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Clutch Plays by Kaaya, Burns Lead Miami Football to 30-20 Win Over Hokies

UM sophomore QB wills the offense and junior corner finishes things with his second INT.

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When Michael Brewer hit Isiah Ford with a 33 yard score just over the outstretched arms of Artie Burns with 7:20 left to go in the 4th Quarter, there was an impending sense of doom in Sun Life Stadium.

The nifty reception just inside the left sideline cut the UM lead to 23-20.

In a game where the Hurricanes had multiple chances to put the game away but couldn't, there was an uneasy feeling similar to the Nebraska game, where Miami also failed to put a game away they also had under control and had to survive in OT.

But Brad Kaaya was his usual cool self, and engineered a spectacular 9 play 75 yard drive capped by a 2 yard toss to Rashawn Scott to bring the lead back to 30-20.

On the drive Kaaya was repeatedly harassed by the VT D, but managed to move around just enough to avoid sacks and find receivers down field.

Three plays before the finisher, he escaped the rush and scrambled to his right before hitting David Njoku with a perfect touch pass resulting in a 23 yard gain, on arguably the prettiest and most important play of the game.

On the Hokies ensuing drive, Burns stepped in front of Ford for his second INT of the game to close things out.

It was a spectacular finish to what was largely a frustrating day for the 'Canes.

Penalties and missteps inside the red zone by the offense prevented Miami from blowing this one open on multiple occasions.

Missed tackles, confusion (yet again Vs the option), and inconsistent aggression characterized an uneven performance by the D.

A struggling Virginia Tech offense was able to gain 361 yards Vs the maligned UM D.

They did force 3 turnovers though.

Juwon Young, who played very well stepping in for the injured Raphael Kirby, added an INT to Burns 2.

And Chad Thomas and Al-Quadin Muhammad built off of solid performances last week Vs FSU with a sack a piece and numerous other nice plays.

Kaaya finished the game 19/30 for 296 yards with 2 TD/0 INT.

Joe Yearby has 60 yards on 19 carries running behind a largely ineffective offensive line.

And Herb Waters led the way receiving with 89 yards on 3 catches.

This certainly wasn't a pretty win.

But in the wacky wild ACC Coastal it keeps them alive.

With undefeated Clemson on deck next week, they will have to improve a whole lot in the coming week.