Canes Lose...Again, Fall to 5-4

MIAMI, Fla. – Miami's difficult season continues. The Hurricanes fell to 5-4 on the season after a 17-10 loss to Virginia Tech as Kyle Wright threw two interceptions in the final four minutes of the game.

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Kyle Wright's first interception to Xavier Adibi came with less than four minutes in the game allowing Virginia Tech to take a 17-10 lead with 1:39 left on an 8-yard touchdown by Branden Ore.

The Hurricanes (5-4, 2-3 in the ACC) had their comeback attempt destroyed when Wright threw another interception on the first play on their next drive after the Ore touchdown.

Ore, the ACC's leading rusher averaging 117 yards per game, came in with back-to-back 200-yard games and rushed for 79 yards on Miami's defense, who ranked fourth in the nation coming into the game.

A 50-yard touchdown run by Tyrone Moss tied the game at 10 with less than 12 minutes left in the game.

Moss, a senior who has seen his role diminish this year, appeared to be stopped on the play for a short gain, but emerged out of the pack after a spin move and race towards the endzone for the longest run of his career.

Moss, who rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries in the game, got the opportunity as starter Javarris James suffered a hip pointer in the second quarter and did not return.

Trailing 10-0 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Miami coach Larry Coker elected to have Jon Peattie attempt a 55-yard field goal.

With a 14-mile per hour wind behind him, Peattie hit the field goal right down the middle to get the ‘Canes on the scoreboard.

Peattie, who received plenty of criticism for his 1 for 4 start to the season, has now hit 8 of his last 9 field goals including two of 50 yards or more.

Miami had plenty of momentum after the field goal as the defense held Virginia Tech to a three and out with an re-energized home crowd. Virginia Tech punter Nic Schmitt added to the Hurricane momentum with a 17-yard punt setting up a UM first down at the Tech 42-yard line.

However Miami was unable to capitalize and Peattie was forced to attempt another long field goal. This time, the 53-yard attempt was blocked by Duane Brown as the third quarter expired.

Virginia Tech (7-2, 4-2) took an early 3-0 lead in the second quarter on a 32-yard field goal by Brandon Pace, who remained perfect on the season and hitting his 16th straight field goal dating back to last year.

Miami back-up quarterback Kirby Freeman came in on the ensuing drive and responded with a 31-yard run on his first snap. Freeman faked the handoff to Charlie Jones in shotgun formation before the long gain. Freeman fumbled at the end of the play, but it was recovered by teammate Greg Olsen.

Three plays later Freeman was not as lucky as he threw an interception to Brandon Flowers, who returned it 24 yards into Miami territory.

Virginia Tech took advantage of the opportunity as Glennon hit Josh Morgan for 30 yards who took it down to the Miami 3-yard line.

After a 1-yard gain, Ore scored from two yards out.

Kyle Wright returned at quarterback for Miami as Freeman was relegated to the bench for the rest of the game.

Wright completed 14 of 29 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions.

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