On a chilly night in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers offense took the field first against the stout Miami defense, and had their way at first, driving into Hurricanes territory. However, Canes cornerback Trajan Bandy picked off Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins, returning it to the Miami 43-yard line.
On the Hurricanes first offensive drive, the Cavaliers stopped Miami on a third-and-two. Then, coach Mark Richt opted to go for it on fourth-down, which Virginia again stopped Miami. Manny Diaz’s Hurricane defense stifled Perkins and Cavs offense however, forcing a quick three-and-out.
A promising Canes drive was in the works, when Miami quarterback N’Kosi Perry completed a pass to Dee Wiggins on a third-down, though it was called back because of holding, stalling another drive.
The Canes defense came up big once again, with safety Sheldrick Redwine intercepted yet another Perkins pass, again when the Cavaliers were in Miami territory. Though, Perry gave the ball right back to Virginia, with the Cavs Joey Blount picking off a pass.
Things went from bad to worse for Miami, as senior cornerback Michael Jackson was ejected from the game due to targeting. Canes defense was on the field during the first quarter for over 10 minutes, and the Miami offense gained just 14 total yards.
End of first quarter: Miami:0 Virginia:0
With Virginia already in Miami territory, the Canes defense stopped the Cavaliers offense within the 10-yard line, holding Virginia to a field goal.
Virginia: 3 Miami: 0
Perry and the offense generated two first downs, before throwing yet another interception, with the Cavaliers Juan Thornhill returning it to the Miami seven-yard-line. The Cavaliers capitalized almost immediately, with Virginia running back Jordan Ellis getting in the end zone from seven yards out.
Miami: 0 Virginia: 10
Coach Richt had seen enough Perry up to that point, and former starting quarterback Malik Rosier returned to the field. Rosier’s initial drive didn’t provide a spark, as Miami had yet another three-and-out.
Trajan Bandy provided the much-needed help, intercepting yet another Perkins pass. Though, Rosier and the offense couldn't generate anything, as the Hurricanes settled for a 47-yard Bubba Baxa field goal.
Miami: 3 Virginia: 10
Following another Virginia three-and-out, the Canes offense finally gained some life. Running back Travis Homer busted open with a 70-yard gain to the UVA 15. The drive ended with another Bubba Baxa field-goal, this one from 28-yards out.
Miami: 6 Virginia: 10
Playing against the clock, the Cavaliers offense drove down the field, and knocked down a 46-yard field-goal to extend the Virginia lead going into the half.
Miami: 6 Virginia: 13
Receiving the ball to begin the second-half, Miami marched down into Virginia territory, thanks to a personal foul on Virginia on a third-down. However, the Cavaliers defense stuffed the Hurricanes on a fourth-and-one on the Virginia 24-yard-line.
For nearly the majority of the remaining third-quarter, both teams traded away punts. Virginia however, drove the down to the Miami 46-yard line, before the quarter ended.
Miami: 6 Virginia: 13
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Perkins drilled an 11-yard completion to Hasise Dubois to the Miami 36-yard-line, then followed it up with another first down run. Shaq Quarterman for Miami helped the Hurricanes efforts by sacking Perkins, and forcing a 32-yard Cavalier field-goal.
Miami: 6 Virginia: 16
On the ensuing Miami drive, after successful runs and screen passes from Travis Homer, Rosier threw an interception at the Virginia 30-yard-line. The Hurricanes defense forced a three-and-out, and the Cavaliers punted the ball down to the seven-yard-line.
Rosier engineered a 93-yard-drive, including two third-down conversions. Rosier finished the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Coach Richt elected for on onside-kick with over three minutes to go, which Virginia then recovered and returned to the Miami 27-yard-line.
Miami forced a three-and-out, but then Hurricanes defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo committed a personal foul for unnecessary roughness on third down, which resulted in a first down. The Hurricanes forced a 25-yard field-goal Virginia, which was good. However, Trajan Bandy committed a roughing-the-kicker, which then resulted in another Virginia first down with 30 seconds left. The Cavaliers took a kneel, and that was the ballgame.
FINAL: Miami-13 Virginia-16
With the loss tonight, the Hurricanes fall to 5-2 on the season, and 2-1 in ACC play. Malik Rosier finished 12-for23 with 170 yards passing and an interception. Travis Homer had 95 yards rushing on eight carries. Trajan Bandy had two interceptions, and Sheldrick Redwine had one for himself.
Miami has a bye week next week, then travel to Boston College on October 26th.