Late TD lifts Hokies past Hurricanes
An interception with 3:33 left sets up Tech's winning score.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published November 5, 2006
MIAMI - Brandon Ore ran for two touchdowns, including an 8-yard winner with 1:39 left, to carry No. 23 Virginia Tech past Miami 17-10 Saturday night.
Both of Ore's scores were set up by Miami interceptions, one thrown by Kirby Freeman in the second quarter, the other off a deflected Kyle Wright pass with 3:33 left.
Ore, who came in with more than 200 yards in each of his past two games, finished with only 79 yards on 28 carries. But he got 16 yards on a third and 10 with just more than two minutes remaining then scored two plays later to put the Hokies ahead for good.
"Give Miami credit. They're a great bunch," Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon said. "But we made plays when we had to."
Wright was intercepted again with 1:21 left by Brandon Flowers, who picked Freeman off earlier, and the Hokies ran out the clock.
Tyrone Moss had 103 yards on 13 carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run, for Miami. Jon Peattie kicked a 55-yard field goal, aided by a strong wind, in the third for it.
Virginia Tech managed 139 yards, yet that was enough as Miami continued to struggle offensively.
"It's a travesty to lose that football game giving up 139 yards," Miami coach Larry Coker said.
Wright was 14-for-29 for 84 yards and two interceptions.
"He obviously didn't play well enough to win," Coker said; "didn't get us in the end zone."
Moss, who became the primary back after starter Javarris James left early in the second quarter with a hip pointer, got the Hurricanes' lone touchdown on a spectacular play.
On third and 1 from midfield, Moss went up the middle and was met by linebackers Vince Hall and Xavier Adibi. But Moss kept his legs moving, spun to his left off the mass of bodies and found a clear path all the way into the end zone, tying the score at 10 with 11:10 remaining.
It was the final highlight for Miami, which hadn't endured a four-loss season since 1999.
After netting only 25 yards in their first 16 plays - and with a regular stream of boos raining down after Miami failed to convert any of its first four third-down opportunities - the Hurricanes sent Freeman in to replace Wright at quarterback.
He ran 31 yards on his first play, going around the left side then cutting back toward the middle of the field to more than double Miami's total yards to that point.
But three plays later, when Freeman dropped back for his first pass, he was intercepted by Flowers. And after a 24-yard runback, the Hokies took over at the Miami 36. Three plays later, Ore scored from 2 yards to make it 10-0.
The Hokies opened the scoring with 7:21 left in the half on Brandon Pace's 32-yard field goal. It was his 16th straight successful kick, tying the second-longest streak in ACC history.
And Virginia Tech went on to win its 26th consecutive game when scoring first.
"To come in here and win this football game is real special," coach Frank Beamer said. "Our football team found a way to do it."