane injured on the drive. Quarterback Kyle Wright got hit hard by Virginia Tech defensive end Darryl Tapp causing him to be tended to by the trainers. Wright would not play again until the final 19 seconds of the quarter.

Enter Kirby Freeman.

Freeman only threw three passes in Wright's absence, completing two for six yards, but he kept the Hurricanes first touchdown drive alive.

Also injured in the second quarter was all-American kick returner Devin Hester who injured his hamstring while covering a punt. Hester did not play the rest of the game.

Leading 10-0 in the third quarter, the Hurricanes turned it up another notch.

Peattie added another field goal after Miami went 73 yards on 12 plays in the first 4:04 of the third quarter.

Vick fumbled on the ensuing drive and it was recovered by Orien Harris.

Miami took full advantage of the fumble by scoring a touchdown as Wright found Darnell Jenkins in the endzone for a 9-yard touchdown.

Leading 20-0, the Miami defense did not let up on Vick and forced another fumble. This time the fumble came in the endzone and was recovered by Kareem Brown, who also forced the fumble.

Vick's fourth fumble lost in the game came on the very next possesion. It was the third straight possession in which Vick lost a fumble.

This time it was Vegas Franklin who forced the fumble and it was recovered by Teraz McCray, who made his 2005 season debut after suffering a torn ACL at the end of spring practices.

Virginia Tech avoided the shutout with 8:06 remaining in the fourth quarter as Vick rushed for a 2-yard touchdown.

Vick finished the game completing 8-of-22 passes for 90 yards with two interceptions. He rushed for seven yards on 17 attempts and was sacked four times. Not to mention the four fumbles he lost. It was clearly his worst performance of the year after entering the game as the nation's second-best quarterback in passing efficiency.

Vick's counterpart, Kyle Wright completed 13-of-22 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Senior fullback Quadtrine Hill followed up his best performance as a Hurricane last week with another solid game. Hill had 67 total yards and led the team in receiving yards with 35.

The Miami defense came into the game leading the nation in yards allowed (221 per game). Tonight, they allowed under 200 yards for the fifth straight game as Virginia Tech managed just 167 yards on 56 plays.

Miami (7-1, 4-1) will travel to Wake Forest (4-6, 3-4) next week as they face the Demon Deacons on November 12.

Notes - RB Tyrone Moss rushed six times for 26 yards...CB Kelly Jennings had two interceptions in the game...LB Roger McIntosh led the Hurricanes with 10 tackles including two sacks...the Hurricanes are now 4-0 under head coach Larry Coker when they are ranked lower than their opponent

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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