BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Virginia Tech beat Miami 37-16 on Thursday night.
Evans hit Bucky Hodges with scoring throws of 7 and 12 yards, and Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards for the Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who kept pace with Coastal Division-leading North Carolina in the chase for a spot in the ACC title game.
Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes, but he also was sacked eight times as they lost their third in a row. The eight sacks in a game were the most by Virginia Tech since 2013. Woody Baron tallied three of the sacks on the night.
Hanover graduate Sam Rogers played a key role in the Hokie victory. The senior fullback caught two passes for 72 yards, including a 52 yard catch and run in the second quarter that set up a touchdown. In the third quarter, Rogers threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Steven Peoples on a trick play, putting Virginia Tech up 30-16.
The Hokies limited Miami to 42 rushing yards on 29 carries thanks to the sacks, which cost Kaaya 55 yards.
Virginia Tech plays its second consecutive Thursday night game when it visits Pittsburgh, which is off this weekend.