Blacksburg, VA (WWBT)- Virginia Tech got a touchdown from quarterback Logan Thomas with 56 seconds remaining in the game, and Tech's defense held on Miami's last possession to enable the Hokies to escape with a 38-35 win over the Hurricanes.
With the win, Tech improves to 5-1 overall on the season,1-1 in the ACC. The Hokies beat Miami for the third straight time and for the seventh time in the past nine meetings between the two schools.
The 'Canes appeared poised for the upset after rallying from a ten point, fourth-quarter deficit to take a 35-31 lead on a 30-yard touchdown run by Lamar Miller with 2:51 remaining. However, Thomas and the Hokies had an answer. Thomas guided the Hokies on an eight-play, 77-yard march and got Tech inside the Miami 20. On 4th and 1 from the Hurricane 19, Thomas faked a handoff to Wilson and burst through the line, going untouched for the 19 yard score to make it 38-35.
On the ensuing possession, Miami started at its own 30 and drove to its 45, but three straight incomplete passes by quarterback Jacory Harris left the 'Canes facing fourth-and-10 from the 45. On fourth down, Harris threw a short pass to Miller, who was tackled for an 8-yard gain by back-up whip linebacker Alonzo Tweedy as time expired.
That marked the only time Tech's defense stopped Miami in the second half, as the 'Canes first four drives of the second half went for touchdowns. Miami finished with 519 yards of total offense.
The Hokie offense was the story. Coming off a game against Clemson in which the Hokies amassed just 258 yards and three points, they filled the stat pages against Miami.
Led by Thomas, Tech finished with 482 yards and scored five touchdowns and a field goal. Thomas was nearly flawless, completing 23 of 25 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. His 92-percent completion rate sets a record for a quarterback under Beamer. He also rushed for two touchdowns.
The Hokies now hit the road for their next game, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., next Saturday for a conference game with Wake Forest. Kickoff time is slated for 6:30 p.m.