Stephen Morris threw for two early touchdowns, both set up by Virginia Tech special-teams miscues, as Miami took a step forward in the chase for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title by beating the visiting Hokies, 30-12, on Thursday night.
Duke Johnson had a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 217 all-purpose yards for the Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2), who snapped a three-game slide.
Logan Thomas had a 73-yard scoring run on a quarterback draw for Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3), which lost to Miami for just the third time in the last 10 meetings. The loss also ensures the Hokies’ streak of eight straight 10-win seasons will end this year.
The Hokies are 25-3 in ACC games played in November — with all three losses coming to Miami.
Virginia Tech outgained Miami, 421-347, ran 82 plays to the Hurricanes’ 58, and still lost. Thomas was 19 for 37 for 199 yards and two interceptions for the Hokies, and rushed 22 times for 124 yards.
Not only did the Hokies allow the blocked punt (a play where Virginia Tech’s A.J. Hughes mishandled the snap before trying to get the kick away) and an 81-yard return by Johnson, but kicker Cody Journell also missed a field goal and a point-after attempt.
Ohio back in gear
Ryan Boykin ran for 128 yards, Tyler Tettleton threw three touchdown passes, and Ohio beat Eastern Michigan, 45-14, in Athens, Ohio. Ohio (8-1, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) rolled to 304 yards rushing and 559 overall in its first game since a 23-20 loss at Miami of Ohio last Saturday. Bronson Hill had 111 yards rushing on 25 carries for Eastern Michigan (1-8, 0-5) . . . Reggie Whatley’s 96-yard kick return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter lifted Middle Tennessee (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) to a 34-29 win over host Western Kentucky (6-3, 3-2). Freshman Jordan Parker rushed for 149 yards and a score for the Blue Raiders, who are bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.
Cal without Allen
California star wide receiver Keenan Allen will miss Friday’s game against Washington with an injured left knee. Allen, who was hurt last Saturday against Utah, leads the Golden Bears with 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns . . . Lindenwood (Mo.) University freshman cornerback Sterling Thomas remained hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a spinal injury in a game last weekend.