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Virginia Tech’s dominance in Miami opens door for all in ACC Coastal

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Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 ACC) snapped their losing skid in a big way. After putting together their best effort of the season by blowing away Miami (7-2, 3-2 ACC) by a score of 42-24, the Hokies started to take control in the ACC Coastal division and could now be the team to beat to get to Charlotte to take on Florida State.

Or maybe Duke is the team to beat? Or maybe it is Georgia Tech? Or maybe it’s still Miami? At this point, nobody really knows for sure.

As it stands, a potential four-way tie in the ACC Coastal Division could make for a very complicated tiebreaker procedure at the end of the season, but there is still some time to sort it all out and perhaps let the games play out to make things a bit more clear before figuring out who gets the right to challenge the Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game. Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Duke all have two losses in ACC play.

For the first time all season though, Virginia Tech truly looked like the team to beat in this messy division. The Hokies have struggled on offense throughout much of the season, so go figure that their best offensive performance of the season came in a constant down pour in Miami. Virginia Tech had a season high in total offensive yards and scored over 40 points for just the second time of the year. Logan Thomas had a masterful performance throwing the football, completing 24 of 30 pass attempts for 356 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Trey Edmunds had four rushing touchdowns, including three in the first half to capitalize on Miami’s special teams mistakes. Willie Byrn had his second 100 yard receiving game of the year. The Hokies defense frustrated Miami all night with the Hurricanes clearly suffering without the injured Duke Johnson, erratic play from quarterback Stephen Morris and a special teams unit that had a rough night. Miami may have also been in a bit of a slumber after getting a sleeper hold put on them a week ago by Florida State.

Of course, Virgina Tech was coming off two straight losses to Duke and Boston College.

Of the ACC Coastal teams still in the mix, Virginia Tech may have the most favorable schedule the rest of the way. The Hokies play Virginia and Maryland to close out the regular season while Georgia Tech gets plays at Clemson in their final ACC game next Thursday. Duke and Miami square off next week and the Blue Devils end the season with road games at Wake Forest and North Carolina. Miami has Virginia and Pittsburgh after playing Duke as well.

Things look good for Virginia Tech at this point, if they can just avoid a major letdown.

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13 Responses to “Virginia Tech’s dominance in Miami opens door for all in ACC Coastal”
  1. burm61 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:03 PM

    Same ol Miami. Get punched in the mouth one week and, instead of responding, just quit. Good showing by the fans though! They stayed until the second fumble! Go Hokies! So much for the U coasting to the ACCCG

  2. chachooga says: Nov 9, 2013 11:24 PM

    Miami is a deflated team….gave the ball to VT 3 times on their side of field in first half….Defense is horrible….too many pieces missing….banged up on so many levels.

    I give VTech credit, they looked really good, took care of the ball…..and geez I think they converted 25 first downs.

    Tech looks good. I hope they make the ACC Champ. Game.

    Bummed about my Canes falling apart.

  3. jimmy53 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:46 PM

    Chachooga: I’m sure it’s hard to watch, but seriously, you should have been prepared for this. The wins up to this point were a pretty obvious mirage. UM’s recruiting is not up to the level of the top tier teams, and the staff hires are suspicious at best. You hired an OC who admittedly had only called plays in practices. Miami is a major tier school and should be able to pull better talent and coaches. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:46 PM

    I’ll laugh if Duke ends up winning that division.

    Either way, whoever gets there will lose by at least 27.

  5. sillec28 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:50 PM

    Miami is and has been a complete fraud as a top-10 or even top-15 team. They should never have been ranked higher than maybe 20 and now they should drop out of the top 25.

  6. sillec28 says: Nov 9, 2013 11:52 PM

    ACC championship game – what’s the point, to see who FSU beats by 40+ points?

  7. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 12:35 AM

    Losing Duke Johnson hurts this team. Totally different team without him.

  8. face21000x says: Nov 10, 2013 9:52 AM

    Hard to play without your 2 best offensive players and some on D.

  9. thegamecocker says: Nov 10, 2013 10:18 AM

    I hope Madam Shalayla was their to see this one! As for Duke Johnson and his BIG MOUTH during the FSU game, sit down and shut-up…..you ain’t much!

    Norm: One player doesn’t make a team! Miami supposedly has depth at RB so Johnson’s loss shouldn’t have made that much of a problem….Johnson? That foold ‘TALKS THE TALK..
    BUT HE DOESN’T WALK THE WALK”!!

  10. chiefagc5675 says: Nov 10, 2013 11:03 AM

    thegamecocker
    You forgot that saying about remaining quiet to be thought smart rather than posting and removing all doubt.

  11. chachooga says: Nov 10, 2013 2:30 PM

    @jimmy53

    U really don’t know what u are talking about. Golden is a great coach. His staff could be better but he has coaches that would be D1 no matter what. You think Winston’s success has zero to do with James Coley? Ok. And Golden has done an excellent job recruiting. It isn’t FSU level….but Jimbo has been at it for 7 or 8 years.

    I have patience for what Golden is doing. Last night was very frustrating to watch….but I definitely disagree with you.

    @sillec28
    Give that a rest man. UM has plenty of excuses you won’t hear them make for the recent woes……but they deserved their high ranking as well as any other team. Perspective….UM has lost to FSU & Vtech….STANFORD LOST TO UTAH!

    I hope UM gets a shot at Stanford in the bowl season! That would be a great game.

  12. scbaby2013 says: Nov 10, 2013 2:41 PM

    Happy thug u lost

  13. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    Jimmy brags about how big the FSU win ponder Miami was, at the same time bashes Bama’s win over VT. Let things play out

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