The Scorpions pretty much described Miami's defense.
While Bud Foster’s defense is starting to look like what we expect from Virginia Tech, Miami's is also rounding into form. As good as the Hokies’ defense was, Maimi’s was better holding Tech to a 2-11 third down conversion rate while allowing only 77 yards rushing.
The Canes’ Javarris James ran for a touchdown, Matt Bosher kicked three field goals, and Miami got huge defensive plays from Marcus Robinson and Allen Bailey on Virginia Tech's final drive to beat the Hokies 16-14 on Thursday night and move into first place in the ACC's Coastal Division a half-game up on North Carolina. If both teams win out, the Tar Heels hold the tie-breaker over the Canes.
Miami had a season-best six sacks, and they did not allow the Hokies past their own 20 in the third quarter. Tyrod Taylor (questionable - ingrown nose hair) had two rushing touchdowns for Virginia Tech (6-4, 3-3), including one with 3:28 remaining, but, none the less, VT suffered a rare Thursday night loss.
Tech is 15-4 in the prime-time showcase. Among ACC teams with more than five appearances, only Miami -- 13-1 -- has a better record.
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