Hokies continue struggles in loss to Miami

Virginia Tech had a punt blocked and gave up a big kickoff return in the first quarter, both resulting in Miami touchdowns, and the Hokies fell to the Hurricanes, 30-12, on Thursday night.

Miami struck first in the first after the blocked punt, as Stephen Morris found Allen Hurns from 16 yards out for the touchdown, giving the Hurricanes a 7-0 lead.  Cody Journell would trim the lead to four on a field goal, but on the ensuing kickoff, Duke Johnson returned it 81 yards deep into Hokie territory, and Morris connected with Mike James for another 16-yard touchdown play.  The Hokies, however, were not going down easily.  In the second quarter, Logan Thomas got Virginia Tech closer as he scored on a 73-yard run off a quarterback draw.  Journell missed the extra point, making the score 14-9.  Miami would add two field goals and Journell would boot another one through, and the Hurricanes went into halfitme leading 20-12.

After a scoreless third quarter, Johnson did more damage, scoring a 7-yard rushing touchdown and Miami opened up the lead to 27-12.  Jake Wieclaw added another field goal to round out the scoring.

Thomas was 19-for-37 in passing with 199 yards and two interceptions.  He was also the team's leading rusher with 124 yards and the touchdown.  Ryan Malleck paced the Hokies in receiving with 58 yards on four receptions.

Virginia Tech out-gained Miami in total offense, 421-347, but turnovers hurt the Hokies.  In addition to Thomas' two interceptions, the quarterback also was involved in a fumble at the Miami one-yard line in a botched center to quarterback exchange.

The Hokies fall to 4-5, 2-3 in the ACC, and will host Florida State next Thursday night at Lane Stadium.

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