Virginia Tech's defense starts strong

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech took a 7-0 lead on Miami with 9:46 remaining in the first quarter, and the Hokies can thank their defense for setting it up. Virginia Tech's defense, which has struggled this season and not played up to defensive coordinator Bud Foster's standards, came out looking like they had something to prove.

Dorian Porch sacked Jacory Harris and he fumbled, setting the Hokies up on Miami's 11-yard line. Virginia Tech is running the ball well, and Ryan Williams hasn't looked like he has any sign of the nagging ankle injury he said was bothering him last week.