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Miami at Virginia Tech
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 23, 2014
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia

Following a long layoff from ACC play, the Miami Hurricanes get back at it when they visit Virginia Tech on Thursday for a matchup of teams in dire need of a league win. The Hurricanes have not played since posting a 55-34 triumph over Cincinnati on Oct. 11 and have not faced an ACC foe since losing 28-17 at Georgia Tech on Oct. 4, a defeat that saw Miami surrender 318 rushing yards. The Hurricanes were the ones dominating on the ground the next time out, when they rolled up 335 yards versus the Bearcats.

The Hokies barely could comprehend such production with the running game after they managed only 26 rushing yards in a 21-16 loss at Pittsburgh last Thursday. The woeful effort in Virginia Tech's lowest-scoring performance this season has caused the staff to shake up the offensive line, including the insertion of freshman Wyatt Teller at left guard. The Hokies have won eight of the last 11 meetings, including three straight at home by an average of 19 points.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Miami -3.

ABOUT MIAMI (4-3, 1-2 ACC Coastal): Much of it has to do with the level of competition, but the Hurricanes have had wildly disparate results depending on the location of their games, going 4-0 at home with an average margin of victory of 22 points while dropping all three of their road contests by an average of 13 points. Standout freshman Brad Kaaya has thrown 11 touchdowns against three interceptions at home compared to five TDs and six picks on the road, while speedy wideout Phillip Dorsett has recorded all six of his scores in Miami. Duke Johnson, who has one TD in each of his last six games, has rushed for at least 90 yards in all seven contests thus far.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (4-3, 1-2): In addition to a shuffle along the offensive line, the Hokies hope to receive a boost in the running game in the form of Marshawn Williams, who may return from a sprained right ankle that kept him out of the Pittsburgh game. "He's doing well," coach Frank Beamer said at Monday's press conference. "I'm not sure he's going to play, but it's looking better all the time, I'll say that." Williams, a freshman, ran for 119 yards against Western Michigan on Sept. 27 and scored his third TD of the season the following weekend in a win at North Carolina.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dorsett leads FBS with 34.4 yards per catch.

2. Hokies QB Michael Brewer leads the ACC with 265 pass attempts.

3. Kaaya is the only freshman quarterback in FBS play with at least 1,800 yards and 16-plus touchdowns.

PREDICTION: Miami 28, Virginia Tech 27
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Miami 4-3 W1 31.4 24.4 4-0 0-3 4-1 0-0 1-2
Virginia Tech 4-3 L1 28.4 20.0 2-2 2-1 3-3 0-0 1-2
Last Meeting
Miami Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/9/13 VT 42 MIA 24 352 28 324 550 184 366
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Miami S. Morris 55.2 324 2 0
Virginia Tech L. Thomas 80.6 366 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Miami D. Crawford 10 37 3.7 1
Virginia Tech T. Edmunds 14 74 5.3 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Miami A. Hurns 4 142 35.5 1
Virginia Tech J. Stanford 7 107 15.3 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Miami S. Coley 1
Virginia Tech T. Edmunds 4
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Miami B. Kaaya 63.0 1806 16 9
Virginia Tech M. Brewer 61.1 1674 11 11
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Miami D. Johnson 110 787 7.2 6
Virginia Tech M. Williams 84 333 4.0 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Miami P. Dorsett 16 550 34.4 6
Virginia Tech I. Ford 32 424 13.2 4
Touchdowns Player TD
Miami P. Dorsett 6
Virginia Tech I. Ford 4
Quickchart Matchup
Miami Off vs  Virginia Tech Def
426 yards
326 yards
5.3 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
8.8 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt
Virginia Tech Off vs  Miami Def
393.6 yards
327.4 yards
3.9 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
6.3 yards/attempt
5.6 yards/attempt