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Through three quarters, things looked bleak for the ‘Canes.
There aren’t a lot of positives to take away from Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, other than Miami somehow finding a way to win.
This is the first time Miami has won three consecutive games, all by five points or less, since Sept. 26-Oct. 10, 1992.
Miami 8, Arizona 7
Miami 17, FSU 16
Miami 17, Penn State 14
Miami 19, Virginia 14
Miami 44, N.C. State 41
Miami 25, Virginia Tech 24
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 14, 2020
For much of the contest, quarterback D’Eriq King had no time to throw, and Virginia Tech was able to dictate to Miami’s defense. It seemed like an unfortunate return to mediocrity for Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes, a game in which they did many of the smaller yet integral things poorly. Miami struggled consistently in tackling and blocking, allowing the Hokies to tear through the defense on the ground and tee off on D’Eriq King, totaling six sacks on the day.
Bubba Bolden, in particular, had a lackluster game—a usual rock for the unit. Bolden gifted Tech a first down in the late-third quarter, described as “one of the biggest bonehead penalties you’ll ever see” by the commentators. Hopefully, it’ll be a wake-up call for Bolden, as he looked far away from one of the best safeties in the country.
Junior safety Bubba Bolden has had a nice season for #Miami and he is definitely an NFL prospect, but he’s going to hope NFL scouts skip this VT tape…
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 14, 2020
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the ‘Canes defense, who gave up 41 points to NC State a week prior and had their backs to the wall against Virginia Tech after surrendering 24 through three quarters. Against NC State, Miami was able to score freely, but the points didn’t come as easy this time around.
Really great look at the arm strength and quick decision-making from D’Eriq King pic.twitter.com/c867Ix3dpo
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 14, 2020
Virginia Tech frequently held the ‘Canes to field goal attempts and tough third-down conversions, many of which ended in sacks. D’Eriq King is a great quarterback, but he still needs time to throw.
Man. Lashlee owes the Defense dinner. Those last 2 drives to close the game were atrocious
— D’Eriq King Supporter, Esq. (@MikeSanchize) November 14, 2020
Despite looking shaky, it was the defense that bailed out Miami’s offense. The ‘Canes pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter, even when the offense failed to kill time and went three-and-out late in the fourth. Moving forward, Miami found ways to win two challenging games on the road, passing the tests, but just barely.