Miami (Fla.) at Virginia Tech

Evans sharp again as Hokies beat Miami, 37-16

AP Sports Writer

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech didn't let a surprising loss five days ago linger, and they are once again atop the ACC's Coastal Division race.

Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and the Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Miami 37-16 on Thursday night, pulling into a tie with No. 22 North Carolina atop the division as they start the second half of the regular season.

Evans hit Bucky Hodges with scoring throws of 7 and 12 yards, and Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards for the Hokies.

''There were certain plays we put in this week that I had a feeling I was going to get the ball on, and the coaches just dialed it up,'' Hodges said after leading the team with seven receptions for 66 yards.

Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3), but he also was sacked eight times as they lost their third in a row. The Hokies limited Miami to 42 rushing yards on 29 carries thanks to the sacks, which cost Kaaya 55 yards.

''Obviously the key for us was we needed to stop the run and make Miami one-dimensional, and we were able to do that,'' Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. ''We really did a great job attacking the line of scrimmage, keeping the lanes and the gaps tight, keeping those backs in a phone booth, so to speak.''

Joe Yearby had a 41-yard run for the Hurricanes, but otherwise managed just 18 yards on his eight other carries.

''The defense was playing tough, stacking the box,'' he said. ''They did everything we expected them to do.''

Woody Baron had 2 1/2 sacks for Virginia Tech, and Vinny Mihota had two despite having his shoulder pop out late in the first half. Redshirt freshman defensive end Trevon Hill, who left the team Tuesday after his grandmother died and returned Wednesday night, had 1 1/2 sacks.

''I'm not going to throw anyone under the bus,'' first-year Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said. ''Sacks have to do with a lot of things.''

Fullback Sam Rogers threw his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter.


Miami: The Hurricanes have never won the Coastal Division since joining the ACC in 2004 and won't win it again this year. Their defense was supposed to be a question entering the game, and they were without three starters and had four freshmen in the starting lineup, but their inability to generate a running game put all the pressure on Kaaya, and while he put up some good numbers, an offensive line that allowed eight sacks isn't good enough to win most games against top level teams.

Virginia Tech: Evans was virtually mistake-free again, and their plethora of weapons in the pass game seems to be opening up the running game as well. Evans added 98 rushing yards, including a 34-yard score, as the Hokies piled up 253 yards on the ground.

''The quarterback misled me sometimes,'' Miami defense end Joe Jackson said. ''I didn't do a good enough job of staying with him.''


Apart from their 31-17 loss at Syracuse last week, the Hokies have been playing Top 25 -level football. In their other four most recent games, they have outscored Boston College, East Carolina, No. 22 North Carolina and now Miami 174-36.


Miami visits Notre Dame next Saturday. The Fighting Irish are off this weekend, and have lost four of their last five.

Virginia Tech plays its second consecutive Thursday night game when it visits Pittsburgh, which is off this weekend.

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Players of the Game

B. Kaaya
Att 38
Comp 23
Yds 323
TD 2

J. Evans
Att 33
Comp 21
Yds 259
TD 2
Scoring Summary
VATECHJoey Slye 47 yd FG
MIAMIMichael Badgley 29 yd FG
VATECHJoey Slye 27 yd FG
VATECHBucky Hodges 7 yd pass from Jerod Evans (Joey Slye kick)
VATECHJoey Slye 38 yd FG
MIAMIBraxton Berrios 25 yd pass from Brad Kaaya (missed kick)
VATECHBucky Hodges 12 yd pass from Jerod Evans (Joey Slye kick)
MIAMIChristopher Herndon IV 35 yd pass from Brad Kaaya (Michael Badgley kick)
VATECHSteven Peoples 13 yd pass from Sam Rogers (Joey Slye kick)
VATECHJerod Evans 34 yd run (Joey Slye kick)
Team Stats
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Third Down Efficiency3-154-13
Fourth Down Efficiency0-20-0
Plays-Net Yards67-36578-523
Passing Yds323272
Kick Return Yds00
Punt Return Yds05
Time of Poss.29:2830:32
Individual Stats
MIAMI: Joseph Yearby 9-59, Mark Walton 11-38, Brad Kaaya 9--55
VATECH: Travon McMillian 18-131, Jerod Evans 13-98, Marshawn Williams 6-28, C.J. Carroll 1-9, Sam Rogers 1-0, Cam Phillips 1--1, Team 3--3, Isaiah Ford 1--11
MIAMI: Brad Kaaya 23-38-323-1
VATECH: Jerod Evans 21-33-259-0, Sam Rogers 1-1-13-0
MIAMI: Stacy Coley 5-49, Christopher Herndon IV 4-53, Ahmmon Richards 3-78, David Njoku 3-69, Mark Walton 3-11, Braxton Berrios 2-25, Malcolm Lewis 2-25, Dayall Harris 1-13
VATECH: Bucky Hodges 7-66, Cam Phillips 7-64, Isaiah Ford 4-46, Sam Rogers 2-72, Steven Peoples 1-13, Chris Cunningham 1-11
Miami (Fla.)2nd Atlantic Coast Coastal5-39-4
Virginia Tech1st Atlantic Coast Coastal6-210-4

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