Van Dyke’s 357-yards help Miami edge over Virginia Tech 38-26
Miami Gardens, Florida. Time is up on the rainiest game of the Miami season, and a few Hurricanes zip away from their sideline before taking festive sleighs over their heads across an all-wet, mud-filled field.
Hurricanes have weathered a storm – and a stormy week.
Tyler Van Dyke passed for 357 yards and three touchdowns, most recently 55 yards to Mike Harley with 10:39 left, and Miami earned pot eligibility by delaying Virginia Tech 38-26 Saturday night.
“We have an 11-week résumé and there are a lot of things in the résumé that we don’t like. That’s for sure,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said. But 11 times out of 11, we brought it up and our guys competed. They played hard for each other.”
Miami (6-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) was overtaken at the last second last week by Florida State rival, sacking athletic director Blake James on Monday and knowing speculation about Diaz’s job security has never been hotter than ever discussed.
But when the 31-13 bullets were cut to 31-26 late in the third quarter, the Hurricanes didn’t flinch.
“We’re still fighting. Everyone got together and fought for the seniors and this was a great way to drive them out,” Van Dyck said.
Will Mallory also had a scoring pass for Miami and Jaylan Knighton had two short runs for the Hurricanes. Mallory had 72 yards called back as well and Van Dijk completed 19 of 33 passes.
Conor Plumrick had two touchdown passes for Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4), along with the team’s 132-yard best in first appearance for interim head coach J.C. Price—who served as former head coach Justin Fuente, with whom he parted. school on tuesday.
“No one panicked, no one backed off in the first half,” Price said. “In the middle of the third quarter, the beginning of the fourth, we still felt on the sidelines that we were going to win the game. That didn’t happen.”
Van Dijk – who also had a 75-yard touchdown throw to Brachard Smith – became the first Miami quarterback with multiple passes from a TD of at least 55 yards in an ACC game since Brad Kaia did so against Duke on November 26, 2016.
“That pass right there sealed the deal. My last landing at Hard Rock as a ‘cane’,” Harley said of the 55-yard grab that closed the scoring. It meant a lot. It meant a lot. “
Quarterback Braxton Burmeister also started with a throw-in for hockey, who were down 15 in the inning and 18 in the third before a successful side kick helped them tie them together for a successive touchdown to reach the five-mile.
Tre Turner, Da’Wain Lofton and Kaleb Smith had TD grabs for the Hokies.
For the Hurricanes, it was at least a successful end to a tough few days — Van Dyck tops the 300-yard pass mark for the fifth game in a row. He’s gone through 1,813 in that span, with Miami winning 4-1 in that stretch.
For the Hokies, eligibility for the tournament now hinges on next week’s regular-season final in rival Virginia.
“I still love this team,” Price said.
The Big Picture
Virginia Tech: The Hokies entered an early hole 21-3, in part because their attack was slow to roll. Burmeister completed his first seven passes, but for only 16 yards. In order, those completions were zero, three, two, four, minus -1, three, and five yards.
Miami: The Hurricanes honored 24 seniors in a pre-game gala prior to the final at home in the regular season. Among the honorees: injured QB D’Eriq King, and DE Zach McCloud – who extended his Miami school record by playing in his 63rd career game.
worth the trip
Turner had an amazing record, which added to him the most memorable trips. He’s dealing with a respiratory problem and Virginia Tech’s medical staff wouldn’t let him travel to the game — a devastating blow to the receiver, as he was chosen to wear the number 25 for the game, the Hokies’ most respected team. number. So, he and two Hokies employees traveled a 13-hour drive to get to the game, Which he recorded on Twitter, full of shout-outs for Five Guys.
Miami WR Charleston Rambo finished with seven catches for 116 yards. He became the fifth Miami receiver to score a season for 1,000 yards – he is now 1,070 – and has hit 71 times this year. That’s one away from the one-season hurricane record set by Leonard Hankerson in 2010. The Allen Hearns school long-distance record in one season, 1,162 in 2013, is on hand as well.
Virginia Tech: Visit Virginia on November 27.
Miami: Visit Duke on November 27.
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