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Virginia Survives Missed Miami Field Goal

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 Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

After controlling most of the game, the Virginia Cavaliers survived a late push Thursday night after Miami Hurricanes kicker Andres Borregales missed the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong was held under 330 yards for the first time this season, but the ground game made up for that. The Virginia defense also had a solid game, holding freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and the Hurricanes to 372 yards.

The entire game came down to one play though. With three seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers were leading 30-28. Head Coach Manny Diaz sent his kicker out to attempt a 33-yard field goal. After making the game-winning field goal against Appalachian State, true freshman Borregales put the kick up and off the left upright to finish the game.

Through five games, Virginia has looked extremely talented at times, but also struggled, especially on defense. Facing a quarterback in just his second start, and first against an FBS opponent, the defense came out and played well.

In the first half, Miami was forced to punt on five of their seven possessions, and on the third drive of the game, Mandy Alonso made a tackle in the end zone for a safety, giving the Hoos a nine to zero lead. Alonso was in the backfield all night, finishing the game with five tackles, three for a loss, and two sacks.

Wayne Taulapapa, Keytaon Thompson, and Mike Hollins were effective as a combined rushing attack, picking up a combined 147 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Billy Kemp IV, Dontayvion Wicks, and Thompson were the top targets for Armstrong, including one of the craziest catches you’ll see in college football this season by Wicks.

The catch by Wicks was not only impressive but also put the Cavaliers up by 11. It also led to a two-point conversion that would be the difference in the game.

Hurricanes Without Their King

The second half, though it ended in heartbreak for the Hurricanes, was a huge improvement on both sides of the ball. Van Dyke finished with 203 yards and a touchdown pass along with a 24-yard touchdown run on a scramble.

Van Dyke struggled to start but did an admirable job filling in for starter D’Eriq King. It didn’t lead to a win, but he did enough in the second half to give his team a chance.

Cam’Ron Harris ended up having a solid game with 111 yards and two touchdowns. Jaylan Knighton had 44 yards in his first action of the season after being suspended for the first four games. Charleston Rambo (five catches, 99 yards) and Mike Harley (six catches, 45 yards, touchdown) were Van Dyke’s top targets.

On the defensive side of the ball, Miami was solid. They missed some tackles early, but they were on the field most of the first half. Total, they allowed three touchdowns and two field goals but were just asked to do too much early while the offense tried to get things rolling.

Corey Flagg Jr. may have kept this game within reach early in the second half. He forced the only turnover of the game on an interception that gave the offense the ball inside the 20.

The loss put the Hurricanes at 2-3 with one loss in ACC play. The Cavaliers pick up their first win in the conference on three tries.

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