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Graves said the Hokies have addresses the problem by focusing on fundamentals, and free safety Eddie Whitley thinks more attention to getting bodies to the ball got it fixed.

Still, Georgia Tech Joshua Nesbitt ran for a 71-yard touchdown against the Hokies a month ago, and Miami’s Lamar Miller burned them for 163 yards, including a 47-yard burst.

The solution for Saturday is simple, Whitley said.

“We saw a couple plays yesterday that (Thompson) can break a couple tackles and he likes to run his feet on contact,” Whitley said. “… Everybody’s got to get to the ball. We’ve got to play that hungry, nasty defense we’ve been trying to play the last few games.”