Canes Lose Fourth Straight, Fall to 5-6

Miami avoided getting shut out, but lost their fourth straight game falling to Virginia 17-7.

Miami avoided getting shutout for the first time since 1997 with a 77-yard touchdown pass by Kirby Freeman to Lance Leggett with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

Miami's offense has struggled all year as they came into the game ranked 80th in scoring averaging 21 points per game and have only scored at least 30 points once this year against a Division I-A opponent--Florida International, who is 0-9 this year.

Miami (5-6, 2-5) needs a win over Boston College on Thanksgiving to become bowl eligible. Boston College improved to 9-2 today with a win over Maryland.

Javarris James rushed for 94 yards on 21 carries.

Kirby Freeman completed 11-of-18 passing for 152 yards.

Linebacker Jon Beason had 15 tackles to lead the defense.

Virginia (5-6, 4-3) got two first-half touchdowns from quarterback Jameel Sewell and a 22-yard field goal by Noah Greenbaum with less than five minutes in the game to seal the victory.

Sewell completed 23-of-33 passes for 217 yards.

Virginia ran for over 100 yards against Miami becoming the first team this season to do so.

Jason Snelling accounted for 128 yards of total offense.

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