(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: (11) Virginia Tech 31, (9) Miami-Florida 7
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Ryan Williams rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries, as 11th-ranked Virginia Tech slogged through a 31-7 victory over ninth-ranked Miami-Florida at a rain-soaked Lane Stadium.
Tyrod Taylor passed for 98 yards and a score, and also ran for 75 yards for the Hokies (3-1, 1-0 ACC), who have won three in a row since a season-opening loss to Alabama.
"I am really proud of our football team, and I say 'team'. The way we won together as a football team with all areas contributing, I like that a lot, said Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. "I think we beat a heck of a football team; a very skilled, well-coached football team. I am proud of this program, I am proud of our coaches, I am proud of our players and I am proud of what happened out there today."
Jacory Harris threw for 150 yards on just 9-of-25 completions, was sacked three times and lost a fumble for the Hurricanes (2-1, 2-1), who were coming off wins at Florida State and home against Georgia Tech.
Javarris James picked up Miami's lone touchdown while gaining 35 yards on 14 rushes. Graig Cooper added 55 yards on the ground on 11 touches.
Virginia Tech picked up a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, on Williams' two-yard TD rush and Taylor's 48-yard connection over the middle to Jarrett Boykin.
The first score was set up when Harris was drilled by Dorian Porch for a 16- yard loss on a sack, then fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Porch and taken to the Hurricanes' 11-yard-line.
The Hokies' defense came up with a punt block late in the second quarter by Jacob Sykes. The force of the block propelled the ball backwards, where Matt Reidy simply fell on it in the end zone for a 21-0 contest.
James put the 'Canes on the board with a two-yard run to close out the opening drive of the third quarter, but Miami was halted deep in Tech territory on a fourth down on its next possession.
VT turned around and took a 24-7 edge after Matt Waldron nailed a 22-yard field goal, then Williams added a one-yard TD early in the fourth quarter to wrap up the victory.
"The last four out of five times that we've played Virginia Tech I've told the players this was going to happen -- whoever can stop the run and whoever doesn't turn the football over, that's usually who wins the game," admitted Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon."
Virginia Tech dominated the statistics, racking up 370 yards total offense to 209 for its opponent, including a 272-59 edge on the ground...The Hurricanes had minus-13 rushing yards in the first quarter...Both schools are in action next Saturday as Virginia Tech travels to Duke while Miami-Florida welcomes Oklahoma.
09/26 20:22:56 ET