Blacksburg, VA - With each step taken in their season-high 251 rushing yards, the Virginia Tech Hokies got a little further away from the memory of last week's loss at Syracuse. Add in a season-high 8 sacks for Bud Foster's defense and the Hokies are back firmly in control of the ACC's Coastal Division after a 37-16 win over Miami.
Travon McMillan had 131 yards on the ground and quarterback Jerod Evans ran for another 98, 34 of which came on the game's closing TD. Evans also threw for 259 yards and 2 scores, and former Hanover standout Sam Rogers chipped in with 85 total yards from scrimmage, including a 13 yard scoring pass on a halfback option play to Steven Peoples.
Miami QB Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards, but had -55 yards rushing, mostly due to the 8 times he was sacked by the Hokies. Woody Barron led the way with 2.5 sacks and Vinny Mihota added a pair even though he had to leave the game briefly when his shoulder became partially dislocated. Tremaine Edmunds had 10 tackles.
"We know we didn't play our best game at Syracuse" said Evans after the win. "We had a horrible taste in our mouth. What better way to get rid of it?"
"We had to pour all our focus into the game because it was coming quickly" said head coach Justin Fuente who earned his first Thursday night win. "I felt good about our game plan and about our ability to attack the short week."
The Hokies improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the ACC. They have another Thursday night game next week at Pittsburgh.