Virginia Tech Offense Leads the Way in Upset of No. 11 Miami

Virginia Tech Offense Leads the Way in Upset of No. 11 Miami

Saturday November 9, 2013

 

 

 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Virginia Tech tailback Trey Edmunds ran for four touchdowns and quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 366 yards as the Hokies racked up a season-high 549 yards of offense in knocking off the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes 42-24 at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday night.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Tech, which moved to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. Miami, which lost to the Hokies for the fourth time in the past five meetings between the two teams, fell to 7-2 overall, 3-2 in the ACC.

The Hokies also got a big road win over a ranked opponent. The last time Tech beat a top-15 team was in 2009 when it beat Miami 31-7 at Lane Stadium. The last time VT beat a top-15 team on the road was in 2006 when it knocked off No. 14 Wake Forest 27-6 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Tech's offense did it all after a season in which it has struggled for consistency. Thomas completed 25 of 31 and two touchdowns, and Edmunds and J.C. Coleman combined for 142 yards rushing. Perhaps more importantly, the Hokies did not turn the ball over after turning it over eight times combined in the previous two games – both losses.

The Hokies trailed 7-0 less than four minutes into the game when Miami quarterback Stephen Morris connected on an 81-yard pass to Stacy Coley for a touchdown. But the Hokies took advantage of two Miami fumbles on special teams and another Hurricane special teams mistake to grab the lead and never look back

The first Miami turnover came when Tech punter A.J. Hughes forced Coley, Miami's punt returner, to fumble, and the Hokies' Tariq Edwards recovered at the Tech 46. Tech took advantage when Edmunds scored his first touchdown, a 10-yard run with 7:37 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Tech's Derek DiNardo forced Miami returner Artie Burns to fumble, and DiNardo recovered at the Tech 49. A five-play drive ended when Edmunds bulled his way in from 2 yards out to give the Hokies a 14-7 lead with 5:12 left in the first quarter.

The 'Canes' third mistake on special teams came early in the second quarter. Miami punter Pat O'Donnell fell to a knee to field a low snap, and the officials ruled him down at the Miami 17, giving the Hokies the ball at that spot. That mistake led a 4-yard touchdown run by Edmunds with 13:01 left in the half to give the Hokies a 21-7 lead.

Miami's mistakes sparked a Tech offensive onslaught. The Hokies took a 28-14 lead into halftime after Thomas completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Josh Stanford, and they made it 35-17 in the third quarter when Demitri Knowles pounced on a Willie Byrn fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

For a team that hadn't seen much go its way in the past two weeks, the Hokies were certainly grateful.

Late in the third quarter, Miami cut the lead to 35-24 after an 84-yard touchdown pass from Morris to Allen Hurns, but Tech responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with an Edmunds' 1-yard touchdown run with 11:32 left in the game.

On the ensuing possession, Tech's defense forced a three-and-out, and the Hokies took over at their 20. They then went on a 16-play march that chewed more than nine minutes off the clock. The drive ended when Tech went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Miami 3 and didn't get it, but the damage had been done, as Miami wasn't going to rally from an 18-point deficit with less than two minutes remaining.

Tech ran for a season-high 183 yards, getting 74 yards on 14 carries from Edmunds. Coleman rushed for 68 yards on 22 carries, and Thomas finished with 42 yards rushing.

Stanford caught seven passes for 107 yards, and Byrn caught six passes for 105 yards to pace Tech's receivers. The last time Tech had two receivers go over the century mark was in 2010 when Dyrell Roberts (134) and Danny Coale (103) did it against Wake Forest.

Thomas became the school's all-time leader in career touchdown passes with the two scoring toss. He now has 50 for his career.

Thomas also became the first quarterback under Beamer to throw for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games.

Lost in the offensive fireworks was the play of Tech's defense, which held Miami to just 28 yards rushing and sacked Morris three times.