Virginia football continues to struggle on the road. The Cavaliers fell 27-21 to Miami on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium to extend their road losing streak to 14.
Both offenses struggled out of the gates at Sun Life Stadium. The first quarter ended scoreless, however, the Canes received a break at the end of the quarter. Brad Kaaya's 3rd down pass was incomplete but the Cavalier defense was called for offsides, giving Miami new life and a new set of downs. The Hurricanes took full advantage. Kaaya capped off a 95 yard drive with a a 5-yard touchdown to David Njoku.
The UVA offense continued to struggle, but it was the Cavs who was gifted a break. Kaaya was called for intentional grounding from the end zone, creditting Andre Miles-Redmond a sack and the Wahoos a safety.
The Cavaliers' problems in the red-zone continued in South Florida. The 'Hoos marched 66-yards down the field to settle for a field goal. The Canes did not take long to answer back. In 1:32 and three plays Miami extends its lead to nine, after Kaaya finds Stacy Coley in stride, and he goes untouched 67-yards for a touchdown. With 1:20 to go it looked like the Canes would take the game to halftime, however, Kaaya was picked off for the third time this season, when Darious Latimore manages to control the ball and bring in his first career interception. However, David Dean was called for unsportsmanlike behavior and the 'Hoos were forced to move back 15-yards.
After the first half both teams picked up plenty of penalties, Virginia had six for 5-yards, while Miami had five for 42-yards.
Moving to the second half, both teams continued to find the end zone. After the Canes were forced to punt. Matt Johns was then picked off by Jaquan Johnson and the Hurricanes took over from the UVA 37-yard line. But the Hurricanes could not take advantage, missing a 34-yard field goal. The Cavs, however, made it look easy on the ensuing drive. In a drive led by both Taquan Mizzell and Olamide Zaccheaus, the 'Hoos put together a six play, 80 yard drive in 2:51 to take their first lead of the game 15-14, after Zaccheaus rushed in for a 3-yard touchdown.
The Canes answered back, however, could not find the end zone. Larry Scott's men had to settle for a 28-yard field goal to retake the lead 17-15 from Virginia. Miami did get the ball back, after UVA was forced to punt, and this time the Hurricanes did find the end zone. The Wahoos were once again burned on a big play, when Kaaya found Njoku for a 58-yard play that put the Canes in the red zone. Mark Walton would punch it in and hand the Canes the 24-15 lead over the Cavaliers.
Johns and company were not down for the count yet. The Cavs marched down the field 56-yards and it looked like the 'Hoos' found the trick in the red zone. Johns found Canaan Severin and it looked like the Wahoos were going to score their second touchdown in the red zone in the afternoon. However, the touchdown was called back due to an offensive pass inteference call on Charlie Hopkins and Virginia had to replay third down. UVA did not convert, and Ian Frye was called into boot a 36-yard field goal. The Cavs cut into Miami's lead 24-18.
The Hurricanes answer back with their own field goal under five minutes later. The Canes connect on a 39-yard field goal to extend its lead 27-18. Virginia would add one more field goal to close out the scoring, but falls 27-21.
Virginia will look to regroup before hitting the road once again next week, as the Cavaliers travel to Louisville next Saturday.