Virginia Tech lets double-digit second half lead slip away against No. 9 Miami

Norm Wood, The Daily Press
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Clinging to an opportunity late in the third quarter Saturday to put the pain of last weekend’s loss to Liberty a little further in the past, Virginia Tech instead blew an 11-point lead and fell to No. 9 Miami 25-24.

With the loss, Virginia Tech has dropped three of its last four games and seven consecutive outcomes against top-10 ranked opponents. Miami quarterback D’Eriq King, who passed for 255 yards, threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Pope with 5:59 left to give the Hurricanes (7-1, 6-1 ACC) their first lead.

Tech, which was out-gained 386-362 in yardage, had two more drives to try to regain the advantage after falling behind by a point.

Quarterback Hendon Hooker threw an interception with 5:52 left at Miami’s 35 to end Tech’s second-to-last possession. After taking over on the final possession at Tech’s own 4-yard line with 1:45 left and no timeouts remaining, the Hokies were unable to cross midfield before time expired.

Leading 24-13 with less than 1 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, Tech was only able to muster 81 total yards on its last five drives and moved into Miami territory just one time. Hooker completed 19-of-29 passes for 202 yards and an interception. He ran for 59 yards, but he was also sacked six times.

Norm Wood, nwood@dailypress.com

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