MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A fumbled punt return. A fumbled kickoff return. A punting miscue.
Trey Edmunds and Virginia Tech cashed in on each of those massive Miami blunders, and all of a sudden, the Hokies very much look like a team capable of winning yet another Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title.
Edmunds ran for four touchdowns, the first three of them set up by Miami mistakes, and Virginia Tech knocked off the 14th-ranked Hurricanes 42-24 on Saturday night, handing Miami its second straight loss.
“We ran the ball really hard, had some holes to run in . one of our better offensive performances in a while,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “On defense, we played well, had a couple long plays. This was a great win for us.”
Edmunds had scoring runs of 10, 2, 4 and 1 yards for the Hokies (7-3, 4-2 ACC). Logan Thomas completed 25 of 31 passes for 366 yards, giving him consecutive games of 300 yards or more for the first time in his Virginia Tech career, and the Hokies dominated in all sorts of categories.
They outgained Miami 549-352, piled up 26 first downs to Miami’s 12, went 8 for 14 on third downs compared with a 3-for-12 showing by the Hurricanes, and held the ball for nearly a 2-to-1 margin.
Most importantly, every time Miami gave Virginia Tech a gift, the Hokies made them pay. Miami wore new jerseys with the phrase “Deserve Victory” — a favorite of coach Al Golden’s — stitched along the collar.
“Really disappointed,” Golden said. “We didn’t deserve to win.”
Stephen Morris completed 16 of 29 passes for 324 yards for Miami (7-2, 3-2), which saw its seven-game home winning streak snapped and still hasn’t beaten Virginia Tech consecutive times since 2001 and 2002. Morris had an 81-yard touchdown pass to Stacy Coley and an 84-yarder to Allen Hurns, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
“Like I was telling the team in the locker room, it’s not over for us,” Morris said. “We’ve got a lot to still work for.”
Virginia Tech held Miami to 28 rushing yards.
The win turns the ACC’s Coastal Division into a muddled mess, with Georgia Tech at 5-2 in conference play, Virginia Tech a half-game back (but owning the tiebreaker over the Yellow Jackets), Miami and Duke at 3-2, North Carolina at 3-3 and Pittsburgh at 2-3.
Florida State has already clinched the Atlantic Division title and spot in the ACC title game on Dec. 7.
“We’re back in there,” Beamer said. “We’ve got a shot.”
Joshua Stanford (107) and Willie Byrn (105) both had 100-yard receiving nights for Virginia Tech, helping carve a Miami defense that has allowed 1,066 yards in its last two games — both blowout losses.