Virginia escapes at Miami, hanging on to win 30-28

Dontayvion Wicks had a circus catch for a landing, Brennan Armstrong handed for 268 yards and Virginia added to Miami’s struggles by beating the Hurricanes 30-28 on Thursday night time.

Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) congratulates tailback Wayne Taulapapa (21) after Taulapapa scored a landing in the course of the first half of a NCAA faculty soccer recreation in opposition to the Miami Hurricanes, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photograph/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Dontayvion Wicks had a circus catch for a landing, Brennan Armstrong handed for 268 yards and Virginia added to Miami’s struggles by beating the Hurricanes 30-28 on Thursday night time.

Miami freshman kicker Andy Borregales missed a 33-yard area purpose attempt as time expired, the ball bouncing off the left upright. The Hurricanes drove 75 yards in 14 performs on their closing drive, nearly stealing a recreation that they by no means led and trailed 27-14 within the third quarter.

Armstrong — who got here into the sport main the nation in passing yards per recreation, averaging 426 per contest — accomplished 25 of 44 passes for the Cavaliers (3-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Convention). Wayne Taulapapa and Mike Hollins had speeding touchdowns for Virginia.

Cam’Ron Harris rushed for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns, whereas Tyler Van Dyke threw a TD go and ran for one more rating for Miami (2-3, 0-1). Van Dyke accomplished 15 of 29 passes for 203 yards in his second begin for the Hurricanes.

Virginia practically wasted a two-touchdown second half lead, which was constructed off a present.

Armstrong lofted the ball down the center of the sector right into a maze of 5 our bodies — three of them from Miami, two of them from Virginia — close to the top zone. Miami’s Marcus Clarke leaped and received each of his fingers on the ball across the 4, his downfield momentum carrying him towards the purpose line.

Clarke couldn’t safe the interception as he tumbled to the bottom with Wicks. The ball received free, bounced off Wicks’ again twice, then into the air. Wicks ended up sitting in the long run zone on his left hip, appeared up and snared the ball together with his proper hand for the rating.

Harris had a 57-yard run for a landing and Van Dyke received Miami inside 30-28 with a 24-yard keeper, however Virginia escaped.


Virginia: Rating first in a Virginia recreation, you win. Every of the Cavaliers’ final 9 video games going again to final season have been gained by the staff that scores first, and Virginia has now gained eight consecutive video games when leaping out to the primary lead of a recreation.

Miami: Followers have been booing typically, the stadium was greater than half empty (the introduced attendance, excluding final season’s pandemic crowds, of 37,269 was the bottom for a Miami residence recreation since November 2012), poor tackling was a difficulty once more and the Hurricanes have been lacking a slew of gamers — together with quarterbacks D’Eriq King and Jake Garcia — with accidents.


Howard Schnellenberger, who died earlier this 12 months, was the primary coach to guide Miami to a nationwide championship when the Hurricanes completed No. 1 within the 1983 season. Together with his spouse Beverlee and several other members of his household on the sector for the ceremony, the Hurricanes paid tribute to Schnellenberger at halftime by including him to their Ring of Honor. He gained that first title by a 31-30 rating, which is what Miami would have gained by Thursday had the final kick been good.


Virginia’s win means the Cavaliers averted their first 0-3 begin in ACC play since 2013, after they went winless in all eight convention video games.


Virginia: Go to Louisville on Oct. 9.

Miami: Off subsequent week, then go to North Carolina on Oct. 16.


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