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Oct. 30, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia intercepted Miami's backup quarterbacks four times after Jacory Harris was hurt to upset the No. 22 Hurricanes 24-19 on Saturday.
Virginia (4-4, 1-3 ACC), which had lost nine straight conference games, knocked Harris from the game on a huge hit by John-Kevin Dolce in the second quarter with the score still 0-0.
Keith Payne ran for two scores, and Marc Verica added a touchdown pass for Virginia, which went up 24-0 early in the fourth quarter before Miami rallied to pull within five points with more than 4 1/2 minutes left.
The Hurricanes (5-3, 3-2), who seemed to hit their stride in a convincing victory against North Carolina last week, made it inside the Virginia 20 just once in the first three quarters, and Stephen Morris' pass into the end zone was intercepted by Chase Minnifield.
Harris was hurt when he was hit squarely in the chest by Dolce as he released a deep pass, which was intercepted by Minnifield. The impact lifted him off his feet and he appeared to slam headfirst to the turf. He remained down for about four minutes before slowly walking off the field with assistance. There was no flag on the play.
The Cavaliers came into the game with five interceptions all season, but matched the school record with the one INT of Harris and two each of Spencer Whipple and Morris.
Minnifield and Corey Mosely each had two interceptions and Rodney McLeod had one.
The Cavaliers beat a ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 21 Georgia Tech 24-17 on Oct. 25, 2008.
Virginia drove for its first touchdown after intercepting Harris. Facing fourth-and-3 from the Hurricanes 16, the Cavaliers went for it, and Verica found Colter Phillips alone behind the Miami secondary.
Payne scored on a 30-yard run on Virginia's next possession after Whipple was intercepted by Mosely. He added a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that came one play after Mosely's second interception and a long, zigzagging return.
Then Miami made it interesting.
Morris, a true freshman making his first appearance, hit Leonard Hankerson with a 29-yard scoring pass with 10:34 to play, then ran 9 yards for a TD with 4:54 remaining.
The Hurricanes recovered the ensuing onside kick, and Travis Benjamin caught a deep pass, spun free from cornerback Mike Parker and raced 60 yards to make it 24-19 with 4:39 left. Miami could have been within a field goal, but missed a 2-point conversion try after the first TD and the extra point after the second.
Virginia never gave the Hurricanes the chance to drive for the winning touchdown. Verica hit Matt Snyder for 6 yards on third-and-3 from the 27, then connected with Kris Burd for 20 yards on third-and-7, allowing the Cavaliers to run out the clock.