Saturday, Nov. 4 12:00pm ET
Hokies' streak, BCS hopes falter in Miami


MIAMI (AP) -- Third-ranked Miami was ready for Michael Vick, whether he was healthy or hurt.

Santana Moss
Santana Moss caught four passes for 154 yards, including two touchdowns for Miami.

"We wanted to show him," linebacker Dan Morgan said, "that he wasn't going to work his magic against us."

Hobbled by a sprained right ankle that limited him to 19 first-half plays, Vick sat on the bench with a white towel draped over his head in the second half and watched the Hurricanes beat No. 2 Virginia Tech 41-21 on Saturday.

"It was disappointing. This was a big game. It determined our season," Vick said. "It hurt me inside -- deep inside."

Ken Dorsey threw three long touchdown passes -- two to Santana Moss -- and James Jackson ran for 145 yards and a score as Miami (7-1, 4-0 Big East) took a giant step toward playing for the national championship back in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Virginia Tech (8-1, 6-1) saw its 19-game regular-season winning streak end along with its bid to return to the title game. The Hokies were beaten 46-29 by Florida State in last season's championship game at the Sugar Bowl.

In ending a five-game losing streak to Virginia Tech, Miami is poised to replace Virginia Tech at No. 2 in the polls, while the Hurricanes hope to move up in the Bowl Championship Series standings, where they were in fifth place. The Hokies were second in the standings that will determine who plays in the BCS' title game.

Sat, November 4
Virginia Tech was obviously affected emotionally by the absence of Michael Vick. The Hokies' defense did not fly around and they made no big plays on special teams. Offensively, running the option made no sense for them. They needed to play to Dave Meyer's strength -- throwing downfield.

Probably the most discouraging moment for the Hokies was the long, third down pass by Vick that hit Emmett Johnson in the numbers and bounced away. It was only 14-0 at the time and might have created momentum and emotion. It was the one decent play Vick made when he came in the game and it would have given the Hokies a huge lift. Instead, Johnson couldn't hang on and the Canes buried them.

You have to give credit to Miami. They took advantage of the fact that the Hokie secondary was squatting on pass routes. Ken Dorsey was able to get deep balls behind them. And the Hurricane offensive line gave Dorsey all the time he needed to throw.

When you think about Virginia Tech you think about Michael Vick, great special teams play and a pressure defense that produces sacks. None of those were present today.

"Whatever they're going to do in the BCS, they're going to do," Miami defensive tackle Damione Lewis said. "All we can do is keep winning. No. 2 vs. No. 5 and we won. That's our statement."

The Hurricanes have three games remaining -- home to Pittsburgh, at Syracuse and home to Boston College

"I want to get there badly," Moss said of reaching the title game. "This is my last year. We've just got to keep on winning. ... We're on our way."

Dave Meyer, a fifth-year senior, started in place of Vick but was unable to move the Hokies in the first three series. Vick, wearing a custom-made brace, walked onto the field with 2:43 left in the first quarter and the Hokies already behind 14-0.

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Heisman Trophy contender was clearly hampered by the injury. Even when the Hokies made a first down, Vick walked up the field to the huddle.

Vick called 19 plays and accounted for 14 yards -- three carries for 5 yards; 2-of-5 passing for 9 yards. He fumbled once -- setting up Miami's third touchdown -- and threw an interception. His final play was taking a knee to end the first half with the Hurricanes leading 21-0.

Meyer, who was 13-of-25 for 225 yards and a touchdown, played the second half.

"I thought our best chance at that point was to get a healthy quarterback in there," Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "He couldn't function at full speed. It's not fair to him and not fair to us. Throwing he was 85-90 percent. Running he was about 10 percent."

Miami joins Oklahoma in beating the No. 1 and No. 2 teams this season: Miami beat then-No. 1 Florida State 27-24 on Oct. 7; the Sooners beat then-No. 2 Kansas State 41-31 and then-No. 1 Nebraska 31-14.

Miami, which leads the nation in scoring at 45 points per game, scored five of its six touchdowns on plays of 42 yards or longer. The Hurricanes led 28-0 before the Hokies finally scored on the first of two TD runs by Lee Suggs -- a 1-yarder 2:37 into the fourth period. Suggs carried 23 times for 121 yards.

Dorsey, disappointed with himself after three interceptions in last week's win over Louisiana Tech, completed 11 of 23 passes for 283 yards, including TD passes of 42 and 80 yards to Moss and 44 yards to tight end Jeremy Shockey. Moss had four catches for 154 yards.

"I was out of character the last couple of weeks trying to force ball," Dorsey said. "I think everyone saw the real me tonight."

Jackson had a 17-yard TD run, Najeh Davenport a 50-yard scoring run and Edward Reed returned the second of his two interceptions 44 yards for a TD with 7:35 left in the game. At that point, oranges were thrown on the field by some of the fans in the Orange Bowl crowd of 77,410.

Miami coach Butch Davis, who entered his sixth season with an 0-10 combined record against the Seminoles and Hokies, now has a win over each. But he could care less.

"We haven't accomplished anything we set out to accomplish," Davis said. "We're three games away from that. This is just one step along the way."

Without Vick, the Hokies were not even close to competitive with the Hurricanes. Last season, a healthy Vick led Virginia Tech to a 43-10 win over Miami; this year it was the Hurricanes' turn to dominate a team averaging 42 points -- fifth in the nation.

Dorsey took Miami 63 yards in six plays on its first possession, finishing the drive with his 42-yard TD pass to Moss 4:35 into the game.

Later in the period, Dorsey connected with Shockey for 41 yards to the Hokies' 36. At the same time, Vick began warming up behind the Hokies' bench. Two plays later, Jackson took a pitchout from Dorsey and looked to pass, but cut back to his left and ran 17 yards for a touchdown with 2:53 left in the period.

Vick entered the game but was clearly hurting. He failed to move the team on his first two series, and then started making mistakes when he needed to come up with one of his patented big plays. On third-and-9 from the Miami 29, Vick tried to run left but Lewis stripped the all from behind and linebacker Chris Campbell recovered at the 27.

Miami cashed in quickly. Dorsey hit Moss for 18 yards, Jackson carried three times for 16 yards and then Dorsey hit Shockey with a 44-yard TD pass with 3:30 left in the half.

Vick tried again, but this time his pass was overthrown and Reed made the interception at the Miami 19.

By then, the Hurricanes had the game well in hand, and the Hokies were left to wonder what would have been if Vick was healthy.

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