A Look at the Seniors
Miami (9-2, 6-2) led 3-0 on a 40-yard field goal by Jon Peattie. The Hurricanes drove down to the 8-yardline after Sinorice Moss took a handoff at the tailback position and rushed for 11 yards on third down. Virginia held Miami on the next three plays allowing just one yard and a late hit on third down by Akieem Jolla backed the 'Canes up for the 40-yard field goal attempt.
It didn't take long for the Cavaliers to bounce back. Wide receiver Emmanuel Byers took the reverse and threw to wide receiver Deyon Williams for a 90-yard touchdown. Safety Brandon Meriweather was beat on the coverage along with cornerback Marcus Maxey. The 90-yard touchdown pass was the longest against Miami in school history.
Virginia (6-5, 3-5) carried over the momentum with their touchdown and forced Miami to punt after going three-and-out.
The Cavaliers marched down the field and added to their lead on a 24-yard field goal by Connor Hughes. With the field goal the Cavaliers led 10-3 with 13:26 left in the second quarter. The 14-play, 55-yard drive took 5:23 off the clock. RB Shelden
With only 27 passing yards in their first three drives. It was time for Kyle Wright to go to work.
Wright compled 4-of-5 passes for 56 yards including a 27-yard pass to Ryan Moore. Charlie Jones scored a 4-yard touchdown to bring the 'Canes within one point, 10-9. Jon Peattie missed the extra point as it hit the right upright--it was his fourth missed extra point of the season and in his three-year career.
After a timeout with 2:02 left in the first half, Devin Hester returned a punt 23 yards to give the Hurricanes a 1st-and-10 from the Virginia 37-yardline. Four plays later Wright found Sinorice Moss on a wide receiver screen and Moss kept the play alive as he dodged his defender, then darted up the sideline for a 17-yard touchdown. Peattie missed the extra point and Miami took a 15-10 lead into halftime.
At halftime, Virginia led Miami in total offense, 205-202.
With a 4th-and-1 situation from the Virginia 12-yardline, Larry Coker had a decision to make. His kicker has missed two extra points in the game, but they did not get the first down last week in a similar situation except Miami trailed at the time. Coker decided to show confidence in his kicker and Peattie came through with a 30-yard field goal to give the 'Canes an 18-10 lead as time expired in the third quarter.
Peattie has now converted 14-of-19 (74 percent) field goals in his junior season.
In the fourth quarter Miami put the game away with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jones with 1:53 remaining in the game to give the 'Canes a 25-10 lead.
Jones rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns in the game.
The touchdown was setup by a 31-yard playaction rollout by Wright on a 3rd-and-2. Wright got the ball down to the 1-yardline before Jones punched it in on the next play.
Wright completed 23-of-30 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown.
Virginia added a touchdown with 27 seconds left when Marques Hagans found Deyon Williams for a 6-yard touchdown reception for his second touchdown of the game.
Williams had six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Hagans completed 15-of-28 passes for 206 yards and rushed for 14 yards.
Miami could play in the ACC Championship Game against Florida State (7-4) on December 3 in Jacksonville, Fla. if North Carolina defeats Virginia Tech tonight.
Canes Defeat Virginia on Senior Day, 25-17
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