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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. The Miami Hurricanes came into Hard Rock Stadium Saturday night eager for a primetime matchup against a top 15 team and left with an impressive victory over the defending ACC Coastal champions.

The No. 10 Canes (8-0, 6-0 ACC) had an excellent showing against No. 13 Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2 ACC), beating the Hokies, 28-10, before 63,932 loud and proud Hurricanes fans. With the victory, the Hurricanes have the inside track to the ACC Coastal division title. Miami has won eight consecutive games at Hard Rock Stadium and improved its FBS-leading win streak to 13 games.

The game was expected to be a defensive battle and the two teams lived up to expectations in the first quarter.

The Hurricanes' defense stepped up first, forcing a three-and-out on Virginia Tech's opening drive. Miami's offense carried that momentum into its opening possession, starting its attack with a wide receiver pass from senior Braxton Berrios to quarterback Malik Rosier for a 17-yard gain to the Miami 48.

Two plays later, the duo connected in the more conventional combination of Rosier to Berrios for a 24-yard gain that moved the Canes into VT territory. Rosier broke free for a 36-yard rush to the Virginia Tech 2, but the Hokies defense held firm and stopped Miami on fourth-and-goal from the 2 and took over the ball on downs.

Virginia Tech's second possession had more success, advancing from the VT 5 to the Hokie 35, but the Hurricanes' defense answered. Miami forced a Hokies' punt after freshman safety Amari Carter sacked Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson on third-and-10 from the VT 35 for a 10-yard loss.

Miami and Virginia Tech traded punts one more time before the Hurricane offense got some momentum early in the second quarter. Taking over the ball on its own 31 with 14:23 remaining in the opening half, Rosier hit tight end Christopher Herndon IV for an 18-yard gain to start Miami's drive and hit running back Travis Homer for a 20-yard gain to the VT 27.

Two plays later, Hokies' defensive back Adonis Alexander was called for pass interference in the end zone on Miami wide receiver Jeff Thomas to give the Hurricanes a fresh set of downs from the VT 15. Three plays later, Rosier hit Berrios for an eight-yard touchdown that gave Miami a 7-0 lead with 9:41 remaining in the half.

Miami doubled its lead on its next drive, as Homer exploded for a career-long 64-yard rushing touchdown to give the Hurricanes a 14-0 advantage with 7:09 to go before halftime.

Virginia Tech's offense drove into Miami territory, reaching the UM 20, but the Hurricanes pushed the Hokies back to the UM 33 after Jackson ran for a loss of seven and fumbled. Running back Deshawn McClease recovered to set up a 50-yard field goal by VT kicker Joey Slye to put the Hokies down 11, 14-3, with 2:03 left in the half.

Miami pushed the tempo on its next possession, trying to add points to its tally before the half. After DeeJay Dallas rushed for a career-long 19 yards to the 50, Rosier threw deep to Jeff Thomas and was picked off by Alexander at the VT 15 and the junior defensive back returned the interception to the VT 33.

Jackson quickly drove the Hokies deep into Miami territory, completing consecutive passes to sophomore Eric Kumah for a combined 22 yards and then hitting senior Cam Phillips for a 27-yard gain to the Miami 18 with 25 seconds on the clock.

But the Canes defense held strong and broke out the turnover chain, as junior defensive back Jaquan Johnson forced receiver Sean Savoy to fumble and junior defensive lineman RJ McIntosh scooped up the ball and ran 35 yards to the UM 49 to end the threat and send the Hurricanes into the locker room up, 14-3, at the half.

Miami's defense held Virginia Tech to 149 yards of total offense in the opening half, picking up three tackles for loss and two sacks, as well as forcing a fumble. The Hokies were 1-of-6 on third down and averaged just 4.5 yards per play in the opening 30 minutes of play.

The Hurricanes appeared poised for another big drive to open the second half, as Rosier hit Berrios for an 18-yard gain. But two plays later, Reggie Floyd snared a tipped pass intended for Ahmmon Richards and returned it to the Miami 17.

Virginia Tech converted that turnover into points, as Jackson pushed himself across the goal line from one yard out to score the Hokies' first touchdown of the day and cut Miami's lead to four, 14-10.

The Hokies picked Rosier off again one possession later, as Greg Stroman jumped in front of a pass intended for Thomas to give Virginia Tech the ball at the VT 45. But the Hurricanes defense held strong, stopping the Hokies on fourth-and-2 from the UM 32 when Jackson couldn't handle a snap on a jet sweep and the VT quarterback fell on the ball seven yards behind the line of scrimmage to give Miami the ball on its own 39.

Miami benefitted from a personal foul, as Floyd who picked off Rosier on the first drive of the second half hit Rosier late after handing off to Homer. The 15-yard penalty gave the Canes a new set of downs and Rosier responded with a 43-yard touchdown to Herndon on the next play, giving Miami a 21-10 lead with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The turnover chain made its second appearance of the night when Jackson was picked off by Jaquan Johnson on fourth-and-3 from the Miami 34. The junior safety made an acrobatic one-handed interception and then returned it 20 yards to give the Canes the ball on the UM 44 with 38 seconds left in the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Rosier connected with Richards for a 42-yard gain to the Hokies' 13. The redshirt junior quarterback followed that big play with a 13-yard scamper to the end zone that gave Miami a 28-10 lead.

Jonathan Garvin donned the turnover chain with an impressive play on first-and0100 from the VT 38 when the freshman defensive lineman sacked Jackson for a loss of seven an forced a fumble that he recovered to give Miami the ball at the Virginia Tech 29.

Safety Sheldrick Redwine punctuated the victory with an interception in the end zone. The junior defensive back picked off Jackson, giving the redshirt freshman two interceptions thrown on the night, and returned it 45 yards. One play later, the Hurricanes took a knee and made their eighth straight victory to begin the 2017 season official.

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