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Miami 19, Virginia 14

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - D'Eriq King threw for 322 yards and a touchdown, Mike Harley had career bests of 10 catches for 170 yards and No. 11 Miami outlasted Virginia 19-14 on Saturday night.

Harley's big night for Miami (5-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) started with a 43-yard touchdown grab on the Hurricanes' second play from scrimmage. King completed his first nine passes and finished 21 for 30.

Don Chaney had a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth for Miami.

Brennan Armstrong, back in the lineup after missing a game with a concussion, completed 16 of 30 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns for Virginia (1-4, 1-4). It was the fourth straight loss for the Cavaliers, and this marks the first time since 2013 that they've played four consecutive games without ever holding a lead.

Armstrong also ran for 91 yards for Virginia.

The King-to-Harley touchdown came just 28 seconds into the game, the fastest TD to open a game by Miami since Tracy Howard ran back an interception 19 yards for a score just six seconds into the Hurricanes' game against Virginia on Nov. 23, 2013.

That was the first of eight touchdowns that day, Miami eventually winning 45-26.

This one was much different.

Points had been a rare commodity the past two Miami vs. Virginia games - the Cavaliers winning one 16-13, the Hurricanes winning the other 17-9 - and this one followed suit. Virginia tied the game at 7-7 on its first drive, with Tony Poljan hauling in a 2-yard scoring pass from Armstrong.

From there, the slog began. The teams combined for six points on their next 13 possessions, the Hurricanes leading 10-7 at the half after a 32-yard field goal by Jose Borregales with 1:02 left until intermission and stretching the lead to 13-7 when he connected again from 20 yards out with 3:47 left in the third.

Chaney's 1-yard run with 12:04 left made it 19-7, that touchdown coming 64 plays after Miami's first of the night.

Armstrong took off on a 32-yard fourth-down run in the fourth quarter to extend a drive, and one play later found Ra'Shaun Henry with a 35-yard pass that got the Cavaliers to 19-14 with 5:27 left.

Virginia, however, was out of time-outs at that point and Miami punted the ball away with only 23 seconds left.


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Associated Press


October 24, 2020


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