The streak continues.
No. 10 Miami defeats No. 13 Virginia Tech 28-10 Saturday at home at Hard Rock Stadium in front of 63,932 fans.
Dating back to last season, this is Miami’s 13th win and the Canes remain undefeated improving 8-0 overall, 6-0 in the Atlantic Coastal Conference and one step closer to the Atlantic Conference Championship game.
This was a big one for the Canes as this was their biggest test of the season.
Despite the three turnovers, Miami’s offense still managed to outplay VT’s offense by totaling 429 offensive yards. Neither team scored in the first quarter, but Miami drew first blood in the second quarter after Malik Rosier found Braxton Berrios for the touchdown.
Rosier finished with 193 yards, three interceptions, two passing touchdowns. On the ground, he carried the ball 13 times for 85 yards and rushed into the end zone for another score. Travis Homer did his part, rushing for 95 yards with 154 carries and scoring a 64-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
At halftime, the Canes had a 14-3 lead over the Hokies and the Canes defense really put on a show containing the Hokies to only 299 yards and keeping them from putting up too many points on the scoreboard. Miami’s defense showed no mercy to VT forcing four turnovers for the game.
This victory was vital to the Hurricane’s season, not only was the Hokies a true test of Miami’s competitiveness but VT is also a divisional opponent.
Miami’s work isn’t done just yet. With three games left in the season, Miami will face their biggest challenge of the season.
Next week Miami will go up to the No. 3 Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. This will be another key game to the Hurricanes ACC championship run as well as a shot to the national championship.
A victory over No.3 Notre Dame at home at Hard Rock Stadium should give the Canes a spike in the rankings. The last time these two met was in October of last year. The fighting Irish pulled off a close 30-27 victory over the Canes at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana.
This year, Miami is playing at a different level and the game will be on their home turf. Not only will a victory continue to clear their path to the ACC championship, but it will also help right the wrong from last year’s defeat.
With teams like Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Clemson already favorites for the national championship, the Hurricanes must continue with this level of momentum to prove they are the underdogs that should not be overlooked.