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Virginia Tech ran 82 plays to the Hurricanes’ 58, held the ball for more than 34 minutes, picked up 24 first downs to Miami’s 15, and still lost. A blocked punt led to one Miami touchdown, a big return by Johnson set up another, and that was pretty much all Miami needed.

“It’s a weird feeling,” Hokies linebacker Jack Tyler said. “Things are not going our way.”

Thomas was 19 for 37 for 199 yards and two interceptions, and rushed 22 times for 124 yards. Morris completed 13 of 28 passes for 170 yards.

For years, special teams were an absolute strength of Beamer’s teams at Virginia Tech — so much so, they earned the moniker “Beamer Ball.” But on Thursday, not only did the Hokies allow the blocked punt (a play where Virginia Tech’s A.J. Hughes mishandled the snap before trying to get the kick away) and an 81-yard return by Johnson, but kicker Cody Journell also missed a field goal and a point-after attempt.

And eventually, Miami broke through.

The Hurricanes failed to convert any of their first nine third-down attempts, but when Morris connected with Rashawn Scott for 26 yards in the fourth quarter, Miami was in business. Five plays later, Johnson plowed just across the goal line, putting Miami — clad in an all-orange ensemble, a pregame surprise to the team by Golden — up by 15.

“I just wanted them to have fun. I think they were excited about it,” Golden said of the uniform switch. “Guess that means we have to keep wearing them.”

The first quarter set the tone for everything. Virginia Tech ran 26 plays to Miami’s seven, outgained the Hurricanes 129-36 and had its offense was on the field for all but 2:29 of the period — and trailed 14-3.

Miami’s two touchdown drives were a combined 35 yards, lasting four plays. Gabe Terry’s blocked punt started a drive that ended with Morris finding Allen Hurns with a 16-yard scoring pass, and the long return by Johnson led to Morris hitting Mike James for another touchdown, also from 16 yards out.

“We’re excited, just to come out and get in the drivers’ seat of the Coastal,” Johnson said. “But we still have Coastal games to win.”