Miami brings rude end to Virginia Tech's title dreams

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Miami swaggered into Virginia Tech as
underdogs and took a huge bite out of the Hokies' national title

The fifth-ranked Hurricanes put the clamps on Marcus Vick,
forcing him into six turnovers, and blew the Hokies right out of
the national title picture with a stunning 27-7 victory on Saturday

The third-ranked Hokies (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had
hoped an impressive win over Miami would not only take them a step
closer to their second straight ACC title, but also give them a
boost in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Virginia Tech was in third place behind Southern California and
Texas in the BCS standings, with designs on making a late-season
run to the Rose Bowl.

Instead, Miami (7-1, 4-1) helped clear the clutter at the top of
the BCS and ensure that Virginia Tech won't be this season's Auburn
-- perfect but left out of the national title game.

The day started with five unbeaten teams in major college
football, but the Hokies and UCLA fell. Texas and Alabama stayed
perfect and USC was trying to do the same against Stanford.

Miami had lost two straight and seven of 10 to its former Big
East rivals, but now the Hurricanes control the Coastal Division
race in the ACC and could play in the conference's first title game
in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 3 by winning out.

The Hurricanes turned four lost fumbles by Vick and two
interceptions into 17 points.

Pinned deep in their own territory late in the third quarter,
the Hokies couldn't hold out the Miami rush and Vick was swarmed
under by Javon Nanton and company. The ball squirted loose and
Kareem Brown jumped on it in the end zone to give Miami a 27-0

The score made Lane Stadium -- one of the rowdiest in the country
and a place where Miami lost 31-7 two years ago -- sound like a

Vick finished 8-for-22 for 90 yards against the top-ranked
defense in the country, the worst performance of his college
career, by far. He ran for a 2-yard TD in the fourth quarter, to
keep the Hokies from being shut out for the first time since 1995.

Offensively, Kyle Wright and Miami were just the opposite of
Vick and the Hokies -- efficient and opportunistic.

Wright was 13-for-22 for 146 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass
to Darnell Jenkins in the third quarter after the Hurricanes
recovered a fumbled snap by Vick.

Charlie Jones ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and the
Hurricanes put up more points against the No. 1 scoring defense in
the country than the last three ACC opponents combined.

The Hurricanes were a rare 6{-point underdog, and none too
pleased about it. Looking for respect, they refused to be the foil
in the Hokies' national title scenario and even made themselves a
dark horse in the Rose Bowl race.

Miami took the crowd out of it early and made the type of plays
on defense that Virginia Tech usually makes to overwhelm opponents.

The first strike came from Thomas Carroll, who came off the
blind side to strip the ball from Vick in the first quarter and
Miami recovered at the Virginia Tech 29. The Hokies limited the
damage to a 27-yard field goal by Jon Peattie.

Miami made it 10-0 in the second quarter, putting together a
17-play, 82-yard drive that was aided by a personal foul called on
Hokies defensive end Darryl Tapp, and capped off when Jones blasted
into the end zone on a fourth-and-goal from the 1.

The Hurricanes lost leading rusher Tyrone Moss for the game to a
sprained knee on the drive and Wright was also knocked out of
action on the helmet-to-helmet hit by Tapp.

Wright returned and the first-year starter helped Miami snap
Virginia Tech's 11-game ACC winning streak and 16-game streak in
regular-season games.

The loss was just the second in 30 games by Virginia Tech with
Marcus or Michael Vick starting at quarterback.