3 takeaways from Miami's win over Virginia Tech
Miami defeated Virginia Tech 20-14 on Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg.
The Canes kept the Hokies at arm’s length for most of the day before Virginia Tech made a late comeback effort. However, Miami’s offense was able to ice the game with a pair of key first downs on the final drive.
Here are 3 takeaways from Miami’s win:
Tyler Van Dyke is back
Miami’s offense wasn’t perfect on Saturday, but Tyler Van Dyke seems to have his mojo back. He threw for 351 yards and 2 touchdowns and avoided turning the ball over.
Miami is still dealing with an inexperienced wide receiver corps, but Van Dyke did a great job of playing to that unit’s strengths on Saturday. He routinely threw into tight coverage, but kept the ball out of reach from Virginia Tech’s defense.
Perhaps most importantly, Van Dyke hit a 15-yard pass on 3rd and 8 with over 3 minutes remaining. Then, he ran for a first down on 3rd and 6 with just over a minute left. Those conversions helped Miami ice the game.
The streak is over
Miami’s 3-game losing streak is over. The Canes picked up their first ACC win of the season, and did it in impressive fashion on the road.
Virginia Tech’s offense rallied late thanks to some penalties (more on that later), but overall this was a convincing win for Miami. The Canes are now 1-1 in ACC play and are still theoretically in the mix for the ACC title.
Miami’s schedule sets up for the Canes to go on a winning streak if they can keep playing well. Miami will likely be big favorites over Duke and Virginia in the next 2 weeks.
Receiver Colbie Young was the big revelation for this game. He stepped up with 9 catches for 110 yards and 1 touchdown in the win.
This game ended up being much closer than it needed to be. Miami allowed Virginia Tech to score 14 fourth-quarter points in large part due to its penalties issue.
Miami entered the game as the least-penalized team in the ACC. But that script flipped on Saturday in Blacksburg as the Canes committed 17 penalties for a staggering 159 yards. For context, Virginia Tech only gained 257 yards of offense.
Coach Mario Cristobal will certainly address the penalties issue as Miami prepares to face Duke at home next weekend.